OBI & OTRADI April 2022 Newsletter

Business Oregon has
Matching Grants Available

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Business Oregon has just announced a Request for Grant Applications. Applicants who have recently received federal Phase I SBIR/STTR awards, or Phase II awards, may be eligible for a state matching grant.

More information is available at the Business Oregon website. Applications are due by May 8, 2022.

OBI Client Company Wins


Gamma Diagnostics, Inc.


Hemex Health


Synergic Medical Technologies

Congratulations on your successes. Keep up the good work!

Applications Now Open for
OBI Mentoring Program

Mentor and mentee applications opened on April 1 or this structured, 6-month mentoring program, so now is your opportunity to get involved!

Would You Like to be a Mentor?
If you have experience working with startups in health innovations/life science, 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 will be accepted from April 1-30.
For more important dates, details, and a link to the applications, visit

Mentor of the Month: Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips, JD has been an OBI Mentor for many years. He has been advising startups for 39 years on all aspects of business – formation, capital raising, employment, governance and is always available to lend a hand to entrepreneurs. Michael is a partner at Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP. He listens well and offers practical strategic advice, and not just to his OBI mentees – he also currently acts as general counsel on a pro bono bias for the OBA, The Conservations Alliance and 1% for the Planet. He has served as a director for Portland Social ventures, Soul River, Susan B Komen, Portland Center for the Performing arts, the Software Association of Oregon.

Thank you Michael, for your tireless work for our community!

2022 Oregon Technology Awards

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Don’t miss the 38th annual Oregon Technology Awards, Tuesday, May 3 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Celebrate 2022 Lifetime Achievement award recipient Craig Reinhart, Managing Director of Occupier Services at JLL; 2022 Sam Blackman award winner Henry Schuck, CEO & Chairman of Zoominfo; and 2022 Tech Champion award winner, The Lemelson Foundation.

In addition, there will be 2022 Company Awards in 10 categories, including our own Synergic Medical Technologies as a finalist in the Pre-Revenue category. Regional tech and tech-enabled companies are recognized for their accomplishments, leadership, and commitment to the industry and community.

OBI & OTRADI is pleased to be a sponsor for this event. Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss it!

Please Complete OBI’s
Bioscience Ecosystem Inventory Survey

The Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) is the state’s first and only bioscience-focused incubator. The multi-client company bioscience complex provides startups and scientists access to entrepreneurial mentoring, state-of-the-art bioscience facilities, meeting space, and shared equipment. While OBI currently provides free resources to the full community, we understand there are still some unmet needs and would like to learn more about how OBI can help fill resource gaps.

If you haven’t already, please take 15 minutes to fill out this survey to help assess the needs of the community by identifying additional resources needed. Thank you!

Act Now for MedX @Düsseldorf!

Compete now for a free both at MEDICA’s Start-up Park! You target the global market, you believe in the success of your product and you are ready for the next big step towards internationalization. Your focus is now on networking and gaining visibility, and you are looking for the best way to connect with important partners. The Office of Economic Development Düsseldorf can offer you that unique opportunity with a booth at MEDICA’s Start-Up Park.

Applications accepted if your startup…

  • offers an innovative product/ service in digital health
  • is not registered in Germany
  • has 1–20 employees
  • was launched after 2017
  • has an annual turnover of 0–3 M Euro

Apply at MedX @Düsseldorf until 30th June 2022 to get selected for a pitch competition in order to compete for a spot at the global meeting point for digital pioneers – the Start-up Park. We will inform you by 8th July 2022 if you were chosen for a digital pitch competition in front of a jury. See this link for more details!

OHSU Research Week
May 2-5

OHSU Research Week is an annual university-wide event that celebrates research performed by students, faculty, postdocs, and staff across all schools, centers, institutes and education programs.

Don’t miss keynote speakers, career development and negotiation workshops, poster presentations, and Innovation Day!

It’s all virtual this year. Learn more at the OHSU Research Week website.

Join OSU Iterate

Do you have a business idea but need some help? OSU Advantage Accelerator offers 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: May 4, 11, 18, & 25 all from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open to OSU and non-OSU members. Apply today!


Join Us For These Upcoming OBI Events

Hybrid Lunch & Learn:
Demystifying Commercial Real Estate Leasing
April 26, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Limited attendees in-person at CBRE
Also livestreamed on Zoom
Register now!


Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health Happy Hour
May 5, 2022
5:30-7:00 PM
In-person! Location TBA
Save the date


Other Great Community Events

TAO Pride Community Kick-Off
April 14, 2022
4:00-6:00 PM
Mississippi Studios
Register here


OregonBio Zoomcast:
Inherent Targeting – Seeing the Nerve for What it is

April 20, 2022
9:00-9:30 AM
Register here

Zapproved Lunch & Learn:
Create Your Personal Racial Equity Roadmap

April 28, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Register here