Research Communications

Ohio University hosts BioVenture and Innovation Showcase 

May 15, 2012

Inventors, entrepreneurs and investors are invited to discuss ways to commercialize technologies and acquire funding at the 2012 BioVenture and Innovation Showcase, which will be held Thursday, May 24 in Ohio University’s Walter Hall. The event will feature a keynote presentation from David Wilhelm, CEO, New Harvest Ventures, who will share his experiences as a full-time entrepreneur and investor. Wilhelm, who also is a nationally known political strategist, will give the talk "Why is Athens/Ohio University Killing it in Entrepreneurship?"

Ohio University’s Edison Biotechnology Institute, an interdisciplinary research institute involved with technology commercialization, and Athenian Venture Partners, a venture capital firm specializing in investments in information technology and healthcare companies in Ohio and across the United States, co-founded the event and have sponsored and organized it since 2007.

Attendees from a broad spectrum of technology sectors, including biotechnology, information technology and energy, will learn how to license and commercialize their own innovations, as well as how to secure investment and become involved with Ohio economic development. The showcase provides networking opportunities for students, faculty and regional entrepreneurs.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature a panel discussion by experts who represent various sources of capital that early-stage companies can access. The showcase also will include presentations by three up-and-coming regional biotechnology firms, Low Frequency Imaging, Yost Engineering and SIRE, as well as three new area technology firms, FlareCode, Ecolibrium Solar and New Polymer Systems. The event will conclude with a progress report on Sanuthera, a medical device company that participated in a previous showcase.

The 2012 BioVenture and Innovation Showcase also is supported by TechGROWTH Ohio, Ohio Third Frontier, BioOhio, the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) and the Ohio Capital Fund. To register, visit or contact Danielle Allison at