MedTech Alliance one-year anniversary attracts largest crowd to date

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, OHSU hosted its third MedTech Alliance program meeting and marked the one-year anniversary of the program launch. The meeting attracted over 150 attendees, including representatives from industry and investor groups, OHSU faculty and staff, and the Portland business and startup communities.

The MedTech Alliance program allows investors, industry representatives, and community partners to stay up to date on early-stage collaboration and investment opportunities at OHSU. The goal of the MedTech Alliance is to facilitate collaborations and investment opportunities in order to advance OHSU innovations.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Michael Baker, partner of Due North Innovation spoke on behalf of Qview Health, Inc., a company that is developing an electronic peer-review system to improve hospital quality improvement programs
  • David Huang, M.D., founder of Gobiquity Mobile Health, Inc., an OHSU startup that is creating the world’s first smartphone app for the early detection and monitoring of visual disorders
  • Clyde Taylor, CEO of OregonHeart, Inc., an OHSU startup that is developing an artificial heart device with a 10-year lifespan
  • Jan van Santen, Ph.D., president and CEO of Biospeech, Inc., an OHSU startup that is developing the first English and Spanish computerized auditory rehabilitation device, called HearApp

Poster presenters and their technologies included:

  • Connor Barth, graduate student researcher in Biomedical Engineering, Fluorophores for image-guided surgery
  • Erin Gilbert, M.D., assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, Eliminating retained surgical items using an embedded detector system
  • Gregory Landry, M.D., vascular surgeon in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Remote endarterectomy device
  • John Muschler, Ph.D., research associate professor in Biomedical Engineering, Novel bioconjugates for detection and treatment of bladder disease
  • Jiri Sklenar, Ph.D., associate professor in the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Cardiology software for visualizing patient data

The next MedTech Alliance meeting is scheduled for early 2016. For questions or inquiries regarding the MedTech Alliance program, please contact Trish Pruis, PhD, alliance manager, at

OHSU’s MedTech Alliance was founded by OHSU’s Office of Technology Transfer and Business Development and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.