BioOhio Annual Conference

Since 1988, BioOhio has held an Annual Conference to spotlight trends in Ohio’s growing bioscience industry. As BioOhio celebrates its 30th year, we extend a special thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, sponsors and supporters for making past conferences so enjoyable.

Visit the past events area of this website for full details on the 2017 Annual Conference & 30th Anniversary Celebration.

The 2017 BioOhio Annual Conference was an excellent event, made so by the caliber of our speakers and the energy of attendees. The event served as a celebration of statewide growth in all areas of bioscience, from medical devices, pharmaceuticals, lab equipment, and regenerative medicine, to agricultural compounds, alternative fuels, wellness products, clinical research, digital health, and wearables.

Thank you to everyone that joined us this April in Cleveland! We hope you join us again for the 2018 Annual Conference to celebrate what Ohio’s bioscience community, engage with friends, and make new connections.

Agenda Highlights from 2017

Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, Ohio

After an enjoyable opening reception on Sunday, including a tour of Progressive Field, BioOhio held a full day of engaging panels and excellent networking, set at the fascinating Great Lakes Science Center. See the full 2017 Agenda here or download the full event booklet here (pdf, ~1MB).

Ohio Bioscience Timeline: 1803 to Today

An insightful discussion and look back at how Ohio’s bio industry, and BioOhio, have grown. Moderated by John F. Lewis, Jr., President and CEO, BioOhio, the panel featured Dorothy BaunachChris Coburn, Peter Kleinhenz, and Baiju Shah.

STERIS, an Ohio Success Story, Lessons Learned

Originally founded as Innovative Medical Technologies in 1985 and renamed STERIS in 1987, the company’s history dates back to 1894 with the founding of American Sterilizer Company, a long-time, global leading innovator of sterilization products. Today, through a series of strategic acquisitions and continual innovation of new products, STERIS holds one of the broadest portfolios of products in the industry. A pillar of Ohio’s medical device community, STERIS stands at the forefront of efforts to prevent infection and contamination in healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical device environments. Moderated by Isabelle Billet, the panel featured Walt Rosebrough, President & CEO, STERIS, and Bill Sanford, Founding President and CEO, STERIS.

HTP, Ohio’s Original Health IT Success Story and CoverMyMeds, Ohio’s First Tech Startup Unicorn

In 2008 McKesson Corp. subsidiary RelayHealth acquired Healthcare Transaction Processors (HTP Inc.). Located in Columbus, Ohio, HTP focused on revenue cycle management and was at the time one of the state’s original health IT companies. HTP provided innovative connectivity solutions that addressed the growing burden of uncompensated healthcare, estimated to be $31.2 billion in 2006. Designed to connect providers, health plans and financial institutions, HTP’s solutions promoted timely reimbursement for patient services, ranging from verification of insurance eligibility to maintaining payment plans that aid in the collection of self-pay balances. HTP was represented by Ray Shealy, President & CEO, HTP (at time of sale), currently CEO, Advisor, and Investor with SafeWhite, TicketFire, Kare Intellex.

In 2008 Matt Scantland and Sam Rajan founded CoverMyMeds with the mission to help patients get the medication they need to live healthy lives by solving the problem of prior authorization. It’s a problem that impacts more than 185 million prescriptions each year, leads to medication abandonment and contributes to $300 billion in avoidable health care costs. CoverMyMeds’ software suite automates the medication prior authorization process for EHRs, providers, pharmacies and health plans, and is a leading electronic PA solution in the market. This year CoverMyMeds became Ohio’s first “unicorn”- a term coined for tech startups valued at more than $1 Billion – and was acquired by McKesson in April 2017. CoverMyMeds was represented by Scott Gaines, SVP & General Manager, Provider Solutions.

Keynote: Watson Health, A Cognitive Journey to Drive Innovation in Healthcare

Dr. Anil Jain, SVP & Chief Medical Officer at IBM Watson Health (formerly Explorys) will review the 2-year old journey of IBM Watson Health through acquisitions, partnerships and clients, discuss how the ongoing healthcare transformation to value creates opportunities and challenges for innovation, and describe the how big data and Watson cognitive computing can be applied to drive value among providers, payers and pharma.

Why We Do What We Do – Patient Stories

Working in bioscience is more than just a job. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Ohioans are curing debilitating pediatric diseases, creating less invasive surgical tools, programming highly accurate diagnostic imaging techniques, improving provider processes to reduce patient costs, personalizing medication delivery for individual patients, and much more. Rolf Benirschke will lead a panel of patients to discuss the real world impact of the bioscience industry.

  • Rolf Benirschke, Pro-Bowl Placekicker, San Diego Chargers, Chargers Hall of Fame Co-Founder and Chief Patient Officer, Legacy Health Strategies
  • Ian Burkhart, Patient Speaker, Dublin Jerome High School Boys Lacrosse Coach, Accounting Student at The Ohio State University. Watch a video about Ian’s journey here.
    • After being rendered a quadriplegic, doctors implanted a chip developed by Battelle in Ian’s brain that allowed him to regain control over his right hand and fingers
  • Matt Hiznay, Patient Speaker and Ph.D. Candidate at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Clinic. Watch a video about Matt’s journey here.
    • After being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at 24 years old, Matt received an experimental drug that led to a “miraculous” recovery.
  • Aleksandra Stojkoska Hiznay, Pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital

Best Practices in Licensing, Building an Innovation/Licensing/Start-up Culture, and how best to engage Industry

Hear what it takes to kick-start a technology and build a business from a panel of technology commercialization experts and experienced bioscience business development professionals. The synergy between academic research programs and the business world is critical to guiding products to market and addressing essential patient needs. Moderated by Stephanie Harrington, MS, the panel featured Brad BeaseckerJoseph JankowskiMike Pistone, and Jennifer Veasey.

Startup Pitch Competition

Building on the day’s theme, having saw where the industry has come from and where it may be headed, we took time to hear firsthand from companies that are leading the way with innovative new ideas. Seven companies chosen from Ohio’s bioscience community had seven minutes to pitch their product or service, followed by seven minutes of questions from a panel of Ohio experts. Companies represented included Genetesis (2017 Winner), InvirsaMedInventPatients’ & Consumers’ PharmaProclaRxWellopp, and ZED Digital. Judges included Sevy KranerPeter O’Neill, and Sunnie Southern.