OBI & OTRADI July/August Newsletter

Best Wishes to OBI/OTRADI’s Executive Director, Jennifer Fox, in her new position as Autodesk’s Director and Chief of Staff

“The last eleven years at OTRADI and the OBI have been the most exciting and professionally rewarding time of my career. I am immensely proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish — opening Oregon’s first bio-focused startup incubator and growing Oregon’s bioscience and digital health startup sector. While I hate to leave OTRADI/OBI, in July 2019, I accepted a position in Portland with Autodesk as a Director and Chief of Staff.

While my new role is a fantastic opportunity that promises to be exciting and challenging, it was very difficult for me to leave our outstanding team, organization and the OBI community. Autodesk is a leader in working with innovators, makers, engineers and community builders, which is why it will be a wonderful next step for me. Moving forward, I will continue to be an active member of the bio and digital health community here in Oregon. I remain incredibly excited to continue to see the phenomenal growth of bioscience startups and health and wellness innovators across Oregon.

I look forward to seeing you all again in the near future.”

-Jennifer Fox, Ph.D


OBI/OTRADI names Heather Ellis as Interim Director

OBI/OTRADI’s board of directors has named Heather Ellis as Interim Director. Heather has been with OBI/OTRADI for the past two years and has most recently served as our Assistant Director. She is well-informed, passionate about incubation and a wonderful contributor to our community. 

We are committed to supporting a smooth transition, and we have outstanding staff and board of directors that are committed and dedicated to supporting bio-entrepreneurs at the OBI and across Oregon. 


Aditi Martin to lead new OHSU Collaborations and Entrepreneurship Office

OBI’s close partner, Aditi Martin, has be crucial to the entrepreneurial community, OHSU partnerships and business development since 2015. She will now serve OHSU as Senior Director of Collaborations and Entrepreneurship, a position designed to encourage the development of OHSU innovations.

Click here to see the full story on OHSU’s Research News.


OBI Client Company Wins

 

New OBI Client Company Resource

OBI Client Companies now have access to a recording of a 3 hour SBIR Workshop “All About the SBIR Grant Process: An Insider’s Perspective” with Dr. O’Halloran. This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant process, with emphasis on how to get funded. 

  • Understanding the Omnibus Solicitation and Application Process
  • What the Solicitation does and does not cover
  • Strategic planning
  • Understanding the element of “Innovation”
  • Writing a competitive grant application

Note: This is a resource for internal OBI Client Companies or OBI Alumni only. If you are an OBI Client or Alumni and would like access to this webinar, email Heather Ellis at hellis@otradi.org for access.


Join us for these upcoming OBI and OBI-Partner events:

Partner Event: Oregon Bioscience Association is hosting a Finance Skills for Non-Finance People workshop on August 1 & 2. Register now. $625-$775 to attend.

Partner Event: OTBC, OEN TiE and Ater Wynne are partnering on an online series “How Early Stage Startup Funding Works.” The next topic will discuss How the Pre-Money SAFE and Post-Money SAFE Work on August 6th from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend this webinar.

OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Executive Profile Building to Build Opportunities with Eric Schudiske on August 29th from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend.

OBI Event: Join us for our Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health Happy Hour on September 5th from 5:30-7pm at OBI/OTRADI. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: VertueLab is hosting their Impact Summit 2019 on September 13th. They are also hosting a Funding Startups Lunch with SBIR Grants and Other Funding Options at 12pm. Register now. $10-$125 to attend.

Partner Event: OCTRI is now accepting applications for BIP Corp, 4-week experiential course. BIP Corp runes October 4 – November 1. Applications are due September 20th. Apply now.

Partner Event: The 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference will be October 17th & 18th in Bend, OR. Register now. $135-$329 to attend.

OBI & OTRADI June Newsletter

Grant Awarded to OBI to Build Out Lab Space in Portland Innovation Quadrant

For years, one of the primary factors limiting Oregon bio companies’ growth has been the complete lack of available lab space in the Portland Metro area. OBI has been diligently working on solving this problem by collaborating with local real estate developers and by actively participating on the board of the Portland Innovation Quadrant.

We previously shared the very promising lab building developments coming soon to the central east side of Portland’s Innovation Quadrant, and now we are thrilled to announce that the OBI has received grant funding to build-out ~10,000 square feet of labs in the first building to be completed. This funding will allow us to deliver turn-key lab space to lab-based companies of up to 40 people. Please click this link for more info on our upcoming OBI Bio Bridge space.

Also, the Portland IQ and our new lab-based bio buildings have recently been featured as the cover story of the Portland Business Journal. Here is the full article. 

If you would like to learn more about our upcoming lab space available in the Portland IQ, email us ASAP at hellis@otradi.org. We are currently meeting with interested companies and anticipate space will fill up quickly. We are happy to discuss these developments and the great progress being made to develop a hub for bioscience within Portland’s Innovation Quadrant. Thank you all for being part of this vibrant and rapidly growing bio community!


OBI’s Newest Employee

The Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) is proud to welcome our newest employee, Alexander Coombs, as Operations Assistant.

Mr. Coombs joined the OBI in the Spring of 2019 and will aid in implementing our entrepreneurial programs, as well as provide operational support for companies within the OBI. Alex will help drive OBI’s newest initiatives and our digital and marketing presence to grow Oregon’s bioscience and digital health startup ecosystem.

Mr. Coombs graduated from Appalachian State University, receiving a B.S. in Cell biology with a minor in Chemistry.


OBI Client Company Wins


New OBI Client Company Resource

OBI Client Companies now have access to MathWorks Accelerator and Incubator Program benefits which include:

  • All current OBI startups and alumni may request up to 10 Individual licenses of MathWorks desktop software
  • This includes MATLAB, Simulink and over 90+ additional tools
  • 50% discount on all MathWorks self-paced online training
  • Full Tech Support
  • Ability to purchase our software in years 2-5 under their Startup License program.

Note: This is a resource for internal OBI Client Companies or OBI Alumni only. If you are an OBI Client or Alumni and would like to utilize this resource, email Heather Ellis at hellis@otradi.org for more information.


OBI BioMentor Highlight

OBI offers an extensive BioMentor program to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting Ryan Dunlap, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer at MolecularMD.
 

As a BioMentor, Ryan can assist with issues around corporate and fiscal strategy development, business scale up, financial reporting, fundraising and financing preparation, budgeting, forecasting and financial modeling, investor relations, and risk management. He also has first-hand knowledge about mergers and acquisitions, business integration, decision support, deal structuring and other collaborative arrangements, out-licensing and in-licensing, business processes and internal controls, corporate governance and organizational leadership development/team building.

Also, as MolecularMD was recently acquired by ICON plc resulting in a successful shareholder exit, Ryan will be finishing up with business integration activities soon and will be available for more formal consulting and/or employment opportunities as needed. Ryan can be reached directly at ryan@dunlapadvisors.com.
 

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.

If you are an entrepreneur that would like to connect with our BioMentors, please fill out this form.


Join us for these upcoming OBI and OBI-Partner events:

Partner Event: Tonkon Torp is hosting a Tonkon Talk on How to Achieve “Second Date” Success on June 5th from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: NanoString GeoMx™ Digital Spatial Profiler Technology Day at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute on June 7th from 8:30am – 4pm. Register now. 

Partner Event: OEN is hosting their signature OEN event, Angel Oregon. This year’s event, the Angel Food Conference, is on June 19th. Register now.

Partner Event: Techstars startup weekend is in Independance, Oregon June 21-23. Register now. $0-$20 to attend.

 

Partner Event: Cambia Grove is hosting an Interoperability Summit: Empowering Consumers with Data, in Seattle June 20-21. Register now. $30 to attend.

 

OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Commercializing using Healthcare Claims Data with Katie Vahle, Chief Commercial Officer at Carevoyance, on June 26th from 12-1pm. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: Portland State University is hosting their Invent OR Collegiate Challenge Finals on June 28th from 9am – 5pm. Register now. Free to attend.

OBI & OTRADI May Newsletter

Bioscience Growth and the Portland Innovation Quadrant

For years one of the primary limiting factors for local bioscience companies’ growth has been the complete lack of available lab space in the Portland Metro area. Many of you know that we have been diligently working on solving this problem by meeting with local real estate developers and by actively participating on the board of the Portland Innovation Quadrant (Portland IQ). The Portland IQ is a public-private partnership founded by Portland’s leading institutions (OHSU, PSU, PCC, OMSI) and expanded to include private industry, incubators, trade associations and local government (for more info, see www.portlandiq.org).

We are thrilled to report that the Portland IQ and the new lab-based, bioscience buildings are featured as the cover story of the Portland Business Journal. View the article here: https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2019/04/25/unleashing-portlands-emerging-bioscience-sector.html. 

If you are a lab-based company with up to 25 employees, and you’d like to learn more about our new lab space available in the Portland IQ, please email hellis@otradi.org to let us know. We are happy to discuss these developments and the great progress being made to develop an innovation quadrant in Portland. Thanks to you all for being part of this vibrant and rapidly growing bioscience community!


OBI’s Executive Director, Jennier Fox, was a panelist at TechfestNW discussing the Portland Innovation Quadrant (Portland IQ). She shared her excitement for the Portland IQ and how it is creating the next step in the pipeline for bioscience startups.
 

OBI proudly sponsored the following companies at PitchfestNW:


OBI was proud to be part of such a worthy cause by actively participating in this year’s Girls Inc. Power of the Purse Gala. OBI Executive Director, Jennifer Fox, worked hard to secure all of the items the purse came with. The purse and contents were auctioned off and sold for $6,500. Thank you to McConnell’s Boxing Academy, Oregon Wine Board, RxHomeTest.com, Wildfang and Yellow Scope for donating to the cause.


OBI Client Company Wins

  • Aronora has announced a $9M+ deal for drug royalties from their novel stroke, clots and heart disease products. (photo above)
  • Sparrow Pharmaceuticals was awarded $100K Business Oregon Enhanced Phase 0 grant to support certain regulatory, IP, and drug supply management activities. Sparrow Pharmaceuticals was also selected as a podium presenter during Life Science Innovation NW.
  • Suturegard Medical has completed their seed round. Kaiser Permanente has approved their device for a 3 month product trial and surgeons from multiple specialties will be involved in this clinical trial.


OBI BioMentor Highlight

OBI offers an extensive BioMentor program to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting Jurgen Vollrath, President of the Exponential Technology Counsel.

As a BioMentor, Jurgen can advise on, and put in place, an intellectual property strategy (on what patents to file, when to file them, where and how) that will help startups save money and will add value to the company at time of exit based on an overview of the competitive landscape.
 

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.

To connect with BioMentors, please fill out this form.


Join us for these upcoming OBI and OBI-Partner events:

OBI Event: Our Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health Happy Hour is TONIGHT, May 2nd at OBI/OTRADI. Register now. Free to attend.

 

Partner Event: Oregon State University Advantage is hosting an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit on May 9th. Register now. Free to attend.

 

Partner Event: SoPE will be hosting their next meeting on May 16th. Register now. Free to attend.

 

Partner Event: Oregon Bioscience Association is hosting their signature event, Bio in the High Desert, on May 16th in Bend. Register now. $25-$35 to attend.

OBI & OTRADI April 2019 Newsletter

Oregon Bioscience Incubator Names Heather Ellis as Assistant Director

The Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) is proud to announce that our previous Community Coordinator, Heather Ellis, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the OBI.  Heather joined the OBI in the Fall of 2017 and has excelled at implementing our entrepreneurial programs, including OBI’s monthly Lunch and Learn events, Accelerate Bio and Digital Health monthly happy hours, SBIR grant writing workshops, startup company outreach and promoting partner events across the State’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In her new role as OBI Assistant Director, Heather will be spearheading OBI’s newest initiatives, developing entrepreneurial programs, growing OBI’s partnerships and collaborations, participating on the Portland Innovation Quadrant’s startup resources work group, growing OBI’s digital and marketing presence, as well as developing programs, workshops and events designed to grow Oregon’s startup bioscience and digital health ecosystem.

Ms. Ellis graduated from Portland State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree with minors in Business and Communications.


OBI Client Company Wins


OBI BioMentor Highlight

OBI offers an extensive BioMentor program to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting Lisa Wernli-Hunt, Owner of Hunt Accounting Services and Accountant/Controller at Acumen Financial.

As a BioMentor, Lisa can advise on basic bookkeeping services, GAAP-based financial statements and preparation for audits or tax return filings.
Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.

To connect with BioMentors, please fill out this form.


New client company, Rewire Neuroscience, joined the OBI in April!

Rewire Neuroscience is a Portland startup focused on empowering the future of biomedical research by providing intelligent research tools that are powerful and affordable. They offer an array of laboratory equipment and analytics software, ranging from real-time freezer power monitoring to artificial intelligence for analyzing biomedical images.

Website: https://rewireneuro.com/


Join us for these upcoming OBI and OBI-Partner events:

Partner Event: TechfestNW will be April 4-5th. Register now. $99-$275.

 

 

Partner Event: Science Talk ’19 will be April 4-5th. Register now. $125-$300.

 

Partner Event: SoPE will be hosting their next meeting on April 11, 6-7:30PM. Register now. Free to attend.

 

OBI, OCTRI, and TTBD Workshop: All About the SBIR Grant Process – An Inside Perspective will be April 12th from 9am-1pm. Apply now.

 

Partner Event: Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest is hosting their Power of the Purse Gala on April 12th. Register now. $200 and up.

 

Partner Event: Cambia Grove is hosting a TRAILS Competition. Apply now; applications are due by April 14th.

 

Partner Event: Technology Association of Oregon is hosting their 2019 Oregon Technology Awards on April 17th from 5 – 9PM. Register now. $150-$2,400.

 

Partner Event: Oregon Science Startup Forum is on April 20th. Register now. $30-$60.

 

OBI Event: Join us for a Workshop on Sales and Marketing – Sales Strategy from a Company Planning Standpoint on April 24th from 10AM – 4PMRegister now. $35 to attend.

 

 

OBI & OTRADI March 2019 Newsletter

Portland biotech firm, MolecularMD, purchased by global drug development company Icon

Click here to read the article


OBI Client Company Wins

  • Hemex Health was awarded a $150,000 SBIR grant to design and automate an affordable microchip-electrophoresis for sickle cell disease using a test cartridge that can be used in Hemex Health’s portable, easy-to-use analysis equipment.
  • Sparrow Pharmaceuticals has been invited to present at the following events.
    • Keiretsu Family Office Forum, 7 March in Seattle
    • Angel Capital Expo, 8 March in Seattle
    • Cascadia Venture Forum, 11 March in Vancouver BC
  • StoneStable was awarded a $49,930 SBIR grant for stabilization of influenza vaccine by silica-coating. The company will conduct additional experiments to demonstrate efficacy of silica-coated flu vaccines that are much more stable than existing means.

OBI’s BioMentor Program is available throughout all of Oregon

OBI offers an extensive BioMentor program to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon.

We have a network of >90 BioMentors with valuable expertise in a wide range of business topics that are integral to the success of early-stage life science companies, including:

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.

To connect with BioMentors, please fill out this form.


New client company, Bio Lab Analytics, joins the OBI in February!

Bio Lab Analytics, LLC, provides data management & analysis services for life science professionals and organizations. We assist clients with study design for research & quality improvement projects; statistics, biostatistics, and data analysis in R, SAS, Python, and Tableau; and SQL database design & development. Areas of expertise include clinical research, laboratory medicine, biotechnology, and plant biology.

Websitehttps://www.biolabanalytics.com/


Join us for these upcoming OBI and OBI-Partner events:

Partner Event: Tonkon Talks – The Story of Zoom is on March 6th from 12-1PM. Register now. Free to attend.

 

OBI Event: Our monthly Accelerate Bio & Digital Health Happy Hour is on March 7th at OBI/OTRADI Register now. Free to attend.

 

Partner Event: Angel Capital Expo Northwest is on March 8th from 7:30am – 6pm. Register now. $0-$300.

 

 

OBI Event: OBI’s Life Science & Digital Health CEO Peer-Mentoring Roundtable is on March 12th from 12-1:30PM. Register now. Free to attend.

 

Partner Event: Oregon Bioscience Association’s signature event Bio on the Rocks is on March 19th from 5-8:30PM. Register now. $35-$75 to attend.

 

OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Designing for Privacy and Security Compliance on March 21st from 12-1PMRegister now. Free to attend.

 

Partner Event: OHSU’s 2019 Commercialization Conference will be March 27-28th. Register now. $20-$125.

 

Partner Event: TechfestNW will be April 4-5th. Register now. $99-$275.

 

 

Partner Event: Science Talk ’19 will be April 4-5th. Register now. $125-$300.

 

OBI, OCTRI, and TTBD Workshop: All About the SBIR Grant Process – An Inside Perspective, will be April 12th from 9am-1pm. Apply now.

 

Partner Event: Oregon Science Startup Forum is on April 20th. Register now. $30-$60.

 

OBI & OTRADI February 2019 Newsletter

OBI Graduate AbSci Establishes New Collaboration with Sanofi

Click here to read the press release.


2018 was a robust year for funding for OBI Client Companies, including Vir Biotechnology and OBI graduate AbSci.

If you do not have access to Portland Business Journal, please see this PDF of the article.


Oregon has the #1 highest NIH SBIR/STTR application success rate from 2008-2017, and Business Oregon and OTRADI/OBI are called out in this report.


February OBI BioMentor Highlight

OBI offers an extensive BioMentor program to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting Andrew Barofsky, President and CEO at RevMedx, Inc.

As a BioMentor, Andrew can help entrepreneurs with questions regarding intellectual property and patents, startup funding, government funded research and development, medical device regulatory and quality, product development and manufacturing.

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.

To connect with BioMentors, please fill out this form.


OBI Client Company Wins


OBI/OTRADI was highlighted as the Portland IQ’s Partner in this lovely article. Thank you to the Portland IQ for the kind words.


OBI welcomed new client company Caregiven in January!

Caring for someone who won’t get better is one of the most expensive and traumatic experiences we all will go through; Caregiven’s digital health platform guides families to the appropriate end-of-life support and services so they can spend less time overwhelmed by administrative tasks and more meaningful time with their loved-one.

Website: https://caregiven.co/


OBI hosted a holiday party in December to thank all of our client companies for a wonderful year!

    

 

OBI partnered with Tonkon Torp to host our very first OBI Digital Health Mixer in January.


Join us for these upcoming OBI and OBI-Partner events:

Partner Event: Tonkon Talks – The California Consumer Privacy Act is on February 6th from 12-1PM. Register now. Free to attend.

OBI Event: Our monthly Accelerate Bio & Digital Health Happy Hour is on February 7th at OBI/OTRADI. Register now. Free to attend.

OBI Event: OBI is hosting a Lunch & Learn on sales and marketing on February 28th from 12-1PM. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: Oregon Bioscience Association’s signature event Bio on the Rocks is on March 19th from 5-8:30PM. Register now. $35-$75 to attend.

Partner Event: OHSU’s 2019 Commercialization Conference will be March 27-28th. Register now. $20-$125 to attend.

OBI & OTRADI 2018 End of Year Newsletter

Happy Holidays from the OBI! We hope you have a splendid 2019!


Thank you for your support of OBI/OTRADI over the past year!  One of our biggest highlights of 2018 was celebrating the 10-Year Anniversary of OTRADI and the 5-Year Anniversary of our Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) with a cruise aboard the Portland Spirit that attracted 250 celebrants. We’re proud to report that this anniversary celebration and a retrospective of our startups’ achievements was featured in a wonderful write-up in the Portland Business Journal.

NOTE: If you do not have full access to the Portland Business Journal, click here for a PDF of this article.


We were proud to have PIE and Built Oregon complete the video above about the OBI and our startups in 2018.


Above you can see the host of entrepreneurial programs the OBI hosted in 2018 along with logos of our wonderful sponsors and partners. Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors for supporting our programming and helping us make 2018 the best year yet for entrepreneurial programs and outreach at the OBI!


OBI/OTRADI BIG WINS FROM 2018

Portland’s biotech community finally gets its wish: a new lab-office building in the growing Portland IQ hub. OBI is happy to be partnering with Summit Development to make this exciting new space a success.

OBI/OTRADI’s Executive Director, Jennifer Fox, represented Oregon and promoted more robust funding for scientific research and STEAM education during the national Bio Fly-In Event in Washington DC.

OBI/OTRADI’s Executive Director, Jennifer Fox, represented Oregon at Digital Health World Congress in London.

 

 

In 2018 we redesigned our OBI website to be more user-friendly and helpful. Check out our new design!

 

 


2018 OBI Client Company Wins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • OmnEcoil Instruments’ device has benefited from three grant awards; an NSF Phase I SBIR grant ($225K), an ONAMI Gap grant ($250K) and a Murdock Trust grant ($120K).

 

 

 

 

  • Sirona Dx launched a novel urine-based bladder cancer assay with PD-L1 quantification based on IncellDx’s single cell immuno-oncology/PD-L1 technology. Press release article.

 

 

 

 

  • Sonivate finalized product design including Dual-Array Probe, Graphical User Interface (GUI) and all board electronics.
  • System (Microsoft tablet) demonstration for military medical leadership in August 2018.
  • Two provisional patents filed; final GUI Design Patent filed.
  • Units for safety testing and verification & validation produced and assembled.
  • Biocompatibility testing initiated.
  • Safety testing planned (i.e. 60601, EMI, EMC, acoustic output, water/dust ingress).
  • Raised $1.2 million.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Veana Therapeutics has been awarded an SBIR Phase 1 grant from NIH to further develop their immunotherapeutics.

 

 

 

 

 


OBI WELCOMED SEVEN NEW STARTUPS TO OUR INCUBATOR IN 2018

Click here to learn more about our new companies.

OBI & OTRADI December 2018 Newsletter

OBI has opened a new Digital Health IT Annex co-working space with dedicated desks available for startups on a month-by-month basis. This new shared space is a great way to collaborate with other Digital Health IT companies while still having a place to call your own.

AMENITIES INCLUDED:

  • Specialized Mentoring: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and unique BioMentoring program to assess company needs, identify and reach milestones and accelerate companies’ growth. Entrepreneurial training via workshops, peer-mentoring, etc.
  • Collaborations: Share resources, ideas, and space with regional incubators, accelerators, networking events, Life Science and Digital Health Startup CEO Roundtable Lunches, Lunch & Learns, and entrepreneurial training opportunities.
  • Space: 
    • Private kitchenette and server room
    • Access to conference rooms, meeting and networking spaces
    • Free parking
    • Key code access to building and OBI 24-hours/day
    • WiFi included
    • Utilities included
    • Janitorial services included

Contact Heather Ellis at hellis@otradi.org for more information or to schedule a tour of this space.


The Portland Business Journal selected DesignMedix as one of the winners of this year’s Makers and Manufacturing Award.

Each year the Portland Business Journal honors the region’s top manufacturing companies who drive our economy with innovation, excellence and productivity. These companies shape the future and build what is needed for our next generation.

NOTE: If you do not have access to the Portland Business Journal, click here for a PDF of this article.


OBI Client Company Wins


Gamma Therapeutics launched a crowdfunding campaign for “A New Way to Predict Heart Attacks and Strokes”


Now Announcing New Funding Opportunities for Oregon Startups!

SBIR/STTR Matching Grants from Business Oregon

Please note this grant DOES require a startup to have SBIR/STTR funding.

Business Oregon is looking for entrepreneurs and startups who would like to apply for this supplemental funding to match a portion of their SBIR/STTR grant/s. Business Oregon is accepting applications on a rolling basis, so you can apply as soon as you get all the materials together. All information is available on Business Oregon’s web page: www.oregon4biz.com/sbir. The application form and guidelines are in the resources box on the right side of the page.

Willamette Valley Capital

Now offering $100,000 capital investments for entrepreneurs and early stage businesses.

Oregon Venture Fund

Now offering up to $2M for startups and growth stage companies. OVP investors will contribute their expertise and leverage their network to help businesses succeed.


Join us for these OBI and OBI-Partner events in December:

Partner Event: Oregon Bioscience Association is hosting their signature event Bio in the Valley on December 6th in Eugene. Register now. $15-$35 to attend.

OBI Event: Our monthly Accelerate Bio & Digital Health Happy Hour is on December 6th at OBI/OTRADI. Register now. Free to attend.

 


Opportunities in the community:

Position: OHSU Program Manager – Innovation

OHSU’s Department of Surgery is looking for a full time Program Manager.

Apply now

Internship Grant Opportunity: Applications open Monday, December 3 for Prosper Portland’s first Small Business Internship Grants, available for up to 12 eligible small businesses in the Portland metro area.

 

 

OBI & OTRADI November 2018 Newsletter

Genentech to open Portland office, brings 300 jobs

“When we were looking for locations we took into account what would be a great location in terms of connectivity with the organization and patients and community,” said Claire Scott, Vice President of Access Solutions. “We love the mission driven culture we found in Oregon and Portland.”

NOTE: If you do not have access to the Portland Business Journal, click here for a PDF of this article.


Summit Development Group is excited to announce that the Eastside Innovation life science laboratory building at 808 SE Alder is under construction and open for pre-leasing, with estimated Summer 2019 move-in dates. The Eastside Innovation building features BSL-2 lab spaces and robust lab-specific mechanical systems never before offered in the Portland for-lease market.

To learn more, click here for a packet of information.


OBI Client Company Wins


Nature article by OHSU team, including OTRADI scientist Dylan Nelson, details

New Leukemia Research Harnessing the Power of Big Data

NOTE: Click here for a PDF of the Portland Business Journal


November BioMentor Highlight

OBI offers an extensive BioMentor program to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting Michael Phillips, Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine.

As a BioMentor, Michael can bring not only the required legal expertise to help a company and its founders achieve their goals and succeed, he offers the experience of having been through complete histories of startups, from earliest stage through initial public offerings and acquisitions.

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.


Now Announcing New Funding Opportunities for Oregon Startups!

 

SBIR/STTR Matching Grants from Business Oregon

Please note this grant DOES require a startup to have SBIR/STTR funding.

Business Oregon is looking for entrepreneurs and startups who would like to apply for this supplemental funding to match a portion of their SBIR/STTR grant/s. Business Oregon is accepting applications on a rolling basis, so you can apply as soon as you get all the materials together. All information is available on Business Oregon’s web page: www.oregon4biz.com/sbir

The application form and guidelines are in the resources box on the right side of the page.

Willamette Valley Capital

Now offering $100,000 capital investments for entrepreneurs and early stage businesses.

Oregon Venture Fund

Now offering up to $2M for startups and growth stage companies. OVP investors will contribute their expertise and leverage their network to help businesses succeed.


Join us for these OBI and OBI-Partner events in November:

Partner Event: OHSU’s Technology Transfer and Business Development is hosting their MedTech Alliance Showcase on November 1st. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: Tonkon Torp is hosting a Tonkon Talks on Business Immigration for Startups on November 7th. Register now. Free to attend.

OBI Event: Accelerate Bio & Digital Health Happy Hour is on November 8th at OBI/OTRADI and will be featuring our sponsor, Summit Development. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: Technology Association of Oregon is hosting their Ignite TAO: Health on November 9th. Register now. $3-$5 to attend.

OBI Event: OBI is hosting a Life Science & Digital Health CEO Peer-Mentoring Roundtable on November 15th at 12PM. Register now. Free to attend but limited to CEOs only.

Partner Event: SOPE is hosting a Portland Chapter Meeting the evening of November 15th. Register now. Free to attend.

OBI & OTRADI October 2018 Newsletter

Thank you to those who were able to join us for our OBI/OTRADI 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

 

We’re proud to report that our OBI Anniversary Celebration and a retrospective of our startups’ achievements was featured in a wonderful write up in the Portland Business Journal.

NOTE: If you do not have full access to Portland Business Journal, clink here for a PDF of this article.

 

More than 250 people attended our anniversary celebration, including Oregon legislators, OTRADI partners from research universities, incubators and accelerators across the state, entrepreneurial and startup leaders from OBI and beyond, Business Oregon, Oregon Bioscience Association, Technology Association of Oregon, Oregon Entrepreneur Networks, angel investors, venture capital investors, and bio and digital health leaders from across Oregon, to support OBI/OTRADI and our amazing startups. We could not ask for better partners and supporters or a more robust community of bio-entrepreneurs!

 


Check out the wonderful video about OBI and OTRADI startups that our partners at Built Oregon and PIE created for our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

 


OBI Client Company Wins

 

Aronora was granted FastTrack Designation for their proCase, an enzyme intended to reverse blood clot formation without increasing the risk of bleeding. This FastTrack designation allows for drug candidates to qualify for accelerated FDA approval.

NOTE: If you do not have full access to Portland Business journal, click here for a PDF of this article.

 


October BioMentor Highlight

 

OBI has an extensive BioMentor program available to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science and digital health entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting OBI BioMentor Kevin Clark.

As a BioMentor, Dr. Clark mentors in areas of partnership development, venture capital investment, and grant/endowment financing for business growth and sustainability. He also advises on product trends, basic and clinical neuroscience/microbiology protocols, and IP management strategies.

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our full network of BioMentor contacts.

To connect with BioMentors, please fill out this form. You are welcome to choose your preference of BioMentors or we are happy to choose who best to connect you with.


Portland’s own DesignMedix may be the startup that cures malaria some day soon.

 

OTRADI is proud to have contributed scientific work years ago, testing these potential drugs for DesignMedix.

Congratulations to DesignMedix and the thriving bioscience entrepreneurial community!

 


Join us for these OBI events and OBI’s Partner Events in October

 

Partner Event: Tonkon Torp is hosting a Tonkon Talks – How to Accelerate Growth on a Shoestring Budget on October 3rd. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: OSU is hosting The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics on October 23rd. Register now.

 

OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Best Practices in Medical Device Design on October 25th from 12pm – 1pm. Register now. Free to attend.

 

OBI Event: Join us for our monthly Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health Happy Hour on October 4th. Register now. Free to attend.


 

OBI & OTRADI September 2018 Newsletter

LAST CHANCE to join us at our upcoming OTRADI & OBI 10-Year Anniversary Celebration on September 11, 2018.

You are invited to attend OTRADI’s 10-Year Anniversary and OBI’s 5-Year Anniversary Celebration and Cruise aboard the Portland Spirit. We’re inviting the entire bio and startup entrepreneurship community, as well as legislators, partners, collaborators and supporters, to attend and celebrate 10 years of bio-research and startup accomplishments for our OTRADI/OBI community.

SPEAKERS:


OBI Client Company Wins

  • Hemex Health was awarded 3 NIH grants:
    • $1.725M fast-track SBIR award from the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute to advance their sickle cell test.
    • $225K award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to enable their malaria diagnostic to distinguish between the two most common forms of malaria and to further lower their limit of malaria detection.
    • $225K award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to adapt their device to identify and measure HbA1C (flycosylated hemoglobin), which is an indicator of diabetes.
  • Madorra closed the first tranche of their Series A raise. They also received IRB approval for their Human Factors study.

September BioMentor Highlight

OBI has an extensive BioMentor program available to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting OBI BioMentor, and OBI Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dr. William Newman.

As a BioMentor, Dr. Newman provides advice and assistance in the areas of business creation, investment strategies and capital sources, market-entry and growth strategies, and, for companies with origins in the academic/research sector, advice and assistance in working with institutions and researchers.

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.


Now Announcing Two New Grant Programs for Oregon Startups!

 

SBIR/STTR Matching Grants from Business Oregon:

Please note this grant DOES require a startup to have SBIR/STTR funding.

Business Oregon is looking for entrepreneurs and startups who would like to apply for this supplemental funding to match a portion of their SBIR/STTR grant/s. Business Oregon is accepting applications on a rolling basis, so you can apply as soon as you get all the materials together. All information is available on Business Oregon’s website. The application form and guidelines are in the resources box on the right side of the page.

 

Enhanced Phase 0 Grants from Business Oregon:

Please note this grant does NOT require a startup to have SBIR/STTR funding.

Grants of up to $100,000 will be provided to Oregon startups commercializing promising science and research that aligns with Oregon InC’s targeted industry sectors: active lifestyle, advanced manufacturing, natural resources, life science applications, advanced materials, and clean tech/impact investing. This program will focus on companies that are not yet ready for commercial or institutional investment. Funds are meant to support proof of concept for innovations – development of a commercially viable product, market validation and other relevant expenditures. To be eligible, companies should have existing relationships with OTRADI/OBI, University Tech Transfer Offices and related Business Oregon innovation partner organizations.

Proposals will be accepted in September of 2018, December of 2018 and March of 2019 pending available funding. September applications are due September 28th.


Join us for these OBI events and OBI’s Partner Events in September:

Partner Event: Tonkon Torp is hosting a Tonkon Talks on Cybersecurity for Startups on September 5th. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: Oregon Bioscience Association is hosting Bio on the Vine on September 5th. Register now. $20 – $60 per person to attend.

OBI Event: OBI/OTRADI 10-Year Anniversary Celebration aboard the Portland Spirit on September 11, 2018. Register now. $35 per person to attend.

OBI Event: Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Financial Forecasting and What Data To Present on September 19 from 12pm – 1pm. Register now. Free to attend.

Partner Event: WIS is hosting their 1st Annual Women in Science Portland Fundraising Gala on September 20th. Register now. $75 – $100 per person to attend.

Partner Event: Life Science Washing Institute is hosting a Best of the Northwest Showcase on September 21st. Investors can register now and startups can apply now.

Partner Event: OCTRI is hosting the Biomedical Innovation Program fastPACE, a 4-week biomedical commercialization course. Register by September 20th to attend. Free to participate.

 

OBI & OTRADI August 2018 Newsletter

Join us! Registration is open for our upcoming OTRADI & OBI 10-Year Anniversary Celebration on September 11, 2018.

You are invited to attend OTRADI’s 10-Year Anniversary and OBI’s 5-Year Anniversary Celebration and Cruise aboard the Portland Spirit. We’re inviting the entire bio and startup entrepreneurship community, as well as legislators, partners, collaborators and supporters, to attend and celebrate 10 years of bio-research and startup accomplishments for our OTRADI/OBI community.


OBI Client Company Wins

  • Madorra has been awarded a $2.3M Fast-track SBIR grant from the NIH to further develop their cutting-edge women’s health medical device.
  • SUTUREGARD Medical completed a successful human use clinical trial and was just issued a key patent on their device. They are among the top 15% of national applications to Defense TechConnect and have been invited to pitch for Department of Defense non-dilutive funding.
  • Veana Therapeutics has been awarded an SBIR Phase 1 grant from NIH to further test their immunotherapeutics.

OBI has an extensive BioMentor program available to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting OBI BioMentor Dorota Shortell.

As a BioMentor, Ms. Shortell can advise in the areas of engineering and commercialization for companies and entrepreneurs. While Simplexity only works for existing corporations and funded startups, Ms. Shortell can help aspiring companies estimate engineering budgets needed to bring a product to market, while they are still in the fundraising phase.

Dorota will be giving a Lunch & Learn at the OBI on October 25, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.


Join us for these OBI events in August:

 Join us for our monthly Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health Happy Hour on August 2nd at PIE. Register now to attend.

Carol Pratt will be leading a Lunch & Learn entitled FDA Regulation of Digital Health Products on August 15th. Register now to attend.

OBI & OTRADI JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER

We have redesigned our OBI Website to be more user-friendly and helpful. Come check out our new design!


The amazing work of OBI client company, Vir Biotechnology, was featured in a Portland Business Journal article entitled “How a $600M jolt could get OHSU’s promising AIDS vaccine to market.”


OBI Client Company Wins

NOTE: If you would like PDF versions of these articled, email us at info@otradi.org.


Join us! Registration is open for our upcoming OTRADI & OBI 10-Year Anniversary Party on September 11, 2018.

You are invited to attend OTRADI’s 10-Year Anniversary and OBI’s 5-Year Anniversary Celebration and Cruise aboard the Portland Spirit. We’re inviting the entire bio and startup entrepreneurship community, as well as legislators, partners, collaborators and supporters, to attend and celebrate 10 years of bio-research and startup accomplishments for our OTRADI/OBI community.


Great articles about developments in the Portland Innovation Quadrant (Portland IQ). Click the photos for the full stories.


OBI has an extensive BioMentor program available to provide pro bono advice and assistance to promising life science entrepreneurs across the state of Oregon. This month we are highlighting OBI BioMentor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Gordon Hoffman.

As a BioMentor, Mr. Hoffman can provide advice and assistance in the areas of business creation, investment strategies and capital sources, market-entry and growth strategies, corporate governance and advisory boards, and for companies with origins in the academic/research sector, advice and assistance in working with institutions and researchers.

Click here to learn more about our BioMentor program and to see our network of BioMentor contacts.


Join us for these OBI events in July:

 

Join us on July 5th for our monthly Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health Happy Hour at the CLSB and sponsored by OHSU’s OCTRI. Register now to attend.

The OBI and Aliat are hosting a Lunch & Learn entitled The Benefits of Outsourcing HR, Benefits, and Payroll on July 17th. Register now to attend.

Carol Pratt will be leading a Lunch & Learn entitled FDA Regulation of Digital Health Products on August 15th. Register now to attend.

 

OBI & OTRADI June 2018 Newsletter

Save the Date for our upcoming OTRADI & OBI 10th Anniversary Party on September 11, 2018


OBI Client Company Wins


AbSci, the first company to graduate from our Oregon Bioscience Incubator, has just raised an incredibly impressive $12M Series C investment!

 


Jennifer Fox, Executive Director of OTRADI/OBI, and Denise McCarty, Executive Director of the Oregon Bioscience Association, represented Oregon at Digital Health World Congress in London where they met Pilar Hermida, Head of Globilasation at i-Expand.com and Michelle Zimmerman, Director of Digital Marketing at Fitscript.com. #DigitalHealth


Accelerate Bio & Digital Health Happy Hour

Our monthly happy hour brings together creative and driven professionals who are passionate about promoting the growth of Portland’s Biotech and Digital Health sectors. Register now to attend our July 5th happy hour.

 


The OBI welcomed new client company, SUTUREGARD Medical, in May 2018.

 


SBIR Road Tour Oregon on July 17, 2018

The SBIR/STTR Road Tour – Oregon will be a 1-day live event on July 17, 2018 located at Portland State University. It will provide an exceptional opportunity for small businesses and those supporting them to meet directly with over 25 program managers from the 12 Federal agencies with SBIR/STTR Programs, as well as USPTO and SBA. Register now!

 

OBI & OTRADI May 2018 Newsletter

The Portland Innovation Quadrant (Portland IQ), which leverages science, health, technology, and talent to create economic growth and opportunity for the entire Portland metro region, was officially launched at TechfestNW in April 2018. OTRADI and the Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) have been working with public and private partners over the past year to make the Portland IQ vision a reality. The Portland IQ not only serves as the center of gravity for Portland’s innovation ecosystem, but will also become home to Portland’s newest bio building.


Portland’s biotech community finally gets its wish: a new lab-office building in the growing Portland IQ hub.


Jennifer Fox, Executive Director of OTRADI/OBI, and Denise McCarty, Executive Director of the Oregon Bioscience Association, represented Oregon and promoted more robust funding for scientific research and STEAM education, during the national Bio Fly-In Event in Washington DC. Ten meetings with 10 Senators and Representatives in 8 hous = 5 miles of walking and 1 ride on the Senate subway. #BioFlyIn #PortlandIQ #OTRADIBio


Join us for these OBI events in May:

 OBI, OCTRI, and OHSU’s TTBD are collaborating to host a Peer Entrepreneur Forum on May 8th where our distinguished panelists will discuss their transition from scientist/clinician to entrepreneur. Register now.

 

The OBI, in partnership with FutureBrand Speck, will be hosting a Lunch & Learn entitled Forget Me Not – Why Customer Research Matters on May 24th. Register now to attend.

 

As part of our Ater Wynne Lunch & Learn Series, the OBI will be hosting a discussion of Going Global for Technology Companies on May 30th, led by Akana Ma. Register now to attend.


SAVE THE DATE – SBIR Road Tour Oregon on July 17, 2018

The SBIR/STTR Road Tour – Oregon will be a 1-day live event on July 17, 2018 located at Portland State University. It will provide an exceptional opportunity for small businesses and those supporting them to meet directly with over 25 program managers from the 12 Federal agencies with SBIR/STTR Programs, as well as USPTO and SBA. Stay tuned for more information.


The OBI welcomed two new client companies in the past quarter: