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Public Affairs Discussion Group

"New Economic Prospects in Cleveland"

March 9, 2007
Crawford Hall, Room 9 - The Inamori Center

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Biaju Shah - President of BioEnterprise

Baiju Shah, J.D. - President of BioEnterprise


Dear Colleagues:

The Friday, March 9, Public Affairs lunch discussion will focus on one of the upsides in the local economy, the boom in health-related products and services. Our scheduled speaker is Baiju Shah, President of BioEnterprise. BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration initiative designed to grow health care companies and commercialize bioscience technologies. Its founders and partners are the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, and Summa Health System. It works with the commercialization offices of the Clinic, the university's Office of Technology Transfer and the Summa Enterprise Group, helping to promote emerging medical device, biotechnology, and health care services firms.

Baiju Shah came to Bioenterprise from McKinsey and Company. He earned his J.D. from Harvard and B.A. from Yale, and focuses primarily on BioEnterprise's medical device and health care services companies. He leads an experienced team with expertise in the technology, organizational, and financial aspects of the business development challenge. You can see more about Bioenterprise, including many of the companies it has helped start or grow, by going to its website:

We meet in Crawford Hall, Room 9, on the lower level of Crawford within the Inamori Center, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hot beverages are kindly provided by the Office of University Communication, and cookies by generous donors. Please join us for what should be an informative discussion of something about which we all hear a lot, but may not know very much.

Please remember that next week is Spring Break so there will be no Friday Lunch. We reconvene, same time and same place, on March 23 to talk about the justice system's ability to assess "sexual predators." Anderson Cooper was discussing the same topic on CNN last night; maybe we can do better.

Best regards,
Joe White

More About Our Guest

Baiju R. Shah is the President of BioEnterprise. He focuses primarily on BioEnterprise's medical device and health care services companies. For those clients, Shah counsels on strategic, business development, and operational matters as well as on growth financing.  Shah came to BioEnterprise from McKinsey & Company, where he played a leading role in both the Growth and Business Building and the Economic Development practices.  Shah received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

Spring Semester Schedule

Beginning on February 2, the Friday Lunch will move back to Crawford Hall, in ROOM 9. Room 9 is within the Inamori Center, on the basement level of Crawford.

It is very kind of Bill Deal, Director of the Inamori Center, to make this room available on a regular basis. Thank you, Bill!

Room 9 seats 35, with a central table and also chairs along the wall. It should be a better setup than Guilford. If we expect a large crowd, we may be able to open a partition and join up with Room 11.

There will, however, be a class in the room until 12:20. Therefore it will not be possible to get there much before the lunch begins. On the other hand, people who are a bit early should be able to hang out in the Tomlinson food court. I believe the underground passage from Tomlinson to Crawford will be restored when construction is finished.

Coffee will be provided from the SAGES Cafe'. Which should mean very good coffee.

The tentative schedule of speakers, so far:

January 26: Phil (Perkins Professor of Physics-Case Western Reserve University) and Sarah Taylor, Wind Power and All of It's Aspects - Environmental, Energy,  Economic, Aesthetic, and Maybe More.

February 2: Ken Grundy, Marcus Hanna Professor Emeritus of Political Science, on subject to be determined

February 9: Paul Schroeder, Visiting Lecturer in Political Science and from Families of the Fallen for Change, on what to do in Iraq

February 16: Mark Turner, Professor of Cognitive Science, on cognition and politics

February 23: Mel Goldstein, Professor of Anthropology, on why the Chinese are winning in Tibet

March 2: Susan Helper, Professor of Economics, on strategies for American workers within the current global competition.

March 9: Baiju Shah, President, Bioenterprise Corporation, on the new economic prospects in Cleveland.

March 16: Break

March 23: Mike Aronoff of Cuyahoga County on the evaluation of sexual predators for the courtsare they really dangerous, and can we predict if they will reoffend?

March 30: Barbara Morrison, Assistant Professor of Nursing, on how current patterns of care for Moms and newborns deny them the peace and quiet and bonding they need.

April 6: Horst von Recum, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Insoo Hyun, Assistant Professor of Bioethics; and Greg Eastwood, Interim President of Case Western Reserve University on Stem Cell Research.

April 13: Marixa Lasso, Assistant Professor of History: Drugs, War, and Coffee in Colombia

April 20: Mark Joseph, Assistant Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences: Mixed-Income Development as an Approach to Addressing Urban Poverty

April 27: Christine Cano, Associate Professor of French, on the French elections (this date falls between the first round and the runoff election)

Parking: For those people who seek to make special arrangements about parking, the contact person now will be Fay Alexander.  Her phone number is 368-4440, and her e-mail is

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