Region’s bioscience industry will be hiring at job fair next week

The BioOhio Regional Career Fair will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Mason Municipal Building, 6000 Mason Montgomery Road.

Employers signed to participate in the job fair include Advanced Testing Laboratory, Actavis, Aerotek, Alkermes, Aptalis, Assurex Health, Avecia, Camargo, Medpace, Patheon and Taylor Strategy Partners, according to the city.

“The need for the right talent is a topic we consistently hear from our members,” said BioOhio President and CEO John Lewis in a written statement.

Next week’s event is open to the job-seeking public from through the Cincinnati-Dayton area. Attendance is free.

Last year, bioscience firms employed over 67,400 Ohioans, earning an average annual wage of $69,604, according to BioOhio data. The field is the cross-section of business and health care, and includes companies such as medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, health technology and agricultural technology.

The timing and location of BioOhio organized job fairs depend on the needs of employers and are part of efforts to connect employers to talent they need to grow, said Drew Cook, project and technology manager for the group.

Mason is recruiting companies to grow a bioscience-focused industry cluster in the Warren County city.

Related companies include mental health hospital Lindner Center of HOPE; AtriCure Inc., a medical device manufacturer that is building a new headquarters on Innovation Way; The Procter & Gamble Co., which announced in March plans to build a new $300 million Beauty Innovation Center at the consumer goods giant’s existing Mason Business Center campus; and 360 Pharma Group LLC, which announced in March plans to build a new headquarters and distribution site in Mason.

Over the last 18 months, the city’s bioscience-related workforce doubled to nearly 300 employees at multiple companies, according to Mason.

“The biohealth talent is here,” said Assurex Health Chief Operating Officer Don Wright in a written statement. “When we chose to expand and continue our growth in Mason, we had to believe we could attract the top biohealth talent in the country to accommodate our rapid growth.”

Assurex Health, which provides genetic tests and analysis to help guide doctors’ treatment decisions, revealed plans in April to build an approximately $15 million new headquarters and laboratory along Innovation Way. The project will anchor a 30-acre bioscience-themed business park.

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