2019 Party in the Pinot

Party in the Pinot, TAO’s premier wine and food event, will be held under the summer sky at Scholls Valley Lodge, located amidst the working farms in the community of Scholls in Hillsboro.

Featuring amazing food by Grand Cru, wine pairings, music, dancing, scotch and cigar bar, and fun in the summer sun! The perfect event to show appreciation to your clients, bond with team members, and mingle with over 400 movers and shakers in the Oregon technology community.


Ignite: TAO Tech v10

What is Ignite?

Ignite is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global – Ignite is all of these and more. This Ignite is focused on all things tech.

What new ideas could make the world of tech better – for engineers and consumers alike?  Speakers are from the local Portland community with representatives across many verticals – we want to hear from you!

Speaker / Proposal Information

Ignite TAO: Tech draws a diverse crowd of practitioners, engineers, administrators, entrepreneurs and consultants.  The promise of new ideas and exciting solutions to problems in tech brings everyone together.

Ignite TAO: Tech proposals should include a brief written synopsis of your presentation and a brief bio about yourself.  Show and tell something cool you’ve invented or found – no sales pitches please! Challenge us, inspire us, and show up how your idea can transform the world of tech.


Proposals should be submitted online by April 5, 2019.  Once submitted, your proposal will be reviewed by the Ignite team.  Please include your contact information in case the team has questions about your proposal.  Everyone who submits a proposal will be notified on the status of their application by April 15th.

Why attend Ignite TAO: Tech?

As an attendee, you’ll learn about emerging, innovative, unconventional, inspiring, locally-sourced concepts and tools, and connect with a diverse and passionate crowd of like-minded innovation enthusiasts. Most of all, you will have fun!

Lunch & Learn – Overview of Product Development – from Idea to Exit

Product development in the healthcare space is complicated by both a complex regulatory environment and a large stakeholder group. This talk will address a broad overview of best practices and strategy from regulatory pathway and IP protection to go-to-market and exit strategy. We will dive into how to test your value proposition and gather insights from your customers and users. Lastly, we will examine key design principles that are unique to this market and why mapping the user journey is critical step in the design process.


Sales and Marketing Workshop Series: Sales Strategy from a Company Planning Standpoint

Most businesses have not separated sales and marketing in their business process. This means they have avoided/missed giving sales its proper attention.

The purpose of this workshop is to do just that. Give sales its proper attention with respect to how it fits into the company culture, with respect to how it fits in with the marketing strategy and understanding that sales is what creates revenue.

We will cover these main topics during the workshop. Know your customer intentional and unintentional, sales forecasting, sales compensation and sales process. Please understand this is a workshop and that those attending will be expected to bring what they have, then work through how to get where they want to be.


Workshop Agenda

Why have a Sales Strategy – MONEY – 10:00 – 10:15am

Know your Customer; Intentional and Unintentional – 10:15 – 11:00am

  • Who is your target market and why?
  • Who could be your market?
  • Who wants to be your market?

Sales Forecasting & Working Lunch – 11:00 – 12:45pm

  • Without historical numbers
  • With historical numbers
  • Pricing and discounts
  • What you can and can’t control positive and negative – huge upswing could kill faster
  • Creating leverage; Partners, Referrers, Events and other out of the box thinking

Sales Compensation – 12:45 – 1:45pm

  • Salary
  • Salary plus commission
  • Straight commission
  • Early stages percentage of company

Sales Process – 1:30 – 3:30pm

  • Prospect
  • Qualify
  • Present
  • Close
  • Follow up

**Seating for this workshop is limited**

Science Talk ’19

Science Talk is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower and inspire the science communication community to expand their communication potential and effect the world. Through their annual conference and other activities, they promote responsible practices in science communication, facilitate discussion and exchange of ideas, enable networking, and foster public engagement.

The theme of Science Talk 19′ is “Community.” Check out Science Talk’s website for more information.


Founders Live PDX

Founders Live is an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the world, where up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd will vote on a winner who will not only receive an award, but recognition from the crowd and also the opportunity to talk more about their product or service. So bring your friends and coworkers, grab some food and drink, get to know your local entrepreneurs and vote for what you think will be the next big thing… built in Portland.



Not familiar with Founders Live? http://www.zenergyfilms.com/wp/founders-live-marketing-video/

Tonkon Talks – X-Factors for Growth: Traction, Sales, and Funding it All – w/ Genevieve LeMarchal

What: A lunch-hour overview of a legal topics that impact startup businesses
When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm
Where: CENTRL Pearl – 1355 NW Everett, Suite 100, Boardroom, Portland, OR 97209

Dreaming about and planning for your startup can be a thrill, but how do you actually make the dream happen? The truth is, it’s not about how much capital you can raise. Traction and sales is the real X-Factor, and the only thing that really matters. Entrepreneurs need a focused, practical approach to build out their sales engine.

Join Tonkon Torp for a special presentation with guest speaker Genevieve LeMarchal, a serial entrepreneur turned early stage VC as she discusses sales, traction, and funding it all. Real talk, no fluff.

Genevieve has over 10 years’ experience building and growing startups and early stage businesses. She is one of the founders of XXcelerate Fund, and has expertise in sales, growth strategy, demand generation, and marketing strategy. She teaches and advises entrepreneurs across the country.

Bring your questions and your appetite for an interactive and nourishing midday break. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP here to help with the headcount!


OHSU Commercialization Conference

Please join OHSU’s Technology Transfer and Business Development on March 27-28, 2019 for the sixth annual OHSU Commercialization Conference. This conference connects OHSU innovators with investors, industry partners and community collaborators to help build a vibrant hub for innovation and commercialization of innovative technology. Through speaker sessions, startup pitches, industry insights an collaboration stories, the conference will focus on the theme of Fueling Health Care Innovation. The conference offers a platform for attendees to explore the impact of innovations that will revolutionize health care and understand the drivers of this transformation.



Date: March 27-28, 2019

Time: 3-8p.m. on March 27 and 7:30-6:30pm on March 28

Location: Robertson Life Sciences Building

2730 SW Moody Ave., Portland, OR 97201


Visit the 2019 OHSU Commercialization Conference webpage for the latest information.


Bio on the Rocks

Join us on 3/19 to be a part of the perennially-popular Oregon Bio 12th annual Bio on the Rocks event at The Porter Portland Hotel. Hear from Oregon Bio’s legislative leaders regarding the 2019 legislative session and developments affecting the biotech sector here in Oregon. You’ll receive an up-to-the minute update on the general themes our state legislature is taking up this year. Grab a drink (on or off the rocks), and network with members of the Oregon bioscience community.

THE FINE PRINTThis is 21+ event. Please check the website prior to the event to see if tickets are available at the door (additional $15 at door). Students must show Student ID at registration. For more information and registration, please visit oregonbio.org. Oregon Bio does not offer refunds for events, however we can transfer tickets to another person prior to the event. Transfers must be received 24 hours prior to the event.


Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
Registration:  5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Programming:  6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking:  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Porter Portland Hotel Founders Ballroom,
1355 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97201

PIE Demo Day 2019

It’s been a while. But we’re prepping a couple of new batches of startups — through both PIE and PIE Shop — who are eager to tell their stories. So we want to make sure that you’re there to hear those stories.

We will be holding the next PIE Demo Day on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Because that’s Pi Day. And that only makes sense. And we’ll be hosting it at our biggest venue yet, the Aladdin Theater in southeast Portland. As always, we’ll be livestreaming the event so folks around the world can take part.

So if you’re interested in attending, please RSVP at your earliest convenience.


Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health Happy Hour

Please join us for our March Accelerate Biotech & Digital Health PDX Happy Hour at the Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) / OTRADI!

Come mingle with your fellow biotech and digital health enthusiasts, help build community, and share your ideas on how to further accelerate the growth of these promising sectors in Portland.

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. This is a great opportunity to network and build relationships with individuals working across these sectors in both academia and industry. Enjoy a free drink, build community, and contribute your ideas and efforts towards accelerating Biotech and Digital Health in PDX.


A huge thanks to OHSU’s Technology Transfer and Business Development for sponsoring this event.


Lunch & Learn – An Honest Look at Sales and Marketing

OBI is hosting a Lunch & Learn where Andre’ Petett, Managing Director of Aptly Focused, will speak on sales; understanding how to plan, execute and track them. Uncovering the distinction between sales and marketing. Does commercialization have to change your original vision?

Learn about Andre’ Petett:

Mr. Petett has been in sales and sales management for over 25 years. That experience coupled with an MBA in management and finance helped Mr. Petett launch Aptly Focused consulting 5 years ago. The role of Aptly Focused is to fill gaps for small and medium size businesses. Solve issues in sales, recruiting and training of employees and creating operating systems.

Andre’ grew up in Portland. Attended Jesuit High School and the University of Oregon. His graduate degree is from Santa Clara University. He enjoys traveling with his wife and two sons. Modern Pentathlon (run, pistol shoot, fencing, swimming and horseback riding are the events) and snowboarding are activities he picked up later in life.

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.

Tonkon Talks – The California Consumer Privacy Act

Tonkon Talks – The California Consumer Privacy Act

What: A lunch-hour overview of a legal topic that impacts startup businesses
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm
Where: CENTRL Pearl – 1355 NW Everett, Suite 100, Boardroom, Portland, OR 97209

The California Consumer Privacy Act
Getting ready for the big shakeup

It’s the biggest state in the country, and it’s enacting sweeping changes to consumer privacy laws that will impact businesses throughout the nation. Now is the time to start preparing for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), so you’re not scrambling to get into compliance at the last minute.

Join Parna Mehrbani and Eric Beach, for an introductory review of the CCPA – which goes into effect on January 1, 2020. They will cover the following topics:
What are the requirements of the CCPA?
Who will be affected by the CCPA?
What are the changes you may need to make to your internal data management procedures?
How should you respond to requests from California consumers?

Bring your questions and your appetite for an interactive and nourishing midday break. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP here to help with the headcount!

TAO 2019 Kickoff Party – PDX Metro

The Technology Association of Oregon is hosting their 7th Annual Kickoff Party!

Meet and network with new and existing members including the TAO Staff and Board, Community Chairs, volunteers, and other movers & shakers in Oregon’s growing tech community.

You won’t want to miss the evening’s presentation showcasing initiatives for 2019 and TAO’s continued expansion and influence in the region and outside of the state.

Ticket purchase includes food and drinks, interactive activities, prizes, and much more!


Speck Design Portland Open House

Headquartered in the Bay Area, bringing over 20 years of experience in product design, Speck Design, has just launched their Pacific Northwest office in Portland. Their key focus is on customer experience and insight, with strong industrial and environments design teams to bring those insights to life. While they work across all industries, Speck Design has an extensive background in Medical Device and Healthcare product development, including recent projects in Digital Health.

To celebrate this Portland launch, they are throwing a drop-in Open House for those interested in learning more and meeting key team members.


4:30 – 6:30pm January 23rd

Speck Design Portland
811 SW 6th Ave, Suite 1000
Portland, Oregon 97204


Interoperability Summit

Join the Technology Association of Oregon for an event where we will hear from healthcare thought-leaders, data and leading tech companies as we explore the current state of data in the healthcare industry, including ways companies are addressing and improving the delivery of care through smarter use of data.

Discussion will include all things interoperability; from policy to HIEs, FHIR to APIs, patient privacy to the democratization of data.


Life Science & Digital Health CEO Peer-Mentoring Roundtable


The Oregon Bioscience Incubator hosts a monthly Life Science & Digital Health CEO Roundtable that brings together CEOs for an invigorating exchange of information, ideas, and insights. This peer group is composed of both seasoned and inexperienced CEOs who delve into candid, solution-seeking discussions focused on CEO-level issues, and the challenges and pressures unique to top-level management.

This month’s topic of discussion will be “The State of Life Science Venture Investment in Oregon,” led by David Eastman, CEO of Gamma Therapeutics, and Duffy DuFresne, CEO of OmnEcoil Instruments. Goals and strategies for investment will be discussed and each CEO will be given the opportunity to share their current experience with investments, their investment plans and goals, and any investment wins and how they achieved this success.

There will be an open forum after the discussion of this month’s topic, so feel free to come with questions or topics you want CEO-level feedback on.

NOTE: To ensure the integrity of the conversation, only CEOs are invited to attend this event.

Lunch will be provided, so please be sure to register so we know how much food and beverage to have on hand.


WIS-PDX Annual Mixer

All supporters of women in science are invited to the 5th Annual Women in Science Mixer at OMSI on Wednesday, November 14 at 6PM!


Our goal is to bring together the regional women in STEM community and provide a platform for connecting women from many career paths and career levels. We will have a networking game with prizes, as well as a silent auction. WIS will donate 25% of silent auction proceeds to OMSI, which will be used to fund scholarships for OMSI professional development seminars and workshops.

Ignite TAO: Health


Ignite TAO: Health is a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by local people who have a burning idea and the guts to get onstage and share their personal and professional passions. Quick, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, and global – Ignite is all of these and more.

Ignite TAO: Health will focus on topics around wellness, pharmaceuticals, software, medical devices, healthcare and more. What new products, services or research can really take healthcare to the next level? What new ideas could make the world of healthcare better – for patients, for doctors, or for everyone? Speakers are from the local Portland community with representatives across many verticals – we want to hear from you!

Lunch & Learn – Best Practices in Medical Device Design

Following a proven design process reduces risk in the design of medical devices

Register Now

No matter where you are in the design of your medical product, it is beneficial to follow a proven design process to reduce risk and have the proper documentation in place for FDA submittal.

During this Lunch & Learn, Simplexity Product Development CEO Dorota Shortell and biomedical engineer and Director of Business Development Scott Jarnagin will walk through the steps of a typical design process for a medical device compared to non-regulated devices. Common steps of the design process will be discussed: initial concept, developing a product architecture, building prototypes, and iterating the design to be ready for manufacturing release. Case studies of devices and products that Simplexity engineers have designed will be explored, from medical instruments and wearables to high volume consumer products. By the end of the discussion it will be clear to the audience how the development of non-regulared devices and ISO-13485 controlled medical devices differ, and which steps they have in common.

Lunch & Learn – Financial Forecasting & What Data to Present

Building a scale-able financial system and creating meaningful forecasts

Managing the financial, tax and compliance aspects of a business can be daunting for many entrepreneurs and early stage companies. Creating a solid foundation is essential to running your business, submitting grant proposals and developing meaningful projections for investors and bankers.

Please join us for a Lunch & Learn where Elizabeth Ettling, Lisa Wernli-Hunt, and James Piccolo will talk about the foundational elements required to create your financial system and why managing your business on spreadsheets can be risky. They will discuss how to set up a financial system (such as Quickbooks Online), create a scale-able chart of accounts (the backbone of the system), and how to leverage the system to create accurate and meaningful financial statements and a detailed financial projection. They will also speak on the importance of simple internal controls to help protect against fraud and theft; including some experiences they have encountered throughout their careers.


Note: Lunch will be provided, but you must register by September 17th to receive a lunch.

Lunch & Learn Series – Joint Ventures & Partnerships

2018 Tech Lunch & Learn Series

IP Strategies for Bioscience, Digital Health, and High Tech Companies

The OTRADI Bioscience Incubator (OBI), PSU Business Accelerator (PSBA), and Ater Wynne LLP are partnering again to bring you the new 2018 IP Strategies for Bioscience, Digital Health, and High Tech Companies Lunch & Learn Series.

Due to the success of last year’s Lunch & Learn Series, the 2018 IP Strategies Lunch & Learn Series will feature five new monthly presentations, which will cover, in more depth, issues that are critical to the success of technology-based companies in the high tech, digital health, and bioscience industries.

Frank X. Curci, a Partner at Ater Wynne LLP, will again moderate this Series and will provide advice and guidance in coordination with other speakers.

Please join us for the fifth program in our 2018 Lunch & Learn Series led by Soundharya Nagasubramanian:

Soundharya will discuss: “Joint Ventures & Partnerships”

When: June 13, 2018 12 – 1:15PM

Where: Portland State Business Accelerator (2828 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland, OR 97201)


Lunch & Learn – What’s Next

So much to accomplish in so little time: deadlines to meet, investors to attract and please, regulatory hurdles to achieve and, hovering above it all, the unrelenting competitive and investor pressures to be the first to market.

If you are a member of this Biotech community, the screen image of your computer is barely faded from closing the last file you were working on before you have to ask yourself, “What’s Next?” – and then pivot both your body and brain to charge after it.

Having a great product is important, however, a top tier team to deliver and take the company to the next level is essential.

Join us to hear Karen Anderson and Suzanne Hanifin, co-founders of Acumen Executive Search, address how Biotech firms can secure funding while attracting and retaining the best and most talented players.

Topics covered will include:

  • Viewing your company within a 360 degree lens
  • Assessing talent gaps, team and synergy
  • The role of corporate culture
  • Vetting the best
  • Attracting the best: the offer
  • Selling the best: the role of your corporate brand
  • Assessing your team building, recruiting and on-boarding process
  • Forward thinking – What’s next and the talent required to do it

This interactive session will help you think through critical items you may have been too busy or reluctant to assess and face. Join us for this supportive, informative and valuable presentation.

Lunch will be provided complements of Acumen Executive Search.