OCTRI strives to cultivate innovation in research. Whether you have a burgeoning idea or a proof of concept that is ready for design, OCTRI has education opportunities to meet your needs. Download a flyer that summarizes our programming or read more below.
OCTRI offers innovation and entrepreneurship programming throughout the year. Review our year-round programming options below.
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.
Participants: The series is open to anyone at OHSU with an interest in innovation as well as the public.
Review series content. Upcoming schedule and registration info in event list links below.
Upcoming INVENT Seminars
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3/18/20 Invent and SoPE Alternative Funding Panel
6/25/20 Leveraging Market Research and Customer Outreach to Successfully Launch your Idea
11/10/20 Market Research Deep Dive | In Partnership with OTRADI/OBI
Annual and quarterly programming
OCTRI offers several innovation and entrepreneurship programs on an annual or quarterly basis. Review these options below and check back regularly for updates on upcoming opportunities.
BIP Corp is a 5-week biomedical commercialization course designed for the busy medical academician with an early-stage project.
Upcoming course dates: March 5 to April 9, 2021
Registration Now Open
Contact Melissa Mudd for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is offered in partnership with OCTRI and OHSU offices of Collaborations and Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer.
The OHSU Student Innovator Challenge is a student pitch competition, intended for student-led concepts or technologies. Students will come away with the skills and resources to:
- Develop an effective pitch for a broad audience
- Understand the basics of bringing a concept from idea to market
- Gain practical experience developing an idea into a tangible outcome
- Connect with expert innovators and mentors from across the region
Winners of the 2021 Innovate Challenge will receive a $500 prototyping grant and advance to compete for up to $30,000 in cash awards in the InventOR Finals, held virtually on June 24-25, 2021.
Registration for the 2021 competition is open through March 24, 2021.
See the full Competition Details .
Upcoming Competition Dates
(Left) Avathamsa Athirasala, a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering, for Microcosm, a high throughput screening platform for cell response to microenvironmental conditions.
(Right) Daniel Mullee, M.D. candidate, for IntraMon, an intraluminal wireless monitoring device. IntraMon came away from the finals earning the Visionary Award for "bold, ambitious thinking that makes a difference in the world."
Geoffrey Schau and Erik Burlingame, Ph.D. candidates in biomedical engineering for Shift.AI, an artificial intelligence-powered technology for detecting cancer. Shift.AI took home the $2,500 Impact Award at the 2019 InventOR Finals.
Ryan Thrower, DMD candidate, for Funject - a kid-friendly injection device.
Increase your SBIR/STTR application's competitiveness with this proposal development resource. OHSU investigators receive free advice and feedback from a panel of SBIR/STTR experts on commercialization strategy and opportunity, research approach, feasibility assessment and overall readiness, among other critical review components. View more details. Closed to an audience for confidentiality.
Sessions are offered 3 times annually in February, July, and November ahead of major SBIR/STTR deadlines.
Upcoming Commercialization Design Studios
Contact Melissa Mudd if you wish to present or have questions: email@example.com
Commercialization Design Studios are offered at no-cost to investigators by the Collaborations and Entrepreneurship (C&E) office and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).
OHSU joined forces with MIT Hacking Medicine and partners from across the region to bring you the inaugural OHSU Invent-a-thon on October 24-26, 2020. A weekend of inter-disciplinary collaboration, inspiration, and creativity tackled pressing challenges that face our health care system.
Visit the OHSU Inventathon website to learn more about the weekend, participating technologies and teams, post-hack events and resources, as well as plans for next year.
OCTRI's innovation and entrepreneurship team gathers and vets commercialization resources. We store those that pass our vetting process here.
The federal government provides early-stage capital for startups through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant programs.
"All about the SBIR Grant Process: An insider's Perspective", a comprehensive look into the SBIR/STTR programs by Dr. Jim O'Halloran, expert SBIR veteran and study section reviewer.
NSF Webinar: Start Your Project Pitch. Peter Atherton, an SBIR/STTR Program Director, discusses the first step: the Project Pitch.
Join OHSU's Innovation Mailing List
Subscribe to the OHSU Innovation and Commercialization mailing list to receive news, events, and updates involving OHSU innovations.
OBI BioScience Map
The Oregon Bioscience Incubator (OBI) developed a BioScience Map that captures all known bioscience companies in the Pacific Northwest. If you would like to add your company to this map, please visit the OBI website. Start exploring below!