Minimally Invasive Devices inks exclusive FloShield distribution agreement with Mitsubishi Medical Japan

Posted by BioOhio on Aug. 20, 2014

Minimally-Invasive-DevicesMitsubishi-200BioOhio is excited to share news from long time member Minimally Invasive Devices. MID announced yesterday that they have entered into an exclusive agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation to distribute the FloShield laparoscopic and robotic visualization system in Japan. MID anticipates that FloShield will be approved for sale in Japan in the second half of 2015.

FloShield allows surgeons to maintain a clear and consistent view during laparoscopic surgery, eliminating loss of vision and surgical interruptions. FloShield is the first laparoscopic device that offers “Active Lens Protection,” a moving curtain of gas over the lens that prevents condensation, fluids and blood products from settling on the optics during surgery, thereby maintaining a clear surgical view for the operating team.

“The partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation will broaden our footprint globally and give more surgeons our technology that prevents loss of vision during procedures,” stated Dr. Wayne Poll, CEO of MID.  “The next transformation in surgical video technology is not more pixels, but a solution that actually prevents loss of vision from even occurring.”

“I’m proud to say I’ve been involved with MID since before its inception, and it’s been exciting to see the successful progression and growth.” said BioOhio’s President & CEO, John F. Lewis, Jr. “I’m confident that Wayne will continue to build this strong Ohio story into a globally recognized company.”

BioOhio, VWR and BIO Business Solutions expand product access for increased member savings

Posted by BioOhio on Aug. 19, 2014
Jennifer Goldsberry Manager, Member Services & Events

Jennifer Goldsberry
Manager, Member Services & Events

BioBizSolutions VWR CurrentBioOhio members are eligible for a variety of discount programs. In 2013, 29 member companies collectively saved over $4M using one discount program alone.

The providers and discounts are highly endorsed by BioOhio, and have the potential to save your company big bucks (and cover your annual dues many times over). If your company is not utilizing one of the 20 partners, please ask us, or introduce us to your purchasing manager and we’ll help you start saving. Programs include VWR, FedEx, BusinessWire, Chubb, Office Depot, ShareVault, and more.

In addition to the products currently offered through the BIO Business Solutions program, BioOhio is excited to announce expanded access for members to over 15 additional product brands through a partnership with VWR, BIO, and Thermo Scientific that will support your efforts in anatomical pathology, chromatography, life science, environmental analysis, equipment, and storage consumables.

Thermo-Scientific-200Traditionally these brands have only been available on a direct basis or through non-contract distribution channels. BioOhio members now have access to them through VWR at discounted prices. Some of the Thermo Scientific brands include:

  • Anatomical Pathology – Thermo Scientific Lab Vision™ Immunohistochemistry Reagents
  • Chromatography – Thermo Scientific Hypersil™ Keystone columns and supplies, SUN-SRi consumables
  • Life Science – Thermo Scientific Cellomics Instruments
  • Chemicals – Thermo Scientific ACROS and Maybridge
  • Environmental Analysis – Thermo Scientific EUTECH, Oakton, Lab Systems, and CRS Robotics Automation Solutions
  • Equipment – Thermo Scientific Forma™, Haake™, and Neslab

BioOhio is excited to offer these new product brands in addition to our current line-up of valuable savings for our members. Together, BioOhio, VWR and BIO provide the industry substantial cost savings and service solutions to accelerate science from discovery to production.

Contact us today to learn more about these programs and start saving!

OffWhite reflects on the BioOhio Expo, education is the best kind of marketing

Posted by BioOhio on Aug. 15, 2014

Post-8-15-14-Offwhite-BrandBioOhio recently held the 2014 Ohio Bioscience Expo & Showcase in Aurora, Ohio. Hear first hand from one of our exhibitors about the event, and the workshops they presented to attendees – Brand Science 101 and Social Science 101. Offenberger & White, Inc. (OffWhite), long time BioOhio member, provides integrated marketing solutions for life science & technology companies.

“When we seized the opportunity to present not one but two workshops at the August 2014 BioOhio Bioscience Expo & Showcase in Aurora, Ohio, our first objective was to give something back to an industry that has been good to OffWhite. This is why we are members of BioOhio in the first place. It didn’t hurt, however, that we knew we would have the attention of leading management and marketers whose responsibilities are to guide biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical companies through the global marketplace.” – Bill White, CEO, OffWhite

Read OffWhite’s full blog post here, and learn more about the programs they offered at our Expo!

eCTD Global Submission Planners Case Study Presented by Auditgraph

Posted by BioOhio on Aug. 11, 2014

Contributor-MMarcussenBioOhio is glad to introduce a new contributor to micrOHscope, Mauricha F. Marcussen, CEO of BioOhio member company Auditgraph. Mauricha has extensive experience in the life sciences industry working with over 20 of the industry’s top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She is known for her expert business, technology, and project management services related to many areas of regulatory affairs, including global product labeling and electronic international submission processes and requirements.

What if you had country specific submissions requirements at your fingertips?

Auditgraph200webAuditgraph, a pharmaceutical and life sciences partner delivering technology in regulatory, has developed a portal with eCTD global submission requirements. With over 160 countries, many with unique submission requirements, the manual task of maintaining this information is extremely inefficient and difficult to manage. Auditgraph undertook the process of creating a platform where country-specific submission information would be maintained and made available with the click of a button. Auditgraph’s eCTD Global Submission Planners Case Study reveals valuable information about the scope, process and result of one client’s use of the platform.

In this case study you’ll learn:

  • The scope of global submissions and filing requirements
  • The process Auditgraph took to create an online platform for clients to access a tremendous amount of submission information
  • The result of using Auditgraph’s powerful platform, its specific capabilities and the efficiencies realized by the featured client.

BIO Washington Update, August 2014

Posted by BioOhio on Aug. 06, 2014

CSBA BIO and Republic Consulting

August 6, 2014

Legislators wrapped up their summer work in July before leaving town for the August recess, but not without some last minute drama over the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the border supplemental bill. Ultimately, lawmakers passed a funding extension for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), staving off a financial crisis. Congress also moved forward on several tax items and continued to hold oversight hearings on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation.


When lawmakers return after Labor Day, they will have a host of issues to confront in the short period of time before they resume full-time campaign activity leading up to the mid-term election. Congress is currently scheduled to be in session the week of September 29 for last minute items, but they are expected to wrap up federal funding legislation and other expiring items by September 19.

There are several must-pass items that both chambers are expected to address upon their return. At the top of the list is government funding. Congress will need to move quickly to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government past the current authority which expires on September 30. The final CR may also include a temporary extension of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, which would allow for additional time to debate the controversial reauthorization. Finally, legislators are expected to act on the internet tax moratorium, which is set to expire in the fall.

In addition to these pressing items, the Senate may also take up several other bills designed to motivate the Democratic base, including possible votes on college affordability, a minimum wage increase, and bills reversing the Supreme Court decisions on employer contraception coverage and campaign finance disclosure.


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