Veana Therapeutics Announces Interim Results of the Phase I Trial for VIMO-001

Developing innovative immunotherapy products that effectively treat cancer patients and have minimal impact on their quality of life.

April 5, 2018

Veana Therapeutics, Inc. is pleased to announce the interim results of the Phase I safety trial of its lead cancer immunotherapy drug asset, VIMO-001, in patients with advanced cancer. The Phase I clinical study is an “all comers” trial of patients with advanced and diverse cancer indications, including pancreatic, lung, prostate, renal, esophageal, colon, head and neck, and […]

Portland biotech community finally gets its wish: a new lab-office project

Elizabeth Hayes, Portland Business Journal

Summit Development Group to invest $12M in Central Eastside lab-office development

One of the biggest obstacles for biotech companies looking to expand in Portland is the city’s lack of suitable lab space.

That situation is about to change. A new 40,000-square-foot lab-office development, scheduled to get underway in April, is slated to open in the fall in Portland’s Central Eastside.

Summit Development Group bought a 100-year-old, three-story warehouse building on the corner of Southeast Eighth Avenue and Alder Street […]

Legacy Health Foundation collects its largest grant for cancer research

Elizabeth Hayes, Portland Business Journal

The Wayne D. Kuni & Joan E. Kuni Foundation has awarded $5 million to Legacy Health Foundation to found a cancer research project.

The grant, the largest the Foundation has collected, will fund research into how cancer can be targeted by manipulating adenosine kinase, an enzyme that controls cell growth.

The research is led by Detlev Boison, Dow Chair of Neurology and director of neurobiology research and basic and translational research at Legacy Research Institute; and Dr. Serene […]

Legislature 2018: Nosse’s new drug pricing bill is slimmed down but still controversial

By Elizabeth Hayes, Staff Reporter
Portland Business Journal

Rep. Rob Nosse, undeterred by the failure of his comprehensive prescription drug pricing bill last year, returned the House Health Care Committee on Monday to sell a new, slimmed down version.

House Bill 4005 would force more transparency on drug manufacturers, but it doesn’t specifically impose price controls. Nosse hopes that will make it an easier sell. The Portland Democrat has bipartisan support this time around.

“House Bill 4005 moves forward on one […]

‘Lifting all boats’: Kate Brown focuses on 2019 education plan in state of the state speech

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown opened the 35-day legislative session Monday with a speech laying out her plan to improve technical education and training programs so more Oregonians can land jobs in growth industries such as bioscience and health care.

Much of the plan centers on a $300 million proposal she said she will bring to the Legislature in 2019 if she is re-elected.

The governor noted that businesses currently tap […]

Two words helped fight his cancer: ‘Sequence me’

“I didn’t like that,” said Bryce said about learning he had 21 months to live. “That was a pretty stinky prognosis.”

By Tracy Barry, KGW8 News (Original Article)
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PORTLAND, Ore. — A man who outlived his cancer prognosis says it’s all due to finding his genomic sequence.

Bryce Olson is a runner. He hadn’t been to a doctor in five years, because he never got sick. But on a spring day in 2014, he just couldn’t take […]

Clark County strives to capitalize on surging life sciences industry

By Troy Brynelson, Columbian staff writer
The Columbian (Original Article)

Jonathan DeHart had hoped to land his company, a fledgling manufacturer of gene sequencing devices borne out of incubators at Intel, in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Then they found a glitch.

The kind of space that they were looking for, called wet lab space, wasn’t very abundant here. As a young company still raising its early funds, they had to find space to rent. Building their own space was a […]

Oregon scientist develops promising vaccine against tuberculosis

An Oregon scientist has developed a vaccine against tuberculosis that appears to be highly effective against the devastating disease.

The vaccine reduced tuberculosis infections by 70 percent in rhesus monkeys, according to a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine.

Tuberculosis doesn’t always make people sick, but it almost always causes severe disease in rhesus monkeys, said Dr. Louis Picker, who developed the vaccine at Oregon […]

How a Eugene startup is using worms to spark medical breakthroughs

By   –  Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal

Jan 11, 2018, 10:56am

Most of us don’t give the lowly worm much thought during the course of our day, unless we’re digging in our garden.

For Eugene-based NemaMetrix, the C. elegans nematode worm is the key to finding a cure for a host of human genetic diseases.

NemaMetrix sells a drug discovery platform that allows scientists to quickly assess if a drug has therapeutic value or potentially dangerous […]

Calling All Startups! Apply by this Friday, January 12 for PitchfestNW.

PitchfestNW, a startup conference and competition within TechfestNW, the Upper Left Coast’s largest annual tech event, is accepting applications for 2018. TechfestNW — now in its 7th year — is a gathering of innovators, startups, entrepreneurs, tech companies and investors from around the globe that takes place in Portland, OR.

There is no cost to apply, and accepted startups receive an all-access ticket to TechfestNW, inclusion in the pitch competition to a panel of investors and […]