Biomedical Innovation Program: From Academia to the Marketplace

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 below 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.  

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..

Funding opportunities

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. Project budgets should not exceed $40,000. 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 August 2019.

Amount: Up to $40,000

Eligibility: Principal Investigators must meet the OHSU eligibility requirements.

This funding opportunity, an extension of the Biomedical Innovation Program, 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. Project budgets should not exceed $60,000. 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.

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 and Small Business Technology Transfer 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.
Registration now open for October 4 through Nov 1, 2019 

View full course details on the Training & Education page

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

The Biomedical Innovation Program is a partnership between OCTRI and the Department of Technology Transfer and Business Development. Additional funding for the program has been provided by:

Learn more about resources in the Department of Technology Transfer and Business Development that can help you commercialize your research.

Meet our awardees 

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

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Ready to discuss your needs? 

Contact an OCTRI Navigator for guidance and support. 

503-418-9790

octri@ohsu.edu 

Reach out to us 

If you have specific questions about the Biomedical Innovation Program, we’d like to hear from you. 

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

Jonathan Jubera 
Project Manager 
503-805-8179
jubera@ohsu.edu 

Invest in a new connection 

MedTech Alliance links investors and industry collaborators with OHSU inventors to develop and commercialize OHSU medical technologies. 

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