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

  • Bill Dunlevy, Vice President Sales and Marketing, EG Industries
  • John F. Lewis Jr., President & CEO, BioOhio

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
  • Dorothy Baunach, 1st & 3rd President of EBTC (BioOhio), currently Water Innovation Cluster Director, Cleveland Water Alliance
  • Chris Coburn, former Director at the Ohio Department of Development (now DSA) when the Edison Centers were founded in 1987, Battelle, Cleveland Clinic; currently Chief Innovation Officer, Partners Healthcare
  • Peter Kleinhenz, BioOhio’s longest serving Board Member, currently Managing Director, CID Capital, Venture Partner, Fletcher Spaght Ventures
  • Baiju Shah, McKinsey consultant who at the time drafted the concept for BioEnterprise; currently President & CEO, BioMotiv

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.

  • Moderated by Isabelle Billet, Owner and Principal,  IBHC Advisors
  • Walt Rosebrough, President & CEO, STERIS
  • Bill Sanford, Founding President and CEO, STERIS, currently Principal and Owner, Symark LLC

10:00 – Networking Break

10:20 – Patient Perspective

10:25 – Fireside Chat:  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.

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.

  • Moderated by John Lewis, President & CEO, BioOhio
  • Scott Gaines, SVP & General Manager, Provider Solutions, CoverMyMeds
  • Ray Shealy, President & CEO, HTP (at time of sale), currently CEO, Advisor, and Investor with SafeWhite, TicketFire, Kare Intellex

10:50 – Keynote: Watson Health, A Cognitive Journey to Drive Innovation in Healthcare

Dr. Anil Jain 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.

  • Introduction, Stephen McHale, Emeritus CEO and Chairman, Explorys
  • Keynote Speaker, Anil Jain, SVP & Chief Medical Officer at IBM Watson Health (formerly Explorys)

12:00 – BioOhio’s New Strategy for the Future

  • John Lewis, President & CEO, BioOhio

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
  • 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

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.

3:15 – Networking Break

3:30 – Startup 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.

  • Genetesis is a clinical-stage medical device company developing CardioFlux, a biomagnetic imaging tool to streamline chest pain care in the emergency room. Represented by Peeyush Shrivastava, Founder and CEO.
  • Invirsa is a therapeutics company that is developing a compound that combats viral conjunctivitis (viral pinkeye) by enhancing the body’s own ability to fight the disease. Represented by Robert Shalwitz, M.D., Founder and CEO.
  • MedInvent is the manufacturer of the NasoNeb family of products including the NasoNeb® Nasal Nebulizer and NasoNeb® Powered Nasal Irrigator. Represented by CEO, Managing Partner Bill Flickinger.
  • Patients’ & Consumers’ Pharma is a life-science company developing novel technologies that provide personalized pharmaceutical products for human and veterinary patients. Represented by Joe D’Silva, Founder and CEO.
  • ProclaRx is a pre-clinical stage biopharmaceutical company working to develop and commercialize first-in-class anti-bacterial biofilm IP technology. Represented by Joseph D. Kittle, Ph.D., CEO.  
  • Wellopp is a digital health company committed to providing health plans and health systems with better outcomes and lower costs. Represented by Joseph Gough, Founder and CEO.
  • ZED Digital provides a software platform that powers personalized digital experiences for software, patient portals or websites. Represented by Sumithra Jagannath, President.
  • Full speaker bios and company descriptions here.

Judges and Moderator

5:15 – Conference Wrap-Up

5:15 to 6:45 – Networking Reception









AdvaMed 350

Jalex Medical from web 2013



Quidel Corporation


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BioEnterprise 2014

BioBizSolutions Business Wire






Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44114

Directions and Parking

Conference Planning Committee