Key stakeholders in Ohio's bioscience industry just wrapped up a two day conference in Columbus where they charted their roles for an expanding future. BioOhio President and CEO John Lewis says the goal this year was to get more companies engaged and realize the resources available to them in Ohio. Other takeaways from the conference included opportunities ahead (diagnostics, health IT) and talent and training help. Lewis says, "Talent is the first, second and third questions asked by bioscience companies looking to locate in Ohio."
What is Bioscience in Ohio?
- Agricultural Biotechnology
- Medical and Testing Laboratories
- Medical Device & Equipment Manufacturers
- Pharmaceuticals & Therapeutics
- Research & Development
In Southwest Ohio there are 288 bioscience-related companies (as of 2011) that employed 22% of the population. Also in 2011, Southwest Ohio was home to 25% of the total bioscience employment (13,406) in Ohio and 25% of the total payroll ($1.13 billion).
Here are a few of the bioscience companies in Greater Cincinnati:
- Amylin (now Bristol-Myers Squibb) in West Chester
- AssureRx in Mason
- MedPace in Madisonville
- Meridian Bioscience in Newtown
- Camargo Pharmaceutical
- AtriCure in West Chester
From 2007-2011 at least 380 new bio-related firms began operating in Ohio, an average of 76 each year.