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January 10, 2019 Media Contact


Seventeen Promising Startups Build on Research Success with Business Oregon Grants

Today, Business Oregon announced seventeen startup companies that successfully competed for innovation and commercialization grants through the Enhanced Phase 0 Program.

It may be a funky name, but the impact could be big. Entrepreneurs and university labs are continually testing innovations—technologies, products, and services—with the potential to change how business happens. Early on, investments in these emerging companies is hard to come by, or often comes with significant strings. Without an early source of non-dilutive capital, promising companies cannot live up to their full potential. The Enhanced Phase 0 program fills the capital gap for earliest stage commercialization of promising science and research, readying new companies for later private investment.

"Business Oregon's Enhanced Phase 0 Grant Program is filling a crucial hole in the startup ecosystem in Oregon," said Jennifer Fox, executive director of OTRADI and Oregon Bioscience Incubator, also a grant review committee member. "By funding proof-of-concept work by our most promising startups, these funds will help develop innovative technologies and solutions for healthcare, energy, and manufacturing challenges Oregon entrepreneurs are tackling."

Early public investment in these innovative companies supports the ability to scale up in Oregon, creating new technologies, products, and jobs.

The program is part of Business Oregon's Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC). A public private partnership, Oregon InC seeks to support the creation and growth of companies with high-growth potential emerging from science and research. A review committee reviewed applications recommended awardees to Business Oregon.

Grants up to $100,000 each went to the following 17 companies:

RecipientLocationAmountSummary

Inpipe Energy Beaverton $100,000 Electricity generation through in-pipe generators

Rute Foundation Systems Portland $100,000 Modular wind tower foundations

CytoImage Portland $100,000 Miniaturized imaging platform using nanoparticles to detect drug resistant cancer

TheraFluor Corvallis $100,000 New technologies to detect, remove and kill cancer

Onboard Dynamics Bend $100,000 Mobile natural gas compressors for transportation fuel

OmnEcoil Portland $100,000 Diagnosis tool for prostate cancer

Kerr Avionics West Linn $100,000 Software that permits cameras to detect runway lights obscured by fog, reducing pollution

Stratus Digital Systems Eugene $100,000 Temporary autonomous server technology for cyber security—targeting life sciences clients and advanced manufacturing

Diatomix Beaverton $99,958 Additives for paints, coatings, and cleaners

Uccellini LLC (Lora DiCarlo) Bend/Corvallis $99,635 Female sexual stimulation device

Rogue Approach Bend $98,568 Hybrid-electric powertrain for drone systems

Curadite Beaverton $97,605 Medical drug tracking system

Liquid Wire Beaverton $97,060 Manufactured metal gels for flexible electronics

Suturegard Portland $95,600 Medical devices for wound closures

Stark Street Materials Corporation Portland $88,000 Nanotech non-lead radiation shielding material

Chargeway Portland $75,000 Simplified language for explaining electric fuel

Gadusol Laboratories Corvallis $58,825 Sunscreen technologies/products

Funds support proof of concept for innovations—development of a commercially viable product, market validation, and other relevant expenditures. To increase chances of success, successful applicants are receiving wrap-around services, such as partnerships with service providers like Signature Research Centers, University Tech Transfer Offices, or related incubators.

Business Oregon is currently accepting applications for a second round of funding, information is available on our website. The application period closes 5:00pm PST on February 1, 2019.


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.