OBI & OTRADI October 2021 Newsletter

Hiring or Seeking? OBI has a Job Board!

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We’re excited to announce that OBI has launched a Job Board, and we’d love to list any open positions your respective organizations may have. Click here to post your open positions.

And, if you’re a job seeker and would like to have your resume reviewed by recruiters in the community, please upload your resume to the “submit resume” section of our job board.

OBI Client Company Wins

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Inherent Targeting



Gamma Diagnostics

Veana Therapeutics




Congratulations to all our client companies – way to go! Keep the wins coming!

OBI Mentoring Program
Applications Now Open

Mentor and mentee applications are now open for the structured 6-month mentoring program which begins January 3, 2022 and runs through the end of June. Now is the time for YOU 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 are Open from October 1-31
For more important dates, details, and link to the applications:

Mentor of the Month:
Mike Gursha

Mike is CEO and Chairman of startup company, Rookie Road. In addition, he also currently sits on the board and/or advises a wide variety of early stage companies. Previously, Mike worked at a biotechnology startup as VP of Strategic Initiatives and Director of Business Development. Mike has also served as an advisory council member for the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, has been a mentor in various accelerator programs, served on the community advisory board of Oregon Public Broadcasting, and serves as an EIR for the Blackstone Launchpad at Syracuse University, where he is an alum.

Mike’s mentee has glowing things to say about him, including that Mike is a great sounding board to think through strategic decisions.

Thank you Mike, for helping the OBI entrepreneurial community through mentoring!

Take Advantage of OSU’s Fall Iterate Program

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Do you have a business idea but need some help? We’re offering Iterate, a free virtual class for researchers, entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs who have a business idea or technology that could become a sellable product or service but aren’t sure what to do next. Come learn how to create a value proposition, find and understand your market, and more. Iterate consists of four workshops on WEDNESDAYS that build on each other: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, and Nov. 17, all from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open to OSU and non-OSU members.

Learn more here. 

Business Oregon Matching Grants

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News Release from Business Oregon:

“Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) have opened a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Oregon matching grants to recipients of the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs. This RFP seeks applications for matching grants of either Phase I, Phase II, or Fast-Track federal SBIR/STTR awards. The SBIR and STTR grant programs are designed to stimulate technological innovation and provide new opportunities for small businesses to conduct research and development with commercial potential. The RFP opened on September 8, 2021, and will close on October 14, 2021.

“An Oregon company that has received a Phase I SBIR/STTR award may submit a proposal for projects up to $50,000. A company with a Phase II or Fast-Track award may submit a proposal for projects up to $100,000. Business Oregon intends to make multiple awards under this program and will likely issue another matching grant RFP in 2022.

“A detailed overview of the RFP, selection process, application and supporting resources are on Business Oregon’s SBIR Support Program webpage. Completed applications are due by 11:59 pm PST on Thursday, October 14, 2021.”


Join Us For These Upcoming OBI Events


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Virtual Lunch & Learn:
Understanding the Investor Mindset
October 14, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
FREE – Register here


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November Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health
Virtual Happy Hour
November 4, 2021
5:00-6:30 PM
FREE – Register here


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Virtual Lunch & Learn:
Past, Present, and Future of Digital Health
November 17, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Save the date!


Other Great Community Events


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


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Black Women in STEM 2.0 Summit:
Making HERstory
October 22-23, 2021
More information here


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TAO Professional Development Program:
A Conversation About Cybersecurity Hygiene

October 27, 2021
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Register here


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PhRMA Pathways to Success in Biopharma
Virtual Graduate Summit & Career Expo
October 27-28, 2021
More information here


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OCTRI Seminar: Demystify the Regulatory Environment
A Roadmap for Healthcare Technologies
October 28, 2021
2:00-3:00 PM
Register here


OregonBio Virtual Life Science Career Fair
November 10, 2021
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Register here


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Technology Association of Oregon:
Health Tech Summit
November 15-16, 2021
8:30 AM-1:00 PM
More information here


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Oregon Entrepreneurs Network:
November 18, 2021
5:00-8:00 PM
More information here