OBI & OTRADI May 2021 Newsletter

OBI Client Company Wins

Mentor of the Month:
Peter Schuerman

Peter Schuerman is CEO of Open Clearing, LLC and is one of our valuable mentors. With a PhD in Genetics, and experience in ideation, business strategy, and intentional networking, Peter works with start ups in the role of coach, mentor, and advisor. He focuses on customer discovery, team formation and dynamics, business model innovation, and strategy; he enjoys creating environments and partnerships that foster success.

Each month, Peter’s mentee through the OBI Mentoring Program has glowing comments about working with Peter and his help in setting goals and concrete steps, brainstorming, and pivoting when needed.

Thank you Peter, for all you do!

SBIR/STTR Workshop May 25

The Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are a critical source of non-dilutive financing for early-stage companies. On May 25 from 10-11:30 a.m., NIH National Cancer Institute SBIR program directors Monique Pond and Jonathan Franca-Koh will deliver a virtual seminar covering eligibility, resources, and investor initiatives. Pre-selected companies will also be speaking with the program directors afterward for 1:1 meetings.

This event is a collaboration between the National Cancer Institute, Oregon Bioscience Incubator, OHSU’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center, and Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

Caregiven is Hosting an App Jam Focus Group
June 10 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register in advance to enjoy delicious provisions and participate in Caregiven‘s App Jam!

Portland State Business Accelerator
is Hiring a Director

The Director will oversee and execute a suite of support services for resident companies, including workshops, boot camps, mentors, software tools and programs, and shared resource management. The Director will create and execute the operational plans for the PSBA and contribute to strategic direction for Propel PSU within Research and Graduate Studies, and be accountable for achievement of short-term operational objectives at the PSBA. The tasks for the position require interpretation and application of the PSBA’s strategy to set objectives, and ultimately impacts the achievement of results within the PSBA and Propel PSU. The position includes coordination of the PSBA’s wet-lab facilities, managing the PSBA budget, and seeking additional resources for the PBSA through sponsorships and grant applications.

For more information and how to apply, see the full job posting.

Americans are Relying on Vaccines
to get through the Pandemic

Data shows Americans are relying on vaccines to get us through the pandemic. As we continue to combat the pandemic, America’s biopharmaceutical industry is working around the clock in unprecedented partnerships to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines, reaching billions of doses by the end of the year. Vaccination rates and willingness to receive a vaccine among Americans are also at a high, where half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

New Pre-Seed Venture Fund:
Startup Haven

Silicon Florist recently blogged about a new venture fund: the Startup Haven Ventures Fund is a new pre-seed venture fund, investing in North-America-based pre-seed companies with capital-efficient business models and early signs of commercialization. The Startup Haven Ventures Fund also invests in all of the companies who participate in the Startup Haven Accelerator.

Read more about this new fund and how you might get involved here.



SBIR/STTR Workshop
May 25, 2021
10:00-11:30 AM
Register here


Virtual Lunch & Learn:
Employees Returning to the Workplace

June 9, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Save the date


Caregiven App Jam Focus Group
June 10, 2021
5:30-6:30 PM
Register in advance



VertueLab: The ABCs of SBIR/STTR Funding
May 13, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Register now


TAO: Oregon STEM Week
May 14, 2021
9:00-10:00 AM
Register here


Oregon Bio Virtual Career Fair
May 20, 2021
9:00 AM-1:00 PM
More information here


Angel Oregon Tech TechFest NW
May 21, 2021
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Tickets here


Tech Oregon Careers: Spring Job Fair
May 24, 2021
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Details here