8th Annual BioOhio Career Fairs a strong combination of talent and opportunity

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 21, 2014
Jen Goldsberry

Jen Goldsberry
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For the 8th consecutive year, BioOhio hosted two career fairs this month to connect bioscience-focused companies to bioscience-focused job seekers.

Of the 15 exhibitors who participated, more than 225 jobs were on tap. Some companies were also promoting internship and co-op opportunities. Between the two events, 255 job seekers attended. Exhibitors made consistent comments about the caliber of candidates, and how impressed they were with credentials. BioOhio currently hosts these regional events once a year, with locations determined by company demand.

Mason Career FairJob seekers were equally grateful for this unique event, and appreciated the opportunity to get in front of hiring companies. One of the goals of these events is to keep Ohio talent in Ohio, and we look forward to tracking progress with both candidates and exhibitors to determine how many matches were made. A perfect testimonial to the connections made at these job fairs, one of the representatives interviewing candidates was actually hired at last year’s BioOhio Career Fair!

Exhibitors this year included Aerotek Scientific, AtriCure, Alkermes, Assurex Health, Avecia, Boehringer Ingeleheim Roxane Laboratories, Columbus State Community College, GFS Chemicals, Medpace, Mound Laser & Photonics Center, NAMSA, PharmaForce, Quidel, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hosptial, and WIL Research. We’d like to thank the City of Mason and TechColumbus for their assistance with venues.

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BioOhio BioBulletin, April 2014

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 21, 2014


         John Lewis

Welcome to the 4th edition of the BioOhio BioBulletin.

Trivia: Did you know Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants in the USA? You’ll notice a theme throughout the remainder of the year from BioOhio around seeds and flowers, roots and trees. With a strong foundation, Ohio’s bioscience industry continues to grow. Stay tuned for ways you too can help nurture bioscience in Ohio.

This BioBulletin edition is focused on events. Mark your calendars, share with colleagues, and we look forward to seeing you! Event sponsorships are available at various levels, so commit early for more visibility. My advice continues: Engage, Bring It!

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Research Day at OSU Wexner Medical Center showcases amazing talent in Ohio

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 16, 2014
Annette Ratcliff

Annette Ratcliff

BioOhio is pleased to present a new contributor to micrOHscope! Annette Ratcliff, Ph.D. is a Pelotonia Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jesse Kwiek Lab, The Ohio State University. Annette is helping to lead the formation of the Ohio State Postdoctoral Association.

On April 10, over 425 trainees, including members of the new Postdoctoral Association, presented their work at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Research Day. Members of both U.S. House of Representatives and State of Ohio Representatives attended the event which showcased outstanding work being done by students and trainees in the areas of cancer research, infectious diseases, neuroscience, and basic cell biology. Some of the finest research in the country is being right here in Columbus!

“The impressive array of posters and presentations from trainees and students showcases the amazing scientific and medical research underway at the Wexner Medical Center.” said Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D., Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University.

“This research promises to translate into improvements in medical care for thousands of patients worldwide. Even more, this event emphasizes the tremendous talent in our future biomedical workforce and the value of their Ohio State experience.”

OSUWMCResearch Day is an annual event featuring the biomedical research of trainees within the OSU Medical Center. Held each spring, Research Day features posters from hundreds of trainees, a trainee speaker series, and a keynote address by a world-renowned researcher in the field of biomedical science. Faculty members judge poster presentations throughout the day, and travel awards are given to the highest-scoring trainees.

This year, the keynote was delivered by Jeffrey A. Whitsett, MD, chief of the Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The Ohio Academy of Science, connecting students and research around the state

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 15, 2014
Stephen McConoughey

Stephen McConoughey

BioOhio is pleased to present a new contributor to micrOHscope! Stephen McConoughey is CEO of the Ohio Academy of Science, a non-profit organization that strives to foster curiosity, discovery, and innovation in students as well as adults.

The Ohio Academy of Science held its 123rd Annual Meeting on Saturday April 5th with close to 200 scientific posters as well as four podium sessions presented throughout the day. This year’s meeting was hosted by Walsh University, home to nearly 3,000 students in North Canton. The theme of the 2014 meeting was of Encouraging Tomorrow’s Innovators, and the day was highlighted by the keynote address, “Entrepreneurship in Science”, given by Dr. Joseph A. Bauer, a Walsh graduate, 20 year veteran in the science/business world, and CSO of BioOhio member company BNOAT Oncology.

OAS PostersNext, the Academy will be conducting the 66th State Science Day, which is hosted by The Ohio State University on May 10th. This event will bring close to 1,200 of the top students (grades 5-12) from across Ohio to Columbus to display their scientific research.

BioOhio’s President & CEO, John F. Lewis, Jr. will be with us for his 12th year as lead judge for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Biotechnology & Biomedical Technologies.

More than 4.5 million dollars in scholarships and awards will be given out to the top projects at State Science Day. The public is welcome to view the student projects after the judging is completed on May 10th.

OASIf you are interested in sponsoring events or student awards, volunteering, or have questions regarding the Academy and its programs please contact Stepen at smcconoughey@ohiosci.org.

High school sophomores win innovation award for their new device, the TremorX

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 09, 2014
TremorX Founders

Tremor X Founders Alex LiChen, Metty Schroeder, Varun Vallabhaneni and Savannah Cofer

BioOhio is excited to share news that entrepreneurs from the Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio were one of four winning teams at the 2014 Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

Four sophomores, Alex LiChen, Metty Schroeder, Varun Vallabhaneni and Savannah Cofer, creators of the TremorX, are returning from the event at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, not just with serious bragging rights, but with a $10,000 Next Step Grant to continue product development as well as a chance to receive a $5,000 grant for patent applications.

The TremorX is a glove-like medical device designed to provide resistance to the hand, reducing the amplitude of essential tremors, a medical condition that causes rhythmic muscular trembling, especially in the hands.

TremorXThese tremors make it difficult or even impossible to do simple tasks, like eating, drinking, writing, texting, and tasks that involve fine motor skills. According to TremorX’s website, this disorder affects 15-20% of seniors and 66% of military veterans due to post traumatic stress disorder. (more…)

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