Amidst the beehive activity known as the BIO Convention in D.C. this week, BioOhio co-hosted a luncheon with Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman in the stunning U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a native Ohioan, also made a special appearance.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Executives from leading Ohio bioscience organizations (BioOhio members) filled the meeting room for a wide-ranging discussion with both senators and the Secretary on issues important to continued growth of bioscience business in Ohio and the nation. Hot topics included workforce development and attraction, the Therapeutic Discovery Project tax credit, health care reform implications and opportunities, NIH and SBIR funding, and, of course, the FDA. 

Senator Sherrod Brown

“The BioOhio members able to join us were pleased with the event, namely the attention and time invested by Secretary Sebelius, Senator Brown, and Senator Portman to listen and interact,” said BioOhio President & CEO Tony Dennis. “We couldn’t agree more, and we will certainly look to hold similar events in D.C. and in Ohio more often.” 

Senator Rob Portman

BioOhio officials also are attending the BIO Convention this week, busy in meetings with companies from around the world interested in Ohio’s bioscience business and research advantages.