OBI & OTRADI March 2024 Newsletter

OTRADI is Granted $2.5M from Business Oregon as a Center of Innovation Excellence

Centers of Innovation Excellence (CIEs) are a key strategy of Business Oregon’s 10-Year Innovation Plan, and OTRADI has been working diligently over the past two years to transition from the now-dissolved Signature Research Center program into to this new CIE program.

OTRADI was created to help startup companies and researchers in Oregon find funding partners with the goal of attracting, growing, and keeping bioscience companies and jobs in Oregon. In addition to providing incubation for fledgling bioscience companies, OTRADI operates the Oregon Bioscience Incubator (“OBI”) which has also developed a collection of programs that provide essential entrepreneurial education, mentorship, and networking opportunities for both OBI client companies and other bioscience and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. These programs target the specialized needs of entrepreneurs working across a range of bioscience fields including therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, digital health, health IT, and wearables technologies.

In the 2023 – 2025 biennium, OTRADI will continue to operate the OBI as a Bioscience Center of Innovation Excellence. We are grateful to Business Oregon and the Oregon Innovation Council for supporting the bioscience sector and OTRADI as a new Center of Innovation Excellence. This Project was funded in part by the Oregon State Lottery and administered by the Oregon Business Development Department.

OBI Startup Spotlight Expo

Join us for an evening of innovation and discovery at our inaugural OBI Startup Spotlight Expo! Explore the latest advancements in biotech and life sciences as we showcase the cutting-edge work of OBI’s talented resident company startups.

Enjoy refreshments while mingling with industry leaders, investors, and legislators. The event will take place in our beautiful new event center, providing the perfect backdrop for networking and learning about the future of biotech.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired and connect with the leaders shaping tomorrow’s world. Get your tickets now.

If your company would like to help support this event, please view available sponsorship opportunities.

OBI Client Company Wins

Veana Therapeutics

Sirona Dx

Velanidi Technologies

Hemex Health



Rewire AI


Learn more about OBI’s 32 startups by visiting our website!

Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience Program

Back for its third year, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network‘s Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience (AOBIO) presents its education and investment program for life and bioscience startups. OBI is a proud partner of this program, which combines:

The format has changed slightly from past years, with an even stronger focus on investment readiness.

Registration is open and the first session is March 21 at 8:30 a.m. Don’t miss it!

University Summer Investment Opportunity 2024


Oregon State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Oregon, and Portland State University are excited to announce the University Summer Investment Opportunity 2024!

This opportunity is open to OSU, OHSU, UO, and PSU affiliated companies, defined as:

Successful applicants will go through a due diligence process and finalists will make a public presentation to the assembled group of investors. Investors will make their own investment decisions and may join with others to pool an investment.

Potential investments are estimated to be in the $25,000 – $250,000 range. Learn more and apply by May 10, 2024.

Pitch Opportunities

Pitch Oregon

Pitch Oregon in 2024 comprises of three distinct pitch competitions, each tailored to cater to the unique needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs in Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Clark counties. In addition to mentorship, and networking opportunities, entrepreneurs participating in Pitch Oregon can expect equity investments, cash prizes, and access to service providers to support their specific needs.

Entrepreneurs and investors interested in participating in Pitch Oregon can find more information, including eligibility criteria and competition details, on the Pitch Oregon website.


Pegasus Angel Accelerator

Startup Founders! Are you ready to take your startup to the next level? Pegasus Angel Accelerator is thrilled to announce the Lightning Round Pitch Competition. This hybrid event is your chance to win a $500,000 partner package, secure significant funding, and pitch at our investor-only event!

Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to accelerate your startup’s growth in 2024. Apply now and show us what makes your startup stand out!


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Science Talk ’24

Registration is now open for Science Talk ‘24, the annual conference of the Association of Science Communicators. At ASC, we believe that science is a human right. Connecting the multifaceted world of science communicators is critical for building a strong and knowledgeable society.

SCIENCE TALK ’24 is taking place as a hybrid conference April 11-12 in person in Portland, Oregon, and with real-time online participation. Conference registration is now open! We are also accepting abstracts for the poster/art session.

The conference theme for 2024 is Opening Doors, which invites a diverse and inclusive community of science communicators to expand their communication potential and impact the world. We look forward to seeing you at Science Talk ’24.

Upcoming Events

TiE Oregon: Panel at the Pub
Funding Stages and Options for Startups
March 12, 2024 | 5:00 p.m.
Golden Valley Brewery, Beaverton


USPTO Women Entrepreneur
Mentoring Program Webinar
March 13, 2024 | 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Free to Attend – Registration


OEN March Pubtalk:
The FoundHER Panel
March 13, 2024 | 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Trova Trip, Portland
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OBI Virtual Lunch & Learn:
Oregon Entrepreneurial Resources Panel

April 3, 2024 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Free to Attend – Registration


ITHS Biomedical Innovation Fireside Chat Series
April 4, April 18, and May 2 | 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Free to Attend – Registration


Angel Oregon Life & Bioscience
Investment-readiness Education Series
March 21, April 4, April 11, 2024 | 8:30-10:00 a.m.


OBI Startup Spotlight Expo
September 12, 2024 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.
OBI Event Space, Portland
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