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OR Bio 2014-’15 Annual Report: The Thriving Bio Ecosystem

In 2014, Oregon held steady with a 6% net increase in federal grants from several funding sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation.


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All Together now:  Can Oregonians sync up their medications?

‘Yes,’ says Sen. Alan Bates to the Oregon legislature’s consideration of a bill supported by
Sen. Bates and more than a dozen patient advocate groups that helps patients coordinate
their medications to both improve compliance and safety

CAN OREGONIANS SYNC UP THEIR MEDICATIONS

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Bio in the High Desert - Smashing success

Bio in the High Desert, held at McMeniman's St. Francis School in Bend this past Monday, May 18th, was a smashing success. More than 70 attendees took advantage of this annual opportunity to both network and receive an update from EDCO Executive Director Roger Lee and Oregon Bio Executive Director Dennis McNannay.

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Oregon Bio is also offering a special promotion to potential new members - Bio in the High Desert attendance fees can be applied toward new membership fees until June 18, 2015.

Special thanks to our Bio in the High Desert Sponsors!

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News Flash

  • Oregon-made heart device that prevents falls gets first human test

    The first patients have been implanted with a new cardiovascular device made by Biotronik in Lake Oswego.

    The device is called an Itrevia HF-T QP cardiac resynchronization defibrillator. What makes it unique is that it includes a special algorithm called CLS that’s capable of adapting heart rate in response to physiological demands, independent of body movements or respiratory rate.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the device for use with a specific lead. There are overall 90,000 cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators implanted in the U.S. each year.

    While Biotronik has about 10 percent of the market for all its devices, the new innovation could help boost that share.

    “This device meets standards of other devices in the market and then adds CLS,” said Dr. Alexander Mazur, clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa, said in a statement.

    He said the device is beneficial for patients with heart failure have a greater risk of falling due to “orthostatic hypotension,” which occurs in 30 percent to 50 percent of elderly patients with disease or medication risk factors and is associated with falls.

    One study showed a 75 percent reduction in the condition with the CLS device compared with the tradition accelerometer, which senses physical activity only.

    Biotronik, based in Berlin, Germany, is one of the world’s largest producers of pacemakers and defibrillators. Its North American headquarters sits in Lake Oswego, where the majority of its devices are made.

    Along with Micro Systems Engineering, which assembles the electronics inside the devices, it employs 500 people at the plant.

    The new CLS device gives patients appropriate rate responses regardless of whether they are moving or sitting still. The new device mimics the human nervous system more closely, responding to a patient’s metabolic changes and mental stress.

    CLS has been available in Biotronik pacemakers since 2003. It’s been shown to be more responsive to the activities of daily living than accelerometers, according to Biotronik.

    The device can be used as a replacement for an older generation device already in someone’s body, along with new implants, said Rex Richmond, vice president of marketing and communications.

    “We’re excited because relatively sick patients that need a response they can’t get through motion alone will feel a lot better. It will be a noticeable upgrade,” Richmond said.
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    Elizabeth Hayes
    Staff Reporter
    Portland Business Journal
    Jul 21, 2015

Bioscience News

  • Generations can be defined by the advancements in science and technology. However, communicating the science around these innovations can be one of the biggest challenges. For example, popular culture has taken inspiration from innovations in genetic engineering and created movies like Jurassic World, Xmen and Divergent. The problem is that these stories don’t accurately portray the science of genetic modification and the benefits it can have on society. In attempt to educate people about genetic Read More >

  • While issues in science, regulation and reimbursement are still the focus of most stakeholders in personalized medicine, an increasing number of providers are integrating personalized medicine into the health care system despite obstacles. The 2nd Annual PMC/BIO Solutions Summit will convene representatives from industry, patient groups and payers as well as the increasing number of academic health centers and community health care systems that are already delivering personalized care to discuss those obstacles and, more Read More >

  • Rosalind Franklin’s use of X-ray diffraction images led to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953. Her work was published alongside, but not recognized as a contributing factor to, Francis Crick’s and James Watson’s model of the structure of DNA. BIO’s 2015 Rosalind Franklin Award, sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society, is a way to honor Rosalind Franklin’s discoveries by awarding it to a woman who exemplifies her leadership and pioneering Read More >

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