Achievements in technology transfer and business development: FY17

Fergus Coakley, professor and chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, OHSU School of Medicine

The research community at OHSU drives discoveries that improve health care, create jobs, expand the economy and improve quality of life in Oregon and beyond. Technology Transfer and Business Development supports our research community by promoting innovation and an entrepreneurial culture that helps moves research from the laboratory to market for the benefit of all.

At the 2018 awards ceremony, TTBD honored members of OHSU’s clinical and research community, recognizing specific innovations, entrepreneurship, industry partnership, patents and new companies based on OHSU technology. The ceremony was held on Feb. 8, 2018.

TTBD FY17 milestones
· 151 new innovations by 247 inventors
· 93 license and option agreements on OHSU technology
· 510 material transfer agreements, a 21 percent increase over FY16
· 55 percent increase in first-time researchers in material transfer agreements
· 53 patents filed on new inventions, an increase of 23 percent over FY16; filed 160 patents

New companies based on OHSU technology

MotioSens, Inc.: provides smart home technology that unobtrusively monitors daily activities of people living independently

Server Dome, Inc.: a first-of-its-kind data center housed in a geodesic dome and eliminates the need for air conditioning

Vir Biotechnology, Inc.: integrates diverse innovations in science, technology and medicine with an initial focus on chronic infectious diseases, respiratory diseases and health care-acquired infections

2018 TTBD Awards Ceremony recipients

  • New Inventor of the Year: Yali Jia, Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, developed the split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation angiography algorithm, which allows physicians to map ocular circulation down to the capillary level
  • Business Development Partnership Award: Bill Rooney, Ph.D., professor and director of the Advanced Imaging Research Center, has been instrumental in the success of OHSU’s partnership with GE Healthcare
  • Technology Transfer Achievement Award: Thomas Scanlan, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology, is the founder and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for NeuroVia, Inc., an OHSU startup company developing therapeutics for the treatment of neurological disorders
  • TTBD Appreciation Award: The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute collaborates with TTBD to advance OHSU innovations, particularly with the Biomedical Innovation Program

TTBD also acknowledged other award recipients.


See more details on TTBD’s FY17 accomplishments on its website.