COLUMBUS, Ohio -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As Ohio’s bioscience industry continues to develop and deepen in key areas – economic impact, research expertise, and global reach – it’s only natural that Ohio’s annual bioscience conference centers on the engine driving the state’s bioscience industry: growth.
To keep that engine roaring, bioscience professionals representing every corner of the state and virtually all sectors, specialties and functions will convene in Dublin, OH on November 4th and 5th for the 2013 BioOhio Annual Conference. The event is Ohio’s central event for clinical, research, commercial, professional, and funding professionals to chart the state of “Bio in Ohio” - and to chart their own role in an expanding future.
In numerous industry studies, Ohio’s bioscience economy is noted as one of the nation’s strongest. However, John Lewis, BioOhio’s President and CEO, is determined to continue the growth the organization has enjoyed since its inception over 25 years ago. Now more than ever, Lewis sees events such as the Annual Conference as critical to growing Ohio’s bioscience industry, including BioOhio member organizations and professionals.
“Especially in an advanced, highly technical industry such as ours, I think many of us believed that sophisticated telecommunications networks would eventually diminish or eliminate the need to meet in person,” said Lewis. If anything, however, Lewis believes the flood of electronic communications has made face-to-face meetings even more critical to cut through the clutter – and make meaningful, more lasting impact.
“Attendees and sponsors tell us that the Annual Conference provides the rare opportunity to personally share who we are - as individuals, organizations, and a statewide industry – and how we can help each other achieve our goals,” Lewis added.
Ironically, many of those goals must address growth of a negative sort. As an aging population in the US confronts healthcare costs that soon will grow to $3 trillion and 20 percent of Gross Domestic Product, clearly an aggressive plan is needed.
Aaron Pitts is Managing Director of Biohealth, Food Processing and Agribusiness for JobsOhio, a sponsor of the event. Pitts believes that growth in healthcare spending can only be tamed by an aggressive growth in strategies to tackle the problem. “We must embrace innovation to more effectively deliver care today while funding research that addresses tomorrow’s most vexing human health challenges,” said Pitts.
“Ohio is blessed to be home to some of the world’s leading healthcare practitioners, scientists, entrepreneurs and enterprises. Their creativity, combined with innovative private-public partnerships, gives Ohio the opportunity to grow a bright future for all of us.”
The principal of another event sponsor, Ice Miller LLP, shares Pitts’ sentiment. “Ice Miller LLP enthusiastically supports BioOhio’s work to highlight the most current issues, trends and initiatives in life sciences and technology,” said Susan Rector, a Partner of the Columbus-based firm.
“When BioOhio brings together leading bioscience professionals, all of us benefit from the sharing of ideas and strategies that otherwise might stay locked inside one person or one organization. Ice Miller could not be more pleased to support this initiative to grow a key element of the technology economy of Ohio.”
The Annual Conference agenda is a full one. As attendees have come to expect, the day’s activities will be dynamic and this year will focus on growth in capabilities, new tools, new operational efficiencies and novel partnerships. The complete agenda can be viewed at: http://www.bioohio.com/news/annual-conference/
Recently confirmed as a speaker is Dr. Ali Rezai, a renowned neurosurgeon whose work with brain pacemakers at Ohio State University has transformed the treatment of conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Rezai joins other industry speakers from Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana and Washington DC who will share discoveries and strategies for growing healthier bioscience organizations and professionals while growing healthier outcomes for patients around the world.
Attendee registration is available at http://www.bioohio.com/news/annual-conference/registration/ or by calling (614) 675-3686, x 1004.
BioOhio is grateful for the support of Annual Conference sponsors, including Ice Miller LLP, JobsOhio, Calfee, Britton Gallagher and Brixey & Meyer.
Founded in 1987, BioOhio is a non-profit membership organization that builds and accelerates bioscience industry, research, and education in Ohio. As a trade association with 430 members, BioOhio is the lead organization for the Ohio bioscience community and is the Ohio affiliate for global bioscience industry organizations including AdvaMed, BIO, MDMA and PhRMA.
BioOhio Board of Trustees
Lisa Ashby | President, Category Management | Cardinal Health
Timothy G. Biro | Chief Operating Officer | On Target Labs
Greg Blackmore | Chief Operating Officer | Midmark
Thomas F. Boat, M.D. | Christian R. Holmes Professor & Dean, College of Medicine , Vice President for Health Affairs | University of Cincinnati
Mark A. Collar | Partner | Triathlon Medical Ventures
Frank Douglas, Ph.D., M.D. | President & CEO | Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron
Jacob Drapkin | Vice President, Reimbursement & Healthcare Economics, U.S. Management Board | Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Brian Duncan, MD, MBA | VP Business Development | BioEnterprise
John C. (Jack) Fisher | Executive Vice President | Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
John Gorski | President & CEO | NAMSA
Michael D. Hooven | President & CEO | Enable Medical Technologies
Peter G. Kleinhenz | General Partner | CID Equity Partners
Venture Partner | Fletcher Spaght Ventures
John Rice, Ph.D. PAST BOARD CHAIR | Managing Partner | Triathlon Medical Ventures
David R. Scholl, Ph.D. | Partner | Athenian Venture Partners
Mike Sieron | President & CEO | DG Medical
Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D. BOARD CHAIR | Vice President of Research | The Ohio State University