Biomedical Innovation Program: From Academia to the Marketplace

Diagram of Biomedical Innovation Program services to include funding & development, project management, innovation and entrepreneur education, and customized mentoring.  These services all drive technologies towards commercialization. See the pdf referenced in the first paragraph of the webpage for detailed text on these services.

The Biomedical Innovation Program at OHSU accelerates the delivery of healthcare technologies in order to improve human health. The program cultivates, evaluates and funds promising translational projects with the objective of moving innovative technologies to clinical application through commercialization.  Review program services in the diagram above or read about program services in this pdf.

Do you have an idea for a technical innovation to improve human health? See the funding opportunities below, choose your focus, and let us hear from you.  

Funding opportunities

OHSU Research & Innovation, in partnership with The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), OHSU Technology Transfer and OHSU Collaborations and Entrepreneurship, are accepting proposals for basic or clinical research across the translational spectrum that directly addresses COVID-19 from all disciplines. 

Deadline: April 23rd, 2020

Amount: Up to $75,000

Eligibility: Applicants must meet OHSU Principal Investigator requirements.

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This funding opportunity is intended for medical device, software, and diagnostic technology projects. Through this funding mechanism, OCTRI and TTBD intend to support and accelerate creative, interdisciplinary device and diagnostic development research at OHSU. Projects will typically be supported for a one-year period. Predetermined milestones and quantitative metrics of success will be evaluated on a regular basis.

Deadline: Please check back in Fall 2020.

Amount: Up to $40,000

Eligibility: Principal Investigators must meet the OHSU eligibility requirements.

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Download Letter of Intent (LOI) template

This funding opportunity is intended for drug discovery platforms and therapeutic technology projects. Examples of responsive application topics include, but are not limited to: development and validation of drug targets, screening platforms, small molecules, antibodies, vaccines and biologics. Through this funding mechanism, OCTRI and TTBD intend to support and accelerate creative, interdisciplinary drug discovery and therapeutic development research at OHSU. Projects will typically be supported for a one-year period. Predetermined milestones and quantitative metrics of success will be evaluated on a regular basis.

Deadline: Please check back in February 2020.

Amount: Up to $60,000

Eligibility: Principal Investigators must meet the OHSU eligibility requirements.

The 2019 Biomedical Innovation Program Drug Discovery RFA has details about the submission process, eligibility and application instructions.

This new track of funding is intended to support novel and innovative ideas that use digital technology to improve healthcare delivery or advance biomedical research with the potential for commercialization, achieving cost savings, improving research efficiency, improving quality of patient care, and/or reducing provider burnout. 

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, with budgets not to exceed $30,000. Additionally, each awardee will be assigned a project manager and a mentor to advise and help accelerate their project towards commercialization. Projects will typically be supported for a 6-month period; predetermined milestones and quantitative metrics of success will be evaluated on a regular basis.

Deadline: Letter of intent due February 20, 2020.  See all key dates in RFA below.

Amount: Up to $30,000

Eligibility: OHSU employees and students. Restrictions apply - see RFA for details. 

The 2020 Biomedical Innovation Program Digital Health RFA has details about the submission process, eligibility and application instructions.

Phase 0 program (SBIR/STTR application support)

Business Oregon and OCTRI are helping Oregon small businesses access federal funding through successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Phase 0 submissions must be received a minimum of nine weeks prior to the sponsoring federal agency's due dates.
  • The complete RFA is available here.
  • Have questions? Please email Jonathan Jubera.

BIP Commercialization Readiness Program

BIP Corp is a 4-week biomedical commercialization course designed for the busy medical academician with an early-stage project.

View full course details on the Training & Education page.

Check back in Fall 2020 for the next session.

INVENT Series

An educational program supporting bioscience innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn how to evaluate and protect your concept, seek funding and pitch your innovation to investors, and build a business model.

Course content

Surgical Innovation Program

OCTRI's partnership with the Department of Surgery transforms surgical care by fostering, supporting, and accelerating innovation.

Read more about the program here

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The Biomedical Innovation Program is a partnership between OCTRI, OHSU Technology Transfer, and OHSU Collaboration and Entrepreneurship. Additional funding for the program has been provided by:

Learn more about resources in OHSU Technology Transfer that can help you commercialize your research.

Explore past BIP-funded projects and award recipients here.

Meet our awardees 

Hear from Biomedical Innovation Program awardees—in their own words. 

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Questions about the BIP?

Reach out to us.  We’d like to hear from you. 

Jonathan Jubera, M.B.A 
Project Manager 
jubera@ohsu.edu 

Aditi Martin, Ph.D. 
Program Director 
martiad@ohsu.edu 

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