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!

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

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…)

K.C. McAllister and Courtney Granville honored as 2014 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Luminaries

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 08, 2014
TSP KC McAllister   Courtney Granville Battelle

Congratulations to K.C. McAllister, Executive Vice President, Taylor Strategy Partners, and Courtney Granville, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Life Sciences Research at Battelle, for being selected as 2014 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Luminaries. This is a new honor created for the 25th Anniversary of the Woman of the Year event, held this year in New York City on May 1st.

The Luminary Award was established to recognize former Rising Stars that have made a significant impact on the healthcare industry, providing inspiration and mentoring to others, and paying it forward by volunteering. Since the Rising Star Award was established, more than 1,000 women have received the honor.

“Congratulations from all of us at BioOhio.” said John F. Lewis, Jr., President & CEO of BioOhio, “We’re delighted that the HBA has recognized the amazing talent that we have in our community.” (more…)

Six questions for Gina Drosos, new president of Assurex Health (Cincinnati Business Courier)

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 08, 2014

Gina DrososBarrett Brunsman of the Cincinnati Business Courier had the opportunity to speak with Assurex Health’s new president, Gina Drosos. Assurex Health has been an active member of BioOhio and our state’s bioscience community for years, and is co-hosting BioOhio’s Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Career Fair this Thursday.

Barrett’s interview is an excellent chance to learn about Gina, and hear her thoughts on careers, teamwork and the direction Assurex Health is heading (spoiler: it’s all about growth!). Click on over to the Cincinnati Business Courier to read the interview here, and read more from Barrett here.

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