Going Global: Speakers


Join BioOhioPorter Wright, and RJR Consulting for a program designed for international trade attorneys, regulatory professionals and business executives interested in understanding the basics of exporting to the European Union (EU) and regulatory environment of medical devices and pharmaceuticals in the EU.

Speakers (in order of appearance)

John F. Lewis Jr., President & CEO, BioOhio

John F. Lewis, Jr., a 4th generation Ohioan, is the President and CEO of BioOhio, Ohio’s bioscience membership organization. A graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Capital University Law School, he is a licensed attorney with experience in international business, venture capital investments and economic development. He was a founding partner of the First Fifty Fund and Ohio TechAngel Fund. John has more than 18 years international experience, lived in Jamaica, Korea and China, the latter two with Perkin Elmer, while traveling to more than 42 others.


Dixon Miller, Partner, Porter Wright

Dixon, chair of the firm’s International Business & Trade practice group, consults clients in the areas of antitrust and international law. Bilingual in German, Dixon’s representation of U.S. investors abroad has been primarily in the areas of agency and distributorship, joint venture, licensing and international tax planning. His representation of domestic and foreign clients in the U.S. has been broad, including work in international business transactions, tax and estate planning, real estate transactions, immigration and other areas.


Brent Thornton, Partner, Porter Wright

Brett counsels public and private companies of all sizes through multi-million dollar mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate and securities transactions, facilitating growth strategies and operational objectives for clients around the world. Brett advises national and foreign clients in general business matters, for-profit and nonprofit entity formation, regulatory issues, heavy industry projects, as well as international debt, equity and complex financing transactions. He has worked as lead counsel for global corporate clients in a wide range of industries, including energy and natural resources, manufacturing, telecommunications, finance, and food and beverage.


Mark Snider, Partner, Porter Wright

Mark counsels clients in a number of industries regarding a range of business concerns. Mark works with clients to implement business transactions that allow companies to grow and adapt to changing business conditions. His work in this area includes negotiating purchases and sales of businesses as well as entity selection and formation and general business planning. Mark also counsels health care clients regarding tax structuring and transaction issues.


William Sjoberg, Partner, Porter Wright

Will is a partner in Porter Wright’s International Business & Trade practice and brings more than 25 years of experience representing clients in antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) matters before the Office of Enforcement and Compliance (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and on a variety of issues before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (DHS). Will also represents clients in export control matters before the Bureau of Industry and Security (DOC), the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DOS). Will has extensive experience practicing before the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the ITC, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Office of the United States Trade Representative.


Christina Hultsch, Partner, Porter Wright

Christina is a member of the firm’s International Business & Trade practice group. Her practice focuses on cross-border M&A and business transactions and international data privacy. Christina advises clients on cyber-security risks and assists in security incident analyses and post-breach response planning. Christina has significant experience in the negotiation of a broad range of commercial agreements such as IT and software purchases, and she assists clients with their transactional needs. A native of Germany, Christina practices fluently in German and
English and is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio.


Jim Russell, Director of International Projects; Regulatory Affairs Consultant, RJR Consulting

James (Jim) joined RJR Consulting in 2010 as the Director of Business Development and currently serves as a Consultant and liaison between clients and international affiliate partners to help companies successfully bring their products to other global markets. In addition to providing clients with global regulatory and business intelligence regarding product classification, registration procedures and market strategy, Jim has helped clients obtain medical device marketing approval in a number of different global markets.


Robert J. Russell, President, RJR Consulting

Robert J. Russell, (Bob) is the President of RJR Consulting, Inc., a Global Regulatory Consulting company, specializing in understanding regulatory issues for the pharmaceutical, medical device and combination products industry. Bob has more than 30 years of experience working with FDA, EMA, Healthcare Authorities and Agencies across Latin America, Middle East and Asia / Pacific supporting clients projects in these regions. Licensing, registrations, GMP, DMFs and borderline products are core competencies of the Course Director.