OBI & OTRADI September 2022 Newsletter

Welcome New Client Companies to the OBI!

VitalFlo helps leading clinicians and researchers improve patient outcomes and advance lung health by providing comprehensive respiratory data, analysis and care.

Keliomics offers pharmacophenotyping for patients with solid tumors including breast, prostate, and certain types of metastatic cancer.

OBI Client Company Wins


Hemex Health



Sparrow Pharmaceuticals (OBI alumus)

Business Oregon Announces Two Grant Opportunities

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Business Oregon announces the opening of matching grant applications. Applicants who have received recent Phase I or Phase II SBIR or STTR grants may be eligible for an Oregon matching grant of $50,000 or $100,000. Applications are due by October 7. Read the details and find the application here.

Business Oregon has also opened a Request for Grant Applications for High Impact Opportunity Projects (HIOP). Grant applications must be received by 8:00 am on October 10, 2022. More information on the eligibility for the grant program and the application materials are available on the Business Oregon HIOP website.

Mentor of the Month:
Claire Celeste Carnes

Claire Celeste Carnes (CC) is a Curriculum Designer and Adjunct Instructor at the New York University Wagner School. She has a strong 20+ year career in marketing and communications, especially in technology and health. Her educational background includes an MBA from Northwestern University with a marketing focus. As a PDX-WIT mentor for multiple years, a prior OBI Biomentor, and member and board member for Women’s Leadership Council in Portland, CC shows her dedication to helping others. She brings a passion and enthusiasm for her work, plus a structured, analytical approach combined with metrics.

Thank you, CC, for your commitment to our startup community!

OBI’s Mentoring Program:
Applications open October 1

And just like that, Fall is here. With it comes preparations to select the Winter-Spring 2023 OBI mentoring cohort. If you have been thinking about joining the OBI’s Mentoring Program, save the date – applications open on October 1 and remain open until October 31.

Read more about the OBI Mentoring Program and our year-round Advising Program here.

Biomedical Innovation: Commercialization Readiness Program

Have an idea for an innovative technology but don’t know where to start? BIP Corp is a 5-week experiential course designed to help you and your team assess and validate your biomedical technology. Gain the knowledge and tools to initiate innovation and commercialization of your technology, and develop a competitive business case to secure funding, partnerships, and further research opportunities.

Sept 21 – Oct 26, 2022 entirely virtual.

View full course schedule and details.
ENROLL here.
Offered at no-cost by OHSU’s Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) and I-Corps@NCATS.

This course is appropriate for faculty, researchers, students, and industry scientists with an early-stage idea or team with an idea. Non-OHSU participants welcome. BIP Corp instructors are experts from across the bioscience industry and academia with experience bringing healthcare technologies and therapeutics to market.

Contact Melissa Mudd,, with questions.

2022 Bend Venture Conference:
Attend • Present • Invest

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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. Don’t miss it! Get your tickets HERE.

2023 Beaverton Startup Challenge

The Oregon Technology Business Center (OTBC) recently changed our name to the Oregon Startup Center. We want to help serve all entrepreneurs and the various sectors they represent with our 8th Beaverton Startup Challenge.

2023 Beaverton Startup Challenge Funding Competition FAQ

Upcoming Events

OBI Events

Lunch & Learn: Public Relations &
Thought Leadership for Life Science Startups

September 22, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Oregon Bioscience Incubator & virtual option
Register here


Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health Happy Hour
October 13, 2022
5:30-7:00 PM
Field Office Courtyard & Living Room
Register here


Other Community Partner Events

Women in Science PDX:
Finding and Using Your Voice
September 14, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Register here


TiE Oregon Westside Pub Talk:
Equity Financing at all Stages

September 20, 2022
5:15-7:00 PM
Golden Valley Brewery – Bethany
Register here


Zapproved & TechTown PDX Lunch & Learn:
Accountability in Action
September 21, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Register here


Pitch Latinx 2022
October 5, 2022
5:30-8:00 PM
The Redd East – Portland
Get tickets here


Oregon Bioengineering Symposium
October 6, 2022
LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University
Details here


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The MedTech Conference
October 24-26, 2022
Boston, Massachusetts
Information 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