Surgical Innovation Program

Our mission is to transform surgical care by fostering, supporting, and accelerating innovation.

We do this in partnership with and with generous support from the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute by:

  • Providing support and strategic guidance to clinicians within DoS throughout the technology development and commercialization process.
  • Implementing programs and initiatives within DoS, and in collaboration with other departments across OHSU, that provide education on the innovation and commercialization process and bring together interdisciplinary teams to develop technological solutions to unmet clinical needs.
  • Building strategic industry and academic partnerships to support technology development and adoption of cutting-edge innovations within DoS.
  • Working cross-departmentally and regionally to facilitate collaborations and coalesce and leverage innovation resources and expertise


INVENT Panel | June 25, 2020

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How to Leverage Market Research and Customer Outreach to Successfully Launch Your Idea

An engaging discussion with four outstanding panelists was held during the June virtual meeting.  These experts shared tips and tricks from their 60+ years of combined experience successfully launching and commercializing healthcare technologies. The panelists included three CEOs leading thriving Portland-based startups and a professional healthcare market strategy consultant. To learn what strategies you can employ to gain an understanding of your market and customers, and to best position your idea or technology for the next stage click the button below to listen to the panel discussion.

Eligibility: Open to the public at no cost

Learn more: Contact Melissa Mudd (
Date and Time: Thursday, June 25, 2020; 1:00-2:30 PM
Where: Virtual only.
Registration: Required. 


Foresight 2019-2020 Niche Assessment Program

Foresight Science & Technology's Niche Assessment program provides awardees with market insight and data that can be used to help strategically position their technology in the marketplace, develop their commercialization plans for their Phase II application, and expose them to potential partners. The program is designed to help small businesses jump start their commercialization efforts. All active HHS (NIH, CDC, FDA) SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees and Phase I Fast-Track awardees (by grant or contract) are eligible to apply. Apply today.


  • About:  The IDEA Fund will provide three main types of support: startup, proof-of-concept, and educational.

    Startup funding is open to researchers who are part of an OHSU-associated startup. These startups can apply for a total of up to $30,000 in funding; up to $15,000 in seed funding for new startups and up to $15,000 in SBIR or STTR grant matching support. Funds are intended to be used by startups for technology research and development, intellectual property protection, regulatory assistance and more.

    Proof-of-concept support will provide funding for BIP projects; for example, the recent BIP COVID-19 Rapid Response opportunity was funded through the IDEA Fund. This funding will also aim to provide follow-on funding for BIP projects and expand support of existing technology development programs.

    Educational support will go to existing programs that encourage innovation and commercialization at OHSU, such as the programs under OHSU Collaborations and Entrepreneurship. Ideas for similar programs could also potentially be supported.

    There is no specified minimum or maximum funding amount for proof-or-concept and educational awards, but awards will be commensurate with project scope and the amount of available funds.

  • To learn more contact
  • Amount: Up to $30,000; $15,000 in seed funding, $15,000 in SBIR or STTR grant matching
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • How to apply: Submit an application form to


Early-stage Technology Award Program

  • About: Every other month, OHSU Technology Transfer offers a technology development award to support promising early-stage technologies. Technologies are selected based on novelty and market opportunity, as well as the initial data provided with the technology disclosure. This program is supported by OHSU Technology Transfer (TT). To learn more contact
  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • How to apply: Submit a technology disclosure form to


Collins Medical Research Trust

  • About: The OHSU Foundation coordinates OHSU's relationship with the Collins Medical Trust which provides funds "To aid, further, promote, develop, encourage and sponsor research, experiment and work in the cause, cure and treatment of human disease or in any field of medical research, and to aid, further and promote medical education." To learn more visit O2 and the Collins Medical Trust. For questions or to reach out to the trust, please contact Juli Bailey ( ) or
  • Amount: Up to $30,000 per project
  • Upcoming Deadlines: February 14, 2020; June 12, 2020; October 9, 2020
  • How to apply: Submit a notice of intent to at the OHSU Foundation


Phase 0 and 00 SBIR/STTR Grants Program

  • About: Business Oregon provides Phase 0 and 00 grants to help researchers and businesses prepare better applications for the highly competitive SBIR/STTR program. Phase 0 grants go to businesses pursuing federal Phase I SBIR/STTR grant funds, while Phase 00 grants help businesses going for federal Phase II or Fast-Track grants.  To Learn more visit Business Oregon and review Program Guidelines
  • Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Next Deadline: Rolling (proposals should be submitted to Business Oregon at least 6 weeks prior to SBIR/STTR grant deadline)
  • How to apply: Submit an application to Mark Brady (


NIH HEAL Initiative: Translational Development of Devices to Treat Pain U18


The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support preclinical development and demonstration of safe, effective, and non-addictive device-based technologies and approaches to treat pain. The goal of the program is to demonstrate treatment using credible neural targets for device-based interventions and/or diagnostics for pain, building upon the latest mechanistic knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of central, spinal, and peripheral pathways involved in pain. Awarded activities will facilitate the translation of new devices up to the stage of readiness for first in human (FIH) clinical trials by overcoming key challenges identified during preliminary proof-of-concept studies. The scope of the program includes technology development and optimization, and studies to prepare for approvals for human use. This is a milestone-driven cooperative agreement program and will involve participation of NIH program staff in the development of the project plan and monitoring of research progress.     

Funding available: Up to $500,000 in direct costs

More information: Learn more here and via the RFA

Application deadline: Multiple throughout the year

Biomedical Innovation Program (BIP) – Digital Health

Do you have an idea for a new digital health technology to improve healthcare delivery or advance biomedical research that has the potential to be commercialized, achieve cost savings, enhance research efficiency, improve quality of patient care and/or reduce provider burnout? If so, I strongly encourage you to apply for an internal grant that is now available through OCTRI’s new Biomedical Innovation Program (BIP) - Digital Health. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for up to $30,000

Program Deadlines/Dates:

(Note: Before submitting an LOI, you must first file an invention disclosure on intellectual property relevant to this application with OHSU Technology Transfer.)

  • March 10, 2020: Q&A with reviewers
  • April 7, 2020: Full application due
  • May 20, 2020: Final presentations

Support available through the Surgical Innovation Program (SIP):

  • Please feel free to connect with me if you would like to brainstorm or discuss ideas, or would like input on and/or assistance with your invention disclosure or Letter of Intent.
  • SIP can help conduct market research related to your technology idea that can be used for the commercialization section of your BIP application.

CTIP Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation 2020 Grant Competition

The West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation (CPI) Grant

Supported through a pediatric device consortia grant from the FDA, the West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) is pleased to provide grants to support the advancement of innovations in pediatric technology and devices. Funds will be granted to develop pediatric innovation from ideation through commercialization. Funds are available to support the achievement of milestones on the path to development of pediatric innovation in devices and technology. Up to seven grants will be awarded in the range of $25,000-50,000 per grant for a term of one year.

Application Details:
Letter of Intent: Please include the following elements in the letter of intent (maximum length 1 page, minimum 11-point font):
● Project name (and company name, if applicable) and Innovator(s) (include list of key collaborators)
● Contact Information: primary contact name, email address, phone number and mailing address
● Description of unmet need, proposed solution, and competitive landscape
● Approximate budget and use of funds
● Expected outcomes from the use of funds

Note, letters of intent must include all of the above elements to be considered. Please submit a PDF file of the letter of intent via this link:

The deadline for receipt of the letters is May 1, 2020.

See this flyer for details (also attached) or visit - and please feel free to distribute this announcement widely.

Connect with us:

Please submit a request here to be connected with any of the support described below.

For OHSU Community Members:

Please  submit a request to be connected with any of the support described below (available to all members of the OHSU community)

Support Description
Industry Partnerships We can help facilitate partnerships with everything from large industry partners to startup companies for joint technology development, sponsored research, and more.
Academic Collaborations We can help connect you with academic collaborators within OHSU and at other regional universities for joint technology development, and other innovation activities.

For External Partners and Collaborators:

Are you a prospective academic or industry partner interested in a potential collaboration with the Department of Surgery? 


Dr. Biber has led the Surgical Innovation Program at OHSU since 2019 and has been actively engaged in the healthcare innovation sector over the past six years. She most recently served as the Assistant Director for NIH’s National Center for Data to Health (CD2H), based out of the OCTRI. While at the CD2H, she played a critical role in launching the center and co-led initiatives to facilitate informatics innovation, data sharing, software development, and collaboration across the Clinical Translational Science Awards Program. Prior to her CD2H role, she was Entrepreneurial Program Director at the Oregon Bioscience Incubator where she helped grow the incubator three-fold and spearheaded statewide programs and partnerships to support entrepreneurs and startups. During this time she also served as chair of the Startup Resource Workgroup for the Portland Innovation Quadrant and co-founded Accelerate Biotech and Digital Health PDX.

Dr. Biber is thrilled to be serving as Innovation Manager for the Department of Surgery and OCTRI. She enjoys working with early stage entrepreneurs to help them successfully launch, develop, and raise funds for technologies and working collaboratively with others across OHSU and the community to build strategies, programs, and partnerships to advance innovation.