OBI & OTRADI September 2021 Newsletter

OBI Client Company Wins

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Hemex Health


Oncol Drug Discovery Service

Gamma Diagnostics

Rewire Neuro

Thank You to our New Corporate Partner

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We appreciate your support, Ajay Malhotra and Kristin Hammond!

Applications for OBI Mentoring Cohort
Opening Soon

Mentor and mentee applications open on October 1 for this structured, 6-month mentoring program, so save the date for your opportunity to get involved!

Would You Like to be a Mentor?
If you have experience working with startups in the bioscience or digital health industry, consider applying to become a mentor. Benefits of mentoring include:

Growing Your Business? Become a Mentee!
We are looking for entrepreneurs who are already in business but would like guidance, accountability, and support from a mentor to help set and reach business goals. Benefits and time commitments for mentees include:

Applications Open October 1-31
For more important dates, details, and link to the applications:

Mentor of the Month:
Katherine Rubino

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Katherine (Katie) Rubino is one of our newest OBI Mentors. She is an Intellectual Property attorney who divides her time between the east coast and the west coast. Before becoming an IP attorney, Katie was a compounding pharmacist. She worked an an independent pharmacy creating custom medications for patients, and also in the clinical setting at Tufts Medical Center on the heart transplant team, as well as in the industry setting at Biogen. Having worked as a scientist as well as her experience in IP, Katie is an excellent addition to our mentoring team, and is receiving rave reviews from her mentees, such as this comment: “Katie is fabulous. She listens and provides actionable suggestions on the IP and strategy that aligns with (our) business objectives.”

Katie not only volunteers for the OBI Mentoring Program, she is also going to be a judge for the OHSU-OCTRI BIP Corp final pitches next month. Thank you, Katie, for all you do for our community!

OBI is Launching a Job Board

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We’re excited to announce that OBI will be launching our Job Board in the next two weeks and we’d love to list any open positions your organization may have. This will help us pre-populate the job board when we go live. If you are interested, please email requesting the link to post your open positions.

If you are a job seeker and would like to have your resume reviewed by recruiters in the community, please email requesting the link to upload your resume.

Thanks for helping us make this job board a success!

Black Women in STEM 2.0 Summit:
Making HERstory

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Click on the photo above to register for the Black Women in STEM 2.0 Summit, in person or virtually!

Beaverton Startup Challenge

Apply now for the OTBC, City of Beaverton, and West Side Startup Fund Beaverton Startup Challenge. Five winners each receive a $25,000 convertible note investment; introductions to legal, accounting, HR, and marketing services; OTBC’s top-rated mentoring services, entrepreneur workshops, and more! Applications are accepted through September 30.

More information and application here.

Pitch Oregon – Apply Today!

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In its 6th year, Pitch Oregon is TiE Oregon’s marquee event, attracting hundreds of entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors each year. New this year, we are welcoming companies from around the Pacific Northwest to apply and applicants will compete for an equitable investment! Application deadline September 30.

Click here for more information.

Free SBIR/STTR Training Events

The BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting is offering free training events. September 14, 15, and 16 are packed full of free SBIR/STTR training sessions featuring program managers from varying granting and contracting agencies, such as NIH, DOD, NSF, and many others.

Full schedule, details, and registration here.

Take Advantage of OSU’s Fall Accelerate Program

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Accelerate is a eight- to ten-week program open to community members and OSU researchers, students and staff who intend to establish a privately held, high-growth entrepreneurial venture. This stage focuses on developing a minimal viable product and engaging in customer discovery to validate your product market fit.

The regular Accelerate program runs three times a year (fall, winter, and spring). Through the scheduled program events, one-on-one sessions with the directors, meetings with mentors, and access to intern assistance on projects, startup teams will receive the support they need to get their concept into the marketplace.

The next session of Accelerate will be a condensed, remote program that meets every week for nine weeks, starting Tuesday, October 5th. Each session runs for two hours from 3pm-5pm.

The Fall 2021 Accelerate application is open now until September 24th.

Technology Association of Oregon’s Founders Investing in Founders Program

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Technology Association of Oregon recently announced their Founders Investing in Founders (FIIF) program. Led by six inaugural founders, this program helps increase diversity and create economic growth by providing support to underrepresented early-stage startups for up to three years.

Learn more about this innovative program here.

PDUFA VII for Biopharma Innovation

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its performance goals letter for the seventh installment of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). PDUFA was first enacted in 1992 as a bipartisan solution to the then long FDA regulatory review timelines for new drugs and biologics. PDUFA allows the FDA to collect fees from biopharmaceutical companies to speed and enhance the review process to help ensure patients have timely access to life-saving treatments.

Read more about how critical PDUFA VII is for future biopharmaceutical innovation and for patients.

Columbia Business School’s Executive Education

Join us this semester at Columbia Business School courses

Are you looking to gain a competitive edge in digital health?

Columbia Business School’s 6-day Executive Education Model in Digital Health Strategy [Sept 21-23 & 28-30] is exclusively tailored for healthcare executives like you.

A unique first, the program combines Columbia Business School’s renowned leadership with HITLAB’s expertise in digital health research and education.

As a participant, you will learn about the necessary skills and resources required to successfully find, verify and diffuse these digital health solutions – allowing you to truly embed digital health into the core of your organization.

Learn more about the Digital Health Strategy: Leveraging Emerging Technologies in Healthcare program.

Here is a snapshot of the speaker line-up consisting of industry leaders:

View the complete agenda, speaker line-up and session topics for the program here.

Ask about a special OTRADI & OBI tuition rate of $999.


Join Us For These Upcoming OBI Events

Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health
Virtual Happy Hour
September 9, 2021 – TONIGHT!
5:00-6:30 PM
FREE – Register in advance here


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Virtual Lunch & Learn:
Managing Stress & Performance
September 15, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
FREE – Register here


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Virtual Lunch & Learn:
Understanding the Investor Mindset
October 14, 2021
FREE – Register here


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October Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health
Virtual Happy Hour
October 7, 2021
Save the date


Other Great Community Events


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VertueLab Fuel 2021:
Catalyzing CleanTech Solutions Summit
September 13-15, 2021
Register here


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OregonBio Mini BioPro Lunch & Learn:
Making Your Innovations Shine –
The Magic of Good Data Presentation
September 14, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Register here


2021 Oregon Technology Awards
(Our own Caregiven is a finalist in the pre-revenue category!)
September 17, 2021
5:00-9:00 PM
View the livestream here


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OSU Advantage Accelerator Speaker Series:
What a CPA Does for your Startup
September 22, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Register here


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The MedTech Conference,
Powered by AdvaMed
September 27-30, 2021
More information here


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OHSU Invent-a-thon Social Hour:
Future of Femtech
September 28, 2021
4:00-5:00 PM
Register here


BendVenture conference logo with brown mountain in background2021 Bend Venture Conference
October 21-22, 2021
More information here