Collaborations Across the State

Launch of I-Corps@Ohio

I-Corps@Ohio launched a statewide program to help faculty and graduate students move their technologies out of the labs and into the marketplace. The program, modeled after the National Science Foundation’s successful I-Corps program, helps researchers from Ohio universities validate the market potential of their technologies and launch startup companies. Ohio is the first state to have such a program. Ohio State University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, Lorain County Community College, Ohio University and the University of Toledo collaborated to get the program off the ground. Michael Camp (Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Institute at Ohio State) is the I-Corps@Ohio program director.

Two Ohio State teams were among eight chosen from across the state to be I-Corps@Ohio’s first participants to see if their technologies had commercialization potential. Glenn Daehn and Anupam Vivek (materials science and engineering) developed an impact spot welding technology for high strength metals that will be used for lighter-weight automobiles. Renukaradhya Gourapura (veterinary preventive medicine) developed a nanoparticle-based swine influenza vaccine for pigs.

Ohio State spinoff developing biosensor technology

ProteoSense LLC, a Columbus-based Ohio State spinoff, is developing a portable sensor technology to detect foodborne pathogens that threaten the food safety of fresh produce—in 15 minutes or less. Using the RapidScan™, a hand-held device developed by Len Brillson (electrical and computer engineering and physics) and Stephen Lee (biomedical engineering), customers can immediately test produce for dangerous pathogens like salmonella, E. coli and listeria, instead of reacting after a contamination problem has occurred. ProteoSense, led by Ohio State electrical engineering alumnus Mark Byrne, received $1 million from the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund. Byrne is working to forge strategic partnerships with Ohio companies, trade associations and other major entities in Ohio’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.