FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oct. 24, 2017 NINE STARTUPS AND TEN RESEARCHERS SHARE THEIR INNOVATIONS AT OREGON BIOSCIENCE SHOWCASE 2017 Oregon Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) will provide opening comments to highlight the entrepreneurs’ event #OregonBio2017 CONTACT: Denise McCarty, Executive Director, (503) 548-4432 Dianne Danowski Smith, Board member, (503) 201-7019, @OregonBio (Portland, Ore.) -- Nine emerging device, diagnostic and digital health startups will get just 10 minutes to highlight their companies at Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017’s 6th Annual Company Pitch Showcase on Monday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. in OMSI’s Empirical Theater. To kick off the event, Governor Kate Brown will welcome the next generation of researchers and startups. Hundreds of attendees will get the direct line on formative concepts from these startups such as how artificial intelligence is being used to extract biological information; how wearable technologies will precisely track patients’ responses to interventions; how to help developing countries diagnose and manage parasites that cause such diseases as malaria; and how a USB-drive-sized device with a humanized microscopic animal represents an individual patient’s version of a disease, among other technologies. Oregon Bio worked closely with the State of Oregon’s bioscience Signature Research Center, OTRADI (Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute) to [...]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Oct. 17, 2017 GOVERNOR KATE BROWN TO LAUNCH BIO RESEARCHERS’ AND ENTREPRENEURS’ SESSIONS AT THE OREGON BIOSCIENCE SHOWCASE The first-ever appearance by an Oregon Governor at the entrepreneurs’ event will highlight the researchers’ fast pitch and the company showcase #OregonBio2017 CONTACT: Denise McCarty, Executive Director, (503) 548-4432 Dianne Danowski Smith, Board member, (503) 201-7019, @OregonBio (Portland, Ore.) - Attendees at the Oregon Bioscience Showcase will hear from Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) as she launches the high-profile event with opening remarks and welcomes the next generation of researchers and start-up companies. The Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017 will take place on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. in OMSI’s Empirical Theater. With just three minutes each, ten high school and academic researchers will compete, presenting their projects to the 200+ bioscience professionals in the audience. This is their unique opportunity to discuss their emerging research and its impact in the local and global bioscience ecosystem. Here’s who they are and their focus: Cynthia Bui, 12th Grade, Madison High School, Portland A Genetic Approach to Designing a Novel Biological Sensor to Monitor Water Contamination Monica Chang, 11th Grade, Camas High School, Camas, Washington A Closer Look at Memory: The Effect [...]
October 7, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Patricia Pearson, firstname.lastname@example.org Siena, Italy—Dr. Bernard A. Fox, internationally known expert in immuno-oncology will meet with other cancer experts here Saturday to discuss recent advances in treatmentsthat hold promise for improved treatments and increased survival for patients with cancer. Dr. Fox, chief executive officer, UbiVac, www.ubivac.com, will discuss the latest research in agonistic antibodies in an era of antagonistic antibodies. He will provide insights into mono-therapy, as well as combination and/or sequential therapies from his latest publication on the topic and UbiVac’s evaluation of patients enrolled on their phase II clinical trial for NSCLC. The event, “A Vision of Immuno-Oncology: The Siena Consensus,” will be held October 7, 3 to 6 pm, as a “think tank” of those involved in developing the latest cancer immunotherapies. It is sponsored by the Network Italiano per la Bioterapia del Tumori/The Italian Network for Cancer Biotherapy (NIBIT), is part of its XVth Cancer Bio-Immunotherapy Meeting. A non-profit foundation, NIBIT was formed in 2004 and is focused on bringing together groups involved in clinical and pre-clinical research in cancer immunotherapy and biotherapy to discuss the latest advances in the field. This meeting seeks to help build consensus among [...]
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 [...]
Oregon Bio is excited to partner with OHSU and OSU to connect member companies with qualified interns. We will help match your needs to highly motivated and qualified undergraduate and graduate level interns from OSU and OHSU. Timing for Ph.D. students can be flexible, by mutual arrangement. For more information, please contact Lynn Ekstedt, email@example.com […]
The Rest of the Story: Oregon Bioscience Association’s 2016-’17 Annual Report Dylan Vance and his team at Jupiter Devices have a vision for a commercially successful product that could one day help millions of diabetics receive blood sugar readings in a noninvasive, accurate and efficient way. But transforming that product vision into commercial success also requires a bold vision of the kind of environment that can bring their idea to reality. Enter the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator’s new Smart Health Annex. “We were looking for more than just space,” said Vance, CEO of Jupiter, the first startup to take up residence at the incubator’s digital health themed annex. “We were looking for people who understand not just what it is we’re doing, but also how scientific research turns into medical products.” The Smart Health Annex is connected to OTRADI’s highly successful Bioscience Incubator (OBI), which now houses a total of 17 bioscience startups in its building at Southwest Macadam Avenue. The complex was initially set-up to offer young bio companies office space, wet-labs and other facilities often financially or logistically out of reach for bio startups. But as Vance and OTRADI Executive Director Jennifer Fox point out, the need for mentoring [...]
The Rest of the Story: Oregon Bioscience Association’s 2016-’17 Annual Report Exactly how many marketing people does it take to redesign and enhance a bioscience association’s website? Well, if that association’s marketing manager has a Ph.D. in engineering from Cal-Berkeley, the answer may only need to be one. Ashley Fritz, marketing manager for Oregon Bio, spent a large part of the previous year positioning her design eye and her engineering brain to give the association’s website a new look and feel. As a self-described “visual” person with coding experience and her technical background, Fritz set out to create a website redesign that would be pleasing to users in terms of aesthetics, relevance and usability. “When I was brought on to do the project, I knew I had to marry what's available technically with our new design,” says Fritz. “Sometimes you’re limited, so while I was designing, I was simultaneously building the site. I think that approach worked out pretty well.” Fritz says a major priority was adding useful features where Oregon Bio members and other site visitors could more easily see what is happening in the Oregon Bio world and quickly learn what's going on. Among the redesigned website’s new [...]
The Rest of the Story: Oregon Bioscience Association’s 2016-’17 Annual Report If there’s a common challenge shared by all Oregon bioscience companies, Lisa Hale of Grace Bio-Labs efficiently sums it up from her company’s perspective and location in Bend. “Our success depends on attracting and retaining talent in Central Oregon,” says Hale, vice president of the fast-growing Central Oregon biotech company. The vital, statewide goal of expanding the world-class talent pool of highly trained workers for Oregon’s bio companies recently received an unprecedented boost. In the 2015-17 legislative biennium, the state’s Oregon Talent Council awarded Oregon Bio a historic $750,000 grant for advanced workforce training. As the largest grant award in Oregon Bio’s 26 years, this state funding is earmarked to implement, grow and accelerate workers’ knowledge, skill sets and experience as part of regional workforce development for un- and under-employed Oregonians. This wave of intensified, regional training targets workers in the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon. Says Denise McCarty, executive director of Oregon Bio, “With this forward-thinking grant, our association’s exceptional training continues to thrive, and it gives our companies confidence in Oregon’s promise of a trained workforce and talented workforce pipeline they can count on.” The grant framework [...]
The Rest of the Story: Oregon Bioscience Association’s 2016-’17 Annual Report It’s impossible not to notice Jackie Wirz’s enthusiasm when it comes to the diverse members of the state’s bio landscape getting together for Oregon Bio’s annual conference as they did at Reed College last October. “Our community is vibrant, excited, and performing incredible work,” says Wirz, assistant dean for student affairs in graduate studies at OHSU and coordinator of the conference’s “Research Fast Pitch” competition. “From bacteria that can solve the plastic garbage problem to innovative treatments for Parkinson’s disease, our participants were able to truly showcase their fascinating research!” The popular Research Fast Pitch and “Company Pitch Showcase” competitions further energized last fall’s already-buzzing atmosphere at the event, Oregon Bio 2016: The Bioscience Landscape. Considered by many of the more than 300 attendees to be the association’s most impressive conference to date, the gathering featured a futurists’ panel, as well as powerful presentations by Columbia Sportswear on innovations strategy and by Intel Life Sciences on the future of precision medicine. “We look to find topics and features that the majority of our diverse members have a connection to,” says Ashley Fritz, Oregon Bio’s marketing manager and coordinator of [...]
The Rest of the Story: Oregon Bioscience Association’s 2016-’17 Annual Report If you ask Oregon Bio’s executive director Denise McCarty or the association’s director of member services and business development Julie Black how the last year happened to go by so quickly, they may not have an answer. But with an Oregon Bioscience Association agenda that included mapping in-house processes to look for automation possibilities, creating and launching a redesigned website, implementing a new CRM system or transitioning to QuickBooks online, they will tell you this: They’re “making” time. That creation of more time is completely in line with their goal of spending more time interacting with and serving Oregon bio members. “When I first started at Oregon Bio, we had three full-time people and, within a year, were down to two and a half but doing more,” said Black. “Now we now have six people and the association is investing in its resources. We’re now much more proactive instead of reactive in providing our members with what they need.” Membership at the Oregon Bioscience Association is increasing, and McCarty believes rethinking a lot of the manual processes at the organization has been the key to serving the growth. She [...]