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Portland Startup Scene
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About the Event

Caltech Alumni are invited to a special event. Learn about the science and technology startup scene in Oregon with Sandra Shotwell (PhD '82) and others in the industry. Hosted by the Caltech Alumni Association and the Portland State Business Accelerator. 



Sandra Shotwell (PhD '82)
Co-founder and CEO, DesignMedix Inc.

Shotwell is an experienced biotech entrepreneur, with a passion for global health. She is cofounder and CEO of DesignMedix Inc., and co-founder of Elex Biotech LLC, firms that develop small molecule therapeutics for infectious disease and heart disease, respectively. She previously cofounded Alta Biomedical Group LLC, a consulting firm focused on commercialization of life science technologies. A Certified Licensing Professional, she has done biotech and pharmaceutical licensing deals as a Licensing Associate for Stanford University, as founder and Chief of the Technology Licensing Branch for the National Institutes of Health/FDA/CDC, and as Director of Technology Transfer at Oregon Health & Science University. Shotwell has served on several for-profit and non-profit boards of directors and is an active angel investor.

DesignMedix, Inc. develops drugs to address the large medical need caused by the rapid rise in drug resistance in multiple diseases. 



Juanita Kurtin
Co-founder and CTO, Pacific Light Technologies

Juanita Kurtin draws upon a deep background in the research of nanomaterials for various device applications, including transistors, solar cells, and light emitting diodes. Prior to starting Pacific Light Technologies, Kurtin was the vice president of research and development at SpectraWatt, a solar cell manufacturing company, and spent six years developing new device architectures at Intel. Kurtin obtained her BS degree in Chemistry from MIT, and her PhD in Physical Chemistry from the UC Berkeley, studying with quantum dot pioneer Dr. Paul Alivisatos.

Pacific Light Technologies is a manufacturer of novel quantum dot materials, currently supplying the lighting and display markets in order to increase the efficiency and color quality of their products.



Brian Martin
Co-founder and CEO, Recenita Health

Brian Martin is an entrepreneur, physician, software engineer and computer scientist. He co-founded and is the CEO of Recentia Health, a company that believes that happy doctors equals healthy patients. Martin believes that technology should enhance the patient-physician relationship, and should support the physician's mission of providing the highest quality health care.

Recentia Health is laser-focused on developing technologies that help physicians spend more time with their patients, and less time interacting with the EMR and EHR systems that consume the majority of their workday.



Paul Kollar
CEO, Loki Systems

Paul Kollar started his career in the semiconductor business in Silicon Valley in 1969 with Signetics Corporation, now NSX Semiconductor, and was a member of the teams that produced the first monolithic phase locked loop, the first monolithic timing device, the first monolithic Dolby B noise reduction circuit. Later he led sales and marketing teams that brought forth circuits for the first digital engine control programs, the first merchant market gate arrays, and the first programmable logic devices. Kollar moved to Oregon in 1985 to lead the sales and marketing of the first electrically erasable programmable logic devices using EE technology at Lattice Semiconductor and later drove sales activity for TriQuint Semiconductor, now Qorvo, Inc., a leader in compound semiconductors and filters for cell phones, radar and satellite communications and laser drivers and receivers.

For the past ten years, Kollar has been an angel investor, board member, and active participant in many Oregon based startups. Kollar has a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College (1967) and a MSEE from the University of Southern California (1968) in solid state electronics.

Loki Systems develops and engineers continuous wave laser communications to greatly expand the use of the electromagnetic spectrum. See their website at http://www.lokiscientific.com



About the Portland State University Business Accelerator

Located just south of downtown Portland between the Portland State University district and South Waterfront, the Business Accelerator is home to 30+ startup companies in technology, bioscience, and cleantech. Together, they have raised more private angel and venture capital the last three years than any other location in Oregon.

The Business Accelerator speeds the success of these high-growth companies by providing resources, connections, expertise, University support, and control of high-impact costs, all within a growth-focused entrepreneurial community. Data shows that companies growing in this type of environment are four times more likely to succeed.


Questions? Contact: : events-reg@alumni.caltech.edu

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