Making Playlists Child's Play: A Eugene Company streamlines online interactions

Register-Guard, 12/4/2011

For the past three years, Vizme, a small Eugene company, has been building technology that lets people create their own playlists of videos pictures, audio – any digital content they want – play it on their computer or smart phone, and share it via Facebook or other social networks.

Vizme founders, CEO

Kevin Clark/The Register-Guard

Dan Mayhew (front), the chief executive officer of Vizme, joins with (from left) employee Jen Lowry and Mayhew’s co-founders, Scott Ernst and Eric Wills. Vizme has developed a way to simplify the playback and sharing of online content.

ORI finally on last leg of its journey to new home

Oregon Research Institute, 12/19/11

Erosion fencing is going up at the site at 1700 Millrace Drive, between two other large research park buildings where the 80,000 square foot building will be constructed on the resdearch park site by developer Trammell Crow. Once an inspection of erosion control measures is complete, the building permits will be released and the developer can begin work, city planner Bill Lemons said. Site preparation on the long-sought new building could begin within the next few weeks, ORI facilities manager Dan Hoechlin said. "It has been a long journey," he said. "Now we're headed home."

EPIC wins Emerald Award as UO spinouts recognized for innovation

Inside Oregon, 11/15/2011

Two UO "spinout" companies were among three finalists for this year's Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Emerald Award for innovation, and one of them – the Educational Policy Improvement Center – came away with the trophy.

Shedding Nanoparticles

Chemical & Engineering News, 10/17/2011

A team of Oregon chemist has found that silver and copper ions shedded from synthetic nanoparticles, and even from ordinary metal objects such as silver and jewelry, combine to form new, smaller nanoparticles.

To read the article online, visit C&EN website:


Chamber of Commerce highlights UO innovation and startups

Eugene Chamber of Commerce "Open for Business,"  August 2011

Eugene Chamber of Commerce 'Open For Business'The Eugene Chamber of Commerce's monthly magazine, Open for Business, looks at the growth of local startup companies working with UO innovation for its August issue. 










To read the magazine online, visit Chamber's publication website:

Fast-Forwarding Mendel

Oregon Quarterly - Autumn 2011

UO researchers invent a key to quickly unlock DNA with RAD, a technology created at the UO that unlocks the code of life at unprecedented speed.  [download pdf archive issue]

ORI's research park site gets OK; the state approves moving the building back
from the river, settling a controversy

Register-Guard, 7/9/11

The University of Oregon's Riverfront Research Park will get its first significant new building in more than two declares after the state board on Friday approved a new site.

Turns out there's another site after all

Register-Guard, 7/7/11

The state Board of Higher Education will consider approving a lease agreement with a private developer for 4.2 acres for a $17 million, 79,800-square-foot building for ORI and the Educational Policy Research Center. The parcel is located between two existing research park buildings, set back from the Willamette River and south of the railroad tracks — unlike the previously proposed riverfront site on a former Eugene Water & Electric Board pole yard.

ORI pursuing alternate site for new building

Register-Guard, 7/2/2011

The UO is asking the State Board of Higher Education for permission to lease the site at 1700 Millrace Drive to a development company to construct a $17,000 building for the new Oregon Research Institute and Educational Policy Improvement Center.

Eugene biotech firm bought

Register-Guard, 6/16/2011

A multinational firm has purchased MitoSciences, a spinoff from University of Oregon research by Abcam, PLC, which has their headquarters in Cambridge, England.

MitoSciences is acquired by Abcam plc

MitoSciences Press Release, 5/24/11

Abcam, a producer and distributor of high quality research-grade antibodies and associated proteomics research products, has announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire, MitoSciences, a leading provider of cutting edge mitochondrial research tools.

ORI study to take weeks

Register-Guard, 5/7/11

A review of an alternative building site already is finding available parking spaces to be a hurdle.

New site suggested for ORI

Register-Guard, 5/3/11

UO President announced that he has asked developers to consider a second site for the Oregon Research Institute and Educational Policy Improvement Center Building.

Young entrepreneurs looking up

Register-Guard, 2/14/11

The UO's 'innovation center' helps enterprising innovators to negotiate the ins and outs of a start-up

Amanda Smith/For The Register-Guard

Caleb Iorg (left), Jason Bolt and Lindsay Lowen of Shady Peeps display their school-colored shades that they sell to fans of college athletic teams.

Riverfront buildling project nears start

Register-Guard, 2/4/11

Construction of the first major new building on Eugene's Willamette riverfront in more than two decades could begin within a few weeks. The developer said the initial city permits for site preparation and street infrastructure are expected within a few days, the first steps in putting up a new 80,000 square foot, $17 million building just east of the EWEB's property on the south side of the Willamette River.

Local plant genetics firm lands investment money

Register-Guard, 1/13/2011

Floragenex, a Eugene-based startup, is receiving an investment from a Midwest seed research and licensing company that will give the local firm the foundation to grow. Floragenex develops and markets products that allow plant breeders to develop desired traits 10 times faster than traditional methods and without genetic modification.

MitoSciences and Electrical Geodesics are selected to receive Qualifying Therapeutic
Discovery Project Grants

Oregon Bioscience Association, 11/4/10

The Oregon Bioscience Association (OBA) announced that 21 biotechnology and life science companies in Oregon have been named awardees of more than $5.4 million in grants and two Research Park companies are selected as recipients. Local bioscience company leaders note these new therapeutic discovery funds provide local investment in qualified biomedical projects that show potential to develop new therapies, address unmet medical needs, and reduce the long-term growth of health care costs.

Register-Guard, 8/21/10

Connecting Eugene, a group opposed to the construction of a new building in the University of Oregon’s Riverfront Research Park has dropped its appeal of the project.

Register-Guard, 7/30/10

But the UO says the plan to build at the riverfront will go ahead despite the objections

Register-Guard, 7/29/10

Entrepreneur Magazine has named Eugene the top town in the country for “Green Scenes: Where capitalism meets eco-consciousness.”

Register-Guard, 7/11/10

The University of Oregon has prevailed in a dispute over planning for its Riverfront Research Park. Oregon's Land Use Board of Appeals has ruled that a city hearings officer acted properly in deciding that the master plan for the research park doesn't need to be updated until 2012, which means the ORI building can be constructed with a new planning process.

Register-Guard, 7/9/10

The Land Use Board of Appeals has upheld a decision made by Eugene planners that gives the University of Oregon three more years to construct additional buildings at the Riverfront Research Park.

MitoSciences Nabs $590K NIH Grant

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, 5/14/2010

MitoSciences wins $590K grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop companion diagnostic tests for antiviral drugs. The tests will enable doctors to identify adverse effects from drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases.

A company is testing an app that guides motorists using traffic light data

Register-Guard, 5/9/10

Wanting to get across town as quickly as possible and wondering which route to take? Research Park tenant, On Time Systems developed a way to figure out the fasted way to get to your destination. Green Driver uses real time data from the city’s traffic signal system in combination with global-positioning satellite technology to guide motorists to their destination. A map on the phone’s screen shows the route from Point A to Point B with the fewest red lights at that moment. If the signals change, the route changes. The idea is to get motorists to their destination as quickly as possible, saving time and gas.

Want to Avoid Red Lights? There’s an App for That

NPR, 4/08/10

Matthew Ginsberg, CEO of On Time Systems, guest on NPR’s TALK OF THE NATION, talks about a GPS application for the Smartphone which adjusts routes to help avoid red lights.

KMTR NewsSource 16, 3/30/10 (YouTube)

Eugene’s EGI profitable

Register-Guard, 4/16/2010

Electrical Geodesics Inc., a UO spinoff is located in the Riverfront Research Park, announced record revenues for 2009, despite the sluggish economy.

UO takes role in new college-preparation efforts

Inside Oregon, 3/9/2010

A University of Oregon professor is getting to the root of how best to prepare high school students for college. Conley, who is the founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), will receive partial funding for his project with a $794,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gates Foundation Grant goes to policy center

Register-Guard, 2/22/10

Educational Policy Improvement Center receives receives a grant of $777,439 to identify a set of standards that define a path to college readiness and can guide instruction and measures of student progress.

Grant UO an extension

Register-Guard, 12/13/09

The city of Eugene should grant the University of Oregon’s Riverfront Research Park’s request for a three-year extension of the plan and the permit that allows construction in the park. At stake is construction of a $17 million, 80,000 square foot building, being developed by a national real estate giant, Trammel Crow Company.

Permit question stalls UO building; uncertainty about the 20-year expiration date leads the
university to seek an extension for the research park.

Register-Guard, 11/30/09

The University of Oregon has had to delay construction on the first new building in 10 years at its Riverfront Research Park while it seeks an extension of the permit allowing construction on the site across the Willamette River from Alton Baker Park.


Oregon Business Magazine, 10/09

A survey conducted by Oregon Business Magazine, recognizes Research Park tenant, Oregon Research Institute, as being the 3rd in the 100 Best Nonprofits to work for in Oregon. Nonprofits are key businesses critical to the economic health of the state, and ones that employee hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

ORI snares stimulus funds

Register-Guard, 10/14/09

Oregon Research Institute scientists are bringing $4.4 million of federal economic stimulus money to Eugene. The nonprofit research group received four grants through the stimulus bill, known as the American Recovery and Re­investment Act.

MitoScience Announcement

MitoScience, Company News Archive, 10/14/09

MitoSciences announces that it is now under contract with 8 of the world's top 10 drug developers to provide mitochondrial toxicity screening services, or to help in the establishment of in-house screening standards.

Chamber Hands Four Awards to Business for Community Efforts

Register-Guard, 10/7/09

A former Research Park start-up company, Avant Assessment, was honored for Innovation at the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce 2009 Emerald Awards. Avant Assessment is a global leader in Web-based language assessments.

UO and TC Eugene New Building Project

RRP Office Update, 6/8/09

At the June meeting of the State Board of Higher Education, the University of Oregon received approval to enter a long-term ground lease agreement between the UO and TC Eugene, for a 4.2 acre site to develop a 79,800 SF LEED Silver building for the Oregon Research Institute and the Education Policy Improvement Center.

Riverfront Research Park moves forward with expansion plans

Inside Oregon, 6/8/09

At the June meeting of the State Board of Higher Education, the University of Oregon received approval to enter into a long-term lease agreement and break ground in August on a new 79,800 SF LEED Silver building in the Riverfront Research Park.

Office building in the works

Register-Guard, 6/2/09

Trammell Crow Company hopes to break ground in the western section of the Riverfront Research Park in August for a 4-story, 79,800 square foot building. Trammell Crow Company plans to lease 69,000 square feet to Oregon Research Institute and 10,800, to Educational Policy Improvement Center.

Top investment award goes to new Corvallis company

UO E-Clips, 5/20/09

At the first annual Willamette Angel Conference, Floragenex won the audience vote from the 200 people attending for the best presentation and brings great recognition and peer support.

Word Wizard Crossword constructor builds a Super Bowl puzzle for the New York Times

The Register-Guard, 1/30/09

Matt Ginsberg, Word Wizard Crossword

Eugene computer wizard Matt Ginsberg will enjoy his own moment of football glory today. Ginsberg and fellow puzzle constructor Vic Fleming, co-created "Grid Irony," the football-themed crossword puzzle that will appear in honor of Super Bowl Sunday in Saturday's New York Times Magazine. Ginsberg, a computer programmer and entrepreneur co-founded On Time Systems and is a tenant in the Riverfront Research Park.

Four UO spinoff ventures to receive $50,000 grants

Register-Guard, 12/20/08

Four start-up companies that grew from research at the University of Oregon, including three in Eugene, will receive grants that will help them quickly bring to market new ways to fight infectious diseases and to meet growing demand for food, fuel and raw materials.

University of Oregon companies receive venture grants

Portland Business Journal, 12/19/08

Four companies recently spun out of the University of Oregon have received $50,000 each from a fund created last year by the state Legislature.

On-Time Systems Receives a Contract from Air Force

Register-Guard, 10/28/08

Research Park company, On-Time Systems, a Eugene software optimization firm, located in the Research Park, receives a contract from the U.S. Air Force, worth an estimated $5 million.

Globalization translates into growth opportunity

Register-Guard 10/19/08

Avant Assessment, Riverfront Innovation Center Graduate, develops Web-based foreign language proficiency tests for education, government, and business.

Taking a Revolutionary Approach

Open for Business, 10/1/08

MitoSciences - John Audette

MitoSciences, one of three businesses that are revolutionizing their fields, vie for the 2008 Chamber of Commerce Emerald Award for Innovation.

Eugene firm will compete for $100,000 prize in Bend

Register-Guard, 10/01/08

A bio-tech start-up that has spun out of the UO will vie for a minimum $100,000 in venture capital at the fifth annual Bend Venture Conference later this month.

MitoSciences received the 2008 Emerald Award for Innovation

UO Media Relations, 9/25/08

MitoSciences, started as a spinoff, by two UO scientist, wins the award for “Innovation” at the 5th annual Emerald Award.

The 2008 Emerald Award for innovation goes to MitoSciences, Inc.

Register-Guard, 9/25/08

Emerald Awards 2008

The Emerald Award for Innovation went to MitoSciences Inc, a biotech company founded by two scientists at the University of Oregon.

Floragenex receives $250,000 grant from ONAMI

Floragenex News 9/8/08

Floragenex, a Eugene, Oregon, based genetic research services firm, has received a $250,000 grant from the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI) to fund the initial development of a microtechnology based DNA sequencing sample preparation system

Plans Progress for ORI Building

Oregon Research Institute, 7/19/08

Planning is well under way for a new 80,000-square-foot Oregon Research Institute building, with site work expected to begin early in 2009 at the University of Oregon’s Riverfront Research Park, the project’s architect said Friday.

University seeks $93 million for construction, renovations

Register-Guard, 7/18/08

UO seeks funds to add a technology business incubator to a new building in the Riverfront Research Park that was funded by the 2007 Legislature.

Dune Sciences Awarded Phase 1 Small Business Innovative Research Grant

Dune Sciences, 5/29/08

Dune Sciences announced today that it has been awarded a $100,000 Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant from the Department of Energy to develop a new technology to enable the conversion of forest waste products and other non-food biomass into liquid fuels.

ORI Will Construct New Office Building

Oregon Daily Emerald, 5/14/08

The Oregon Research Institute announced last week that it will partner with Trammell Crow Company of Portland to develop a new research building in the University's Riverfront Research Park.

ORI plans to move to Research Park, not Centre Court

Register-Guard, 5/7/08

Oregon Research Institute chooses the site in the University of Oregon's Riverfront Reserach Park to building their proposed 80,000 square foot headquarters.

MitoSciences turns research into business

Register-Guard, 4/17/08

MitoSciences  scientists

MitoSciences, a local biotech company founded by two scientists at the University of Oregon, is on track for some rapid growth. (Click heading for full article with photo. Click here for summary article)

Invitrogen Teams with MitoSciences to Improve Mitochondrial Disease Research

Business Wire, 4/9/08

Invitrogen will become the exclusive North American distributor of all MitoSciences products, including antibodies and assays used for researching mitochondrial proteins and diseases. MitoSciences currently has the world's largest collection of anti-mitochondrial monoclonal antibodies and immunoassays.

SeQuential Biofuels

Oregonian, 12/14/07

Research Park graduate, Sequential Biofuels, that built the first biofuel production facility in the state, receives the prestigious Governor's Gold Awards from Governor Ted Kulongoski.

Language Learning Solutions Rebrands As Avant Assessment

Avant News Press Release, 11/14/07

Language Learning Solutions, a spin-off from the UO's Center for Applied Language Studies at the University of Oregon, and world leader in Web-based language assessment, has changed their name to Avant Assessment.

SeQuential Biofuels

The Register-Guard, 11/9/07

SeQuential, a former Research Park tenant, produces about 1 million gallons of biodiesel a year, of which 99 percent is made from recycled cooking oil, and the company brings in another 3 million gallons of biodiesel from Midwest sources.

Tech start-ups embrace stiff competition for cash

The Register-Guard, 10/15/07

Floragenex, a spin-out of lab research at the University of Oregon that has developed a faster, cheaper way to conduct genetic mapping of plants and animals, competes at the Bend Venture Conference with a group of 30 investors.

Plexeran and Mitosciences to develop ADME/Tox arrays

Business Wire, 9/26/2007

New mitrochondrial antibody assays will measure changes in the expression of proteins by mitochondria, which are often indicative of various disease pathologies and adverse drug effects.

Plexera Bioscience and MitoSciences Inc. Announce Collaboration on
Mitochondrial Array

Business Wire, 9/25/2007

Mitosciences and Plexera enter into an agreement which outlines a commercial path for an antibody array product which is enabled with Plexera's ProteomicProcessor and Mitosciences' proprietary antibodies.

SeQuential Biofuels

Biodiesel Magazine , 6/30/07

Former tenant in the Riverfront Innovation Center, SeQuential Biofuels' Eugene station, that offers five different blends of ethanol and biodiesel, receives a grant to build second biofuel station in Portland.

UO, Other Schools Get Building Bonanza

The Register-Guard, 6/28/07

Bonding approved for two projects in the Riverfront Research Park. $19.25 for new building and $14.37 million to purchase existing building at 1600 Millrace Drive.

Legislature approves historic higher education capital budget

OUS News Release, 6/27/07

Capital construction budget at the University of Oregon includes bonding for Riverfront Research Park Multi-Tenant building and Riverfront Research Park building purchase.

Businesses That Innovate Avoid Extinction

Open for Business, 12/1/06

Kaibridge DinoMorph 3-D image

SeQuential Biofuels, producing biodiesel from substances such as used cooking oil and canola, and Kaibridge, developed software called DinoMorph that builds highly accurate 3-D skeletal models of animals, and animates those models so they react to real-time forces.

UO spin-off EGI named Bioscience Company of the Year

Inside Oregon, 11/27/06

A UO spin-off company, Electrical Geodesics, Inc., was named the Oregon Bioscience Company of the Year during the 2006 Technology Awards.

Getting Recycling Down to a Science

The Register-Guard, 11/15/06

Invitrogen, a biosciences company, demolished an old building and donates equipment and materials to the University of Oregon.

Emerald Awards Honor Local Businesses

Open for Business, 10/2006

SeQuential Biofuels was recognized with the Emerald Award for Innovation, for turning used cooking oil into biodiesel using a modular manufacturing plant and leading biodiesel efforts in Oregon.

Research Park Hosts U.S. Commerce Department Official

The Register-Guard 10/5/06

Sandy Baruah, U.S. Assistance Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, visits the Riverfront Research Park.

Eugene Firm Leads Optimization Market

The Register-Guard, 9/24/06

On-Time systems designs software aimed at saving time and money for a number of different industries by sophisticated computer programs that use algorithms - or step-by-step problem-solving procedures to find the best solution for a problem out of trillions of possibilities.

Businesses Honored for Contributions

The Register-Guard, 9/21/06

Rexius receives Emerald Award from Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce for "Environmental Values."

Lifelike, if Not Life-size: Software Guides Movement in Dino Images

Portland Business Journal, 9/15/06

DinoMorph software used at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Eugene Firm Wins Navy Contract

The Register-Guard, 9/8/06

On Time Systems awarded a $1.43 million contract with the U.S. Navy to evaluate the potential cost savings if the Navy used the firms shipyard-scheduling software at its major repair yards.

SeQuential Biofuels to Open First Solar-Powered, Biofuels Station

PRNewswire, 8/23/06

The domestically produced, renewable motor fuel is available at Sequential Biofuels new station.

UO Plans to Build Research Facility

The Register-Guard, 7/24/06

Plans to build a 55,000 -60,000 square foot building and to purchase the Park's flagship building at 1600 Millrace Drive are underway.

First University of Oregon Research Innovation Awards announced June 7

Inside Oregon, 6/12/06

UO faculty spin-off companies receive Oregon Research Innovation Awards. Those included are Allen Malony & Don Tucker for Cerebral Data Systems; Kent Stevens, Kaibridge, Carl Falsgraf, Language Learning Solutions; and Roderick Capaldi and Michael Marusich, Mitosciences.

New Coasters Push Thrills, and the Body, to the Limit

National Geographic News 5/24/06

Rollar Coaster Thrills

Electrical Geodesics study why some park goers are paralyzed with fear; while others cant get enough death defying thrills.

UO Bioscience Startup Takes Top Honors at Angel Oregon Competition

Inside Oregon 3/6/06

MitoSciences, Inc, based on University of Oregon mitochondria research, took first place in the 2006 Angel Oregon competition.

UO Research Revenue Jumps

The Register-Guard, 2/26/06

Technology spin-offs shows record returns from inventions and boosts revenue by 77 percent last year.

Eugene Bioscience Company Rewarded

The Register-Guard, 2/25/06

Mito Sciences, Inc. wins entrepreneurs competition and a $150,000 prize.

MitoSciences Captures Angel Oregon Prize

Portland Business Journal, 2/24/06

Mitosciences won both the vote from Angel Oregon audience members and designated investment teams attending the Angel Oregon competition, to capture the prize.

Streaking Sales Push Company to Expand

The Register-Guard, 2/4/06

Electrical Geodesics, Inc. leases more space and expands its research and development operations.

K-16 Chinese Language Program Begins in Portland

Inquiry, winter 2005

The UO's Center for Applied Second Language Studies will develop the nation's first Chinese language program that begins in kindergarten and continues through the college years.

New Company Offers "Help Desk" for Supercomputing

Inquiry, winter 2005

ParaTools studies supercomputers and why and where inefficiencies are happening.

It's Not the Emmys, but Some Local Businesses are Stars

The Register-Guard, 9/27/05

Emerald Award winners are selected from more than 70 nominations in four categories, including Innovation, Community Caring, Environmental Values, and Job Growth.

Cleaned-up Site to House Biofuels Station

The Register-Guard, 9/26/05

Property on McVay Highway near Lane Community College is cleaned up and readied for biofuel station.

Your Baby's Brain

Newsweek 8/15/05

EGI Geodesic Sensor Net on Baby

Electrical Geodesics' "sensor-net" are being used by researchers to monitor brain activity in babies.

Bytes & Bones Bring Digital Dinos to Life

The Register-Guard, 6/26/05

DinoMorph is a dinosaur modeling software developed at the UO and is now licensed to a Eugene startup company called Kaibridge.

Highlight Digitizing Research of Oregon Professors

Inside Oregon 6/20/05

Kent Stevens (DinoMorph) 3-D dinosaur

Kent Stevens, UO computer and Information Science Professor, focused research on creating a digital tool for parametric modeling on skeletons and using that tool to help scientists study dinosaurs.