Ohio Statehouse BuildingEach year BioOhio invites Ohio lawmakers to join us and our members at the Statehouse for an opportunity to discuss the impact and importance of Ohio’s bioscience companies, research institutions, and educators. The event features networking and lunch in the beautiful Statehouse Atrium, as well as individual meetings with legislators throughout the day.

Read personal perspectives from members that attended Statehouse Day here.

Our industry has many faces – medical devices, research & development, lab equipment, pharmaceuticals, regenerative medicine, agricultural compounds, alternative fuels, lab testing services, wellness products, health & life science IT, and more. All of these sectors have a common goal, to improve the quality of life for our community, which is why our event has always brought support from lawmakers and government officials from across the political spectrum.

BioOhio takes this opportunity to recognize lawmakers that have shown particularly strong support of our industry, through introduction of bills, support of policies, and creation of initiatives that benefit growth of bioscience in Ohio. This year BioOhio presented awards to Senator Bill Beagle and Representative Andrew Brenner.

Senator Beagle is a strong proponent of BioOhio and Ohio’s bioscience industry, including support of Ohio Third Frontier, Thomas Edison Center funding, various workforce issues and has taken time to visit many Ohio bioscience companies within his district and beyond.

Representative Brenner has been a strong supporter of repealing the Medical Device Tax, including sponsorship of an Ohio House resolution to repeal the tax that is currently putting great strain on medtech companies across the country.

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Senator Beagle Representative Brenner Jennifer Palinchik

Post-Palinchick-200nKeynote speaker for the event was Jennifer Palinchik, President of BioOhio member company, JALEX Medical. Jennifer is a biomedical engineer applying her knowledge of engineering, biology, anatomy and physiology, and biomechanical principles to the development of medical products. Focusing on regulatory affairs, her work creates the pathway for medical products to achieve market clearance. Specialties include 510(k) documentation and submissions, regulatory pathway assistance, FDA registration and listing, and 21 CFR regulations and compliance.

G2G-150BioOhio would like to thank everyone for attending, being engaged, and especially for their support of our industry. More information about BioOhio advocacy efforts, and issues that impact our community can be found here. Be sure to read part two of this story – personal stories from members about their Statehouse Day experience. A special thank you to our partner in organizing the event, G2G Consulting, and event sponsors AdvaMed and PhRMA.

Post-Statehouse-Beagle-200Senator Bill Beagle is serving his second term in the Ohio Senate, representing all or part of Darke, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties. He serves as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Workforce. Beagle’s experience in local government and small business has helped make him a leader in his community and an effective advocate for the people he represents. Senator Beagle received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

Post-Statehouse-Brenner-200State Representative Andrew Brenner is currently serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives representing the 67th House District, which covers the western portion of Delaware County. Rep. Brenner served as Delaware County Recorder from 2005-10. He earned his degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1993, majoring in marketing and economics and spent 11 years as an entrepreneur in the real estate and mortgage fields.