BioOhio-Statehouse-2015-600Each year BioOhio invites members to attend our most important legislative event for a unique opportunity to discuss the impact and importance of Ohio’s bioscience companies, research institutions, and educators with state officials and lawmakers. The event features a lunch in the beautiful Statehouse Atrium, as well as individual meetings with legislators throughout the day.

Strong attendance by Ohio’s bioscience community demonstrates economic strength and helps make the push for additional public support for the industry. Statehouse Day is a great exposure opportunity through direct interaction with key policy-makers and stakeholders from around Ohio, including House and Senate Leadership.

BioOhio would like to thank everyone for attending, being engaged, and especially for their support of our industry. The best way to convey the impact of this event is through the voices of our members who had a chance to sit down with legislators.

G2G-150More information about BioOhio advocacy efforts, and issues that impact our community can be found here. Read more about Statehouse Day and featured speakers here. A special thank you to our partner in organizing the event, G2G Consulting, and our event sponsors AdvaMed and PhRMA.

N8-MedicalMichael Triplett, PhD, CEO, N8 Medical.

“BioOhio Statehouse Day provides an opportunity to personally convey the statewide strength and opportunity represented by Ohio’s bioscience industry to our elected leaders.  I shared my personal story of growing up in industrial East Liverpool, obtaining my degrees in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University, working for two of Ohio’s leading innovation companies (P&G and Battelle), and now leading an early stage life science company in Columbus; this seemed to humanize the industry and reinforce the transformative power of innovation and entrepreneurship within the bioscience industry.

I reinforced the need for venture capital and how manufacturing flows from innovative new products.  A leading senator invited me to provide specific policy ideas for increasing venture capital to Ohio’s early stage pharmaceutical and class III medical device companies; I look forward to follow-up interactions with the senator.”

BioHio Research ParkShauna Brummet, PhD, BioHio Research Park

“Thanks to BioOhio’s team John Lewis, Jen Goldsberry, and Drew Cook for putting together the 15th annual BioOhio Statehouse day.  With support from G&G Consulting’s Liz Powell and Brittany Boulton, I was able to talk with a number of key legislators regarding BioHio Research Park’s work to promote our construction initiatives and food/agbioscience commercialization efforts. It was a great opportunity to provide important information to our legislators on key issues to our industry.”

Read more stories from our members after the break:

Sabine Zacate, PhD, Bioscience Consultant

“I enjoyed the Statehouse lunch and wanted to let you know that being a new member of BioOhio opened up a whole world for me that I did not have access to before. I am learning a lot about biosciences in the region and enjoy making new contacts. Thank you for also talking with the ‘little fish’!”

Atwood & AssociatesPamela Atwood MBA, Principal, Atwood & Associates

“Statehouse Day is a great opportunity to interact with key policy decision makers and other stakeholders related to Medical Device, Bio Pharma, Education and Job Creation within the State of Ohio. The event was highly organized and in my opinion, a success! My diverse background in healthcare service delivery, medical products, teaching and now in recruitment gives me a systemic lens on the system, and the ability to engage in dialogue. I am a recently returned 4th generation Ohio native, who wants to see the state continue to thrive.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Senator Gayle Manning and Representatives Nathan Manning and Dan Ramos in a healthy discussion of the accomplishments of  BioOhio in regards to innovation, business growth, research, and education. We should all be proud!  I also discussed the need for continued education to narrow the skills gap, increase access to capital and repeal the medical device tax.

Over lunch I met Senator Bill Beagle, and discussed our economy, the skills gap and a ultimately the need for tax credits supporting medical device companies. Did you know that just to stay competitive, companies are electing to move operations or headquarters overseas as a result of this tax? He was receptive and engaging. A delight! With budget completion around the corner, timing was on the bull’s-eye!

I encourage you to attend next year! At the very least, it’s a great reminder of how our political system works in addition to the networking and stimulating conversations that you will have. Your voice counts!”

889-Global-Solutions-300Kathy Reed, Business Development, 889 Global Solutions

“The 2015 BioOhio Statehouse Day was a very positive event for 889 Global Solutions. With help from BioOhio and partner G2G Consulting, I had a one-on-one meeting with 17th District State Representative Mike Curtin. We discussed 889’s growth over the past 15 years, our work as a contract manufacturer providing custom parts to medical device manufacturers in the U.S., and new work we do directly with the State of Ohio.

I discussed the benefits bioscience companies bring to Ohio and how the Medical Device Tax is limiting innovations that Ohio bioscience companies can afford to bring to market. A great listener, Mike spent 34 years in the newspaper business with The Columbus Dispatch and asked thoughtful questions about our company’s needs.

Jennifer Palinchik, President of JALEX Medical, gave an interesting keynote talk about her Westlake, Ohio business collaborating with medical device manufacturers across the U.S. on design engineering, regulatory and quality systems solutions.

After hearing remarks by Senator Bill Beagle and Representative Andrew Brenner, I realize why each was honored this year for supporting Ohio’s bioscience industry. They understand that bioscience research, services, and manufacturing all grow Ohio’s economy and keep Ohioans employed. I enjoyed hearing thoughtful legislators willing to advocate on behalf of Ohio bioscience organizations that develop new research, drugs, and medical devices.

Thank you for a meaningful Statehouse experience.”

Davis MedicalNic Davis, President, Davis Medical

“We appreciated the meeting time and space with the legislators. It’s a nice way to see that they care about the issue. As always, Senator Beagle is a busy guy but he took time out of his day to not only hear about our concerns regarding access to capital for startups, the taxation of businesses who want to bring in employees but are afraid to because the tax acts as a penalty to make hires, but he also helped us get a meeting with representative Huffman, then he escorted us to Mr. Huffman’s office.  I do feel Senator Beagle is pro bio science in the region and I hope our concerns are met.”

ChromocareJeff Garshon, President | Colin Baumann, Chromocare

“Thanks to BioOhio for putting together such a great event! It was incredibly helpful to be able to connect with state legislators. We met with Senator Hottinger’s staff in the morning and the Senator himself later in the afternoon. Since we are a start up, we were able to talk about what we do and how excited we are to be establishing ourselves in Licking County, as well as the challenges we face in staff recruitment, insurance coverage of pharmacogenetic testing, and finding funding.

We talked with him extensively about his introduction of Senate Bill 12, a proposed tax credit for Ohioans who pursue STEM education and remain in Ohio for 5 years after graduation. The bill was just introduced, so there is a possibility that Chromocare provides a testimonial during committee hearings where we can describe the difficulties we have had recruiting qualified laboratory personnel from within Ohio.

Connecting with Liz Powell, from BioOhio partner and fellow member G2G Consulting, was also a highlight of our day. Having her in our afternoon meeting with Senator Hottinger was helpful, as she provided insight about what topics to bring up, and how we can best utilize the resources his office offers. Her support in our meeting was incredibly valuable, and helped us get the most out of our time with the Senator.”