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.

Abbott Nutrition’s Healthy Heritage Goes Back 90 Years (Columbus Dispatch)

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 08, 2014

Abbott NutritionBioOhio is proud to have Abbott Nutrition as a long time supporter and member. We recently saw this excellent profile of Abbott in the Columbus Dispatch, complete with a video showing off some of their facilities. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Abbott Video

“Fifty years ago, we were a small local company, and we have become a global powerhouse,” said Rob Miller, the chief of global research and development for Abbott Nutrition, talking at the company’s Easton-area offices.

“Abbott recognized its value, and today we’re a leader in adult nutrition, we produce multiple products, and we’re the largest division of Abbott.”

Columbus is a big part of the business, with 2,066 employees, including 350 at the Cleveland Avenue plant. Although Abbott Nutrition has started research-and-development facilities in Singapore, India and China in the past five years and opened manufacturing facilities in the same places, Ohio remains central to the company’s future, Miller said.

The full article, published by the Columbus Dispatch, can be read here.

BioOhio Statehouse Day 2014: Advocating, Informing, Networking

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 07, 2014
Contributor Jim OHare

Jim O’Hare
micrOHscope Contributor

BioOhio is pleased to present content from Jim O’Hare, Managing Partner of BioMedia, LLC, and long time contributor to micrOHscope.

Statehouse AgendaAt the recent BioOhio Statehouse Day, BioOhio members gathered with industry leaders to meet legislators from both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. After a day filled with personal visits in legislators’ offices, a lively gathering in the Statehouse Atrium provided an opportunity for refreshments, networking and some brief comments from industry leaders. Here are some of the insights from the evening’s speakers.

 John F. Lewis, Jr., President & CEO, BioOhioStatehouse John Lewis

“We’re delighted that so many of you had really positive meetings with legislators this afternoon, that’s what today is all about.

The industry is strong. The number of jobs is increasing, and the number of suppliers is increasing. We’re pushing for the technology investment tax credit to be reinstated, and we believe that will help even more.

BioOhio member companies love to have legislators visit their facilities – let us know and they will always step in.” (more…)

Community Colleges Building Skills for Bioscience Employment

Posted by BioOhio on Apr. 01, 2014
Contributor Bill Tacon

Bill Tacon
micrOHscope Contributor

BioOhio is pleased to bring you the first of many new contributors to our revitalized blog, micrOHscope! Bill Tacon, Ph.D., President & Owner of BioEduface LLC was also Senior Director of Workforce & Education here at BioOhio.

For three days last week, I had the pleasure of attending a community college bioscience event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I was asked by Russ Read from Forsyth Tech, to facilitate two sessions at the “Community College for Bioscience Credentials”, c3bc, Annual National Meeting, March 26 through 28. C3bc is a consortium of twelve community colleges across the nation (none yet in Ohio, but that could change), funded under a $15 million DOL phase 2 TAACC grant, to train workers impacted by offshoring of jobs to other nations, in skills for bioscience employment.

I facilitated “Industry Buy-in” and “Prior Learning Assessment “ sessions. In the latter, Joel Simon from CAEL, one of BioOhio’s DOL grant partners, participated on my invitation. Joel did a great job in showcasing the work done for displaced Avon employees under the grant. A couple of his slides used graphics and material taken from the BioOhioworkforce.org website. (more…)

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