2016 Speakers

BioOhio is proud to present an amazing line up of moderators and panelists for the 2016 Women in Bioscience Conference. Below you will find brief biographies and links to their respective organizations.

(in order of appearance, additional speakers to be announced)

9am - Welcome


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.

9:30 - Finding your Executive Presence & Becoming a Board Member

A panel focused on the journey of top female executives and how they learned from mentors, accomplished their goals, and became board members.


Moderator, Carrie Ghose, Reporter, Columbus Business First

Carrie Ghose covers health care, startups and technology for Columbus Business First. Carrie is a reporter and writer with 20 years’ experience covering business, labor, science, medicine, politics, crime & courts, even some sports. Her goal is accuracy, and that encompasses fairness and respect for sources.


Michelle Brown, COO, CoverMyMeds

Michelle joined CoverMyMeds in 2008 as VP of Operations responsible for pharmacy, health system, and pharmaceutical account management teams as well as user support and customer retention. She also holds a leadership role in partner integrations. Michelle’s career has focused on high-growth companies primarily in healthcare and technology. Prior to CoverMyMeds, Michelle spent several years driving start-up growth with Into Great, and served as VP of Operations for ExpressMed, a high-growth HME provider, where she was responsible for customer service, billing, distribution, marketing and all acquisition integrations.


Shauna R. Brummet, Ph.D., President & CEO, BioHio Research Park

Dr. Brummet has broad experience in life science research and product development, startup and global companies, innovation and technology commercialization, technology-based economic development, and open innovation. Shauna is highly collaborative and connected in the innovation ecosystem. Development and commercialization of new technology, creation of teams and organizations, public-private partnerships, entrepreneurial coaching, innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education and open innovation are key areas of her expertise. Shauna is a graduate of Purdue University (BS in Microbiology), University of Akron (MS, PhD in Analytical and Biochemistry), and post-doctoral work in molecular biology at The Ohio State University Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center. Previous employers include United States Biochemical, Amersham Life Sciences, Edison Biotechnology Center/BioOhio, NineSigma, and Fluence Therapeutics (founder).


Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research, The Ohio State University

Dr. Caroline Whitacre is a professor of microbial infection and immunity, and has served as the vice president for research at The Ohio State University since 2008. Her expertise on immunological mechanisms and gender differences in multiple sclerosis has made her one of the world’s most acknowledged authorities on autoimmune disease. Dr. Whitacre is responsible for the overall strategic planning and infrastructure support for the university’s $967M annual basic and applied research program. Dr. Whitacre has published extensively, is a member of various professional groups, and has many professional honors. Dr. Whitacre received her BA and PhD degrees from Ohio State and completed her postdoctoral training at Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. She joined the College of Medicine faculty in 1981.

10:50 - Breakout Session 1 - Women in Government Relations

A breakout session focused on the advocacy side of bioscience and how women have impacted Ohio’s government relations landscape.

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Moderator, John Barnard, MD, Chief of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital / President, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

John A. Barnard, MD is an accomplished physician-scientist, he has received more than $5 million in personal research funding during his career and authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters. As president of The Research Institute, Dr. Barnard is responsible for strategic direction, administration, resource allocation and infrastructure design in support of research activities at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Ohio State, he offers counsel, mentorship and oversight for clinical and academic activities of the more than 450 full-time faculty members. He also oversees the education of more than 300 medical students and pediatric residents and fellows training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Barnard received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and was an intern and resident at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. An advocate for science education and communication, he is a member of the Executive Committee for the Medical Scientist Training Program at Ohio State; is the co-founder of a science communication public forum with COSI and the OSU School of Communication; and has authored more than 70 pediatric research columns for The Columbus Dispatch.


Jenny Camper, President, Lesic & Camper Communications

Jenny has more than 25 years of experience in statewide media relations, government, campaigns and strategic communications. Under her leadership, the Columbus office works with corporations, non-profits, national and state associations, issues campaigns and government agencies. Jenny’s current client list includes the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Walmart, Celgene Pharmaceuticals, Rover Pipeline, and Pfizer. Jenny has built a solid reputation for crafting and executing effective statewide public affairs programs in Ohio at the local, state and federal levels.  Prior to agency work, Jenny served as deputy press secretary and communications manager to former Governor George V. Voinovich. Jenny also served as press secretary and communications director for former State Treasurer J. Kenneth Blackwell. Jenny graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and has completed coursework for her master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.


Liz Powell, Esq., MPH, Founder, G2G

Liz is founder of G2G and an attorney with 20 years government experience, including serving as Legislative Director on Capitol Hill. She leads a team of bipartisan professionals based in Columbus, Cleveland and D.C. that has raised over $153M since 2007. G2G has also run advocacy campaigns; written legislation; provided access to DoD, DHS, HHS, OSTP and other federal departments; shaped CMS reimbursement rates and regulations; and led lobbying efforts in the Statehouse.


Deborah Pryce, Principal, Ice Miller Whiteboard

Deborah Pryce serves as a Senior Political Advisor for Ice Miller Whiteboard, a consulting arm of the law firm Ice Miller. Deborah leads a team which offers detailed experience regarding all levels of the policymaking process, including legislative mechanics, committee dynamics and procedures, communications, coalition building, fundraising and vote counting on both federal and state levels for clients in industries ranging from health care to financial services. Prior to Ice Miller Whiteboard, Deborah served as a Congresswoman in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993-2008). Deborah held positions of freshman class president, deputy whip, House Republican Conference secretary, vice-chair and chairman. As the House Republican Conference Chairman (2003-2007), she was the fourth-highest ranking Member of Congress and the highest-ranking Republican woman in the history of the House. In this role, she presided over the Conference, developed communications strategies, built coalitions, liaised with the White House and designed strategic initiatives to advance the legislative agenda.

10:50 - Breakout Session 2 - Social Media Strategies to Advance Your Career

This breakout session will discuss practical tips to establish and grow your online presence and utilize social media to advance your career.


Moderator, Nicole Plant, Marketing Manager, taylor strategy partners

Nicole has been with TSP, a talent acquisition and management solutions firm specializing in life sciences, since 2011. She is published on LinkedIn and has a blog titled, “Interview with the Geek.” Her writing offers a Millennial point of view on all things talent and was recently featured on a Top 25 HR blog, Fistful of Talent. Nicole currently serves on the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (HRACO) board as the Vice President of Student Services and is the Social Media Manager and Volunteer Chair for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Ohio Chapter. Nicole is also a member of The Create Columbus Commission, a board of young professionals, appointed and funded by the Mayor and City Council President to serve as the community’s foremost thought leader on young professional interests, experiences, and priorities.


Margee Moore, Senior Marketing Manager, Kaleidoscope

As marketing lead for Kaleidoscope, a strategic innovation and product design firm, Margee built a new department with accountability for the complete marketing plan, including web analytics, branding, website design, lead generation, social media, email and content marketing strategies. Her accomplishments in this role include tripling traffic in the first year and creating an inbound marketing plan that began to generate revenue within 6 months. In addition, her 18+ year marketing background includes ad agency and consulting experience for clients such as Abbott, P&G Everyday Solutions, Healthy Advice Networks and the Health Collaborative. She has launched marketing plans and complete digital marketing experiences for multiple brands, including ecommerce direct to consumer companies and B2B. Working at an innovation consulting firm allows Margee to bring out her inner geek and celebrate all of the amazing innovation work and thought leadership of her passion-driven peers. Her prior analytics and systems experience at AT&T drives her passion for results-driven marketing and all things digital. She is an occasional public speaker and shares practical social media tips for busy professionals on things you can do in 30 minutes or less each week.


Stephanie Pavol, Manager, Social Media & Public Relations, Cardinal Health

As part of her role as a public relations manager at Cardinal Health, Stephanie Pavol oversees the execution of the strategy and coordination of social media efforts across the company. This includes developing award-winning content and engagement strategies for Cardinal Health’s social media presences and public relations efforts, leading grassroots social media initiatives like RNspire (the company’s nurse appreciation program), and overseeing the company’s social media policy and promoting strategic employee social media use. At heart, Stephanie considers herself a storyteller and loves using storytelling to transform hearts and minds, whether it’s in 140 characters or more. She’s used this passion in jobs – including the Ohio Statehouse, a specialized public relations firm called Lesic & Camper Communications, and a healthcare trade association – all the way to Cardinal Health, a Fortune 21 global, integrated healthcare services and products company.


Scott Rainone, Director, Communications and Government Affairs, Austen BioInnovation Institute, Managing Partner, Fahrenheit Strategic Advisors

Scott is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, having worked with organizations of all sizes on business development, branding, innovation, crisis communications, dilutive and non-dilutive funding, advocacy and marketing initiatives. Through a solutions-oriented, reality-based approach, Scott helps business leaders with a clear or ambiguous sense of a challenge by developing strategy, creating a lasting brand presence, harnessing innovation and identifying opportunities that optimize value for customers, employees and investors. This diverse professional experience gained across different sectors allows him to offer organizations the ability to build bridges between leaders and their most important constituents.

1:00 - Starting a Business: What’s Next After the Idea?

Learn from women who have been involved in the startup community, navigated economic development issues, and launched successful business ventures.


Moderator, Jennifer Simon, Director, Ohio University Innovation Center

Ms. Simon became the Director of the Ohio University Innovation Center (IC) in March 2009. During that time, the incubator client base has increased from 3 to 25. She raised over $2 million in grants for expanded services and facility improvements. Ms. Simon led efforts to provide nearly $1 million in shared biotechnology research & development equipment. She facilitates client access to capital through angels, venture capital, and traditional lending institutions. Prior to the IC, Ms. Simon was the President of the Athens County Economic Development Council and held the position of Athens Area Chamber of Commerce CEO. Prior to these positions, as the Assistant Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, she managed over $60 million in grants. She holds a BA in Political Science, an MA in Public Administration and an MBA from Ohio University.


Shauna R. Brummet, Ph.D., President & CEO, BioHio Research Park

Dr. Brummet has broad experience in life science research and product development, startup and global companies, innovation and technology commercialization, technology-based economic development, and open innovation. Shauna is highly collaborative and connected in the innovation ecosystem. Development and commercialization of new technology, creation of teams and organizations, public-private partnerships, entrepreneurial coaching, innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education and open innovation are key areas of her expertise. Shauna is a graduate of Purdue University (BS in Microbiology), University of Akron (MS, PhD in Analytical and Biochemistry), and post-doctoral work in molecular biology at The Ohio State University Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center. Previous employers include United States Biochemical, Amersham Life Sciences, Edison Biotechnology Center/BioOhio, NineSigma, and Fluence Therapeutics (founder).


Maria Fagan, President and Co-Founder, Regulatory and Quality Solutions (R&Q)

Maria has worked in regulated industry for over 30 years, and in the last 25 years she has focused on medical device quality and regulatory. Maria and partner Lisa Casavant launched R&Q in 2008 and the firm has now serviced more than 175 clients. R&Q provides industry-leading regulatory and quality engineering services throughout the entire medical device product lifecycle, including remediation. Prior to founding R&Q, she held positions of increasing responsibility at MEDRAD Inc. (now owned by Bayer), a medical device manufacturer in both quality and regulatory arenas. She received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and holds a certificate in Business Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Her international experience includes Regulatory Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for MEDRAD which included regulatory submissions, post-surveillance activities, and more.


Charu Ramanathan, Senior Business Director, Medtronic

Charu Ramanathan was Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of CardioInsight, recently acquired by Medtronic. Charu now serves as Senior Business Director at Medtronic. She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology.

2:20 - Breakout Session 1 - Transforming Technical Talks and Showing Value

This break-out session will focus on how to turn technical scientific information into concepts that can be easily understood by investors and colleagues.


Moderator, Stephanie Harrington, MS, CEO, Matrix Medical Devices

Matrix Medical Device founder and visionary, Stephanie Harrington has over 20 years of management experience in the medical device industry, including regulatory affairs, quality system compliance, clinical studies, product development, and commercialization. Guiding startups and established companies alike through new product development and regulatory affairs management is her current mission. Previously, Stephanie served as Chief Operating Officer of Frantz Medical Development, responsible for new product development, manufacturing, and corporate regulatory and quality affairs. Stephanie also served as Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer at Imalux, establishing the company’s quality system, 510(k) clearances and clinical studies. Prior to Imalux, she was Director, Research and Development at STERIS, responsible for product development of medical device reprocessing systems. Stephanie earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland.


Donna Richardson, President & CEO, The Walden Medical Company

Donna Richardson is a senior-level health care executive with over thirty years’ experience in the medical device industry, leading organizations to develop and execute effective strategies and growth plans. Donna has been an innovative and creative change agent leveraging a multi-functional background and diverse industry experience with a record of accomplishments. She has significant entrepreneurial start-up medical device and technology commercialization experience. In her current role as President & CEO at The Walden Medical Company, her direct responsibilities include all aspects of early stage medical device and life science company operations, such as identification of opportunities with high potential for success, development of business model including financial plan and fundraising, regulatory affairs and technology development responsibilities, recruiting staff and consultants, selecting vendors and manufacturing partners, as well as commercialization and possible exit strategies.


Jan Rosenbaum, Chief Scientific Officer, Airway Therapeutics

Dr. Jan Rosenbaum has more than 20 years of drug development experience. Jan held technical management positions in big pharma (P&G pharmaceuticals) where she led efforts on the development of small molecule, peptide, and protein therapeutics. She joined CincyTech in 2009 as Director of Life Sciences with responsibility for creating life science startup companies in the southwest Ohio region and has been involved with Airway since its initial financing round. Jan’s areas of expertise are in Molecular Pharmacology and Developmental Biology. She has authored over 50 publications and is an inventor on multiple US and foreign patents. Jan holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from UCSF and a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology from Stanford University.


Ruth Stevens, Chief Scientific Officer, Camargo Pharmaceutical Services

Dr. Stevens is an internationally recognized drug development regulatory scientist, regulatory strategist, speaker, and advisor with more than 25 years of involvement in all aspects of new drug development, with deep insights into the processes and approaches of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She is a founder of Camargo Pharmaceutical Services and has been its Chief Scientific Officer & Executive Vice President since 2003, and is a former FDA team leader and technical discipline reviewer. She has been a pioneer in the US 505(b)(2) regulatory domain submission pathway. Dr. Stevens earned a B.A. in Health Education from the University of Washington and a Post-baccalaureate in Chemistry/Business from Southern Oregon University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics from Oregon State University and earned her MBA from Xavier University.

2:20 - Breakout Session 2 - Negotiation & Persuasion: Responsibilities, Opportunities, Salary

This break-out session will teach negotiating tips through interactive role-playing with the audience.


Moderator, Ann Thompson, Reporter & Midday Host, WVXU Cincinnati, an NPR station

With more than 20 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology. She has reported from Japan and South Korea, Germany and Belgium as part of fellowships from the East-West Center and RIAS.

Board - Colby

Susan Colby, Director of Human Resources, Alkermes

Susan currently serves as the Director of Human Resources for Alkermes, Inc., a biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Wilmington, Ohio. Previously, she was the Human Resources Business Partner for Clopay Plastic Products Company in Augusta, KY and Nashville, TN, and started her HR career with NCR in Pennsylvania. Susan has her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from The University of Michigan, and a Masters of Human Resource Development from Xavier University. She is immediate past president of the Human Resources Association of Southwestern Ohio.


Jennifer Fillman, VP/GM, Specialty Services at Cardinal Health

Jennifer Fillman oversees Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions’ capabilities in medication access and patient support, healthcare marketing and analytics, third-party logistics and strategic accounts. Prior to her current role, she held several other finance and operations roles at Cardinal Health, most recently serving as vice president of Finance for the company’s Specialty Solutions business. Jennifer received her BA in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University and her MBA from University of Dayton.


Chris Manby, Senior HR Representative, Charles River

Chris joined Charles River Labs in 2015 and oversees HR functions for their Cleveland lab. Chris is a passionate HR Professional with a progressive HR background within an array of HR disciplines. Chris takes pride in developing others to reach the potential they never knew they could. He collaborates with all levels of management to facilitate HR strategic planning in order to support organizational and workforce development.