OHSU Innovation Day

Banner image describing 2024 Research Week 2024 and Innovation Day May 9, 2024

OHSU Innovation Day features up-and-coming innovative OHSU technologies, startups and panel discussions on topics of commercialization and entrepreneurship. 

Innovation Day 2024 was held on May 9, 2024, as part of OHSU Research Week. Check back in early 2025 to learn about next year's programming.

2024 Programming

10 AM - Innovation and commercialization keynote

David Huang in OHSU COOL Lab

"Seeing Small and Aiming Big: the Development and Clinical Impact of Optical Coherence Tomography"

David Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
Wold Family Chair in Ophthalmic Imaging
Associate Director & Director of Research, Casey Eye Institute, School of Medicine

Dr. Huang is the director of research at the Casey Eye Institute, and the co-inventor of optical coherence tomography (OCT).  OCT has revolutionized clinical ophthalmology by allowing clinicians to better diagnose and treat multiple eye disorders.  One OCT procedure is now estimated to be performed every second. Join this keynote to hear more about Huang’s incredible journey as serial inventor and startup founder. 

11 AM - OHSU innovation showcase

A showcase of innovative science happening at OHSU covering the spectrum of the innovation process, including industry collaboration, early stage technology development and startup company formation.

A Journey to Commercialize OHSU’s Remote Patient Monitoring Technology
Larry Frye, CEO - Life Analytics, Inc.

Rapid and site-specific antibody conjugation technique
Kai Tao, Ph.D., Research Engineer III

Next-Generation CAR-T Cells: organ-specific engineering to cure solid cancers
Robert Eil, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery and Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology

1 PM - Marketing your science to industry

Tailor your scientific pitch for industry audiences with tips and tricks from our panelists. Learn directly from industry experts what they are looking for and what mistakes to avoid when seeking industry collaborations.

  • Sarosh Effendi, Pharm.D., M.B.A., Executive Director Global Strategy, AstraZeneca
  • James Hoberg, Ph.D., Head of External Innovation and Licensing, MilliporeSigma
  • Melissa Martin, M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., Director of Digital Programs, GE HealthCare
  • Tari Suprapto, Ph.D., Director of Search and Evaluation, Novo Nordisk

4 PM - Careers in venture capital and scientific startups

This in-person panel will discuss careers in venture capital (VC) and scientific start-up companies. These two career paths are intertwined, with VC offering private equity financing for early-stage and high-potential startups in exchange for equity ownership. 

  • Philip Barish, Ph.D., Senior Alliance Manager, New Ventures
  • Angela Jackson, Co-managing director, Portland Seed Fund
  • Emily Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and founder, Twist Biosciences
  • Smriti Zaneveld, Ph.D., Chief operating officer, Lazarus 3D

Location: OHSU Auditorium, 3286 SW Research Drive, Portland, Oregon 97239