New Approaches to Collaboration

American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute

In response to a solicitation from the U.S. Navy, a $148 million high-tech manufacturing research institute was created to develop advanced lightweight materials and technology for use in everything from new hulls for Navy ships to lighter, safer and more efficient automobiles. The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) is a public-private consortium of universities, companies and non-profit organizations. ALMMII was co-founded by EWI, the University of Michigan and Ohio State to bridge the gap between basic research and the commercialization of light-weight metals, and boost the manufacturing sector through the creation of hubs to accelerate development and adoption of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. The institute is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs in the Midwest. ALMMII operates the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) program, a partnership between Ohio State and Boeing focused on vacuum-aided aluminum die casting production.

Neurotechnology Innovations Translator

The Ohio Third Frontier Commission invested $21 million in the formation of the Neurotechnology Innovations Translator (NIT), in collaboration with Ohio State, to create neurotechnology companies and high-tech jobs in Ohio. The neurological frontier is important for medical exploration and discovery, affecting over one billion people worldwide and impacting virtually every clinical condition. While similar centers have emerged, none has assembled the resources and capabilities necessary to build the critical mass for leadership in this sector. The NIT brings an extensive innovation pipeline, a highly-selective focus on commercializable, venture-ready projects and a concept-to-clinic infrastructure to catapult innovations into the marketplace. The NIT’s network of collaborators includes the Air Force Research Laboratory, Battelle Memorial Institute, Cardinal Health, Medtronic, Wright State University and several venture capitalists. Ali Rezai (neurological surgery) leads the NIT.