Innovation Education

Innovation Education

Oregon Health & Science University is devoted to innovating to advance science and optimize health worldwide. OHSU Collaborations and Entrepreneurship believes it’s critical to foster the inventor spirit that runs deep within our organization. We focus on ways to educate our aspiring innovators and engage with the community to help them understand the world of commercialization. We invite you to learn more about our work and attend one of our events soon. 

We provide and coordinate:

  • Educational programs to develop skills in innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Competitions and events that stimulate innovation around science
  • Funding programs to foster early-stage innovations

Our programs include:

The Biomedical Innovation Program's Commercial Readiness Program (BIP CORP)

A four-week biomedical commercialization course designed for the busy medical academician or industry scientist with an early-stage project. View course details.  

INVENT seminar series

The INVENT Seminar Series hosts experts from the regional life science community to introduce fundamental principles of commercialization and entrepreneurship. This event aims to inspire and guide innovations from the university to the market, offer skill-building opportunities, develop a broad awareness of the commercialization pathway, and create robust networking opportunities. View series details for upcoming dates and topics.

Innovators Forum

Join your fellow entrepreneurial-minded colleagues for this lively and informal opportunity to share your ideas and prototypes and receive input from a diverse cross section of clinicians, scientists, engineers, business and commercialization experts, and industry professionals. Register here. 

Student Innovator Challenge and InventOR Competition

An annual OHSU student idea competition, intended for student-led concepts or technologies. Participants receive individualized training and mentorship for the duration of the competition to develop their pitch and innovation, compete to win prizes, and advance to the InventOR Statewide Collegiate Finals to win up to $30,000 in cash prizes.

Students will come away with the resources and skills to:

  • Develop an effective business pitch.
  • Understand the basics of bringing a concept from idea to market
  • Grasp the fundamentals of commercialization.

Registration is now closed (annually open Sept-March). View competition details.  

OHSU Invent-a-thon

Want to make healthcare better? Brainstorm –Build –Make an Impact

Come propel an idea into action. OHSU is joining forces with MIT Hacking Medicine and partners across the region to bring you the inaugural OHSU Invent-a-thon. Join a diverse group of clinicians, engineers, scientists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, developers, makers, students, patients, and industry leaders for a weekend of inter-disciplinary collaboration and creativity. You will have a chance to tackle pressing challenges in medtech, digital health, and health IT, receive guidance from mentors, and compete for up to $40,000 in team prizes. View the website for more details.