Portland Oregon Chapter


The SoPE Portland Oregon Chapter is the regional chapter for the non-profit global biomedical and healthcare innovation network SoPE. Membership is open to medical professionals and other stakeholders in healthcare. Members include doctors, nurses, dentists, healthcare entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, IT professionals, and industry representatives. SoPE is here to provide the network to encourage, educate, and connect biomedical and healthcare entrepreneurs so that new ideas get a chance – The Society operates in the very early stages of innovation commercialization; encouraging physicians and other medical professional entrepreneurs with ideas about how to improve healthcare to explore the possibilities and empowering them should they decide to take those initial steps in the “go to market” process. SoPE is unique in its make-up, leadership and mission – The Society is the only known organization founded and led by physicians with the specific purpose of providing support to those physicians and other medical professionals on the front lines of delivering healthcare that need help in bringing their ideas, inventions and innovations for improving healthcare to life.

SoPE Portland Oregon is a hub of information, education, and networking for Portland’s life science entrepreneurs. Through our meetings we provide education for entrepreneurs and early-stage investors and provide opportunities for them to connect to share and advance ideas. We value innovation, inclusiveness, and outcomes to further enhance Portland’s role as a leading driver of life science venturing.

Thomas W. Barrett, MD, MCR

Chapter Leader

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Five Top Reasons You Should Attend Portland Oregen SoPE Chapter events

  • 1. Connect with like-minded innovators
  • 2. Learn about successful venturing
  • 3. Help other entrepreneurs move their ideas forward
  • 4. Identify early-stage investing and advising opportunities
  • 5. Create positive change in healthcare

Thomas W. Barrett, MD, MCR

Chapter Leader

Tom Barrett, MD, MCR, is a Hospitalist physician and entrepreneur with a diagnostic biotech startup company with over 20 years of clinical experience and over 10 years of collaboration with engineers. The application of technology to improve patients’ lives is Tom’s passion. Tom is a charter member of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), founded the Oregon Chapter of SHM, and was active at the national level with SHM for many years. Tom also teaches life science entrepreneurship with an Oregon Health & Science University medical student elective, and an internship program for PhDs and post docs at the Oregon Bioscience Incubator in Portland, Oregon.

The Portland Chapter of SoPE exists to connect all clinicians- those that care for patients – to technology people to help our patients.

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