BioOhio Privacy Policy & Conditions

Effective Date:  7/25/2018

Introduction

Edison Biotechnology Center, Inc., dba BioOhio, (herein referred to as “the organization,” “we,” or “us”) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1987, that connects and serves Ohio’s bioscience community to drive success in improving global quality of life by providing member-guided services that include networking, advocacy, events, talent, information, and cost savings.

As a membership organization, BioOhio brings people together to promote the bioscience community in our state. We offer welcoming, rewarding experiences at our events, via online networking, and through valuable membership programs. Our organization respects your privacy and data security.

Privacy Policy

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for BioOhio.com and related BioOhio activities. This privacy notice applies to information collected by this website and related matters such as BioOhio membership, events, and programs. It will notify you of the following:

  • Disclaimer regarding information found on BioOhio.com;
  • What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared;
  • What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data;
  • The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information;
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information; and
  • Information on cookies, forms, links, and other related matters.

Disclaimer

By using this site, you assume the following terms and conditions. No section of this site may be copied in part or whole without the express written consent of BioOhio. BioOhio makes no warranty about the accuracy of any of the information provided by the site or by any member, partner, linked content, or other third-party entity. Any damages or losses resulting from the use of, or reliance upon, any of BioOhio’s services or indexes, or any materials or resources obtained by using the BioOhio website, are assumed by the user. BioOhio, its sponsors, and/or its members may not be held accountable for such damages or losses under any circumstance. Any view or material, including promoted content from BioOhio members or partners, or by any third party to which BioOhio links is not to be interpreted as a view of BioOhio.

Part of BioOhio’s mission is to promote the bioscience industry in Ohio, and, as such, BioOhio.com contains a large amount of information about companies and individuals in the industry and related fields. This information is presented in a variety of ways, including the Ohio Bioscience Resource Directory, The Ohio Bioscience Growth Report, Industry News, Ohio Events, the BioOhio Member List, and more. If any information on BioOhio.com is found to be inaccurate, please inform the organization by email at bioohio@bioohio.com so that we may investigate the matter further.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected via this website. We only collect and have access to information that you voluntarily give us or make available to us via email or other direct contact from you.  When you use, navigate, and/or complete forms on the site, we may collect personally identifiable information that may include, without limitation, your first and last name, home address, email address, date of birth, age, country of residence, and account username and password (collectively, “Personal Information”).

When you use and navigate the Site, we may collect additional information from you that may not by itself reasonably identify you as the source (collectively, “Usage Information”).  Usage Information may include information regarding your computer, your IP address, the type of internet browser you are using, the location from which you are visiting the Site, the type of computer operating system you are using to access the Site, the domain name of the website from which you linked to the Site, or the areas of the Site you visited and the actions you performed on the Site.  We will take reasonable measures to ensure that the Usage Information we collect is not personally identifiable and may not later be easily used to identify you as otherwise required by applicable law.

How We Collect Information

We collect Personal Information and Usage Information in the following ways:

Directly From You:  We collect Personal Information from you when you voluntarily provide Personal Information to us by, for example, completing various forms on the site.

Through Your Use of the Site:  We record Usage Information that your browser transmits when you visit the site.  We also collect Usage Information about how you access and interact with the Site through the use of automated tracking technology, such as “cookies” and “web beacons.”  A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to a web browser, which enables the site to remember and customize your subsequent visits.  Most internet browsers automatically accept cookies.  You can instruct your browser to block the acceptance of cookies or to provide you with a warning prompt before you accept cookies from the site.  Please refer to your internet browser’s instructions to learn more about these functions.  If you reject cookies, the functionality of the site may be limited and you may not be able to participate in several of the site’s features.  Additionally, we may use web beacons, which are single-pixel, electronic images embedded in the site that allow us to gather information about your browsing activities on the Site.

From Third-Party Services:  We may collect Personal Information about you from third parties whose privacy practices may differ from the practices described in this Privacy Policy.  For example, BioOhio.com is linked to Google Analytics for use tracking. BioOhio has no control over specifics of Google services or the type of information they collect. Please visit Google’s website for information about their analytics and related matters.  We do not endorse or make any representations or warranties concerning, and will not in any way be liable for, any informational content, products, services, software, or other materials available through third parties, including Google.  Your use of third parties’ services and/or third-party websites is governed by and subject to the terms and conditions of those third parties and/or third-party websites.  We encourage you to carefully review the privacy policies and statements of such third parties and/or third-party websites.

How We Use Your Information

Your Personal Information and Usage Information are collectively referred to herein as “Your Information.”  We use Your Information for various general purposes to help enhance your experience.  These purposes include, but are not limited to:

Responding to Your Inquiries:  We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request or in the interest of promoting member-to-member communications, as part of the organization’s mission.

BioOhio’s Mailing List:  We may use Your Information to send you news related to our services via our mailing list.  You have the option to opt-out of being on our mailing list.

Direct Marketing:  We may use Your Information to send you promotional materials.  You have the option to opt-out of receiving direct marketing.

Business Optimization:  We may use Your Information in analyzing users’ browsing and usage activities and patterns in order to understand users’ interests and preferences with respect to our services and the Site.  We may also use Your Information in managing our everyday business needs.

Processing Web Forms:  We may use Personal Information to process forms on the site.

Processing Purchases:  Our third-party payment processor may collect credit card information and Personal Information when you purchase products or services or make any payments through the site.

We include methods to unsubscribe or opt-out of future mailings in all formal emails sent by the organization. You may also contact us directly at bioohio@bioohio.com to unsubscribe or opt out.

How We Disclose Information

We may disclose Your Information to affiliates, as well as third-party partners as follows:

Service Providers:  Your Information may be shared with third-party service providers that assist us in providing customer support, communicating with customers and promoting our services, as well as third-party service providers that provide other services to us relating to our services and/or the Site.

Law Enforcement, Safety, and Legal Processes:  Your Information may be shared with law enforcement or other government officials if it relates to a criminal investigation or alleged criminal activity.  We may also share Your Information if required or permitted to do so by law, for fraud protection and credit risk reduction purposes, or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to protect and defend the rights or property of BioOhio or the users of the site.  We may further share Your Information to act under urgent circumstances to protect the safety of our employees or members of the public, or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process.

Sale or Acquisition of Assets:  If we become involved in a transaction involving the sale of our assets, such as a merger or acquisition, or if we are transferred to another company or agency, we may disclose and/or transfer Your Information as part of the transaction.  If the surviving entity in that transaction is not us, the surviving company may use Your Information pursuant to their own privacy policies, and those policies may be different from our Privacy Policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us by email at bioohio@bioohio.com:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

Security

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Although the site uses commercially reasonable security measures to protect Your Information, no data transmitted over, or accessible through, the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  As a result, while we attempt to protect Your Information, we cannot ensure or warrant that Your Information will be completely secure from misappropriation by hackers or from other nefarious or criminal activities, or in the event of a failure of computer hardware, software, or a telecommunications network.

Children Under the Age of 13

The site is not intended for children under 13 years of age.  We do not market to and do not knowingly collect any Personal Information from or about a child under the age of 13 without the consent of the child’s parent or legal guardian.  If we discover that we have inadvertently collected information from a child under 13 years of age, we will promptly take all reasonable measures to delete such information from our systems.

Online Forms, Event & Program Registrations

In order to use certain features of this website, a user may need to complete the registration or contact form. During registration a user is required to give certain information (such as name and email address). This information is used to contact you about the products/services in which you have expressed interest, or to answer any inquiries you have submitted.

Submission of forms via BioOhio.com or sites we employ for billing, event registration, or other matters, expresses your consent to be contacted by BioOhio via the method(s) you provide. BioOhio occasionally sends newsletters, event announcements, or other programmatic content via email. You may opt-out/unsubscribe from these at any time.

Links

This website contains links to other websites, including partners, members, vendors, industry news, events, etc. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

BioOhio Membership Refund Policy

If you are not satisfied with your Membership purchase, you can choose to cancel your Membership and get a full refund within the first 7 days of your Membership period. Any membership-related savings program enrollments will be voided at that time.  Any pending event registrations, or other products sold at a “member rate,” will either be cancelled or adjusted to the non-member rate.

How to Contact BioOhio

If you have questions about this policy, matters not specifically addressed, or feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, please contact us at bioohio@bioohio.com, or by mail at:

Attn: John Lewis

BioOhio

1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212

Phone:  (614) 675-3686

Fax:  (614) 675-3687

We welcome your questions and comments.