Friday, October 30, 2009

Ohio Has Braggin’ Rights!

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Posted By John Dearborn

Paul CohnTwo weeks ago in Columbus, 500+ venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and government leaders gathered to hear about the accomplishments of The Ohio Capital Fund (OCF) and our State’s growing venture capital community. (For those of you not familiar, OCF provides incentives for investors from outside Ohio to invest in companies based here). Due to the work of many, including the OCF, the Ohio Department of Development, and all of the other members of the venture community - Ohio has earned some serious bragging rights! Among the many great accomplishments shared at the OCF Summit, here are some of the most compelling:

  • 196 companies received $446 million in equity investment in 2008. Of this, 73 companies (37% ) and $259 million (55%) were from the Northeast Ohio region.
  • Total investment dollars ranked Ohio as 13th in the U.S. for venture investing.
  • Early-stage funding (which represents the type of dollars that would be invested in a company after a JumpStart Ventures investment) was up 67% from 2007 ($238 million in 2008), compared to a decrease nationally of 20%.
  • Organized angels invested $45 million in 107 companies in 2008. I have to believe this is one of the top levels of investment and broadest reach of companies of the last decade, if not longer.

*Read the rest of the 2008 Ohio Venture Capital Report from Ohio State for the rest of the details

Relative to The Ohio Capital Fund itself, its success is also evident with these stats:

  • The fund has invested $111 million in 21 funds, which have deployed that capital in over 35 companies.
  • These companies receiving investment have created 1400 jobs, and not one of those jobs has gone away in the last 12+ months.

Some of the other information shared included the impact of Ohio Third Frontier, as reported by the Stanford Research Institute’s report released last month. Consider this data regarding VC investment in the state:

  • Venture capital investing has grown over 13% per year over the last five years in Ohio, more than double the national rate of VC growth
  • Total seed and early-stage VC has actually grown at 18% per year over the last five years

Ohio Third Frontier and the Ohio Capital Fund have played an instrumental role in this growth, but not the only role; this success is also due to the entrepreneurs of our region, who have identified the ideas, pursued their growth, and grown the businesses that are attractive and competitive investments for investors within and outside of the region.

John Dearborn is the Chief Development Officer of JumpStart and brings experience as an entrepreneur, founder and CEO at companies across the US and Europe over the last 25 years to the pursuit of economic transformation in Northeast Ohio.

Out and About - entrepreneurship, renewable energy, innovation, and upcoming events

Tech and entrepreneurship events for your calendar (click on link for details or go to

11/2 - Dec Presents...Human Resources Essentials for Small Businesses
11/3 - Harnessing Cloud Computing
11/3 - Entrepreneurship to Combat Urban Poverty in America - Business Builders Club
11/4 - Dec presents...Social Media Special Interest Group from AMA
11/4 - Essential SEO Strategies to Promote Your Site - Central Ohio Drupal User Group
11/5 - Ohio Network for Healthcare Information Assurance
11/5 - TechColumbus Campus Start-up Mixer
11/5 - Ignite 4
11/6 - CIOHIO
11/6 - Application Lifecycle: Team System 2010 - COALMG
11/8 - Fuse Factory workshop Nov. 8th: Intro to PHP
11/9 - Healthcare IT Innovations Summit 11/09/09

Columbus technology groups - an inventory

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hot job!!! - Java developer (s) - Progressive Medical

Join the award winning IS team at Progressive Medical. It's been another year of consistent growth and we've got opening for (2) Java developers. We're particularly interested in developers who've got experience in a agile development environment.

A few of our recent awards:

Business First Fast Fifty - 14 th year in a row!!
Computer World top 100 places to work in 2009
TechColumbus Innovation awards - finalist top team

Check out the position description below:

Click here for more info and to apply

Programmer Analyst II

Job Description

The Programmer Analyst II develops or modifies information systems to solve problems for assigned business segment including definition, analysis and design. Prepares program and system specifications, writes systems code, tests functionality and prepares documentation of developed programs.

Essential Job Functions

Conducts systems analysis research and design activities for improving or enhancing system performance of inbound and outbound data file transfer processes to meet client needs.

Provides detailed specifications in accordance with department standards.

Writes well-structured, easily-maintained, efficiently operating program code from moderate to high-level functional specifications for new and existing programs. Identifies areas where additional definition is required and obtains information.

Formulates test plans and tests and debugs developed programs. Participates in user acceptance testing.

Works directly with clients and business analysts to identify client needs and alternative solutions.

Prepares estimates of work effort.

Reports status, activities and issues to project team leader in accordance with department standards.

Prepares documentation of developed programs including program and client documentation. Conducts client training, education and presentations.

Provides technical guidance and support to less experienced programmers.

Maintains a professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, and establishing personal networks.
Required Skills

Developed oral and written communication skills; strong customer service abilities.

High degree of initiative and independent judgment.

Well-developed analytical and problem solving abilities.

Strong attention to detail.

Able to write reports, business correspondence.

Systems analysis, design and program development skills, state-of-the-art software capabilities.

Computer skills:


Session Bean



Java 1.4-1.6

Required Experience

Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field with minimum 5 years programming or systems analysis experience, or equivalent combination.

Preferred Qualifications




Experience working in an Agile environment

Job Location
Westerville, OH, US.
Position Type

Hot Job!! - Sr. ETL Architect – Business Intelligence -Limited Brands

Sr. ETL Architect – Business Intelligence -Limited Brands
Limited Brands is looking for an ETL architect with ETL and Data Integration  experience in (BI) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) implementations. This role requires deep experience in data warehouse, business intelligence and ETL technologies, architecture, and current trends in data delivery and information management. Contribute at a senior level to the design and implementation of robust extensible ETL solutions that support key business flows. Analyze business data requirements to produce relevant ETL architecture deliverables (tech specification, source to target maps, ETL flows).
Requirements are as follows:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or equivalent experience
  • Solid understanding of  Data Warehousing and CRM concepts
  • Very accomplished hands-on end to end BI architecture experience in all phases of SDLC; (design, build implementation, support)
  • 5+ years of experience with Teradata DB. Most Recent experience should be in V2R12 or later version
  • 5+ years experience with Teradata Utilities like Bteq, Fastload, Mutliload and TPump
  • 2+ years experience with Oracle and SQL Server Databases
  • 3+ years experience with Unix Shell Scripts
  • 4+ years experience using Datastage Version 7.5 or advanced
  • 5+ years of deep experience as an ETL Architect/ETL  Developer well-versed in
         ETL tool usage, architecture, design and development
  • ETL Architect experience working in larger Teradata environments (+20TB)
For full job description, please visit
Erin Sheen
Finance Recruiter
3 Limited Parkway
Columbus, OH 43230
614.415.1035 direct
614.625.8548 cell
614.415.1237 fax

Brand Thunder Expands Advisory Board with Industry and Entrepreneurial Vets from AOL, Microsoft and UGOBE

by Brand Thunder

COLUMBUS, OH — October 29, 2009 — Brand Thunder LLC (, the custom browser specialists, announced today the addition of three new members to its Advisory Board. The board now includes Bob Christopher, former CEO of UGOBE, John Dixon, former VP at AOL, and Mark Harris, Technology Strategist for Microsoft. The members were chosen for their demonstrated success in consumer technology and business building.

“Our business is at the point of growing exponentially,” said Patrick Murphy, founder and CEO of Brand Thunder. “As we look to scale the business, we needed the wealth of knowledge and resources these gentlemen bring. We think their contribution will be invaluable to Brand Thunder’s business as they each bring a expertise in areas critical to our ongoing success.”

Bob Christopher brings leadership and operational experience in building successful technology companies with international focus. Bob recently served as CEO of UGOBE where he raised $24 million to launch the first consumer lifestyle robot company. Bob’s experience includes President of the investment forum InnerCircle 1,and Chief Strategist and President for Nikotel, a worldwide VoIP company.

John Dixon offers incredible depth of knowledge about online businesses and management. He recently served as Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Alliances at AOL and was instrumental in developing partnerships across industries including PC Manufacturers, sports, search providers and content creators. John’s experience includes marketing and brand management for H. J. Heinz Company.

Mark Harris, a 14-year veteran with Microsoft, brings a discipline for technology serving its consumer. Mark led the releases for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 R2. He currently works with large healthcare accounts in central and northeast Ohio as a Technology Strategist.

Brand Thunder’s browser Booms! wrap the user’s web browser in a graphically-rich experience with integrated content and functionality from their favorite sports team, entertainment brand, publication or Internet site. The browser becomes a valuable connection between brand and its community delivering continuous engagement and increased loyalty.

About Brand Thunder:
Formed in April 2007, Brand Thunder creates custom-browser experiences for major brands. Brands enjoy a more persistent connection to their Internet consumer through the custom browser Boom!, which increases website visits and revenue. Through a software installation, end users change the look and feel of their Internet browser into an immersive experience from their favorite sports team, entertainment franchise or Internet site. The custom browser Booms! feature official logos, colors, content and functionality, but can also extend capabilities including video, music players or other Internet widgets. Current business partners and clients include the Huffington Post, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, Universal Music and Yahoo!. Samples found at

Patrick Murphy, CEO
Brand Thunder, LLC

Tech across Ohio - TechGROWTH Ohio Invests $1.3 Million in Energy Company

TechGROWTH Ohio recently announced an investment of $1.3 million in Athens-based Global Cooling, Inc., a company that develops innovative, high-performance, energy-efficient cooling products for customers in scientific, medical and electronics fields. TechGROWTH Ohio is an Entrepreneurial Signature Program (ESP) funded by the Ohio Third Frontier to serve southeast Ohio.
techgrowth-logoThe Ohio Third Frontier is an unprecedented and bipartisan commitment to create technology-based products, companies, industries and jobs. Since its inception, the program has created or capitalized more than 500 companies and has created $6.6 billion in economic impact in Ohio, a 10:1 return on investment.
The East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund (ECOTAF) and five individual “angel” investors (two American and three international) joined TechGROWTH Ohio in the financing.
Global Cooling will use the new capital to accelerate development and market introduction of several products, including the world’s first portable ultra-low temperature freezer (-80°C, -112°F). Global Cooling’s freezer technology weighs less than a third of the nearest competition and consumes less than a quarter of the power.
Click here to find out more about the Ohio Third Frontier, Ohio’s largest-ever commitment to high-tech job creation and economic progress.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years

Google's Eric Schmidt on What the Web Will Look Like in 5 Years

Written by Marshall Kirkpatrick / October 27, 2009 2:15 PM /

ericschmidthands.jpgGoogle CEO Eric Schmidt envisions a radically changed internet five years from now: dominated by Chinese-language and social media content, delivered over super-fast bandwidth in real time. Figuring out how to rank real-time social content is "the great challenge of the age," Schmidt said in an interview in front of thousands of CIOs and IT Directors at last week's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Orlando 2009.
Gartner is the largest and most respected analyst firm in the world and much of what Schmidt said in his 45 minute interview was directed specifically at business leaders, but we've excerpted 6 minutes that we believe is of interest to anyone who's touched by the web.

Highlighted comments include:
  • Five years from now the internet will be dominated by Chinese-language content.
  • Today's teenagers are the model of how the web will work in five years - they jump from app to app to app seamlessly.
  • Five years is a factor of ten in Moore's Law, meaning that computers will be capable of far more by that time than they are today.
  • Within five years there will be broadband well above 100MB in performance - and distribution distinctions between TV, radio and the web will go away.
  • "We're starting to make signifigant money off of Youtube", content will move towards more video.
  • "Real time information is just as valuable as all the other information, we want it included in our search results."
  • There are many companies beyond Twitter and Facebook doing real time.
  • "We can index real-time info now - but how do we rank it?"
  • It's because of this fundamental shift towards user-generated information that people will listen more to other people than to traditional sources. Learning how to rank that "is the great challenge of the age." Schmidt believes Google can solve that problem.
There's lots more in the full 45 minutes of Schmidt's interview, including a statement that a Google OS Netbook will be here in 2010, with HTML5 local caching for offline use.
That's the roadmap, though, that's guiding much of what Google is doing today. From Chrome OS to Google Social Search.
Does that sound like a compelling vision of the future? Not discussed were distributed social networking, structured data, recommendations, presence data and other factors that could complicate Google's plans. What do you think the web will look like in five years?

Agile Development - My folder of resources via Toobla

Harnessing Cloud Computing Event on Nov 3 at The Platform Lab

Click here to register and for more info

Presented by Microsoft, Platform Lab, TechColumbus and tw telecom

Platform Lab is proud to host this Cloud Computing Event.

Cloud computing is a means of delivering IT resources as services including applications, computing power, data storage and communications tools. Learn about the values of network computing and how your organization can benefit.

* Capabilities overview and role in cloud computing.
* Cloud computing defined. Review the power of network computing and the benefits to users.
* Strategy overview of Microsoft cloud computing initiatives with a capabilities demonstration.
* Strategies for resilient network designs. Leveraging our robust IP infrastructure. Designing business continuity into your cloud computing architecture.

Registration/Continental Breakfast (7:45 am - 8:30 am)
Program 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Please click here to register for the event

Android 2.0 Release: Google Unveils Its New Platform, Get Details HERE (VIDEO)

Android 2.0 Release: Google Unveils Its New Platform, Get Details HERE (VIDEO)

Google has officially unveiled the features of its new, highly-anticipated operating system: Android 2.0 (codename "Eclair").
Check out the video below for details on what to expect in the new platform.
InformationWeek calls Android 2.0 "droolworthy."
Gizmodo says, "it's the Android we've been waiting for:"

Seriously, there's all kinds of improvements: Searchable SMS, Exchange support, more in-depth camera controls, a better keyboard with full multitouch, a revamped browser with a better UI and HTML5 support, and it goes on.
Here's a quick overview of some of the new features included in Android 2.0, from InformationWeek:

* Support for multiple Google and Exchange accounts
* Third-party "sync adapters" allow apps to tie in to the phone's sync services
* Quick contact menus for fast access to specific key pieces of contact information
* Unified email inbox
* SMS and MMS search
* Text message auto-delete after a user-defined thread size is reached
* Significantly improved camera controls with white balance, macro, effects, and more
* Improved keyboard layout, dictionary, and algorithm based on multi-touch support
* Double-tap zoom in browser, support for HTML5
* Bluetooth 2.1 support with addition of OPP and PBAP profiles
* "Better" graphics hardware acceleration

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Independent Research Firm Names ClearSaleing an Interactive Attribution “Leader”

ClearSaleing Earns Highest Score in Both Current Offering and Strategy Categories among Interactive Attribution Vendors

Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) October 26, 2009 — ClearSaleing, a technology and thought leader in attribution management, today announced that the company has been recognized by Forrester Research, Inc. as an Interactive Attribution “Leader” in an independent report: “The Forrester WaveTM: Interactive Attribution, Q4 2009″ (October 2009)”. ClearSaleing received the highest scores in both the “Current Offering” and “Strategy” categories. It also garnered a 5.0 out of a possible 5.0 score for its strength of management team.

Forrester described ClearSaleing’s attribution offering as “a standalone attribution tool with rich modeling,” saying it “comes closest to offering a complete solution…” The report also says ClearSaleing’s technology is “easy to use, sophisticated, and relevant for a wide variety of interactive marketers” and notes that “ClearSaleing is an easy-to-install standalone product rather than a feature of a larger offering, but it is still relatively affordable and scalable for a range of clients…. Through a partnership with Vetra Analytics, ClearSaleing offers the best of both rich custom modeling and easy-to-use reporting.”

“ClearSaleing is delighted to be recognized by Forrester,” says ClearSaleing co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Adam Goldberg. “Since we began, ClearSaleing has been working steadily to develop and deliver technology that marketers can put to use immediately to optimize campaigns and realize the greatest ROI. We believe attribution management is the linchpin of any successful marketing strategy, combining customer insight with smart campaign management.”

The Forrester report also stated that “All of the clients we spoke with were fiercely loyal to ClearSaleing, citing its high level of service and its commitment to high-quality insights.”

Based on the increasing recognition among marketing executives as to the importance of attribution management and ClearSaleing’s position as a leader in advertising analytics technology, the Company has also been successful in forming partnerships with large interactive agencies to offer its attribution management platform to their customers.

“We did an exhaustive search and review of a wide range of attribution management solutions that we could use to optimize the performance of complex, cross-media campaigns that we manage for our customers,” said Dustin Engel, Vice President, Strategy and Media, Range Online Media. “And we found that ClearSaleing had by far the most robust advertising analytics platform, built from the mindset of attribution management,” Engel said. “The ClearSaleing Attribution Management platform has received enormous interest from our customer base and has already been implemented for a few of our clients, with many other customers lining up to implement our attribution strategies utilizing the platform.”

“We knew from the beginning that to optimize the ROI of a company’s online advertising portfolio required the ability to do cross-media profit tracking and true attribution management,” said ClearSaleing President and co-founder, Randy Smith. “We have built our advertising analytics platform from the beginning on these cornerstones and our customers and our agency partners all recognize our position as a leader.”

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About ClearSaleing

Named “Technology Platform Search Marketers Can’t Live Without” at the SES Awards, ClearSaleing’s advertising portfolio management platform helps marketers identify ways to more effectively and profitably allocate ad spend across a complex mix of online advertising investments.

ClearSaleing is a thought leader in the growing scientific field of attribution management and publishes that provides a rich repository of ClearSaleing and externally published articles, white papers and other material focused exclusively on attribution management.

ClearSaleing’s unique ability to give marketers telescopic insight into their online ad investment is attracting major brand customers such as American Greetings and Nationwide Insurance. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, please visit

CallCopy One of the Fastest-Growing Companies in Central Ohio, Aided by Demand for its Call Recording Solutions

Company ranked #7 on Business First’s list of fastest-growing private companies

COLUMBUS, Ohio – October 20, 2009 – CallCopy, Inc., a leading provider of call recording and contact center solutions, today announced that it has been honored as the seventh fastest-growing privately held company in Central Ohio by Columbus Business First. Honorees were announced on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at the Fast 50 Awards Luncheon held at the Columbus Athenaeum. This is the first year that CallCopy has received the annual award.
Driven by the growing demand for its call recording and quality management solutions, CallCopy has realized significant growth over the three-year period analyzed in the award evaluation process. Most recently, the company has experienced five consecutive quarters of record growth and has more than doubled its workforce to over 50 employees. To avoid the growing pains often associated with rapid growth, part of CallCopy's strategy has been to heavily invest in its support team in order to maintain the company's customer-centric reputation. As a result, CallCopy scored at or near the top in every category in a recent customer satisfaction survey published by DMG Consulting, including a perfect 5.0 in implementation and a tie for the highest score in Overall Vendor Satisfaction. CallCopy was also named the Best Place to Work in Central Ohio in 2008, and has been announced as a finalist again in 2009, with the winner to be announced on November 12, 2009.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in Central Ohio,” said Ray Bohac, chief executive officer for CallCopy. “CallCopy’s success can be attributed to our outstanding team and the commitment that each of our team members has to our customers. By providing superior service and innovative solutions to our customers, we have been able to achieve high levels of success and organizational growth on an ongoing basis.”
Business First’s Fast 50 Award is an annual program which recognizes emerging companies for their growth and performance over the last three years. To be eligible for consideration, companies must be privately held, have an average $1 million in sales for the three most recent years, be based in Central Ohio and have a three-year operating history. Financial information used to compile the rankings was verified by accounting firm RSM McGladrey.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Explore the bloggers of Columbus courtesy Toobla

Energy projects get $11M in federal funds - 2 central ohio projects are recipients

Business First

Two advanced energy projects in Central Ohio will be sparked by an infusion of nearly $11 million in federal funding.
Univenture Inc. in Marysville will receive $5.99 million, and $5 million will go to Ohio State University, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday.
A release from the agency said Univenture will use the funding to advance a system that could reduce the cost to harvest, dewater and dry algae in a process to improve the economics of algae-based biofuel production. A media packaging company, Univenture has had a longtime interest in the environment and it’s core products are made of 100 percent polypropylene, which is manufactured from clean technologies.
Ohio State researchers, led by chemical and biomolecular engineering professor L.S. Fan, will receive funding for a pilot project that will convert coal or biomass material into electricity while capturing the carbon dioxide emitted during the process.
The Central Ohio projects are among ones receiving $151 million in funding through the energy department’s recently-formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Its mission is to develop nimble, creative and inventive approaches to transform the global energy landscape while advancing America’s technology leadership, the federal agency said.
This is the first round of projects funded under new program, which is receiving $400 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The grants will go to projects with lead researchers in 17 states. Of the lead recipients, 43 percent are small businesses, 35 percent are educational institutions, and 20 percent are large corporations.

DOmedia Introduces Advanced Tools for Small to Mid-Size Sellers of Alternative, Traditional & Digital Out-of-Home Media

DOinventory and DOimprove Simplify the Business of Managing Media

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- DOmedia (, the most comprehensive database and tool set for alternative, traditional and digital out-of-home media, introduces two new tools for small to mid-sized media companies and asset owners; DOinventory and DOimprove.
DOinventory enables small to mid-size media providers to manage their inventory of alternative, traditional and digital out-of-home media properties in one secure online platform. The tool helps media owners with 20 - 200 media properties manage their available media listings, ensuring that everyone who markets, sells or schedules within their organization has up-to-date and accurate information.
"The large-scale media owners have invested millions in creating advanced, intricate inventory management tools," said Andy Mansinne, CEO of DOmedia. "For small or mid-size media owners who may have relied on Excel spreadsheets or written files, DOinventory provides a simple and secure Web-based solution that ultimately saves them time and money, allowing them to focus on other areas of their business."
A sophisticated search builder in DOinventory allows media owners to find and search their properties by availability, category, type, and location. Results can be viewed in a detailed list or in a master calendar dashboard, allowing the owner a detailed or comprehensive overview. DOinventory also features a group scheduling tool that lets owners schedule or reserve a group of properties for a particular campaign, rather than individually.
"The DOinventory tool is impressive on several levels. The ability to quickly integrate our entire inventory into a central database is fantastic," said Ruben Garcia, president of JohnnyBoards, LLC. "Additionally, the features geared toward the operator such as utilization rates and inventory tracking make this a robust and valuable tool."
DOimprove is a suite of services designed to provide critical resources needed to help small and mid-size sellers compete. The first of these services is a comprehensive media audit. By engaging a third-party media audit through DOimprove, media owners will be able to view their properties through the eyes of a prospective buyer. DOimprove's media audit provides small to mid-size media owners an analysis that highlights competitive strengths and identifies opportunities for improvement to help them better compete. Most importantly, the third-party validation an audit provides will be reflected in the company's DOmedia media profile and can increase a prospective buyer's confidence.
About DOmedia
DOmedia is the most comprehensive database and tool set for alternative, traditional and digital out-of-home media. Through its online marketplace, the site encourages the creative use of people, places and things (such as place-based digital networks, street teams, sides of buildings and more) to communicate a marketing message. Innovative inventory management tools and in-depth search functionality simplify participation in this growing channel. DOmedia currently has over 700 media sellers and 300 advertisers and agencies registered on the site, with more than 6,000 inventory searches performed monthly. The company is privately funded and based in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, go to

DataCenter.BZ Announces Fiber Agreement With Dublin, Ohio

DataCenter.BZ announces relationship with the City of Dublin to link businesses to DataCenter.BZ via dark fiber

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- DataCenter.BZ, a Tier IV, carrier-neutral data center announced today it entered into an agreement with the City of Dublin to bring DubLink's dark fiber to the DataCenter.BZ facility located in Worthington, Ohio.
The agreement with DataCenter.BZ allows interconnectivity into its facility as an enhancement to the DubLink system, owned by the City of Dublin.
DubLink, an existing system of underground fiber-optic conduits encompassing 120 miles, enables interconnectivity between business facilities located on the fiber route. The network saves corporations time and money by providing an existing "telecommunications pathway" within the City's business district on which businesses can lease space rather than construct their own lines. Dublin City Council authorized the sublease of the City's optical fiber, which will increase the amount of available bandwidth in the region that leads back to Dublin.
The benefit businesses can now experience through the relationship between the City of Dublin and DataCenter.BZ is direct fiber connectivity to the data center, enabling companies to cross-connect to the carrier of their choice, or utilize other services at the data center. Such services include collocation, physical security for IT equipment, Tier IV power, 24 x 7 managed services, virtualization, and cloud computing. "Not only is this an economical way for companies to privately connect to IT and telecommunication solutions, it eliminates the restriction of bandwidth that is often created by telecom carriers, or any solution that isn't operated over dark fiber," remarked Gordon Scherer, President at DataCenter.BZ. "Utilizing dark fiber, businesses have complete control over their bandwidth and can increase or decrease their speeds based solely on the equipment they choose to operate."
Connectivity at DataCenter.BZ also provides DubLink with direct fiber ring access to cell phone carriers; cable TV companies; local, national and global telecommunication carriers; as well as IP providers. "This creates a competitive environment where businesses using DubLink benefit the most," said Scherer. "Companies will be able to access the best pricing available from the carrier(s) of their choice, forcing the providers to compete in order to win the business."
Businesses, who choose to access the fiber, will also have access to Internet2, IP TV providers, and connections to other local and global communities.
About DataCenter.BZ: DataCenter.BZ is a Tier IV data center located in Columbus, Ohio. The backbone of the data center is a robust design, engineered specifically to exceed the redundancy, power density, and security standards common in the data center market. DC.BZ's unique approach to collocation has created a niche service that addresses the greatest challenge of many companies: Uninterrupted and unlimited power resources for their IT equipment, as well as unlimited bandwidth capabilities. For more information, please visit
About DubLink
DubLink is an innovative partnership between the City of Dublin and The Fishel Company providing a multi-conduit, underground, fiber-optic system connecting Dublin's business district with competitive communication networks providing voice, video and data services. For more information, please visit

Chief Sales Officer Forum Exclusive Invitation

How will executives make the decision for an indirect sales channel? How will they know it's the right decision? How will they ensure success? Please join us and learn from the experts! Forum representatives will discuss a key question companies are asking: Can we increase revenues with an indirect sales channel?

Who Should Attend?

CSO's, VP's of Marketing, Senior Executives interested in indirect sales channels as a source for additional revenue.

Key Issues to be Discussed in the Forum

  • When should I expect results?
  • What’s the impact on my organization?
  • How will I measure success until the revenue arrives?
  • How do I handle this issue with my direct sales reps?
  • Can a direct sales organization “peacefully co-exist” with an indirect sales channel?
  • What are the “keys to success” when implementing an indirect sales channel?
  • How can I successfully capture my indirect channel’s “loyalty” if they are selling multiple products?
  • When does it make sense to retain a direct sales channel only?

Meeting Format

Panel discussion facilitated by Chris Robino, entrepreneur and CEO of Halcyone Group and Maxx Net.

Panel Participants

Scott Slack - VP of Marketing, Cranel
Geoffrey Bibo - VP of Sales, Exacter
Bruce Crocco - VP, Library Services, OCLC
Tom Bishop - VP of Consulting, Oracle Corporation

Invitation only

If you would like to attend this event or if you have any questions about the forum, please send an email to Cheryl McClellan, Chief Sales Officer Forum Facilitator at cmcclellan@salesefficio.comor call 614.226.7608.

TechLife Meetup update 10.26.09 - 6 top trends, e-recycling, biosciences, hybrid power, and TechColumbus wins award‏

It's time for another busy week. Start out your week by checking out Tech headlines around town, the state, and the country.


  1. 6 Top Tech Trends and Takeaways - Mary Meeker's Web 2.0 Summit Presentation -10/20 in San Francisco
  2. Spotlight on e-recycling in Columbus - e-Cycle
  3. OSU and its partners pioneer hybrid power conversion with 900 jobs in mind
  4. TechColumbus wins National Award for Excellence in Tech-Based Economic Development (TBED)
  5. Tony Dennis explains Ohio's rise in biosciences : hivelocity

Upcoming events: Did you know that we've got over 20 different organizations posting their meetups on this site?

  1. Oct 26 - Central Ohio Python User's Group -
  2. Oct 27 - Ohio Web Leaders (OWL) - Delivering Powerful Web Copy. Mary Rose Maguire -
  3. Oct 27 - PMI Central Ohio Chapter - Project Management Job Fair & Networking Event -
  4. Oct 27 - Columbus Digital October Presentation Night: Synchronous Objects & LCCS -
  5. Oct 28 - Agile 2009 experience report -
  6. Oct 28 - Chief Sales Officer Forum Exclusive Invitation -
  7. Oct 28 - Columbus Ruby Brigade - Code Jam -
  8. Oct 31 - Central Ohio Linux User Group - Spacewalk server demo

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Spotlight on e-recycling - e-Cycle

If all of the 100 million cell phones ready for end of life
management in the U.S. are recycled, we could save
enough energy to power more than 194,000
U.S. households with electricity for one year.

e-Cycle, Inc. is a full service wireless recycling company, which recycles and resells new and used wireless phones and accessories. e-Cycle works with organizations around the world, in every industry, in the public and private sectors, and of every size, from small municipalities to the Fortune Global 500. Since 2004, e-Cycle has recycled over 1.4 million cell phones and accessories and has kept hundreds of thousands of pounds of e-waste out of U.S. landfills.

The e-Cycle Corporate™ Program
The e-Cycle Corporate™ program has been developed to provide a suite of services specific to the Fortune 1000.
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6 Top Tech Trends and Takeaways - Mary Meeker's Web 2.0 Summit Presentation -10/20 in San Francisco

On Oct. 20 Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker delivered her annual “Economy + Internet Trends” report. For techies, this is required reading, so I am posting an embed of the report on this blog.

Among the most important takeaways:
* The Tech Sector is a Growing Part of the Global Economy
* Ad Spending Should Grow in 2010
* Mobile Internet Usage Will be Bigger Than Most Think
* Apple Mobile Share Should Surprise on the Upside Near-Term
* Mobile Internet Outpaces Desktop Internet Adoption!
* Facebook is the Largest Share Gainer of Online Usage Over Past 3 Years

Jennifer Brunner's Innovation Tour

by Jennifer Brunner

After speaking to the District 4 meeting of the Communication Workers of America on Wednesday last week, I made my first stop on our campaign’s Innovation Tour for Ohio Jobs, traveling to Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
This company is the largest employer and taxpayer in Newtown, Ohio just inside the Hamilton County border almost to Clermont County. Meridian’s history is compelling. Its founder, Bill Motto, started the company in 1975 with a $500 investment working out of his garage. The company is now a $139 million dollar company publicly traded on the New York stock exchange with American and European subsidiaries in Florida, Maine and Tennessee, and in France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands and more than 400 employees with nearly 250 right here in Ohio in the Newton home office.
Meridian manufactures and distributes medical diagnostic test kits and related products throughout the U.S., and to over forty countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This is the mainstay of its business.
Meridian also enhances medical research and diagnosis through its U.S. subsidiary, Medical Life Science, Inc., which supplies reagents (critical to analysis and examination), antigens, antibodies, and contract biological R&D and manufacturing services to the research, diagnostic, and biopharmaceutical markets. In short, Medical Life Science is a supplier for markets involved in purchasing biomedical reagents in bulk and in both discovering and developing drugs and vaccines for medical advancement.
For those not medically inclined, I looked up the definition of a “reagent” and found that it is defined as a substance that, because of the reactions it causes, is used in analysis and synthesis, that is, a substance used in a chemical reaction to detect, measure, examine, or produce other substances. For instance, the lines on a testing kit mark a reagent that reacts with the appropriate bodily fluid to show the presence of another substance in the system. A reagent allows for the detection of the presence of a particular bacteria or virus, or even a foreign substance such as a drug in a persons’ bodily system.
When we arrived at Meridian, we met with Bill Motto, now Executive Chairman of the Board; Jack Kraeutler, CEO; and Larry Baldini, VP Operations and Information Systems. Larry led us on our tour. We met Rita at the front desk, and Brenda did a great job arranging our visit. We met many other employees as we traversed the various areas of this large manufacturing and distribution plant.
I have toured a number of factories while running for the Senate, and I’ve begun to see the similarities of many factory floors regardless of the items produced—car batteries, coins or medical testing kits. There is the shiny light gray floor, wide yellow tape or paint strips to make a walking path through the factory, sophisticated equipment behind plexiglass, the wearing of protective eyewear, and in this case, a disposable white lab coat. There are neatly stacked supplies, raw and compound material used in production, and packing material for shipping. At Meridian all employees wear white lab coats, and they have lockers for their belongings. There are signs throughout the factory reminding the employees that accuracy is important, that lives depend on it.
It was when I viewed a sign like this and watched the easy and respectful manner with which the employees interacted with each other and management that I started taking notice of the importance of a corporate culture, especially in an organization where lives depend on their work. I realized that, as in many endeavors, principled leadership is key.
Even though my state agency is one of just under 200 employees, I understand this well. While we don’t produce medical products, we work to protect votes and improve voter participation. While we don’t hand out money for Ohio businesses, we make sure a business can stay in business and that valuable business names and associated goodwill can be protected. While we help businesses secure their personal property interests in assets they have financed, we protect the private information of those businesses and debtors by redacting that information before we make it available to the public. While we don’t set the policy agenda for state agencies, we collect their information in one place and tell the story of the people of Ohio with a web-based life quality index that lets citizens and organizations see and judge for themselves what their government is doing.
I talked to Larry about leadership philosophy. Part of the corporate culture is how management handles the making of a mistake. Management would rather have the mistake reported so that it can be corrected, so Meridian’s corporate culture rewards the reporting of a mistake, because lives depend on this kind of honesty. In this business a mistake is a risk. I learned in our EVEREST voting machine security study in 2007 in the Secretary of State’s office, a risk is subject to two conditions: 1) can it be discovered?, and 2) can it be recovered from? Risks that are discoverable are more likely to able to be recovered from. So, if a mistake is reported, it is more likely to be corrected. And this is important, especially when lives depend on it.
Larry pointed out that from a management standpoint, when some mistakes are reported, he’d like to go punch a pillow, but he maintains a calm demeanor to encourage the future reporting of mistakes without fear. Leadership based on motivating desire to do the right thing and not fear of the consequences of a mistake is essential to this kind of quality assurance.
We walked into huge walk-in freezers containing compounds and test kits, saw rooms with air systems that gently blew air out of the rooms where testing and development are done, and as I’ve noticed before, the aspects of assembly or distribution that require finer dexterity and detailed examination and handling seem to be staffed by all or nearly all women
Larry asked Brian to start up one of the plant’s robotic machines that has been built by a Dayton robotic company. One of the two robotic equipment suppliers for the plant had previously custom built and supplied robotic equipment to the automotive industry; now Meridian was a customer. Management remarked that it’s unlikely they would have worked with Meridian before the downturn in the auto industry, but it was working now. For Meridian, the importance of having this service provided locally cannot be overemphasized. The machine has to be custom built to specs provided by Meridian, and as its use begins, an engineer from the robotic company works with an engineer at Meridian to further customize the machine as operation and implementation move along.
This demonstrates the inter-connected nature of Ohio’s economy. As I pointed out in the urban initiative I rolled out through my Cleveland City Club speech in August, Ohio holds great potential to move to the forefront in clean energy and bioscience jobs, and it’s already happening.
In a post-tour debriefing with Jack Kraeutler and Bill Motto, we talked about the role of the Third Frontier in promoting some of these new technological medical and bioscience ventures. In fact, Jack sat on the Third Frontier committee, making decisions on ventures to be funded by this state bond initiative to further Ohio’s emerging tech economy. We discussed the role of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in vital clinical trials to move forward new technology and medical advances.
Ohio’s economy, like its people, is amazingly diverse. The potential to grow Ohio’s economy needs effective leadership to forge public/private partnerships to communicate and develop and reward the adoption of best practices that bring about lasting and beneficial change. When you take a look at a world leader in bioscience like Meridian Bioscience, right here in Ohio, you know it starts with responsible individuals and organizations who work together, encouraged by effective leadership that remembers that not only do lives depend on us, but we are the spark to the engine of prosperity.

Friday, October 23, 2009

OSU and its partners pioneer hybrid power conversion with 900 jobs in mind

Gene Monteith - hi velocity

There's a high-stakes race on in the electric vehicle arena, and an Ohio State University-based collaborative plans to lead the way -- at least in the commercial vehicle market. If it does, it could mean an estimated 900 new clean-energy jobs over the next five years.
Central in the effort is Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research, which recently secured the first $500,000 of a $3-million Ohio Third Frontier grant to develop market-viable commercial vehicles.
Collaborators include power-conversion expert Vanner Inc., of Hilliard, and Columbus-based American Electric Power Co.
Together with software developer STMicroelectronics' (Livonia, Mich.), and trucking company Fil-More Express (Cannon Falls, Minn.), CAR hopes to launch technology that will allow widespread use of plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles -- reducing emissions, fuel consumption, and maintenance costs.
The work being done at CAR will allow gas-guzzling electrical components to be run from an advanced, high-voltage battery pack -- which could be recharged by plugging the vehicle into an AC outlet. Hence, the participation of AEP, which has a vital interest both in how the use of plug-in hybrids will affect its overall electrical grid and in converting its bucket trucks and service vehicles, says Giorgio Rizzoni, CAR director and professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio State.
Automotive manufacturers and universities around the country are working to meet the nation's growing demand for hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Major auto-makers such as Toyota, Honda, Ford and General Motors already offer hybrids within their product lines. General Motors, which plans to begin selling its Chevrolet Volt hybrid next year, claims the car can get up to 230 miles per gallon.
Ohio researchers and businesses, as those in other states, also are working to solve some of the problems involved in converting all-gasoline vehicles to something cleaner and more energy efficient. For example, Bowling Green State University's Electric Vehicle Institute is developing and promoting advanced electric propulsion technology that can be transferred to the marketplace.
Myers Motors, based in northeast Ohio, has taken it a step further. Calling itself "the only company producing and delivering affordable highway speed all-electric vehicles in the U.S. today," the company offers one- and two-passenger versions of its made-to-order NmG.
Yet, little has been done nationally to advance plug-in hybrid technology among commercial vans, buses and other vehicles, Rizzoni says. He says it's a huge opportunity waiting to happen.
"Companies that make passenger cars are pretty well equipped to do this," Rizzoni says. "Commercial vehicles are a different story."
That's because the manufacturers of passenger vehicles are almost always fully integrated within one company -- meaning the same company that builds the mechanical system also builds the electrical system and does the assembly. They understand the integration of those components and can do so seamlessly.
Commercial vehicles, conversely, are often custom built, Rizzoni says. The company that does the final assembly is usually not the same company that built the transmission or the engine. That's an important barrier to the building of hybrid commercial vehicles, Rizzoni says.
"They don't have the expertise to do the system integration."
The collaborators, as part of Ohio State's SmartCar consortium, are working on a power conversion system that will separate electrical components from the mechanical components of the engine. The goal is to replace the role of the alternator -- which in conventional engines converts mechanical energy from combustion into electrical energy needed for compressors, pumps, fans and other components.
"Our goal is to get rid of all the belts," says Steve Funk, president of Vanner. "That will significantly improve fuel efficiency of hybrid vehicles."
Vanner, based in Hilliard, started in a garage in 1977 and initially made flashers for ambulances. It later developed a product to provide efficient power for life-saving equipment on those vehicles.
"Our focus now is on power conversion -- we want to use the power from the hybrid drive system to remove the belt-driven load and improve the overall value proposition of the hybrid specialty vehicle," Funk says.
Funk says CAR provides the facilities needed to do the necessary validation and testing. He estimates that the company's relationship with CAR will cut in half the time needed to develop, validate, test and market power conversion systems for the next generation of commercial fleet vehicles.
Funk said the technology being pioneered at CAR could be on the market as soon as next year.
Rizzoni says the work being done at Ohio State is unique among universities. North Carolina State University, for example, is focusing on the impact that plug-in hybrids will have on the electric power grid. And the University of California at Davis is looking at public policy and consumer behavior associated with hybrids. Neither is specifically targeting the opportunities that commercial vehicles offer.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

TechColumbus wins National Award for Excellence in Tech-Based Economic Development (TBED)

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Capturing national attention for initiating successful programs to sustain the nation's position as a global leader for innovation and competitiveness, six organizations were named recipients of SSTI's 2009 Excellence in TBED Award. The third annual awards follow a nationwide competition recognizing outstanding achievements in tech-based economic development (TBED) emphasizing impact, strategic value and replicability.
"The impressive stories behind each of these six initiatives illustrate how strategic TBED investments work to promote regional growth through science and innovation," said Dan Berglund, SSTI President and CEO. "These organizations serve as best practice models in the field for their demonstrated leadership and meaningful impact to state and regional economies."
Recipients were honored today during a ceremony at SSTI's 13th Annual Conference in Overland Park, KS, attended by top economic development professionals from across the nation. The following initiatives were selected to receive the Excellence in TBED Award for 2009:

  • TechColumbus TechStart Program -- Building Entrepreneurial Capacity Category
The TechColumbus TechStart Program supports and develops viable entrepreneurial companies from their earliest phase through their launch as significant economic contributors. The TechStart team, in collaboration with its partners, has invested $11.5 million directly in technology startups, resulting in the creation of 912 jobs having an average annual salary of more than $62,000. The team serves startups located in its business incubator and across the 15-county Central Ohio region. The TechColumbus mission also includes programs and services that build a highly networked technology community through events, membership and marketing.

  • JumpStart Inc. -- Increasing Access to Capital Category
Established in 2004, JumpStart is an innovative venture development organization that accelerates the growth of high potential, early-stage businesses by improving their success in achieving the milestones and raising the capital necessary for rapid growth. JumpStart invests capital in the most promising of companies, with an average investment of around $350,000. Since its inception, JumpStart has invested in 40 portfolio companies and worked with almost 400 others, assisted companies in raising $140 million in external funding, and created a total economic impact of $177 millio

  • James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program -- Expanding the Research Infrastructure Category
Florida's James & Esther King Biomedical Research Program is producing outcomes by expanding the state's research capacity while making significant contributions to biomedical knowledge. Established by the legislature in 1999 and run out of the Florida Department of Health, the program fills a unique niche by funding research of tobacco-related diseases. To date, the program has made 143 awards to Florida researchers totaling more than $58.6 million through merit-based competitions. This investment has generated nearly $88 million in follow-on funding to expand or continue investigator projects.
  • Washington Technology Center Research & Technology Development Program -- Commercializing Research Category
For nearly two decades, the Research & Technology Development (RTD) Program, a flagship program of the Washington Technology Center, has helped fill a critical role in enhancing Washington state's efforts in commercializing research by bringing companies and university researchers together. Since 1995, the program has awarded more than $21 million to 335 projects. RTD program companies and researchers have leveraged this funding to attract an estimated $480 million in additional federal and private support.
  • Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) Education Initiative -- Enhancing the Science & Technology Workforce Category
CCAT's Education Initiative has established a core philosophy for the development of K-12 programs that emphasizes experiential, authentic learning and focuses on meeting the demands of the digital workplace by exposing students and teachers to real-world high technology applications. Over 1,200 students from both Connecticut and across the country have participated in CCAT's informal education programs in aerospace, alternative energy, and advanced manufacturing. Additionally, CCAT's professional development programs have trained more than 65 science, math, and technology education teachers over the last three years.
  • Innovation Works Innovation Adoption Grant Fund -- Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries Category
The Innovation Adoption Grant (IAG) Fund pairs small manufacturing companies with nonprofit centers of excellence, which help the companies develop new products or create new and better manufacturing processes. Since 2004, the IAG Fund has awarded more than $1.5 million to more than 100 companies, generated an additional $2 million in matching investment in R&D from private industry, and created or retained more than 800 jobs with an average annual salary of $45,000.
Following an open call for entries earlier this year, applicants were invited to share their accomplishments in the form of a narrative built around an identified need, effective approaches to addressing the need, and impact realized from the effort. Recipients were selected by a panel of accomplished former and current practitioners serving as judges.
About SSTI
The State Science and Technology Institute is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation.
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CIO conference to focus on 'preparing for the future'

CENTRAL OHIO SOURCE - The Daily Reporter, Inc.

Daily Reporter Staff Writer
October 22, 2009

Approximately 300 information technology leaders are expected to descend on Columbus in two weeks to discuss many of the hot topics in their industry at the 2008 CIOhio Conference.

The conference is targeted toward information officers, chief operating officers and other leaders from the technology field.

"This is designed by CIOs for CIOs," said Tim Haynes, vice president of member services and marketing with TechColumbus.

TechColumbus is a Columbus-based organization that promotes the area's technology development efforts and is the host of CIOhio 2009, which is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.

The theme of this year's event is "Facing Challenge - Emerging Stronger Tomorrow."

Among the highlights of the conference is a strong field of keynote speakers, including Gary Hamel, an author and speaker whom the Wall Street Journal recently named as the "world's most influential business thinker."

"He's going to be fantastic," said Haynes. "He's going to talk about reinventing management and reinventing work."

Haynes said Hamel's philosophy revolves around an individual employee's production and contributions and that performance, rather than the traditional business hierarchy, will determine a company's structure.

"It's going to be more toward the way social media operates ... how much you contribute," said Haynes.

Among his books are "Leading the Revolution" and "Competing for the Future." His latest book is "The Future of Management."

Another keynote speaker is Steve Steinour, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Bancshares Inc. and Huntington National Bank. He is expected to talk about the state of the financial industry and the role that technology will play in the future of that industry.

The third keynote speaker is Gerry McNamara, managing partner for Heidrick & Stuggles. He is expected to discuss the changing roles of the chief information officer. McNamara has worked in a variety of industries, including financial services, insurance, industrial, higher education and health care.

Not only does he have a strong background in information technology, but McNamara was also a passenger on the U.S. Airways plane that crash landed in the Hudson River in January, Haynes said.

Meanwhile, Haynes said one of the unique aspects of the event is its focus on chief information officers and other IT leaders.

"It's about 9-to-1 as far as users to vendors or suppliers," he said. "It's very different from a typical trade conference. We target it to the users of technology and limit the number of providers of technology. These guys are with their peers and not talking to people giving them a sales pitch."

There are four primary themes running through the work sessions that will be available at the event.

The first is application development, where sessions will focus on maximizing effectiveness in a tough economy.

"There's a lot going on with virtual. That's a technology that's moving quite rapidly," Haynes said.

The application development sessions are about "innovative alternatives to securing application development resources" and "exploring the latest trends in application development methodologies."

Another track focuses on talent and leadership during challenging economic times. Those sessions feature information on "growing talent for a stronger tomorrow" and "leaders matter most in challenging times."

Technology and environmentally-friendly strategies is also scheduled as one of the tracks.

"There's an afternoon session on how to better manage costs by using green concepts," said Haynes.

There is also a track on strategic alignment, that, for example, discusses the role that IT needs to play in business.

The conference is open to CIOs and other IT leaders; more information can be found at

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Q&A: Tony Dennis explains Ohio's rise in biosciences : hivelocity

ony Dennis explains Ohio's rise in biosciences

Ohio is quickly becoming a leader in new economy industries, and there's no better example than what's happening in the biomedical industry. Ohio has emerged as a consensus top ten state for biosciences, with more than 1,141 bio-related entities operating in the state in 2008. Each year, an average of 60 to 70 new firms pop up here, drawn by the state's business climate and entrepreneurial resources. According to BioOhio, a non-profit organization that helps develop and promote the industry, the overall bioscience community now accounts for nearly 1.4 million jobs in Ohio -- about one in every four. We spoke with Tony Dennis, BioOhio's president and chief executive officer, to find out what's behind the growth.
Building Facilities Magazine just ranked Ohio fourth in the country for strength of the environment for biotechnology. What's going on?
It's been a confluence of factors. First, the Ohio Third Frontier has been a substantial driving factor in biosciences growth. Second, the industry is maturing at the same time it has found Ohio's sweet spot. Twenty years ago, biosciences activity was primarily in research and development and the truly strong research centers were on the coasts. Now, the industry has moved from the research phase to the product phase and that is starting to coincide with Ohio's strengths. And a third factor is the change in university participation and number of academic research centers. There is more effort being given to technology exchange than in the past.
You mentioned the maturation of the biosciences industry coinciding with Ohio's strengths. What are those strengths?
Ohio has one of the strongest clinical capabilities in the country -- we have some of the best clinical hospitals in the nation. We have some of the finest tool and die makers in the country. We have a good workforce, and STEM training (the state's educational initiative for science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Can you quantify the economic impact that the surge in the biosciences industry has had on Ohio?
About $148 billion of Ohio's gross state product -- about 16 percent -- is accountable to the biosciences and health sciences industries. That includes the industrial segment, academic research and healthcare delivery. About $2.5 billion were invested in biosciences in 2007. And federal research funding to universities was about $700 million.
Where are the new jobs in biosciences coming from? For example, are we seeing workers move from older manufacturing industries into the more high tech areas of biosciences?
We did a survey that showed half of all biosciences jobs in Ohio and other places are those who have associates degrees or at least some education beyond a high school degree. The industry needs employees from all walks of life -- there are opportunities for a lot of people to participate. But the challenge is that we don't have sufficient training capabilities right now. BioOhio, in partnership with Ohio community colleges, has applied for a $5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to do just that.
What are some of the other challenges the industry faces?
Healthcare reform is one. We have the opportunity to do it right or to do it wrong. Everybody in the industry is working hard with the federal government to make sure the United States continues to be the most innovative in the world in healthcare while also keeping costs under control. The ongoing development of talent is a challenge. If you look at emerging countries like China and India, there are a lot of kids that are well trained, and as we look at our own talent pool we have to make sure it continues to grow. Another specific challenge is a bill in the U.S. Senate that would impose a $20-billion to $40-billion tax on the medical devices industry. The federal government is flirting with patent reform (which would shorten the length of time companies would have the rights to their own patents). And the increase in risk aversion by investors is another challenge. Venture capital companies are being very cautious.
Is there a particular segment that seems to be growing more quickly than other areas?
It always depends on what the health issues are at the moment. Right now, any company that has anything to do with Swine Flu is benefiting. Drugs for cancer and obesity treatments are all relatively popular right now. Other things that are getting traction are treatments related to conditions of aging, such as neurological degeneration.
What has to happen to keep our momentum going?
We can't mess up healthcare. We have to look at our talent pool and make sure it continues to grow. And (with regard to federal regulation, such as patent reform) we have to make sure its consistent with innovation.
What can we expect from BioOhio in the next few years?
We're continuing to work with both the state and federal governments to help auto suppliers diversify into the medical device and hospital supply industry. The goal is to help auto suppliers retrain and retool so they can build additional business in a new, more stable industry. We're also working to become a little bit more systematic toward grants -- how can we support industry-specific growth? A third thing we're doing is working with the Ohio Health Information Partnership in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Insurance, the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. OHIP has been designated as the health informatics entity for the state of Ohio, meaning that OHIP will eventually become the repository for all patient data in the state and work with all the physicians in Ohio to adopt and apply electronic medical records. Finally, we'll continue to develop more effective tools for outreach, collaboration and partnerships. In many ways, the innovation-based bio-economy in the state is like a complex ecosystem, and BioOhio works hard to provide the optimal conditions for this ecosystem to thrive.

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