News & Reports 2017-04-05T16:38:50+00:00

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Portland biotech startup foresees rapid growth from HIV test

Elizabeth Hayes, Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal

Typically, an HIV diagnostic test takes a few hours to run and requires a laboratory.

A Portland biosciences company is developing a hand-held test that can produce accurate results from a drop of blood in just 20 minutes — and estimate how recently the infection occurred.

Sedia Biosciences Corp.’s rapid HIV test could potentially speed up diagnosis of the disease, especially in developing countries, and play a big role in slowing […]

June 21st, 2017|

Drug price transparency bill will not lower Rx costs

Why is drug price transparency legislation like the wolf in “Little Red Riding Hood”? It was because the wolf was pretending to be something he was not. Equally, there is state legislation that is pretending to be about transparency in drug pricing when it is really about limiting the profitability of biotech firms. That kind of government control would deter investment in new and innovative biopharmaceutical treatments.

Under a bill introduced […]

May 19th, 2017|

DesignMedix’s malaria drug to enter clinical trials with support from NIH


CONTACT: Sandra Shotwell, CEO,, 503-348-0855

Portland OR: DesignMedix Inc., a drug development company targeting drug resistant infectious diseases, has entered into an agreement with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will pave the way for first-in-human clinical trials of DesignMedix’s malaria drug DM1157. The agreement is with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, and builds on the strong package […]

April 10th, 2017|

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,


April 6th, 2017|

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 […]

April 5th, 2017|


Doctors are more likely to support financial penalties for overprescribing antibiotics when they know how the practice can hurt patients, a new study says. Physician support of fines varied depending [...]

New research suggests that Medicare Advantage plans may be linked to greater racial disparity in readmissions. [...]

HIPAA does not prohibit payers and providers from sharing patient information to develop clinical best practices, but there are several nuances hospitals should be aware of, according to two privacy a [...]

On Thursday morning, Senate Republicans finally unveiled a draft version of their bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The draft, which is titled the "Better Care Reconcili [...]

While federal law requires equitable insurance coverage for addiction treatment, patients still face hurdles to access care despite the country's ongoing opioid epidemic. The Mental Health Parity [...]

Innovations could help produce a more efficient and effective healthcare delivery system but only if the industry creates conditions that allow new models to thrive and clear a pathway to spread and s [...]

Health IT groups were predictably pleased with the MACRA proposed rule released on Tuesday, praising the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for giving physicians more wiggle room on EHR upgrade [...]

The American Hospital Association urged the Senate on Thursday to "go back to the drawing board" on its healthcare legislation, warning that the current version of the bill could hurt the mo [...]