OBI & OTRADI November 2022 Newsletter

OBI client company wins

PDX Pharmaceuticals


Trace Biosciences


Sonivate Medical


Hemex Health

Rewire Neuro


Caregiven (alumnus)

Congratulations on all of your achievements!

Wishing Hazel Valdez the best in her new role

OBI’s Associate Director, Hazel Valdez, has accepted a position as Executive Director for PDXWIT and will be leaving OBI on November 18, 2022.

While at OBI, Hazel has worked to formalize OBI’s selection process, injected Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work into daily operations, built a job board, completed a digital health project initiative, and led the organization’s diversify funding efforts. Hazel has always communicated that she wanted to become an Executive Director herself, so we are ecstatic to see her achieve this goal.

While we are saddened to see her go, we are grateful for all the work she has done and the friendships we have formed. We wish her congratulations on this achievement and look forward to working with her as a partner in this great community.

CBRE report: Life science market normalizes in Q3 after record-setting 2021

Executive Summary

For more information, contact Ajay Malhotra, or Kristin Hammond, at CBRE Portland.

Pitch Oregon applications due Nov. 15

PITCH OREGON is entering another year, showcasing the talent and innovation of Pacific Northwest founders. Each year, Pitch Oregon brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors from the region, creating a collaborative and dynamic environment for launching startups on their growth journeys.

Winners of the growth categories for Pitch Oregon 2023 will receive investment through a special purpose vehicle (SPV). A cash prize will be awarded to the Early-Stage winner.

Last year, $875K was invested in six companies and we’re expecting approximately the same again in 2023!

WHO CAN APPLY:  Pitch Oregon will have 3 Growth categories and one Early-Stage category. Applicants will self-select which category to apply for. To be eligible for one of the Growth categories, startups must have raised more than $250,000 in total investment or have more than $250,000 in revenue. Pitch Oregon categories include:

Deadline to apply is November 15.
More information here.

OHSU Innovates 2022 Impact Report

The OHSU Innovates 2022 Impact Report provides a snapshot of the successes that come from innovative science, academic-industry collaborations and an infrastructure that stewards ideas to impact. You’ll find numbers that show the impact of funding great ideas, and you’ll see profiles of some of the OHSU innovators and start-ups that demonstrate the change that innovation can bring.  The report also shares OHSU services and resources that aim to help build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

A special shoutout to OBI client companies ProMedix, who is featured on pages 8 and 14; and CytoImage, whose profile appears on page 13 of the report.

UC Davis is hosting NIH course

group of people attending a seminar

NIH Course in Neurotherapeutics Discovery and Development for Academic Scientists

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 session of the Training in Neurotherapeutics Discovery and Development for Academic Scientists Course, taking place March 14 -17, 2023 at UC Davis in Davis, CA. The deadline to apply is December 5, 2022.

This NIH-sponsored short course focuses on fundamentals of drug discovery and development of novel neurotherapeutics. It offers a mix of didactic lectures, workshops, round robins, and one-on-one academic/pharma mentorship, with time for networking and in-person collaboration. Led by Course Directors Michael Rogawski, MD, PhD, and Barbara Slusher, PhD, MAS, the course is taught by a faculty of leading Pharma industry and academic drug discovery professionals. Participants will have ongoing access to senior faculty who will assist them to achieve success in their individual drug development projects.

The 2023 session will be held in person at UC Davis in Davis, CA. There is no cost to apply, and for successful applicants, tuition, travel, and lodging are fully coveredApply here by December 5.

Upcoming events

OBI events

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


Hybrid Lunch & Learn:
Real Estate Q&A
December 7, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
OBI or Virtual Option
SAVE THE DATE – registration coming soon


Other community partner events

Voices of Equity: Backlash & Social Movements
November 11, 2022
9:00-9:30 AM
Register 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


Inclusion That Moves You
December 7, 2022
12:00-1:15 PM
Register here