Industry Liasion Office News

Call for Nominations: 2016 Innovator of the Year

Mon, 3rd October, 2016

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important that we create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity, Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, and Matt McNair, vice president of economic and corporate engagement, will be presenting three university-wide awards to Ohio State’s most successful entrepreneurs in January 2017.  Nominations are sought in the following categories: Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year. One award will be given in each category.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards are intended to recognize an Ohio State researcher who is working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spinoff companies formed. These activities support economic development in the central Ohio region, and serve to attract companies that create a base of operations within the state. The creation of separate award categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

The Student Innovator of the Year award is intended to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology. This award, which is open to undergraduate or graduate students, may recognize a student start-up company whose success is a result of entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.

We are requesting a maximum of TWO nominations from each college for each category (a total of six nominations per college). A nomination should consist of a letter from the college dean and a summary of the relevant commercialization activities from the nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume. These activities include invention disclosures, patents (applied for and/or awarded), licenses generated and companies formed.

The nominees for the Innovator or Early Career Innovator need not be faculty members, allowing for the recognition of commercialization activities by staff members as well as faculty. For the Early Career Innovator category, a candidate must be either an assistant or early associate professor (if a faculty member), or have been at Ohio State no more than 10 years (if a staff member). For the Student Innovator category, nominees must be undergraduate or graduate students who are currently registered or recent Ohio State graduates (within the last year).

Nominations, and questions prior to nomination, should be submitted to:

Caroline Whitacre
Senior Vice President for Research
Office of Research
208 Bricker Hall
190 North Oval Mall
whitacre.3@osu.edu

Nominations must be received by November 21, 2016. They will be reviewed by a committee composed of individuals both internal and external to the university.

The awards for Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year, and Student Innovator of the Year will be presented as part of the State of Research address on January 25, 2017, at the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union.

2016 Innovator Call for Nominations

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Get Connected: Attend the 2016 Research Expo

Mon, 1st August, 2016

OR-Save-the-Date-PostTuesday, September 27

Opening Reception
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Expo
9:30 a.m. – noon

Research Commons
18th Avenue Library (3rd floor)
175 W. 18th Avenue

Attend the opening reception and meet representatives from the Office of Research, the colleges, research centers, etc. This is a great opportunity to have all of your research-related questions answered. Hear remarks from Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, and Alison Armstrong, associate director for research and education, University Libraries.

Then plan to spend some time at the Research Expo. More than 65 exhibitors – research centers, institutes, core laboratories, shared resource providers and campus vendors – will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise. The Expo provides a great opportunity to network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors.

The event is open to the entire research community.

Register to attend.

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Get connected: Attend the 2015 Research Expo

Wed, 26th August, 2015

Don’t miss the 2015 annual Research Expo.

Thursday, September 24
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

More than 60 exhibitors – research centers, institutes, core laboratories, shared resource providers, and campus vendors – will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise.

The Expo provides a great opportunity to network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors.

The event is open to the entire research community.

View the list of exhibitors.

RSVP to attend the event.

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Get connected: Attend the 2014 Research Expo

Wed, 27th August, 2014

Don’t miss the 2014 annual Research Expo.

Tuesday, September 23
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

More than 50 exhibitors – research centers, institutes, core laboratories, shared resource providers, and campus vendors – will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise.

The Expo provides a great opportunity to network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors.

The event is open to the entire research community.

View the list of exhibitors.

Register to attend the event.

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Liang-Shih Fan, Jessica Winter, and Qussai Marashdeh named 2012 Innovators of the Year

Thu, 11th October, 2012

Dr. Caroline Whitacre and Brian Cummings congratulate the 2012 Innovators of the Year – Qussai Marashdeh, Jessica Winter, and Lian-Shih (L.S.) Fan. Photo courtesy of Kevin Fitzsimons

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important that we create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among our researchers, three university-wide awards were presented on October 11, 2012, to our most successful faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs.

Innovator of the Year: Liang-Shih (L.S.) Fan

Dr. Liang-Shih (L.S.) Fan

The 2012 Innovator of the Year is Dr. Liang-Shih (L.S.) Fan, Distinguished University Professor and C. John Easton Professor of Engineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Fan’s creativity, inventiveness, and original contributions to energy conversion, environmental engineering, and particle technology have made and will continue to make significant impacts on energy utilization and global climate change within the U.S. and throughout the world. He is a leading international authority in particle technology and its application for fossil energy conversion.

Fan holds 34 patents, has significant IP licensing activity, and has received nearly $20 million in funding from governmental agencies and the private sector to demonstrate and commercialize his technologies. He has developed alternative energy conversion technologies from the concept stage to successful demonstration in pilot scale units and commercialization.

A panel of experts assembled by the U.S. Department of Energy considers his technologies to be “transformational.” His chemical looping process is the only one being developed that is able to directly perform both combustion and gasification. Shell, Air Products and Chemicals, Babcock and Wilcox, and CONSOL Energy have teamed up with his research group to commercialize his chemical looping technologies for synthetic liquid fuels, H2, and electricity production.

L.S. Fan (left) aims to achieve clean energy production by converting coal and/or biomass into electricity and/or hydrogen while efficiently capturing the CO2.

His Electric Capacitance Volume-Technology (ECVT) launched Tech4Imaging LLC in 2010, a start-up company whose sales have already surpassed $1 million. ECVT, which is is being used by DOE, NASA, and universities and industries throughout the world, allows researchers to record three-dimensional scans of the gases and solids that mix inside boilers and other industrial processing reactors.

Fan is currently researching the chemical looping process for natural gas conversion to syngas or liquid fuels with Bio2Electric and the potential of solar chemical looping – a renewable process – with DOE’s National Renewable Laboratory and the University of Colorado. His ultimate goal is to license and develop American-born technologies to spur economic growth, energy independence, and clean energy.

Early Career Innovator of the Year: Jessica Winter

Dr. Jessica Winter

The 2012 Early Career Innovator of the Year is Dr. Jessica Winter, associate professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the applications of nanotechnology in medicine, an area of research that has led to substantial innovations with potential for commercialization. She is working to develop and commercialize next generation illumination and detection nanoparticles to supplant inferior products currently on the market.

Since joining Ohio State in 2006, Winter has authored seven invention disclosures, three provisional patents, one full U.S. patent, and over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters.

She is the founder of Core Quantum Technologies (CQT). Under her leadership, the company has amassed over $320,000 in external funding since January 2012. CQT won first place in the 2012 Ohio State University Business Plan Competition in the Fisher College of Business.

REU intern guided by Professor Jessica Winter.

Jessica participated in the National Science Foundation’s highly competitive Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to translate CQT technology from the bench to commercialization. The I-Corps program broadens the impact of NSF-funded basic research projects and provides classroom instruction on the formation of start-up companies and guidance from established entrepreneurs. She also received funding from the Ohio Third Frontier’s Technology Innovation Start-up Program.

The technology upon which CQT is based groups nanoparticles together in self-assembled structures known as micelles. The initial focus of her research was applied to semiconductor nanoparticle quantum dots to yield a platform technology known as the MultiDot. MultiDot provides increased brightness and stability compared to the quantum dots currently available. The technology could enable multiple breakthrough technologies in personal health test kits, solar cells, LED bulbs, and medical diagnostics. The technology is in production at the lab scale. Many companies have already expressed interest in licensing the technology, and early adopters are in line to make first purchases.

Student Innovator of the Year: Qussai Marashdeh

Qussai Marashdeh

The 2012 Student Innovator of the Year is Qussai Marashdeh, a senior research associate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Qussai received an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State. In 2012, he received his Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Qussai has revolutionized the field of capacitance tomography – an innovative imaging technique that has the potential to revolutionize the energy, aerospace, chemical, and healthcare industries. He was involved in every stage of the development and commercialization of Electrical Capacitance Volume Tomography (ECVT). Applications for ECVT include power-plant operations, combustion imaging, and multi-phase flow systems.

He is co-founder, president, and CEO of Tech4Imaging LLC, an Ohio State spin-off company. He holds two patents, both of which have been licensed to Tech4Imaging. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Tech4Imaging developed and installed an ECVT system at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. The company’s first sale was to an Australian university.

Dr. Qussai Marashdeh (left ) and Dr. L.S. Fan (right) explain the ECVT model to DOE’s Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy Chuck McConnell (center) at Ohio State’s Clean Coal Research Facility.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards recognize Ohio State researchers who are working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed, or spin-off companies formed. These activities support economic development in the Central Ohio region, and serve to attract companies that create a base of operations within the state. The creation of separate categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

The Student Innovator of the Year award recognizes innovation and entrepreneurship among our students that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology.

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Industry Liaison Office team expands

Thu, 9th February, 2012

Bobbi Alkire Noe has joined The Ohio State University Industry Liaison Office (ILO) as associate director. In this role, she will foster the expansion of the ILO mission by linking business and industry needs to the university’s immense assets and create sustainable innovations, new partnerships, and expand the research enterprise. Well versed in the need for industry-academic partnerships and the power of leveraging business opportunities, Noe brings to the university expertise in the business-technical environment. She has a proven track record of taking ideas or concepts through prototype, pilot, startup, and success in the field to commercialization, thereby delivering the products needed by industry and consumers. She holds five patents and is the inventor of numerous trade secrets.

Noe, who holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State, will split her time between the College of Engineering and the ILO. As part of her ILO role, she will work with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Public Health, as well as other colleges across campus and various technology-based departments.

Noe has spent the majority of her career working for Owens Corning (OC). Since joining OC in 1983, she has held positions in R&D, manufacturing, and sales, and most recently as the director of innovation. At OC, she was instrumental in transforming the residential roofing market and business segment via national commercialization of a revolutionary new residential shingle product – delivering the largest first-year sales and profitably numbers for any product in OC’s history. She was also responsible for the start up of a green field manufacturing facility to launch a next generation fiberglass material.

The Industry Liaison Office was launched in December 2008 by the Office of Research to initiate and foster mutually beneficial relationships with industry and organizations worldwide. The ILO brokers the alignment of Ohio State’s core capabilities in learning, discovery and innovation, and services with industry needs. The ILO links the university’s immense assets to the needs of industry to drive ideas for research, new products, improved processes, and an expansion of services offered. The ILO also creates dynamic and sustainable assets for its partners, the state of Ohio, and the global community. Sharell Mikesell, PhD, associate vice president, leads the ILO. He is assisted by Daniel Kramer, PhD, ILO director, College of Engineering, and Bryan Kinnamon, ILO director, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Sharell Mikesell to Lead New Industry Liaison Office

Tue, 17th March, 2009

Sharell MikesellIn an effort to foster economic development opportunities within Ohio and beyond, the Office of Research is pleased to announce the opening of the Industry Liaison Office (ILO). The ILO will serve as the “gateway” to Ohio State innovation and expertise, connecting business and industry to Ohio State’s vast network of resources – locally, nationally and internationally.

Serving as the hub for an exchange of information about new discoveries at the frontiers of science and technology, the ILO will help potential industry partners gain access to Ohio State’s emerging technologies and ground-breaking research, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge equipment and instrumentation, highly-qualified students looking for internship and employment opportunities, and training and education programs.

Sharell Mikesell, PhD has been named associate vice president directing the ILO. Since July 2005, Mikesell has served as the co-director for the Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials and Devices (CMPND) centered at Ohio State. CMPND is Ohio’s first state-funded multi-university center in nanotechnology funded by the Ohio Department of Development’s Third Frontier Program.

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Sharell Mikesell to Lead New Industry Liaison Office

Wed, 7th January, 2009

In an effort to foster economic development opportunities within Ohio and beyond, the Office of Research is pleased to announce the opening of the Industrial Liaison Office (ILO). The ILO will serve as the “gateway” to Ohio State innovation and expertise, connecting business and industry to Ohio State’s vast network of resources – locally, nationally, and internationally.

Serving as the hub for an exchange of information about new discoveries at the frontiers of science and technology, the ILO will help potential industry partners gain access to Ohio State’s emerging technologies and ground-breaking research, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge equipment and instrumentation, highly-qualified students looking for internship and employment opportunities, and training and education programs.

Sharell Mikesell, PhD has been named associate vice president directing the ILO. Since July 2005, Mikesell has served as the co-director for the Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials and Devices (CMPND) centered at Ohio State. CMPND is Ohio’s first state-funded multi-university center in nanotechnology funded by the Ohio Department of Development’s Third Frontier Program. This collaboration includes more than 60 small and large companies. Prior to joining Ohio State, Mikesell was a successful senior executive with 30 years of corporate leadership experience in global research and development and business operations. He worked with major companies including GE, Owens-Corning, and Advanced Elastomer Systems, L.P., a subsidiary of Exxon-Mobil.

“This office was created to provide front door access to the university for business and industry, thereby facilitating quicker connections to world-class research and service capabilities,” said Sharell Mikesell. “My goal is to facilitate a broader range of collaborations between the university and industry, foster economic development opportunities from cutting-edge research, and establish new internship and learning opportunities for students.”

“By helping to connect industry to the university’s stellar researchers and students, the Industry Liaison Office will be a key factor in Ohio State’s commitment to pursue transformative research, as well as our land-grant mission to improve the lives of our citizens by fostering economic development,” said Caroline C. Whitacre, vice president for research. “We are delighted that Sharell Mikesell has agreed to lead this effort. His energy, enthusiasm, and considerable experience with industry leaders in the state make him the perfect person for this role, and we are looking forward to working with him to make this office a focal point in forging strong university-industry connections.”

Linking the immense assets of the university to industry needs will result in enhanced services, improved processes, and new ideas for industry ventures. The university benefits as well because it will better be able to align its research agenda and educational programs with current industry needs. By marketing the university’s immense research potential to industry, Ohio State’s visibility and reputation for research will most certainly be elevated as the university moves from research excellence to research eminence. The partnerships created will also promote innovation and stimulate economic growth.
For additional information, please contact Sharell Mikesell at (614) 247-4221 or mikesell.26@osu.edu.

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