Miami University Bioscience Innovation Conference

Miami University logoMiami University is known as the “Cradle of Coaches” with the likes of Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Bill Arnsparger, George Little, Weeb Ewbank, Sid Gillman, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, Jim Tressel and many more with MU ties.

Did you know that Miami is also a bioscience powerhouse? Miami University boasts the 2nd most science graduates in Ohio after OSU, with many MU graduates among the leadership of the world’s most influential bioscience companies!

Come learn about innovative trends in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and digital health from industry leaders, all with ties to Oxford, Ohio.

April 5, 2016 | Presented by BioOhio

Marcum Hotel & Conference Center

951 East Withrow Street, Oxford, Ohio 45056


9am – 9:45:  Registration, Breakfast, Networking

9:45 –9:55:  Welcome

9:55-10:15:  State of Ohio’s Growing Bioscience Industry

  • John F. Lewis, Jr., Miami Class of ‘84, President & CEO, BioOhio (Columbus, OH)

10:15 – 11:10:  AFRL + EPA + NASA:  Bioscience Government Innovation and Everyday Applications

11:10 – 12:10:  Miami University Faculty Research Panel & Discussion

  • Moderated by Thomas Crist, Chair and Professor, Biology, Miami University 
  • Mitchell Balish, Professor, Microbiology, Miami University
    • Using mycoplasmas to understand interactions between bacteria and their hosts
  • Michael W. Crowder, Professor & Chair, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Miami University
    • Metalloenzymes, antibiotic resistance, metal ion homeostasis, inhibitor design
  • Katia Del Rio-Tsonis, Professor, Biology, Miami University
    • Tissue regeneration, specifically in the process of retina and lens regeneration
  • Justin M. Saul, Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Miami University
    • Controlled release and delivery of drugs, tissue engineering & regenerative medicine

12:10 – 1:00:  Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 1:50:  Medical Devices and Diagnostics, Global Trends and Success Stories

  • Moderated by Samir Bali, Professor, Physics, Miami University
  • David Kay, Miami Class of ‘77, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Crystal Clinic (Akron, OH)
  • Geoffrey Morgan, Miami Class of ’86, Vice President, General Manager, Quidel (San Diego, CA / Athens, OH)

1:50 – 2:50:  Evolving Changes and Opportunities in Healthcare, Healthcare IT and Innovative Financing of Bioscience Deals

  • Moderated by John F. Lewis, Jr., Miami Class of ‘84, President & CEO, BioOhio (Columbus, OH)
  • Michael Clark, Miami Class of ’84, CEO, Someone With Group – Hospital Sponsored Crowdfunding for Patient Expenses (Frederick, MD)
  • Bill O’Donnell, Miami Class of ’84, Private Equity Backed Executive, Baird Capital Partners; EVP Corp Development & Finance at Myelin Health (Boston, MA)
  • Brian Olah, Miami Class of ‘94, CEO, Olah Healthcare Technology (Columbus, OH)

2:50 – 3:10:  Networking Break

3:10 – 4:00:  Pharma, Nutrition, Drug Delivery, and Diagnostics

4:00 – 4:45:  An Innovative Model for Bioscience Focused Economic Development, Research and Careers with Insights from the Georgia Research Alliance

4:45 – 6:00:  Networking Reception