OBI & OTRADI September 2019 Newsletter

OBI Appoints New Board Chair and Two New Members to Its Board of Directors

Dan Snyder has been elected as OBI/OTRADI’s new Board Chair. He was most recently the President and CEO for MolecularMD, which was recently acquired by ICON. His experience as a bio-entrepreneur benefits us by ensuring our client companies and all bio-entrepreneurs in the community are well represented.

Liisa Bozinovic was recently elected as an OBI/OTRADI Board Director. She is the Executive Director of the Oregon Bioscience Association, a trade/industry organization. Her experience in workforce training and development along with academia and industry partnerships will bring a new prospective to OBI/OTRADI.

Sandra Shotwell was recently elected as an OBI/OTRADI Board Director. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Designmedix and Co-Founder and Board Chair of Elex Biotech Inc. Her experience in technology transfer and licensing, active angel investor and as a bio-entrepreneur will bring new levels of experience to OBI/OTRADI’s Board of Directors.

OBI Client Company Wins

OBI BioMentor Highlight

OBI offers an extensive BioMentor program to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting Brad Hathaway, Senior Consultant of The Mountain Group.

As a BioMentor, Brad can best assist early-stage companies with guidance in three areas:

  1. Planning and analysis – forecasting, modeling, analysis of financial results, product costing.
  2. Reporting – a review cycle with reports and metrics aligned with strategy and intended for the management team and other stakeholders.
  3. Accounting operations – setting up systems, consulting on bookkeeping strategies and processes.

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.

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Join us for these upcoming OBI programs:

OBI Event: Join us for our Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health Happy Hour on September 5th from 5:30-7pm at OBI/OTRADI. Register now. Free to attend.


Collaboration Event: PSBA and OBI are partnering to bring a Finance Lunch & Learn series. Join us for the first session on “Understanding the Basics” on September 17th from 12-1pm at the PSBA. Register now. Free to attend.

OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Setting Up Your Books & the Importance of Financial Statements on September 26th from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend.


OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Funding in Connection with Women Inventorship on October 2nd from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend.


OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on how to Pregame Your Business on October 22nd from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend.



Join us for these upcoming OBI-Partner programs and events:

Partner Event: Tonkon Torp is hosting a Tonkon Talk on Accelerators & Incubators – How They Can Help on September 4th from 4-6pm. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: OTBC, OEN TiE and Ater Wynne are partnering on an online series “How Early Stage Startup Funding Works.” The next topic will discuss How the Series Seed Works on September 10th from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend this webinar.

Partner Event: VertueLab is hosting their Impact Summit 2019 on September 13th. They are also hosting a Funding Startups Lunch with SBIR Grants and Other Funding Options at 12pm. Register now. $10-$125 to attend.

Partner Event: Women in Science is hosting their Annual Gala on September 18th from 6-9pm. Register now. $75-$100 to attend.

Partner Event in San Francisco: Catalyze is partnering with Runway Innovation Hub to bring MedTech and Digital Health Demo Day on September 18th from 2-8pm. Register now. $35 to attend.

Partner Event: OCTRI is now accepting applications for BIP Corp, 4-week experiential course. BIP Corp runes October 4 – November 1. Applications are due September 20th. Apply now.


Partner Event in Medford: Oregon Bioscience Association is hosting a Medford Meet Up 2.0 on September 24th from 5-8pm. Register now. $20 to attend.


Partner Event in Bend: The 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference will be October 17th & 18th. Register now. $135-$329 to attend.


Partner Event: Oregon Bioscience Association is hosting their 2019: Innovating and Scaling our Region’s Growth conference on October 29th from 8am – 6:30pm. Register now. $95-$180 to attend.