OBI & OTRADI End-of-Year 2022 Newsletter

Ringing in the New Year!

Welcome 2023! But before we leave 2022 behind, this end-of-year newsletter features a big OBI project that wrapped up in 2022, plus a recap of some of the outstanding and innovative projects that our client companies are working on. We hope you enjoy sharing in their success stories as much as we do.

This special edition of the OBI & OTRADI newsletter also includes some helpful information for our readers, including updates, opportunities, and some really great upcoming events. Please feel free to share. We hope you have a peaceful and prosperous 2023.

Our HIOP Space is Completed:
Thank you to Business Oregon! 

In 2021, OBI/OTRADI was granted High Impact Opportunity Project (HIOP) implementation funding from Business Oregon to build out new space to support growth of the bioscience sector in Oregon. We got right to work, transforming our prior administrative offices in the Willamette Wharf building into new labs and offices. Due to supply chain issues during a global pandemic, progress was not always speedy, but this project is now fully complete. Thank you, Business Oregon!

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The OBI used the HIOP dollars to fund the build-out of 3,300 square feet into six labs and six offices to expand incubator space for startup bio companies. This new space funded via HIOP dollars has allowed us to bring in seven new companies from our waiting list into the OBI facility. One additional lab is still unleased and available to one of OBI’s current companies or a new company upon completion of our selection committee process. For life science startups seeking space, inquire here.

The seven companies in the new space include CANX, GenerX, Keliomics, PDX Pharmaceuticals, Qtonics, Trace Biosciences (formerly Inherent Targeting), and VitalFlo; they support 17 jobs with one company actively hiring an additional position. These companies have raised over $7,527,000 in funding, which was mainly secured via SBIR grants and seed funding.

Client Company Wins in 2022

Aronora (alumnus)


Caregiven (alumnus)



Gamma Diagnostics


Hemex Health






OmnEcoil Instruments

PDX Pharmaceuticals




Rewire Neuro


Senju Pharmaceuticals

Sirona Dx


Sonivate Medical

Sparrow Pharmaceuticals (alumnus)



Synergic Medical Technologies


Trace Biosciences

Veana Therapeutics

VIR Biotechnology

Virogenomics BioDevelopment


Congratulations to all of you on your hard work and successful endeavors! You’re doing great things for healthcare.

Business Oregon SBMA Grant

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Do you have or know of a small business affected by COVID-19? Small businesses may be eligible for one of Oregon’s Small Business and Microenterprise Grant Assistance awards. This program is funded by CARES Act funding for businesses who meet eligibility requirements.

For more information, see Business Oregon’s SBMA Program page.

Note: Applications open on January 23 at 8 a.m. and are due at 5 p.m. on January 27, 2023.

Save the Date for OTRADI’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

Mark your calendars to come out and help us celebrate our 15th anniversary! More information to come, so stay tuned.

Thank You for Your Continued Support of our Programs

OBI is gearing up for some excellent free entrepreneurial programming this year. We have monthly Lunch & Learns on all kinds of interesting topics geared toward the life science community, monthly Happy Hour networking, a robust mentoring & advising program, and more. Each of these programs has sponsorship opportunities available.

To help support our programming with a tax-deductible sponsorship, please take a look at our Program Sponsorship Kit and contact Rene Miller for sponsorship or questions.

Upcoming OBI Events

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OBI Virtual Lunch & Learn:
Diversity in Clinical Trials
January 18, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM
Register here


Accelerate Biotech + Digital Health Happy Hour
February 2, 2023
5:30-7:00 PM
Oregon Bioscience Incubator, Portland
Tickets are limited – get yours now!


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OBI Virtual Lunch & Learn:
Business Oregon’s Commercialization Gap Fund
and SBIR Overview
February 28, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM
Save the date!


Other Community Events

PDX Women in Tech Presents:
January Happy Hour & Town Hall
January 17, 2023
5:30-7:30 PM
Register here


UW WE-REACH Biomedical Entrepreneurship
Fireside Chat Series
January 19, 26, February 2, and 9, 2023
2:00-3:00 PM
Register here


Lunch & Learn: What Every MedTech Startup Leader
Needs to Know About Attempting a Commercial Launch
January 25, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
Register here


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Built Oregon Presents
PitchBlack 2023

February 7, 2023
6:30 PM
The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, Beaverton
Tickets on sale now