2019 OHSU Commercialization Conference

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The 2019 Commercialization Conference connects OHSU innovators with investors, industry partners and community collaborators to help build a vibrant regional hub for innovative technology. Speaker sessions, startup pitches, industry insights and collaboration stories will focus on the theme of Fueling Health Care Innovation. The conference offers a platform for attendees to explore the impact of and understand the drivers of innovation that will revolutionize health care. 

OHSU Technology Transfer and Business Development celebrates the sixth year of our signature conference, formerly the Startup Symposium, by expanding the framework to include startup and established enterprises. Take advantage of the networking sessions, presentations highlighting industry and academic trends and breakout sessions offering professional development at this year's OHSU Commercialization Conference.

Register to attend the conference

Early bird pricing ends Jan. 31. Register today to receive discounted admission.


Add-on SBIR/STTR Workshop


Join us at the SBIR/STTR Workshop, a special pre-event to the 2019 Commercialization Conference. This workshop will help guide life science researchers and startups through the SBIR/STTR program, providing information on starting a proposal, seeking resources, assessing strengths and addressing gaps, and deciding the right time to apply.

The workshop will be held right before the conference on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 12:30 to 3:30 PM, in RLSB. $10 admission fee to attend. Lunch will be provided.

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Keynote speakers

Fireside Chat keynote

Ken Fisher
Founder, executive chairman and co-chief investment officer, Fisher Investments

Ken Fisher

Ken Fisher is the founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Fisher Investments, a multi-billion dollar money management firm serving large institutions and high net worth individuals globally. His four best-selling books, as well as columns and commentary in USA Today and The Financial Times, provide a unique and original point of view on investing and retirement planning.


Opening keynote

Jared L. Short
Chief operating officer, Cambia Health Solutions

Jared L. ShortJared leads the accelerated pace of innovation and performance across the Cambia organization to ensure consumer focused solutions. As COO, Jared leverages his commitment and insight into consumer needs to execute against the company’s Cause of transforming health care to be person focused and economically sustainable. 

Jared also fills the role of president of Cambia’s Health Insurance Services division, which serves 2.4 million members covered by seven health plans in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. He successfully drives award-winning service, facilitates collaborative partnerships between providers and patients, and helps create innovative new solutions meeting the needs of a rapidly changing marketplace.

Jared’s career with Cambia began in 1999, when he joined the company in a Finance role with cross-functional responsibilities across the organization.  He moved briefly to BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, where he served as chief marketing and underwriting officer. Jared returned to Cambia in 2009 as president of Cambia’s regional health plan in Oregon, responsible for sales, provider contracting, and government and community relations. 

Jared serves on the Board of Directors for TriWest Healthcare Alliance and GNS Healthcare. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Metropolitan Area Boys and Girls Clubs.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and history from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Schedule of events

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
SBIR/STTR workshop
*To attend, register using the link below. Limit 30 attendees. $10 admission fee.

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Leon Wolf
SBIR/STTR assistance program coordinator, VertueLab
3 - 4 p.m.
4 - 4:05 p.m.

Abhijit Banerjee, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Senior director, Business Development, OHSU

4:05 - 4:20 p.m.
Opening remarks
John G. Hunter, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Executive vice president, OHSU and chief executive officer, OHSU Health System
4:20 - 5 p.m.
Fireside chat
Ken Fisher
Founder, executive chairman and co-chief investment officer, Fisher Investments
5 - 6:10 p.m.
Propelling innovation within incubators and accelerators
Moderator: Jeff Gaus
Founder and executive-in-residence, Oregon Blockchain Venture Studios

Dylan Boyd
Director, New Programs Development, R/GA Ventures

Alice Chen, Ph.D.
Vice president, Accelerator Life Science Partners

Kanad Das, Ph.D.
Investment director, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund

6:10 - 8:30 p.m.
Opening gala


Thursday, March 28, 2019

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and breakfast
8:30 - 9 a.m.
Opening remarks

Abhijit Banerjee, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Senior director, Business Development, OHSU

Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D.
Chief research officer and executive vice president, OHSU

Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.AC.S.
President, OHSU

9 - 9:45 a.m.
Opening keynote
Jared L. Short
Chief operating officer, Cambia Health Solutions
9:45 - 11 a.m.
Executive panel: Drivers of the future health care system in the U.S.
Moderator: Abhijit Banerjee, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Senior director, Business Development, OHSU

Susan Bakewell-Sachs, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Vice president, Nursing affairs and professor and dean, OHSU School of Nursing

Doug Beaudoin, principal, life sciences and health care, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Wellesley Chapman, M.D.
Medical director, Innovation & Business Development, Kaiser Permanente Washington

Luis Machuca
Chief executive officer, Enli Health Intelligence
11 - 11:15 a.m.
Networking break 
11:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Company pitches
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Lunch and poster session
2 - 2:05 p.m.
Afternoon keynote introduction
Andrew R.O. Watson, Ph.D., CLP
Senior director, Technology Transfer, OHSU
2:05 - 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon keynote
2:45 - 3:05 p.m.
Networking break
3:05 - 4:20 p.m.
Breakout sessions

Session 1: Breaking through health care's innovation indigestion with next generation IT

Moderator: Rob Arnold
Entrepreneur-in-residence, OHSU

Rob Coppedge
Chief executive officer, Echo Health Ventures

Ray Constantini, M.D.
Chief executive officer and co-founder, Bright.MD

Brigitte Piniewski, M.D.

Session 2: Moving health care innovation models through academic-industry partnerships
Moderator: Eric Agdeppa
Executive director of Innovation and general manager, Hill-Rom

Rachel Gilbreath
General manager, Academics, GE Healthcare

Ketan Paranjape, M.S., M.B.A.
Vice president, Diagnostics Information Solutions, Roche

Sam O'Connor, M.B.A.
Executive director and head, Strategy and Business Planning, Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, Pfizer
4:20 - 6:30 p.m.
Networking reception

*Times and topics subject to change.

Call for Posters

All researchers and startup company representatives are invited to participate in the 2019 Commercialization Conference Poster Session on March 28. This is an opportunity to present to life science expert judges and an audience of over 200 community attendees, including OHSU faculty and startups, investors and industry representatives, and other Pacific Northwest business and capital resources. Posters will be divided into two categories: (1) researcher technology and (2) startup companies.

In addition to valuable exposure to industry partners and potential investors, poster presenters receive free registration to the conference and an opportunity to win one of two $250 prizes, one for each poster category.

The poster session is open to any researcher and startup in the community, but space is limited. For more information, including how to apply to participate, please contact Marcus Anthony at anthonym@ohsu.edu before February 20, 2019.


Robertson Life Sciences Building (RLSB)

2730 SW Moody Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
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Driving Directions

From the Portland International Airport (PDX) to RLSB

  • Head northwest on NE Airport Way.
  • Use the right two lanes to turn slight right onto I-205 South.
  • Continue on I-205 South.
  • Take exit 21B to merge onto I-84 W/US-30 W toward Portland.
  • Use the left two lanes to take the exit towards Salem.
  • Merge onto I-5 South.
  • Take exit 299A to merge onto OR-43 S/SW Hood Ave toward Lake Oswego.
  • Turn left toward SW Macadam Ave.
  • Turn right onto SW Curry Street.
  • Turn left onto S.W. Moody Ave. RLSB will be on the right.

From RLSB to the Portland International Airport (PDX)

  • Head northwest on SW Moody Ave toward SW Meade Street.
  • Turn left onto SW River Pkwy.
  • Turn right onto SW Harbor Dr.
  • Use right two lanes to turn right onto SW Naito Pkwy/Pacific Hwy W.
  • Turn left to merge onto SE Morrison Bridge toward I-5 N/I-84 E.
  • Keep left at the fork to merge onto I-84 E.
  • Take exit 8 for I-205 N toward Seattle/Portland Airport.
  • Merge onto I-205 N.
  • Use right two lanes to take exit 24A for Airport Way W toward Portland Airport.
  • Continue on Airport Way to enter PDX International Airport.


Underground all-day visitor parking is available for $22. The entrance to the garage is at the intersection of SW Meade and Moody Ave. 

Onsite pay stations are also offered at the Schnitzer Lot, approximately one block north of the RLSB. Visitors can purchase daily parking permits for $11. Permits must be purchased same day or the day before. Purchase a parking permit online.


Public Transportation

Portland Streetcar

Portland’s streetcar stops at the corner of SW Moody and SW Meade, which is across the street and just south of the Robertson Life Sciences Building. Visitors may ride a TriMet bus downtown and transfer to the Portland streetcar. The closest streetcar stop to the downtown transit mall is at S.W. 5th and Market. The streetcar accommodates bikes and wheelchairs.

MAX and Bus

The South Waterfront/SW Moody Ave. Station on the MAX Orange Line is located right outside the Robertson Life Sciences Building. MAX Orange Line trains run every 15 minutes most of the day, and can accommodate bikes and wheelchairs. There are also a number of bus routes that serve the South Waterfront.


Food and beverage

Lunch, hors d'ouevres and refreshments will be provided for the 2019 Commercialization Conference. If attendees wish to purchase additional food and beverages, the following vendors hold on-site locations within the RLSB building.

Flying Elephant's Deli and Catering

Flying Elephant’s Deli is located at the Southeast half of the RLSB Ground Floor Atrium area and the adjoining outdoor seating patio area. Flying Elephant’s operates a coffee bar and a delicatessen offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, hot and cold beverages, meal specials and hot entries, baked goods, side salads and snacks, breads and accompaniments.


Featuring Starbucks Reserve-Clover Brewed coffee, oven-warmed food, free Wi-Fi, and mobile order and pay, the Starbucks at RLSB offers two convenient locations within the building. This locations can be found on the first floor, with a storefront in the South tower facing the new Tillicum bridge and a kiosk in the Atrium.

Portland attractions


Travel Portland

Travel Portland operates as a visitor information center, supports a climate of year-round hospitality, and helps the City of Portland, the state and region reap the rewards of a thriving visitor industry.

Eater PDX

Eater PDX is a guide to food and dining related news for Portland. Find highly rated food and spirits in the city, with restaurant opening and closure notifications.

Portland Monthly

Portland Monthly chronicles, challenges and celebrates one of America's most innovative cities, inspiring readers to explore the great city of Portland.


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