BioOhio's Mission and History

The mission of BioOhio is to accelerate bioscience discovery, innovation, and commercialization of global value, driving economic growth and improved quality of life in Ohio.

BioOhio, founded in 1987 as Edison BioTechnology Center and formerly Omeris, is a non-profit organization designed to build and accelerate bioscience industry, research, and education in Ohio.

As Ohio’s bioscience membership and development organization, we are focused on networking the distributed and outstanding bioscience assets of Ohio to accelerate growth of a globally competitive bioscience industry. These assets include:

  • 4 of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, 2 of the top 25 adult heart and heart surgery centers, and 4 of the top 20 nationally ranked teaching hospitals;
  • The Cleveland Clinic, the top cardiology hospital in the U.S. for 16 consecutive years, and ranked 4th overall;
  • Columbus-headquartered Battelle Memorial Institute, the largest global contract research organization;
  • more than 10% of Fortune 35 companies—including Cardinal Health and Procter & Gamble, both leaders in biosciences;
  • academic research institutions that rank among the top nationally in technology conversion and commercialization; and
  • government and public sector support of the biosciences, such as Ohio’s $1.6 billion Third Frontier Project.

Innovative Ohio bioscience companies—many of them members of BioOhio—revitalize our state’s economy while developing critical tools, treatments, and technologies that benefit the world. BioOhio is a focal point for Ohio’s bioscience and biotechnology community, providing networking and educational forums, developing communications and information resources, addressing public policy, and analyzing resource and funding issues.

Currently, BioOhio is focused on four strategic areas:

1. Company and Capital Formation
2. Asset-based Company and Partnership Attraction
3. Workforce Development and Deployment
4. Community and Awareness Development

There are over 400 BioOhio members, including Founding Members Battelle, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio University, Procter & Gamble, The Ohio State University, University Hospitals, and University of Cincinnati.

BioOhio also is affiliated with BIO, which represents biotechnology companies in the United States and in 33 other nations, and AdvaMed, Advanced Medical Technology Association and PhRMA.

Please contact us for more information about BioOhio.