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.


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.


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!


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

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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.