OBI & OTRADI August 2022 Newsletter

OBI Client Company Wins


Hemex Health



Gamma Diagnostics

Inherent Targeting

Outstanding wins!

Wanted: Digital Health Feedback

OBI is looking for feedback from the community about accelerating the growth of digital health. Digital health is a fast-growing segment in Oregon’s healthcare ecosystem. We’re looking for community feedback about your views on digital health and the resources that companies need to grow. Click here to take the 12-question survey.

Thank you for your participation!

Mentor of the Month:
Mary Phillips

Mary Phillips joined the OBI Mentoring Program as a Mentor after going through the program as a Mentee in her role as Chief Strategic Officer for Thaena, Inc.

With a B.Sc. Chemistry from Durham University, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Imperial College in London, and her background as a USPTO Registered Patent Agent – combined with many years of experience in startups and university tech transfer, Mary brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as an OBI Mentor.

Mary says, “My passion is solving puzzles – and all the pieces of how startups come together are great puzzles! The most complicated puzzle pieces of startups are the founders. Working with the founder to overcome the hurdles and obstacles and confidently lead using their style to achieve their goals is, for me, very fulfilling work. And then there is the joy of seeing a founder take an idea and turn it into an innovation that people will buy – knowing that I helped in some way in making that possible.” Mary is a connector, coach, mentor, and strategist for STEMMbridge in Corvallis, Oregon.

Thank you, Mary, for all you do for our Oregon startups!

Think BIG: Bend Innovation Group

Introducing Bend Innovation Group (BIG), founded in beautiful Bend, Oregon:

“A common conception among members of the Bend Innovation Group (BIG) is that the enormous beauty of our region inspires dreamers and innovators. This is evidenced by the successful and expansive growth in Bend and throughout the Central Oregon region over the past two decades. Our members also share the vision that Bend is well positioned to prosper in our future growth if supported by a historically successful, highly experienced, and knowledgeable team of professionals, public and industry partners, and a channel of entrepreneurs who are ready to establish their footprint and lay their stake in our wonderful town.

It’s on this premise that BIG has been conceived and is taking form to foster conscientious, generational development in our region leveraging the strengths of our founding members’ decades of success in the health sciences. We’re a group of med-tech innovators and entrepreneurs, practicing physicians, professors and researchers, and successful financial professionals who have come together to pool our life experiences, share our knowledge, our time, and our passion with like minded entrepreneurs.

In addition to contributing to regional growth and development our goal is to improve the lives of others, both locally and well beyond.

By supporting healthcare innovation with our mentoring, private and public partnerships, and funding resources we’re able to foster early phase, pre-revenue startups from concept, through launch, and onto seed funding stages of growth.”

For more information about BIG, visit their website and check out their team, portfolio companies, and fellowship program.

Oregon’s Bio Boom:
2022 Economic Impact Report

Our friends at Oregon Bioscience Association recently released a comprehensive 2022 economic impact report, measuring the economic, fiscal, and demographic impacts of Oregon’s Bioscience industry. This report also includes Clark County, Washington. Our industry is doing great things in Oregon and SW Washington.

You can download the full report or the summary in PDF format here. Read it and celebrate Oregon’s Bio Boom!

2022 Bend Venture Conference:
Attend • Present • Invest

BendVenture conference logo with brown mountain in background

The Bend Venture Conference (BVC), held on October 20 & 21, 2022 in Bend, Oregon, is the signature event for entrepreneurial activity in the Pacific Northwest. The major objectives of this event are to provide exposure and investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and build an engaged community of investors in Central Oregon.

The event attracts over 600 attendees, many of whom come from beyond Central Oregon (50% of attendees come from outside the region). Investments, awards, and prizes have totaled over $10 million in the last five years, making BVC the largest angel conference in the West.

There are three tracks for the competition: Early Stage, Growth Stage, and Impact. Applications are due by August 16, 2022. For more information and application, click here.

Hiring or Job Searching?

OBI has launched a free Job Board where you can easily list your organization’s open positions. Click here to post your open positions. We’ll approve it on our end, and it will be posted for 30 days (and it’s renewable too).

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.

Upcoming Events

OBI Events

Lunch & Learn: Creating Equity Every Day
August 25, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Oregon Bioscience Incubator & virtual option
Register here


Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health Happy Hour
September 1, 2022
5:30-7:00 PM
Oregon Bioscience Incubator
Register here


Other Community Partner Events

Women in Science PDX:
Women in Biotech Panel
August 17, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Register here


Partners in Diversity: Say Hey!
August 17, 2022
5:30-8:00 PM
World Trade Center Building Two Plaza
Register here


2023 Beaverton Challenge Information Session
August 24, 2022
4:00-6:00 PM
OTBC Office – Beaverton
Register here


Bio in the Valley 2022
December 1, 2022
5:00-8:00 PM
Phil and Penny Knight Campus for
Accelerating Scientific Impact – Eugene
Purchase tickets here