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December 19, 2018 Media Contact
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Oregon Innovators Move Projects Forward with Two Rounds of Grant Awards

Today, Business Oregon announced companies that successfully competed for funding from two innovation programs, the High Impact Opportunity Project fund and the Small Business Innovation Research matching grant program.

SBIR Grants
The Small Business Innovation Research Matching Grant program supports companies that that already earned federal research funding through the SBIR/STTR program, or Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The grants help Oregon entrepreneurs who have shown they have a marketable concept through their successful federal grant proposals, but face a capital gap between concept and commercialization.


De Las Mias Portland $145,750 A Bilingual Healthy Lifestyle Platform for Latinas
Further commercialization and marketing efforts to expand the availability and success of a preventive health tool to empower Latinas to lead healthier lives.

Hemex Health Portland $150,000 Affordable, quantitative microchip-electrophoresis for sickle cell disease
Design and automate manufacturing of sickle cell disease test cartridge for use in company's portable, easy-to-use analysis equipment.

mAbDx Eugene $50,000 Simple, Rapid Assay for Zika Diagnosis
Chemical analysis of Zika antibody binding locations and antibody production equipment to support technology development and improve SBIR Phase II application.

Sedia Biosciences Portland $146,630 Scaled Manufacturing of a Rapid HIV Test
Hire and train manufacturing and quality control staff to allow pilot manufacturing to meet increased demand.

StoneStable Portland $49,930 Stabilization of Influenza Vaccine by Silica-coating
Conduct additional experiments to demonstrate efficacy of silica-coated flu vaccines that are much more stable than existing means of stabilizing the vaccine.

Ampere Scientific Corvallis $149,848 Vacuum Arc Control using Arc Position Sensing and Induced Magnetic Fields
Increase company manufacturing infrastructure, hire additional employees, sales & marketing support, and IP protection.

Cogmetric Eugene $43,469 TRACK: Tools for Reading to Acquire Content Knowledge
Support iterative prototype development, commercialization, and customer engagement for low-cost, evidence-based cognitive assessment and intervention tool for people with neurocognitive impairments.

NeuraMedica Oregon City $150,000 Development of a novel bio-absorbable clip and applier for dura mater
Develop production tooling and molds to allow commercial production of novel dura mater clips for use in spinal cord and brain surgeries.

OmicsData Automation Beaverton $150,000 Robust Data Aggregation to Enable Advanced Approaches to Precision Medicine
Support commercial production of technology, business plan development, marketing activities, and IP protection.

HIOP Awards
The High Impact Opportunity Project (HIOP) program looks for proposals that address barriers for emerging industries, support product development and testing, or expedite technology commercialization. Projects are anticipated to last for 6 to 18 months, and all projects are expected to support the growth of an industry, not an individual business or its proprietary technology.


Digital Health Collaborative Beaverton $145,750 Feasibility Study for DHC's Inventor Space
Determine the viability of an Inventor Space focused on digital health and IoT companies and develop business plan for the space. Acquire initial development and manufacturing equipment for pilot use of space.

OMIC R&D Scappoose $500,000 Cutting Tool Inspection Center of Excellence
Procure a state-of-the-art, first-in-North-America cutting inspection tool to support collaborative, public-private R&D projects that allow industry partners to evaluate new technologies and techniques.

Pendleton UAS Pendleton $301,122 Rapid Prototyping Facility and Mobile Mission Control Vehicle Project
Support build-out and purchase equipment for a rapid prototyping facility for use by customers of the test range. Build a second mobile mission control center to support increased demand for customer testing.

Business Oregon created these programs to help companies innovate products and drive next-generation industry growth. Innovation leads to higher productivity, higher wages, and more competitive advantages. The programs are part of Oregon InC, a public-private partnership that helps entrepreneurs turn cutting-edge research into new companies that can be tomorrow's employers. More on these and other Business Oregon innovation resources are available on our website.

Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, invests in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy. The agency's services span rural community development and infrastructure financing; business retention, expansion and recruitment; export promotion and international trade; investments in industry research and development and entrepreneurship; small business assistance; and support for arts and cultural organizations.