Research Communications

BioVenture & Innovation Showcase to feature faculty research start-ups, regional entrepreneurs May 24 

Ohio University's Edison Biotechnology Institute will co-sponsor the fourth annual BioVenture & Innovation Showcase from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the Walter Hall Rotunda. The event will spotlight start-up biotechnology, medical and advanced energy companies in Southeast Ohio, including several launched from Ohio University faculty research.

The Showcase is aimed at faculty inventors, students interested in entrepreneurship or technology commercialization, entrepreneurs and regional businesses.  It provides a window into how ideas and technologies are commercialized, as well as how to acquire funding for an early-stage company.

The Showcase will feature talks from successful entrepreneurs John Kopchick, an Ohio University scientist involved in biotechnology research and drug development, and Pam Springer, CEO of technology firm Manta Media. In addition, participants will learn about funding, mentoring and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs in Southeast Ohio.

Athenian Venture Partners and Diagnostic Hybrids are also co-sponsors of the event.

Participants must register online in advance of the event. Contact Danielle Allison at Athenian Venture Partners at or 614-360-1155.

The BioVenture & Innovation Showcase agenda includes:
10:00 Registration
10:30 Welcome: Ohio University President Roderick McDavis
10:50 Keynote - John Kopchick       
11:35 Company Presentations - Bio Pipeline
12:35 Networking Lunch
1:10   Afternoon Keynote - Pam Springer
1:45   Company Presentations - Innovation Pipeline
3:05   Panel: How to pitch for funding? – Regional company Global Cooling will make a funding pitch to a panel of potential funders.  
4:30   Speed Mentoring: Spend five minutes one-on-one with four different mentors, including venture capitalists, angel investors and experienced entrepreneurs. (Participants must register with Danielle Allison in advance).

The Edison Biotechnology Institute is part of the Vice President for Research division.