The 2020 BioOhio Patient Summit

The 2020 BioOhio Patient Summit – A Journey of Innovation & Healing

The BioOhio Patient Summit – A Journey of Innovation & Healing was held on Tuesday, 10/20/2020, and brought together patients, advocacy organizations, legislators, policymakers, academia, regulators, and Ohio’s biotechnology industry, for an afternoon of hope, told through the patient’s perspective in celebration of Ohio’s bioscience community, and its impact on patients here at home and around the world.

This was a FREE event thanks to the generous support of BioOhio members PhRMASarepta TherapeuticsBIOUltragenyxBristol-Myers SquibbAstraZenecaPfizerVWRCoverMyMedsQuidel, and Battelle.

Virtual Event Program Features:

Patient Perspective Virtual Reception

2 – 4:30 pm | Patient Ambassador Pavilions

During the Summit, attendees met over 30 Patient Ambassadors by visiting them in their own virtual Patient Ambassador Pavilion. Patient Ambassadors interacted with attendees, explaining how innovations from the bioscience community are making a difference in their lives.

Each Patient Ambassador Pavilion is customizable and includes digital tools such as the ambassadors’ ability to chat live with individual attendees or as a small group.  Guests can watch on-demand educational videos about the disease, the efforts to find a cure, or ways guests can get more involved. Attendees can easily download informational documents, whitepapers, newsletters, and ways to contact the Ambassador – encouraging future engagement with attendees.

2020 Ambassadors represented the following focus areas and organizations:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Battelle
  • Beta Thalassemia
  • Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Clarigent
  • COPD
  • CoverMyMeds
  • Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of Central Ohio
  • Form5 Prosthetics
  • Glaucoma
  • Go Red for Women
  • GRAIL Early Cancer Detection
  • The LAM Foundation
  • Little Hercules Foundation
  • Medicine Assistance Tool (MAT)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Ohio Health Modernization Movement
  • Ohio Rare Action Network
  • Ohio Sickle Cell and Health Association
  • OSUCCC James Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology
  • Pfizer
  • PhRMA
  • Pompe Alliance
  • Prevent Blindness Ohio Affiliate
  • Quidel
  • The Respiratory Shield
  • Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative of Ohio (RALI Ohio)
  • Sarepta Therapeutics
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • UltraGenyx
  • VWR

Networking and More

2 – 4:30 pm | BioOhio Pavilion, Live on Zoom 

The BioOhio Pavilion hosted virtual networking activities, insights on the future of the industry, and shared some of the benefits of BioOhio Membership.

Live Presentations & Keynotes

2:30 pm Educational Session

Advocacy in Action: (Educational Session) Sharon Lamberton, Deputy Vice President, State Government Advocacy, PhRMA, led an educational session open to all attendees and Patient Ambassadors. The New Normal: Effective Advocacy (Post Pandemic) After COVID-19was an informative and powerful presentation providing attendees with the ‘new rules’ patients & advocacy groups need to learn to meet with legislators, policymakers, and the general public.

3:00 pm Keynote Presentation

Making a Difference:Change: It’s Not Out of Our Hands by Aaron Westbrook, Founder & CEO of Form5 Prosthetics, a non-profit organization providing eco-friendly 3D printed prosthetics for patients with limited resources here in Ohio. Patient Testimonial: Jillian Ripley, future Pelotonia Ride Participant.

3:30 pm Keynote Presentation

Patient Perseverance Presentation: Reprogramming, Regulation & Research: The Quest to End Cancer A powerful message of hope, healing, and helping others provided by Dr. Zihai Li, Ph.D., Director of the Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology


The inaugural 2019 BioOhio Patient Summit was a fantastic evening of heartwarming programming and excellent networking. Visit our Past Events page for a recap of the event and speaker bios.