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Dick Sass launches innovation fund
July 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010

0710_ATS04Dick Sass, 67, recently partnered with medical devices expert Brian Brandell and longtime Portland investors Wayne Embree and Brock Metcalf to launch the Biomed Innovation Fund. His goal is to raise $20 million to help young companies that have developed “extraordinary technologies.”

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Romanian immigrants dominate adult foster care niche
July 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010

0710_Romanian01Some 85% of the 900 adult foster homes in metropolitan Portland are owned by first- and second-generation Romanians. “They dominate the industry here,” says Grover Simmons, a lobbyist for the Independent Adult Foster Home Association of Oregon.

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Death with Dignity, for a price
High Five
Thursday, June 24, 2010
A Portland psychiatrist plans to open End of Life Consultants LLC., a business which aims to help patients end their lives.
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Organic brews
High Five
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
$41 million in organic beer was sold last year, more than double what the growing industry made in 2005.
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Rock dust for urban farmers
High Five
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Portland organic fertilizer company Concentrates specializes in the growing industry of urban farming.

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