2017 OHSU Commercialization Conference

2017 OHSU Commercialization Conference

The 2017 Commercialization Conference connects OHSU innovators with investors, industry partners, and community collaborators to help build a vibrant regional hub for innovative technology. Join OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development for a day of sessions, startup and collaboration pitches, industry insights, and successful collaboration stories.

We have a great line-up of speakers and panelists, including our two keynote speakers, William Ruh, the CEO of GE Digital and Gerry Langeler, managing director of OVP Venture Partners.

OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development celebrates the fifth year of our signature conference, formerly the Startup Symposium, by expanding the framework to include startup and established enterprises.

Registration opening soon!

Keynote Speaker

William Ruh

William Ruh is the chief executive officer for GE Digital as well as the senior vice president and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for GE. GE Digital, a $6 billion business of GE, provides premier digital software solutions and services for the industrial world. GE Digital supports customers globally with a broad range of Industrial Internet applications, from asset performance management, operations optimization and brilliant manufacturing to platform-as-a-service, cloud and cyber security. As the CDO, Ruh is responsible for global IT as well as creating GE's Digital Thread a next generation system for streamlining design, manufacturing and support processes. Ruh joined GE in 2011 to establish its Industrial Internet strategy and to lead the convergence of the physical and digital worlds within GE globally. In this role, he focused on building out advanced software and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations and portfolio of software services across all of GE's businesses. During his tenure, Ruh led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world. He also played an instrumental role in establishing the Industrial Internet Consortium by bringing together government, academia and industry leaders for setting the standards, best practices and processes for the Industrial Internet. Prior to this, Ruh was vice president at Cisco where he held global responsibility for developing advanced services and solutions. A 30 year veteran of the software and internet industries, Ruh has held executive management positions at Software AG, Inc., The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation and Concept 5 Technologies. Ruh is an accomplished author and a frequent speaker on such topics as emerging business models, cloud computing, analytics, mobile computing, agile development, large scale distributed systems, and M2M communications. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton.


Thursday, September 14

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Opening remarks
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Keynote speaker: William Ruh, CEO, GE Digital
GE's transition from manufacturing to a digital company and it's impact
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Executive Panel: Breakthrough innovations transforming healthcare
10:45 - 11:45 p.m.
Lunch and break out session
Session 1: Role of molecular imaging in a modern era of medicine
Session 2: Pharma's transition from internal R&D to external collaboration
Session 3: Women's contributions to innovation in science and business

11:45 - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Startup company pitches
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Collaboration pitches
Session 1: Marketing and branding: Go-to-market strategies for innovations
Session 2: Drawing interest from venture capitalists and angels

Session 3: Alternative funding
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Closing keynote: Gerry Langeler, managing director, OVP Venture Partners
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

* Topics and times are subject to change

Getting to the conference


CLSBCollaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB)
2730 SW Moody Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201
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Convenient parking options are available near the CLSB. Attendees may park in the OHSU Schnitzer parking lot, just north of the CLSB, (The address for the parking lot is: 2650 SW Moody, Portland, OR 97201) or in the CLSB parking garage located below the building with an entrance located on the north end of the building (near the Skourtes Tower, where SW Meade meets SW Moody Ave.).