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BioOhio Summer Social   


June 4 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Fifty West Brewing Company

  7668 Wooster Pike   


BioOhio's fun summer socials bring Ohio's bioscience players together for networking, talking shop, and getting to know one another in a casual atmosphere. In addition to complimentary hors d'oeuvres, BioOhio members and employees of member organizations will receive one drink ticket.   There will also be a happy hour cash bar for non-members.  Find out more!
Ohio Bioscience Expo & Showcase 
August 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This event will be MD&M + BIO + AdvaMed + Pittcon + RS&A + MEDICA + HIMMS, all rolled into one. If you have an established or startup bioscience company or if you're a supplier, service provider, or innovator, you need to exhibit at this event.
Exhibitors and attendees alike will connect with new customers, find new collaborators and partners, meet colleagues in the industry, and discover companies making cutting edge products and delivering quality services. The previous expo had 86 exhibitors and even more are anticipated this year. The location in Aurora is located between Cleveland and Akron, at the Bertram Inn & Conference Center. Exhibitor registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for more information.
Check out BioOhio's full listing of events, including the annual conference this fall at Cooper Creek Event Center.


  June 10, 2014 from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
1624 Herald Avenue

Join the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber for a fun, funky night of networking, connecting and playing with hundreds of professionals in the region. Register now. 


Congratulations to the 2014 Blue Ash Business Award winners!!


The following winners of the 2014 Blue Ash Business Awards were announced at a sold-out awards ceremony on March 8th at Cooper Creek Event Center: 


2014 Corporate Community Service Award 

 Modern Office Methods

Corporation of the Year

CTI Clinical Trial & Consulting Services

Business of the Year 51-250 Employees 

Schulman Associates, IRB

Business of the Year 1-50 Employees

The Business Backer



Corporate Community Service


Business of the Year 51-250 Employees


Business of the Year 1-50 Employees

Axiom Consulting






On April 10th, City officials and guests filled Axiom's new offices at 4370 Creek Road to celebrate the company's grand opening.


Axiom's executives, left to right:  Satya Rao, Chariman & CEO;  Robert Tate, Manager & President; and Giridhar Lakshminarayana, VP, Operations
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The City of Blue Ash recently produced a new  brochure which is being distributed to targeted decision makers at companies that are looking for locations to start, locate or expand their businesses as well as site selection consultants. 
Click here to see the full brochure.



























Spring 2014 e-Newsletter


I'd like to open this newsletter by welcoming AdvancePierre Foods to our business community. The company is in the process of moving more than 100 executives and staff, including several from Oklahoma, into its new corporate headquarters in the Landings of Blue Ash.  Be sure to read the article in the Business Highlights section of this newsletter to learn more about AdvancePierre Foods and why the company selected Blue Ash.
It's amazing how many medical breakthroughs are underway in our region, including several that are being developed by life sciences companies in Blue Ash. I'm pleased to announce that one of our companies, P2D Bioscience, recently received $2.3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Don't miss the article about how this funding will help P2D develop critical medical advances to treat several diseases.
Neil Hensley, Economic Development Director for the City of Blue Ash, has been traveling far and wide over the past couple of months meeting with new business prospects in India and New York City.  Read the article about his travels and how the City of Blue Ash is partnering with other economic development agencies to attract businesses to the region as well as our City.

In closing, we hope you have a successful and fun-filled summer and are able to attend some of the great events and festivities that are planned in Blue Ash.



David Waltz

City Manager 




AdvancePierre Foods, Inc. brings 100+ jobs to its 

new corporate headquarters in Blue Ash 


AdvancePierre Foods, a leading supplier of value-added protein and handheld convenience products, began moving more than 100 executives and staff into its new corporate headquarters in the Landings of Blue Ash over the Memorial Day weekend.


Michael Sims, CFO,
AdvancePierre Foods

According to Michael Sims, AdvancePierre Food's CFO, the decision to move was based on the company's commitment to delighting its customers. To accomplish that, Sims stated the company recognized the need to bring its executives, business unit team members and support staff together under one roof to increase their ability to collaborate and innovate. 


"We looked at options in other states, but wanted to stay in Greater Cincinnati.  We selected Blue Ash because it's less than 15 minutes away from our operations in West Chester and it's close to downtown and Kenwood. There was also a great selection of real estate in Blue Ash and we really like the area and the amenities it offers," Sims said.   
AdvancePierre Food's Blue Ash corporate headquarters has 25,000 square feet of team-based office space and will serve as the company's Blue Ash Support Center.  AdvancePierre Foods is also renovating its administrative offices in West Chester into a shared services center to further strengthen its commitment to delivering superior customer service and great tasting food solutions.
The company has been headquartered in Greater Cincinnati since 1946 when Pierre Foods, Inc. was founded.  In 2010, Pierre Foods merged with Advance Brands, LLC to form AdvancePierre Foods, and in 2011, the company acquired Barber Foods.  Today, AdvancePierre Foods is the region's largest privately held company with approximately 900 employees in Greater Cincinnati, and a total of more than 4,000 employees in 11  facilities in several states.  The company serves customers across the foodservice, school, retail, club, vending, and convenience store channels.
Click here to learn more about AdvancePierre Foods
P2D Bioscience receives $2.3 million in NIH funding
P2D Bioscience, a Blue Ash-based speciality pharmaceutical company, has been awarded four grants totaling $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the past two months.
According to Dr. Frank Zemlan, founder and CEO of P2D Bioscience, the grants include the development of a new comprehensive test for the diagnosis of genetic liver diseases, new drugs for the treatment of acute leukemia and Alzheimer's disease, and a new drug to improve stem cell transplant therapy for treating leukemia and lymphomas.
"We've received several grants from the NIH in the past, but the scope of the recent grants will help us continue to develop medical advances that improve the lives and health of people who are afflicted with these diseases," Dr. Zemlan stated. 
Founded in 2005, P2D Bioscience focuses on rapid product development aimed at reducing risks, timelines and the cost of drug development. The company currently has three proprietary products in clinical and preclinical development primarily for orphan diseases.  They  include a treatment for Prader-Willi Syndrome, a disorder that results in morbid obesity, drugs to treat Frontotemporal Dementia, and a drug to improve the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
In addition to its office and labs in Blue Ash, the company has a satellite office in Mumbai, India.   
Click here to learn more about P2D Biosciences

Blue Ash takes its message to India,

the Big Apple and beyond


Neil Hensely, Economic Development Director for the City of Blue Ash, has been hard at work expanding the City's business development efforts.


In April, Neil accompanied a delegation of economic development professionals from the region on a trip to India.  There, he met with

Joe Dehner, Partner, Frost Brown Todd
 (left),  Neil Hensley (second to right),  and Adam Singer, Director, REDI Cincinnati (right) meeting with a prospect in India 
prospects at more than 15 technology-based firms and attended several meetings. He also participated in the Intech 50 Conference where he met 50 of India's fastest growing IT firms. Since the rest of the delegation represented the Greater Cincinnati region,  Neil had the opportunity to tell prospects about the specific advantages Blue Ash offers, including access to a large IT talent pool to further the development of their IT services and innovations.
In May, Neil traveled to New York City with more than 1,000 Greater Cincinnati economic development and business executives and arts performers for the first "Cincy in NYC".  The purpose of the trip was to create awareness of the advantages Greater Cincinnati offers NYC-based businesses, including in-depth expertise in consumer products, brand development and advanced manufacturing as well as the second lowest business operating costs in the nation. Audiences were also treated to special performances by the Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and more. 
Neil met with 16 site selection consultants and participated in meetings with REDI Cincinnati executives and several business prospects during the trip.  In addition, Neil and Anne Cappel, executive director of the European American Chamber of Commerce, met with the Austrian and Finnish Consuls General.  



                            Applied Administration Program   

Did you know UC Blue Ash College offers bachelor's programs? The new Applied Administration Bachelor's Degree at UC Blue Ash College is designed for anyone with an associate degree in an applied or technical field (AAB, AAS, or ATS) who wants to put those credits toward a bachelor's degree. In most cases, all of the credits from an associate degree should transfer, allowing the student to enroll as a junior.


The Applied Administration program focuses on skills related to communication, collaboration, and strategic thinking. Graduates will be better prepared for expanded responsibilities that could include a supervisory role. They could also earn more money - studies by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that a person with a bachelor's degree earns about 30% more than they would with an associate's degree.  


"With our affordable tuition and flexible schedule options, this program really is a good fit for working professionals who want to turn their associate degree into a bachelor's and take the next step in their career," said Dr. Marlene Miner, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, UC Blue Ash.


Nearly all of the Applied Administration program classes are offered in day or evening classes and many are also available online.


Learn more, send an email or call (513) 936-1508  


Advance is the quarterly newsletter of the City of Blue Ash. 

For more information, contact:

 Neil Hensley, Director of Economic Development