OBI & OTRADI October 2022 Newsletter

Welcoming Another New Client Company to OBI!

CANX LLC is developing therapeutics to address iron-related health conditions such as iron overload disease and certain forms of cancer which depend on iron for their growth.

Welcome to the Willamette Wharf building and our OBI client company community!

OBI Client Company Wins

stacked rocks

Rewire Neuro


PDX Pharmaceuticals



Hemex Health



OBI’s Mentoring Program:
Applications Now Open

Now is your opportunity to join the Winter-Spring 2023 OBI mentoring cohort. If you have been thinking about becoming a mentor or mentee in the OBI Mentoring Program, your wait is over – applications are now open.

Applications will be open until October 31.

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

Mentor of the Month:
Satish Viswanatham

Satish Viswanatham is a new mentor in our OBI Mentoring Program. He brings a master’s degree in computer science, 15+ years working in startups, and previous mentoring experience to his relationship with his mentee. Satish is most experienced in cloud engineering, IT, and security. Over the years, he has mentored dozens of engineering leaders to be successful in their careers and startups.

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

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 (including VitalFlo, an OBI client company finalist in the Impact category). Don’t miss it! Get your tickets HERE.


And you won’t want to miss this:
OBI is holding a free networking lunch at OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab in Bend on October 20 before the BVC seminars begin.
Details and registration here!

SBIR/STTR Program: From the Sources’ Mouth

BBCetc’s SBIR/STTR Assistance Program invites everyone to join their monthly “From the Sources’ Mouth” series featuring SBIR/STTR program managers telling you what you need to know to have success with their agencies. These monthly events feature a 1-hour virtual training session conducted by a federal program manager and cover their specific agency’s mission and tips for creating a successful proposal, all sessions include time for Q&A with the agency presenter. They also host a large event every fall, featuring presenters across several agencies. This series is for technology-based entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses familiar with the SBIR/STTR programs who want to learn more about proposal submission.

September’s 7th-annual event featured 3-day SBIR/STTR training with federal program managers across all 11 agencies, with presentations from program managers, panel discussions and live Q&A. If you missed it, you can watch recordings here.

Upcoming Events

OBI Events

Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health
Networking Lunch in Bend
October 20, 2022
12:00-1:30 PM
OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab – Bend
Register here


Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health Happy Hour
November 3, 2022
5:30-7:00 PM
George Fox University Portland Center
Register here


Hybrid Lunch & Learn: Financial Success
Through Accounting Best Practices
November 16, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
OBI or Virtual Option
Register here


Other Community Partner Events

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


OEN Entrepreneurship Awards 2022:
November 17, 2022
5:30-9:00 PM
Portland Art Museum
Purchase tickets here


Biotech Summit 2022 + Bio on the Vine
November 15, 2022
2:00-8:00 PM
Knight Cancer Research Building – Portland
Purchase tickets 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