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Leading Organizations in the Pacific Northwest Sign MOU for Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network, a Partnership to Fuel Innovation

New partnership among British Columbia, Washington and Oregon boosts innovation by introducing startups to cross-border funding and collaboration opportunities SEATTLE, Dec 8, 2017 – Today, nearly 50 organizations in the Pacific Northwest convened at Cambia Grove in Seattle to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network, a partnership of incubators, accelerators, universities, investors and industry associations that have pledged to work collaboratively in support of entrepreneurs and researchers across British Columbia, Washington state and Oregon. The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network will initially focus on the Life Sciences, Information Technology, and CleanTech industries, then expand to include other sectors in the future. “In line with the Government of Canada’s mandate to foster international partnerships in science, technology and innovation, the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle led the development of the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network as a springboard from which to launch new strategic and regionally-focused initiatives targeted at entrepreneurs, innovators, and academic researchers in the Pacific Northwest,” said Lewis Coughlin, Consul and Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Seattle. The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network MOU does not replace, but rather fully supports the innovation partnership that began in September 2016, when the State of [...]

Leading Organizations in the Pacific Northwest Sign MOU for Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network, a Partnership to Fuel Innovation 2017-12-11T16:34:07+00:00

Two Winners Announced from Nine Startups and Ten Research Innovators at Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 21, 2017 TWO WINNERS ANNOUNCED FROM NINE STARTUPS AND TEN RESEARCH INNOVATORS AT OREGON BIOSCIENCE SHOWCASE 2017 Young researcher and entrepreneurial medical device company take top honors  CONTACT: Dianne Danowski Smith, Board member, (503) 201-7019, @OregonBio  (Portland, Ore.) – With just three minutes each, ten high school and academic researchers had three minutes to ‘fast pitch’ their projects to the 300+ bioscience professionals in the audience at the Oct. 30, 2017 Oregon Bioscience Showcase. It was their unique opportunity to discuss their emerging research and its impact in the local and global bioscience ecosystem. In a true homage to the next generation of emerging great minds, Camas, Washington high school student, 11th grader Monica Chang, won the overall Research Fast Pitch with her project entitled, “A Closer Look at Memory: The Effect of Diurnal Rhythms on Perineuronal Nets.” Chang competed against three other high schoolers, one company founder and five academic researchers. “Our Research Fast Pitch event was a phenomenal; it allowed our research community to not only convey their cutting-edge research findings, it offered them an opportunity to tell their stories. Each participant crafted a story arc that brought together not only research, but [...]

Two Winners Announced from Nine Startups and Ten Research Innovators at Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017 2017-11-28T09:54:41+00:00

Nine Startups and Ten Researchers Share Their Innovations at Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017

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 [...]

Nine Startups and Ten Researchers Share Their Innovations at Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017 2017-10-24T16:12:06+00:00

Governor Kate Brown to Launch Bio Researchers’ and Entrepreneurs’ Sessions at the Oregon Bioscience Showcase

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 [...]

Governor Kate Brown to Launch Bio Researchers’ and Entrepreneurs’ Sessions at the Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017-10-17T10:00:02+00:00

Portland-Based Immuno-oncologist Dr. Bernard A. Fox To Present at Siena, Italy Conference

October 7, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Patricia Pearson, ppearson@ubivac.com 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 [...]

Portland-Based Immuno-oncologist Dr. Bernard A. Fox To Present at Siena, Italy Conference 2017-10-13T10:22:37+00:00

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 [...]

Oregon’s Life Science Industry on Display: Oregon Bioscience Showcase 2017 2017-09-22T09:25:36+00:00

Grant-supported interns available for your company

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, lynn.ekstedt@oregonstate.edu […]

Grant-supported interns available for your company 2017-04-06T10:16:35+00:00

OTRADI Bioscience Incubator Creates Smart Health Annex for Digital Health Startups

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 [...]

OTRADI Bioscience Incubator Creates Smart Health Annex for Digital Health Startups 2017-04-05T16:41:22+00:00

Oregon Bio Offers New Member-Friendly Web Design, New CRM

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 [...]

Oregon Bio Offers New Member-Friendly Web Design, New CRM 2017-04-05T16:58:54+00:00

Oregon’s Bio Talent Pool Boosted by Innovative Grant

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 [...]

Oregon’s Bio Talent Pool Boosted by Innovative Grant 2017-04-05T16:58:59+00:00