For Immediate Release

May 1, 2017

Willamette Angels Announce 2017 Conference Finalist Companies

Finalists will vie for investments of six figures, or more, at May 11 Conference

Corvallis, Ore. — The Willamette Angels Conference (WAC) has announced five finalists for its 2017 conference. The Willamette Angels selected the finalists from a previously-announced list of 10 semifinalists, and from an overall pool of 44 applicants. At the Conference — on May 11 in Corvallis — the Willamette Angels will announce a conference winner, and potentially other sidecar investment deals.

“The finalists for the 2017 Willamette Angels Conference represent a particularly strong and diverse group of investment opportunities. We look forward to the challenge of choosing a winner by the time of the Conference. We also want to thank all of the companies that applied this year; we wish them the best of luck and we would encourage them to apply to our new W2 Fund that will consider companies for investment throughout the year,” said Marc Manley, WAC Fund Manager.

The 2017 WAC finalists were selected at the conclusion of an exhaustive due-diligence process, which included weekly meetings during March and April. The companies represent a variety of industries, including biotechnologies, clean technologies, medical devices and equipment, and consumer products. The finalists, which are based in Eugene, Beaverton and Portland, include:

Costanoan Biotechnologies (Portland): Designs, develops and manufactures membranes for the purification of high value therapeutic proteins from complex solutions.

Diatomix (Beaverton): Developers of a bioengineered photocatalytic technology that actively and continuously improves indoor air quality.

Hemex Health (Portland): Provides new diagnostics for malaria and sickle cell disease where there’s no viable test today.

Heritage Laboratories (Eugene): A luxury skincare supplement brand targeting Asian American women.

OpConnect, Inc (Portland): Operates a platform-as-a-service that manages electric car chargers made by a number of manufacturers to help charger owners maximize revenue.

Registration is still open for the 2017 Conference to be held Thursday, May 11, at the historic Whiteside Theater in Corvallis. For more information, including tickets, please visit

Founded in 2009, The Willamette Angels Conference is an investment group that connects early stage and seed startups with angel and venture investors. Startup and entrepreneurial applicants receive funding, mentoring, and connections to other advisory resources. WAC is designed to advance the innovation economy in Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Throughout its nine existence WAC has invested over $3 million in startup businesses. WAC is produced in partnership by: The Corvallis Chamber of Commerce and Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network), and supported by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Corvallis-Benton Economic Development Office.