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Learn Essentials of Biomedical Entrepreneurship with New Training Series

Learn Essentials of Biomedical Entrepreneurship with New Training Series

The ITHS Technology Development Center is excited to host a new training series aimed at early-stage academic innovators who need to quickly learn the essentials of biomedical entrepreneurship. The Biomedical Innovation Fireside Chats will be a seven-part series of hour-long talks held January–May 2024. In each session, regional program leaders will host a panel of biomedical entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts. These speakers will highlight their biomedical entrepreneurial journeys and share key information with attendees.

The sessions will take place on Thursdays from 2–3pm Pacific and will be hosted via Zoom. Each event will also be recorded and posted online here for those who can’t attend live. One registration will sign you up for the entire series!

Questions? Contact Terri Butler (

Session Descriptions

Session 1: Biomedical Entrepreneurship and its Unique Challenges
Thursday, January 25, 2–3pm PST
Speakers:  Sahil Diwan (SafKan Health), Kelly Drew, PhD (Be Cool Pharmaceutics), Alex Federation, PhD (Talus Bioscience)
Moderator: Terri Butler, PhD, University of Washington ITHS
Clinical Need | Workflow Integration | Patient vs Purchaser | Safety & Efficacy

Session 2: Biomedical Business Models and Funding Sources
Thursday, February 8, 2–3pm PST
Speakers: Sandra Shotwell, PhD (Elex Biotech), Ben Nahir, PhD, MBA (Elevate Capital & TiE Oregon Angels), Meher Antia, PhD (Washington Research Foundation)
Moderator: Melissa Mudd, MPH, Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute
Sales Channels | Partners & Distributors | Payor vs. Purchaser | Grants, Investors

Session 3: Legal Issues and Intellectual Property
Thursday, February 22, 2–3pm PST
Speakers: Phil Barish, PhD (OHSU Alliance), Michael Phillips, JD (Davis Wright Tremaine), Tanya Harding, PhD, JD (Lee & Hayes), Anne Carlson, PhD (OHSU Technology Transfer)
Moderator: Jonathan Jubera, MBA, Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute
Patents & Trademarks | Company Formation | Legal Advisors | Board Members | Equity Distribution

Session 4: Pacific Northwest Regional Resources for Biomedical Entrepreneurs
Thursday, March 7, 2–3pm PST
Speakers: Karen Brown, PharmD (SIHI Reach, U Montana), Teddy Johnson, MBA (ITHS Technology Development Center), Rene Miller, MS (OTRADI and Oregon Bioscience Incubator), Elizabeth Cross Nichol, MBA (Life Science Washington Institute)
Moderator: Michaele Armstrong, PhD, Washington State University, sp3nw Incubator
Academic Programs | Accelerators & Incubators | Advisors | Competitions

Session 5: Regulatory Strategy
Thursday, April 4, 2024, 2–3pm PDT
Speakers: Mike Willingham (Google Health), Jill Herendeen, RAC (Orca Bio), Jennifer Grodberg, PhD, RAC-US (Grodberg Consulting), Kristen Mittal, RAC, PMP (Mittal Consulting)
Moderator: Josh Kim, MS, University of Washington, School of Pharmacy
FDA Regulations | Devices, Therapeutics, Diagnostics, & Digital Health Tools | Safety & Efficacy

Session 6: Medical Device Product Development
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 2–3pm PDT
Moderator: Teddy Johnson, PE, MBA, University of Washington ITHS
Medical Devices | Intended Use | FDA Classes | GMP Manufacturing and Quality Systems

Session 7: Therapeutic Product Development
Thursday, May 2, 2–3pm PDT
Moderator: Lynn Rose, PhD, University of Washington, School of Pharmacy
Target Product Profile | Preclinical Requirements | Clinical Study Design | GMP Manufacturing


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