Oregon’s Life Science Industry on Display: Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017

The first-ever Oregon Bioscience Showcase, on October 30, combines the Research Fast Pitch and Company Pitch Showcase, presenting emerging companies and rising-star researchers #OregonBio2017

CONTACT: Denise McCarty, Executive Director, (503) 548-4432
Dianne Danowski Smith, Board member, (503) 201-7019, @OregonBio

(Portland, Ore.)  – Three minutes. That’s all the time nine local researchers and students will have to showcase their research and projects to a room full of bioscience professionals, enthusiasts and judges. This is their unique opportunity to discuss their emerging research and its impact in the local and global bioscience ecosystem.

But before the selected researchers take center stage, nine emerging companies in various funding cycles in the device, diagnostics, and digital health sectors will get a mere 10 minutes to unveil their secret sauce to the audience as part of the 6th annual Company Pitch Showcase. Judges and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions after their pitch as well as meet the entrepreneurs between pitch sessions.

Company executives, entrepreneurs; investors; business, economic development and life science professionals; researchers; vendors; and STEM students are all invited to the Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017 on Oct. 30, from 1 to 6 p.m. at OMSI’s Empirical Theater. The Showcase event will be immediately followed by Oregon Bio’s 7th annual Bio on the Rocks  from 6 to 9 p.m. at OMSI’s Theory Café.

“The bioscience landscape is growing as Oregon’s economy continues to excel,” said Denise McCarty, executive director of Oregon Bioscience Association. “Our companies and startups are immersed in the rapidly-evolving life sciences environment, and the Showcase highlights these entrepreneurs, giving them a chance to share their developments and milestones with the community.”

The Oregon Bioscience Showcase key event partners include OTRADI/Oregon Bioscience Incubator, Biotronik, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Genentech, TE Connectivity, Welch Allyn, Copiers Northwest and VWR International.


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About Oregon Bioscience Association

The Oregon Bioscience Association advocates for its members and the industry to create opportunity through advocacy, cultivation and education.  Oregon Bio promotes the growth and quality of the bioscience industry in Oregon and continually seeks ways to support sustainability and growth in the life science, bioscience, biotechnology and device manufacturing industries and to create acceleration initiatives so members can achieve their full scientific, economic and social potential. Oregon Bio, a nonprofit membership association, is the Oregon affiliate of BIO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

In 2014 Oregon’s jobs in biotech grew faster than most other U.S. markets. The association’s most current economic impact study showed that in 2014, Oregon’s growing bioscience industry reached nearly 14,000 jobs across 793 state business establishments. State bioscience companies have increased employment by 3.5 percent since 2012, with job growth coming from four of the five industry subsectors. Oregon’s research universities are especially focused in the biosciences relative to other fields with their nearly $456 million in bioscience academic R&D in 2014 accounting for 68 percent of all academic research compared with 61 percent for the nation. In 2015, NIH research funding to Oregon institutions totaled nearly $289 million. Venture capital investments in Oregon’s bioscience-related companies have increased in recent years and since 2012 have totaled just over $62 million. More about the Oregon Bioscience Association can be found at www.oregonbio.org.

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