OBI & OTRADI May 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to the OBI,
EndoRel Biosciences!

EndoRel Biosciences is developing a novel endosomal release platform for targeted intracellular delivery. Their focus is on cytosolic delivery of RNA therapeutics and therapeutic antibodies or antibody fragments. They work closely with collaborators and customers to improve drug efficacy and safety through better intracellular delivery.

EndoRel is moving into the brand new lab and office in Suite 200 this month. Congratulations to them on their new space!

OBI Client Company Recent Wins


Gamma Diagnostics


Trace Biosciences

ESG Brands

Vivifi Medical

Sparrow Pharmaceuticals (OBI alumnus)

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

GAFC Stage One Winners Announced

Oregon Health & Science University’s OCTRI has been named a winner in Stage One of the SBA’s 2024 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition in the Sustainability and Biotechnology category! This prestigious award recognizes OCTRI and Ecosystem Partners’ outstanding efforts in ecosystem building, including the recruitment of new partners and strengthening of existing alliances for a Biotechnology Collective, facilitating biotechnology advances to support undercapitalized entrepreneurs in this sector.

Oregon Bioscience Incubator/OTRADI is a proud Ecosystem Partner and contributor on this Stage One submission, along with Oregon Bioscience Association. We look forward to submitting our Stage Two proposal in June with additional Ecosystem Partners and a robust network to support startups.

We also want to congratulate VertueLab for winning a GAFC Stage One award as well, for their Just Climate Tech Transition program. What a way to represent Oregon and the Pacific Northwest!

Read about OHSU’s submission on line 35. and VertueLab’s submission on line 58.

University Summer Investment Opportunity
Deadline May 10

Don’t miss your chance to apply for the University Summer Investment Opportunity by May 10 at midnight. If your startup has IP licensed from Oregon Health & Science University, University of Oregon, Portland State University, or Oregon State University, apply now!

All the details and links are here.

Business Oregon Invests in Oregon Startups

Business Oregon recently announced a $6.5 million investment through its SSBCI Business Oregon Venture Fund (BOV) Program. The Oregon Venture Fund received $6 million and the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) received $500,000 to invest in Oregon startups.

Read more details about this investment and how $6.5 million will result in $15 million in total investments!

Pre-College Summer Institute at George Fox University

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Dates: June 23 – 28

High school students are invited to experience college living and learning at George Fox this summer – and earn college credit in a week-long, immersive biotechnology institute.

Students will learn the basics of biotechnology and explore where this technology will take us. Then, they’ll head into the laboratory to test agricultural products for genetic modification and use CRISPR technology to modify the genome of E. coli to produce an effect visible to the naked eye.

All OBI-members are provided a $500 discount on registration, as thanks for the long-standing partnership between OBI and George Fox.  Use Code: OBI2024

Learn more and register for the Pre-College Summer Institute at:

Upcoming Events at OBI

Thermo Fisher Scientific Office Hours
May 16, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
OBI Event Space, Portland
Stop by to say hi!


Lunch & Learn with Moss Adams:
R&D Tax Credit – Does Your Company Qualify?
May 22, 2024 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
OBI Event Space -OR- Virtual
Free to attend – register in advance


Workshop with Travis Rappleye:
MedTech Product Development 101
June 4, 2024 | 1:00-4:00 p.m.
OBI Suite 200 Conference Room
Details and registration


Startup Spotlight Expo:
Featuring the Innovative Startups within OBI

September 12, 2024 | 5:00-8:00 p.m.
OBI Event Space, Portland
Tickets on sale now


Other Community Events

OHSU Innovation Day
May 9 | 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Virtual for daytime sessions
Late afternoon at OHSU Auditorium, Portland
Free to attend – registration


University Lab Partners Hybrid Lunch & Learn:
How to Get a Term Sheet in Today’s Investment Climate
May 14, 2024 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Virtual -OR- In-Person in Irvine, CA


University Lab Partners SBIR/STTR Series
May 22, June 5, and June 12, 2024 | 9:00-10:00 a.m.