Learn more about the sessions and our presenters below.
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Design for Innovation Workshop
April 13, 5:30 - 7:00PM
Seminar: An Entrepreneur's Journey
April 20, 5:30 - 7:00PM
Business Model Innovation Workshop, Part I
April 27, 5:30 - 7:00PM
Business Model Innovation Workshop, Part II
May 4, 5:30 - 7:00PM
Brendan Rauw, Vice President of OHSU Technology Transfer & Business Development
Brendan Rauw, MBA, has recently joined OHSU as Vice President, Technology Transfer and Business Development, a division of OHSU’s research mission that supports technology commercialization, industry collaboration, and entrepreneurship.
Rauw comes to OHSU from UCLA, where he served as associate vice chancellor and executive director of entrepreneurship. In this role at UCLA, he was responsible for leading a variety of programs designed to advance innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of intellectual property into real-world applications. He also guided the establishment of a separate, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation – Westwood Technology Transfer – to oversee technology transfer and industry-sponsored research, and served as the founding CEO.
Jennifer Fox, Executive Director, Oregon Translational
Research and Development Institute (OTRADI) and OTRADI Bioscience Incubator
As Executive Director, Dr. Fox manages and oversees all OTRADI Labs and OTRADI Bioscience Incubator (OBI) operations. She has been instrumental in helping OTRADI secure more than $14 million in funding since 2008. As OTRADI's founding scientist, she helped to define OTRADI's scientific mission and establish its high-throughput screening laboratory. In 2013, Dr. Fox spearheaded the effort to open the state's premiere bioscience incubator, the OTRADI Bioscience Incubator, which has grown to be home to fourteen bio-startup companies.
Dr. Fox has a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology and has more than 20 years of laboratory research experience at such universities as University of Oregon, Northwestern University, Tulane University, University of North Carolina and University of Georgia.
Trevor Levin, CEO of Urology Diagnostics
Dr. Levin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Urology Diagnostics. Dr. Levin brings a decade of experience in the development of molecular and computational biology assays to Urology Diagnostics. As an entrepreneur scientist he aims to translate genomic discoveries in cancer into clinical diagnostics for early detection, prediction of therapeutic response and to improve patient outcomes. Prior to Urology Diagnostics, Dr. Levin was an entrepreneurial research fellow in the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health &Science University. During this time he sourced and developed technologies with promising commercial potential laying groundwork for the foundation of Urology Diagnostics.
Karl Mundorff, Director of Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator
Karl joined OSU in September 2015 as Senior Program Manager. He was formerly Director of Research Programs for Oregon BEST and the President and CEO of BioReaction Industries which developed an air pollution control technology utilizing microbes to digest industrial process exhaust. Growing B.I. from prototype to commercialization created significant IP, sales and license agreements across three continents along with the development of customer engagements with Fortune 500 companies such as Toyota, Weyerhaeuser and 3M.
Karl is an advisor to a new cleantech venture fund and various cleantech
startups. Karl also designed and teaches Innovation and Business Model
Generation in Concordia University's MBA program and holds a courtesy faculty
position in Oregon State's College of Business.
Peter Rachor, Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Portland
Peter Rachor is Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Portland. He teaches in and directs UP’s nationally awarded Entrepreneur Scholars undergraduate program, teaches in the joint UP/OHSU Technology Entrepreneurship Commercialization graduate certificate program, and teaches in UP’s Master’s in Biomedical Engineering program.
Previously, Peter was Director of Venture Development at the University of New Mexico, responsible for creation of eight start-up enterprises from technologies developed through various research programs there. Peter also worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory, assisting inventors, entrepreneurs and technology transfer staff in patent licensing, market assessment, and venture formation. Prior to becoming involved in education, research and economic development a decade ago, Peter co-founded three technology ventures, and also held senior positions with several international telecommunications firms.
Beau Buck, Serial Entrepreneur
Beau is also the founder of IPRX.bio which is a private accelerator, venture holding company, and "extrepreneurial" service which helps entrepreneurs and institutions leverage resources and create companies. IPRX is involved in opportunities in health IT, diagnostics, sensors/IoT, model organisms, intelligent implants, and more.
Erik Goodfriend collaborates with healthcare leaders to leverage design tools to create innovative care models, build organizational culture and identifying new business initiatives.
Previously, Erik was Product Manager at ZOOM+ where he launched two new disruptive primary care business models, built with user experience design tools. Prior to working at ZOOM+ Erik was the Healthcare Director at Mahlum, where he worked with healthcare systems across the Northwest to strategize capital investments, build customer focused care models, and implement customer experience design processes.
Ron Sakaguchi integrates a systems perspective, design tools, and strategic innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on execution in collaborating with graduate students in healthcare management and executive leaders. Ron has a clinical and biomaterials science research background, with experience in business development, design for strategic initiatives, facilitation of strategy development, and coaching. In the Division of Management, Ron is the course director for an MBA course in healthcare innovation and the graduate capstone business consulting program.
Education: MBA in entrepreneurship from Babson College; PhD in biomaterials and biomechanics from the University of Greenwich; MS in prosthodontics from the University of Minnesota; DDS from Northwestern University; BS in systems science from UCLA.
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