Diversity in Bio Series

The 2019 Diversity in Bio Series, presented by BioOhio, featured a diverse and dynamic group of speakers providing in-depth insights about their professional journeys, negotiating strategies, mentorship & sponsorship, and STEM initiatives. 

The 2019 series has concluded. Stay tuned for 2020 information!

August 23 in Cleveland

The first Diversity in Bio Breakfast took place August 23 at Matrix Medical Devices in Mayfield Heights. The featured speaker Carolyn Odom, Director, Program Management, Abeona Therapeutics, discussed nontraditional pathways into bioscience/healthcare and the role that mentors played throughout her career. 

About Our Speaker

Carolyn Odom is the Director of Program Management at Abeona Therapeutics, a gene and cell therapy company in Midtown Cleveland with a focus on rare pediatric diseases. A graduate of Western Reserve Academy and the University of St. Andrews, she recently returned to Cleveland after 17 years away to join the burgeoning biotech and healthsciences scene in Northeastern Ohio. Carolyn is also a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and is rarely seen without a dog at her side.


Matrix Medical Devices
5900 Landerbrook Dr., Suite 350
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124


7:30 am – Registration, Networking & Breakfast
8:15 am – Welcome & Introduction from BioOhio, Matrix Medical Devices & HBA
8:25 am – Icebreaker Activity facilitated by ImprovEdge
8:40 am – Keynote Speaker Carolyn Odom
9:30 am – Networking Reception
10:00 am – Event Concludes

September 24 in Cincinnati/Mason

The second Diversity in Bio Breakfast took place September 24 at AtriCure in Mason. The featured speaker Brooke Cartus with ImprovEdge led a discussion where participants engaged in a series of exercises to shed light on bias and explore ways to solve the problem of bias in the workplace. By identifying the role of cognitive bias in our decision making, we can change the way we behave, lead teams, and collaborate as an organization.

About Our Speaker

Brooke Cartus is the Sales Director and Senior Facilitator with ImprovEdge. A graduate of the The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, Brooke is a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. She has been published in numerous publications including the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and the Huffington Post. Brooke collaborates with statewide and national organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, and Equality Ohio to discuss the importance of acknowledging unconscious bias in the workplace and lifting up issues affecting the LGBTQ community.


7555 Innovation Way
Mason, OH 45040


7:30 am – Registration, Networking & Breakfast
8:15 – Welcome from BioOhio, HBA & AtriCure
8:20 – Icebreaker Activity & Keynote Presentation
9:45 – Networking
10:00 – Event Concludes

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November 20 in Columbus

BioOhio’s third Diversity in Bioscience & Healthcare event took place Wednesday, November 20 at Battelle in Columbus. Attendees enjoyed a keynote conversation with a team from Battelle who discussed the future of healthcare and how the future is shaping today’s research, with a theme of diversity woven in throughout the discussion. Attendees also enjoyed networking with refreshments and a fun and interactive session facilitated by ImprovEdge.

About Our Speakers

BioOhio is delighted to present a team of leaders and scientists from member organization, Battelle.

  • Introduction, Joe Berger, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business, BioOhio Board Member
  • Moderator, Alexa Konstantinos, Vice President, Commercial Marketing
  • Kate Kucharzyk, Principal Research Scientist
  • Sanj Pai, VP & General Manager, Health Business Unit


505 King Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201


4:30 pm – Registration and Networking
5:15 – Welcome from BioOhio, HBA, & Battelle
5:30 – Keynote Conversation with Battelle
6:15 – Networking
7:00 – Event Concludes

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Speaker Bios

Joe Berger is Senior Vice President of Sales, Business Development and Marketing for Battelle’s Commercial Business. During his decade at Battelle, Joe has also served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Health and Consumer Products Business Unit, as well as roles in Sales, Business Development and Operations Management. Joe’s career has focused on sales, marketing, sales management and general management of highly technical products and services. He has worked for both very large and start-up companies and has spent significant time with customers outside of the U.S., mostly in Asia and Western Europe.

Alexa Konstantinos is Battelle’s Vice President for Commercial Marketing. She has dedicated more than two decades at Battelle to seeking out “what comes next” in science and technology across a variety of industries. As part of her role leading Battelle’s commercial marketing organization, Alexa is responsible for identifying market needs that can be fulfilled by the application of advanced technologies, with particular focus in health, medical and pharmaceutical fields. Some of her recent focus areas have spanned novel developments in neural bridging to overcome paralysis, drug delivery for dexterity-challenged patient populations, and cybersecurity advances for medical devices.

Kate Kucharzyk is a Principal Research Scientist at Battelle. Since joining the company in 2014, she has focused her efforts as a Principal Investigator on projects related to biodegradation and bioremediation. Her fields of expertise include soil, groundwater and sediment remediation, and the use of advanced technologies such as genomics and proteomics for monitoring remediation process performance. Throughout her career, Kate has applied her scientific passion and prowess to understanding existing remediation technologies in order to design novel, sustainable remediation approaches for the future. Kate holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Idaho, a master’s degree in Biochemistry from Maria Curie University (Poland), and completed post-doctoral work at Duke University.

Sanjeeth (Sanj) Pai is the General Manager of Battelle’s Health business unit. Sanj has a record of successfully developing and implementing growth and turnaround strategies for Fortune 500 healthcare businesses. Before coming to Battelle in 2019, Sanj served as the North American General Manager at Concordia International, responsible for all U.S. commercial operations. Sanj has also held various leadership roles at Cardinal Health, Shasun, Actavis, Baxter Healthcare, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Laboratories. Sanj holds a master’s degree in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business, a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.