BioOhio Annual Conference

and 30th Anniversary Celebration


Since 1988, BioOhio has held an Annual Conference to spotlight trends in Ohio’s growing bioscience industry. As BioOhio enters 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 more information on previous Annual Conferences.

What better place to celebrate BioOhio’s 30th Anniversary than back in Cleveland where we were founded in 1987?  2016 was a tremendous year for Cleveland as we saw the Cavaliers win the NBA championship, the city host the Republican National Convention, the Tribe in the World Series, and so many bioscience wins.

The 2017 BioOhio Annual Conference will be 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.

Our venue, the Great Lakes Science Center, was established to make science, technology, engineering and math come alive; and during the BioOhio Annual Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration, it will come alive with excitement and success. Attendees will experience different parts of the Center as breakfast, networking breaks, and lunch move around this unique facility.

Come join us to celebrate what Ohio’s bioscience community has become, engage with friends, make new connections, and set our sights on where the industry is headed.


Day 1 - BioOhio 30th Anniversary Reception, 3 - 7pm

Cleveland Indians Progressive Field Tours, 3-5 pm


Join us for an exciting tour of the Cleveland Indians home field! Featuring stops at Heritage Park, the Right Field District & Corner Bar, and the Home Plate Club, as well as a look at the Batting Cages, Home Dugout, Warning Track, Press Box and Visitor’s Clubhouse.

Reception at the Wild Eagle Saloon, 4-7 pm


The Progressive Field Tours will be followed by a networking reception at Wild Eagle Saloon, a modern spin on a traditional saloon featuring an Americana menu with a southern, home-style twist. The Saloon’s two floors provide 6,400 square-feet of restored space that features several self-serve draft beer walls, varieties of gaming, high-definition televisions and live entertainment.

Day 2 - Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, Ohio

A full day of engaging panels and excellent networking, set at the fascinating Great Lakes Science Center, will begin with breakfast at 7:30 and conclude with a networking reception at 5:15. The event will include multiple opportunities to hear first-hand how bioscience has positively impacted individuals’ lives.

7:30 am – Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

8:30 – Welcome Remarks

8:35 – Networking Icebreaker

8:40 – Patient Perspective

8:45 – Ohio Bioscience Timeline: 1803 to today. Join us for 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 (Columbus, OH)
  • Dorothy Baunach, 1st & 3rd President of EBTC, currently Water Innovation Cluster Director, Cleveland Water Alliance (Cleveland, OH)
  • Chris Coburn, former Director at the Ohio Department of Development (now DSA) when the Edison Centers were founded in 1987, Battelle, Cleveland Clinic; currently VP, Partners Healthcare (Boston, MA)
  • Peter Kleinhenz, Managing Director, CID Capital, Venture Partner, Fletcher Spaght Ventures (Dublin, OH)
  • Baiju Shah, McKinsey consultant who at the time drafted the concept for BioEnterprise; now President & CEO, BioMotiv (Cleveland, OH)

9:35 – Fireside Chat:  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.

  • Walt Rosebrough, President & CEO, STERIS (Cleveland, OH)
  • Bill Sanford, Founding President and CEO, STERIS, currently Principal and Owner, Symark LLC (Naples, FL)
  • Moderator to be announced

10:00 – Networking Break

10:20 – Patient Perspective

10:25 – Fireside Chat:  HTP, Ohio’s Original Health IT Success Story

In 2008 McKesson Corp. subsidiary RelayHealth acquired Healthcare Transaction Processors (HTP Inc.) for $42 million. 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.

  • Fred Richards, Co-Founder, HTP, currently Beachside Services Corp. (Hilliard, OH) or
  • Dennis Swartzlander, Co-Founder, HTP (Naples, FL)
  • Ray Shealy, President & CEO, HTP (at time of sale), currently CEO, Advisor, and Investor with SafeWhite, TicketFire, Kare Intellex (Columbus, OH)
  • Moderator to be announced

10:50 – Keynote Futurist Speaker

12:10 – Patient Perspective

12:15 – Lunch & Networking

1:15 – 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 (San Diego, CA)
  • Patient panelists to be announced

2:15 – Panel:  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.

  • Speakers to be announced

3:15 – Networking Break

3:30 – Startup / Shark Tank Pitch Competition

Building on the day’s theme, having seen where the industry has come from and where it may be headed, we take time to hear firsthand from companies that are leading the way with innovative new ideas. Seven companies chosen from Ohio’s Entrepreneurial Signature Programs will have seven minutes to pitch their product or service, followed by seven minutes of questions from a panel of Ohio experts.

  • Companies and Judges to be announced

5:15 – Conference Wrap-Up

5:15 to 6:45 – Networking Reception




Jalex Medical from web 2013


Quidel Corporation






BioEnterprise 2014

BioBizSolutions Business Wire






Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2017 Annual Conference. Click here to learn more!


Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44114

Directions and Parking


BioOhio has reserved discounted room blocks at the following hotels: the Hampton Inn Cleveland-Downtown, the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, and the Westin Cleveland Downtown.

Information regarding room rates will be sent in your confirmation email.


  • BioOhio Member (1-10 Employees), $159
  • BioOhio Member (11+ Employees), $299
  • Non-Member, $449
  • Student Member, $99
  • Former BioOhio Board and Staff Alumni, $159
  • Opening Reception Only, $99
  • Closing Reception Only, $99

Conference Planning Committee