Collaborations with Industry

Advancing medical imaging technology

Ohio State and Cardinal Health have teamed up to establish a central resource with the latest technology to advance the molecular imaging industry. The Cardinal Health Translational Research Center for Molecular Imaging Pharmaceuticals is a one-stop-shop that combines the university’s research capabilities with Cardinal Health’s manufacturing and commercialization expertise for molecular imaging agents. The facility houses a radiopharmacy, a state-of-the-art training center for nuclear pharmacists, a biomarker manufacturing facility and two cyclotrons. As new Ohio State developed imaging pharmaceuticals move through the drug approval pipeline, Cardinal Health will support their development, manufacturing and dispensing for clinical drug trials in Ohio and across its national network of radiopharmaceutical facilities.

Coal power plant that captures carbon dioxide

Researchers from the College of Engineering and Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc. are working on the development of iron-based coal direct chemical looping (CDCL) technology and design of a power plant to capture carbon. Liang-Shih Fan (chemical and biomolecular engineering) pioneered the CDCL technology, which chemically harnesses the coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before it can be released into the atmosphere. The technology has been proven in the lab, but there is an enormous difference between a lab facility and a commercial plant. Through a multi-phase contract with the Department of Energy, Babcock & Wilcox and Ohio State are working to bridge the gap. Before a full-size commercial plant is feasible, the researchers must show success with a demonstration-scale facility that could generate 550 megawatts of electricity.

Accelerating data sharing worldwide

A portfolio of Ohio State-developed software technologies for health care data sharing and advanced analytics was licensed to Signet Accel LLC as part of an exclusive worldwide agreement. The technologies enable rapid and efficient analysis of health care data in ways that had not previously been possible, and allow providers, patients and health care companies to make treatment decisions based on up-to-date information. Company co-founders Philip Payne and Peter Embi (biomedical informatics) developed the technologies. Signet Accel chose to locate in central Ohio near the Ohio State campus to take advantage of the university’s highly-skilled biomedical and computational workforce.

Remote microscopy collaboratory

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) scientists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be able to more quickly analyze materials needed in weapon systems by remotely using Ohio State’s electron microscopes that can peer deep into materials. AFRL launched its first remote materials characterization “collaboratory” in partnership with the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS). CEMAS and AFRL will be able to link and share state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation and analyze samples using the other’s technology remotely, thereby avoiding the expense and time of travel or separately purchasing equipment. The CEMAS instruments, which are equipped with remote operation capabilities through a connection to the 100 gigabit per second OARnet network, provides a unique opportunity for remote teaching and research to partners across the State of Ohio. The remote user experience is equal to that of sitting in front of the microscope. David McComb (materials science engineering) is the director of CEMAS.