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Mears to lead national security, defense strategy

Posted: August 3, 2016

Zachary Mears has joined Ohio State as assistant vice president for national security and research programs, effective August 1, 2016. Zach brings expertise in U.S. national security and defense strategy, planning and resourcing to this new position.

This is a shared leadership position with Battelle and Ohio State’s Office of Research and College of Engineering. Zach will help the university and Battelle develop and implement a strategic relationship management plan related to national security research conducted at Ohio State and Battelle.

Zach will lead the expansion of collaborative research projects, scientific and educational programs and business development opportunities at Ohio State to further the collaborative relationship between the university and Ohio-based federal national security programs. His primary focus will be on the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Zach also will work to develop teams of internal and external partners to identify major state and federal funding opportunities.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Zach served as the deputy chief of staff to the secretary of defense and chief of staff to the deputy secretary of defense in Washington, DC. He advised the secretary and deputy secretary of defense on national priorities and managed their implementation. He also served as the director of the Advanced Capability and Deterrence Panel and led the development of the Third Offset Strategy, which aims to identify new organizational and operational concepts and new capabilities to improve the United States’ military advantage. He also advised the Defense Innovation Unit–Experimental, which is building bridges between the Pentagon and the United States’ technology communities in Silicon Valley and Boston. Prior to these appointments, he served as the director for strategic planning for the National Security Council, where he co-authored the 2015 National Security Strategy. He also worked as a senior defense analyst for Scitor Corporation and as senior consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Zach received his BA in political science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his MA and PhD in political science from Ohio State.

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Ohio State’s 2015 highly-cited researchers

Posted: January 26, 2016

Nine Ohio State researchers have made Thomson Reuters’ 2015 list of Highly-Cited Researchers, a measure of the worldwide impact and influence of an individual’s research. These researchers have produced a large number of reports that rank among the top one percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication.

The 2015 researchers and the field(s) for which they were recognized are listed below:

  • William Abraham (Clinical Medicine)
  • Hojjat Adeli (Computer Science as well as Engineering)
  • Clara Bloomfield (Clinical Medicine)
  • Carlo Croce (Clinical Medicine)
  • Hesham El Gamal (Computer Science)
  • Rattan Lal (Agricultural Sciences)
  • Ness Shroff (Computer Science)
  • Rene Stulz (Economics and Business)
  • David Weinberg (Space Science)

Learn more.

Thirteen Ohio State researchers made the 2014 list. They are:

  • William Abraham (Internal Medicine)
  • Hojjat Adeli (Engineering)
  • Hansjuerg Alder (Internal Medicine)
  • Clara Bloomfield (Internal Medicine)
  • Carlo Croce (Biology & Biochemistry and Internal Medicine)
  • Hesham El Gamal (Computer Science)
  • Rattan Lal (Agricultural Sciences)
  • Guido Marcucci (Internal Medicine)
  • Ness Shroff (Computer Science)
  • Rene Stulz (Economics & Business)
  • Martin Tusler (Social Sciences, General)
  • Stefano Volinia (Internal Medicine)
  • David Weinberg (Space Science)

 

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Eight Ohio State faculty receive NSF CAREER awards in 2015

Posted: January 1, 2016

Eight assistant professors received Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards in 2015 – the top award given by the National Science Foundation to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of both.

The 2015 winners are:

Four Ohio State researchers received CAREER awards in 2014. They are:

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Ohio State/Brazil collaboration funds 19 grants to develop and strengthen partnerships

Posted: December 18, 2015

Ohio State University and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) continue to build upon existing partnerships and collaborate in new ways, as a result of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement that was signed in March 2013 to support research and innovation. The agreement called for Ohio State and FAPESP to each contribute $700,000 to begin a five-year program.

A joint call for proposals was issued in May 2015 to encourage the formation of research collaborations and encourage the exchange of researchers between FAPESP and Ohio State. Researchers from any department and discipline affiliated with Ohio State and the Higher Education Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo were invited to submit collaborative proposals in two categories:

  • Mobility Grants: Provide up to $20,000 in funding for a period of up to one year for travel, health insurance and living expenses related to the exchange of researchers between the two countries.
  • Regular Research Awards: Provide up to $100,000 in funding for a period of two years for research-related expenses related directly to the project as well as travel, health insurance and living expenses related to the exchange of researchers between the two countries.

Following a competitive review process coordinated by FAPESP and Ohio State, 12 Mobility Grants and 7 Regular Research Grants have been selected for funding. Ohio State and FAPESP will each provide$450,000 for this round of funding.

View the list of funded proposals.

Following the first round of funding in 2013, 24 proposals were selected for funding. View the list of funded proposals from the 2013 call for proposals.

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Robert Lee, Melissa Bailey and team of graduate nursing students named 2015 Innovators of the Year

Posted: October 22, 2015

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important to create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, three university-wide awards were presented on October 22, 2015, to Ohio State’s most successful entrepreneurs.


Innovator of the Year: Robert LeeRobert-Lee_mailchimpIMG

The 2015 Innovator of the Year is Robert Lee, professor in the Division of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. His research focuses on the design and development of novel targeted drug delivery systems based on lipid and/or polymer-based nanoparticles.

Dr. Lee has invented a series of novel liposome and lipid nanoparticle formulations during his 18 years at Ohio State. These discoveries have resulted in numerous patent applications, invention disclosures, licensing agreements, sponsored research agreements and business startups – and most importantly, have resulted in new and more effective ways to diagnose and treat prostate, ovarian, colon and lung cancers.

In September 2014, a portfolio of Dr. Lee’s lipid nanoparticle patents, along with miRNA patents of Dr. Carlo Croce in the College of Medicine, was licensed to Microlin Bio Inc. in the university’s largest licensing deal in more than a decade. The portfolio includes nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents, as well as a novel nucleic acid delivery technology to deliver these transformational therapies to cancer cells.

Rexahn Pharmaceuticals Inc. licensed Dr. Lee’s proprietary nanoparticle delivery technology that specifically targets tumors with oligonucleotides in a way that increases potency and reduces side effects.

In addition, Dr. Lee has invented a novel liposomal formulation of the anticancer drug bortezomib, which has increased therapeutic activity and reduced toxicity in acute myelogenous leukemia – and he has invented a novel liposomal formulation for therapy of multiple myeloma.

Early Career Innovator of the Year: Melissa BaileyMelissa-Bailey_mailchimpIMG

The 2015 Early Career Innovator of the Year is Melissa Bailey, associate professor in the College of Optometry. Her work in the areas of visual optics and the development of myopia is leading to new technologies that are changing the way health care providers diagnose and treat visual impairment.

In 2014, she won the Big Ideas for Health competition hosted by the IDEA Studio for Healthcare and Design at the Wexner Medical Center for a mobile software application, called TESA (for The Eye Scan App), that allows health care practitioners to make many different measurements of the eye, including an estimate of a patient’s glasses prescription and a new, automated measurement of eye alignment. Current testing for eye misalignment, a condition which causes blurred vision and can’t be corrected after the age of 10, requires high-level technical expertise and specialized equipment. Because of the dramatically simplified hardware and ease of use, Dr. Bailey’s device can be used in any location at a fraction of the cost of existing devices. The invention was licensed in 2014 by the start-up company Sight4All, and may be available to health practitioners within the next year.

Dr. Bailey is also collaborating with emeritus professor of optometry Joseph Barr on the development of a new bifocal contact lens design – the Buck-Eye Contact lens, which received a provisional patent in September. And her non-invasive imaging technique for measuring the size and shape of the eye’s ciliary muscle was issued a patent in June.

Student Innovator of the Year: A Team of Five Graduate Students from the College of NursingStudent_team_mailchimpIMG

The 2015 Student Innovator of the Year award goes to a team of five graduate students from the College of Nursing who developed a mobile app that provides Columbus’ underserved populations with confidential, free, easy access to community resources. The team members are: Sarah-Jane Baserman, Megan Miller-Lloyd, Phillip Newman, Stephanie Ritchie and Hayley Townsend.

What started as a class project to create a resource to tackle a community health problem turned into “MobileYou” – a solution to help low-income and vulnerable populations gain access to food pantries and free meals, free health care clinics and mental health resources, housing and shelters, transportation, employment opportunities, and more.

The team recently submitted an invention disclosure to the Technology Commercialization Office. They plan to make the MobileYou app more robust by adding additional agencies and services, many of whom contacted them after seeing the app featured on a local news broadcast. The team would like to broaden the reach of the app to other cities and states.

 

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. This year’s Student Innovator of the Year award is sponsored by Sigma Xi, the scientific research society honoring excellence in scientific investigation.

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Rezai, Sertel and Maung named 2014 Innovators of the Year

Posted: October 31, 2014

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important to create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, three university-wide awards were presented on October 31, 2014, to Ohio State’s most successful faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs.

Innovator of the Year: Ali Rezai

innovator-of-the-year_trancsendThe 2014 Innovator of the Year is Ali Rezai, MD, Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Chair in Neuromodulation, director and CEO of the Ohio State Neurological Institute, and director of the Ohio State Center for Neuromodulation. Dr. Rezai is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who is in constant pursuit of new ways to end pain and suffering for patients living with disabilities. He has spent his career developing technologies that regulate specific targets in the central nervous system to treat and alleviate the symptoms of a host of neurological disorders.

Dr. Rezai’s research focuses on neural circuitry, neurological sensors and monitors, and development of surgical tools and new neuromodulation approaches. Working with investigators from the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Arts and Sciences, Dr. Rezai initiated the first U.S. trials for deep brain stimulation to treat traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, alcoholism and obesity. In collaboration with engineers and scientists from Ohio State and Battelle, Dr. Rezai, along with a team led by Battelle research leader Chad Bouton,  implanted a microchip (Neurobridge) into a patient’s brain that was linked to an external prosthetic sleeve. The procedure allowed the quadriplegic man to move his hand for the first time in four years using his thoughts.

Dr. Rezai holds 35 issued U.S. patents and has more than 50 pending for medical devices and technologies. Three spin-off companies are based on his technology and scientific work – IntElect Medical, Autonomic Technologies and Cardionomics. He was named Cleveland Clinic Innovator of the Year in 2007 and Columbus Business First Innovator of the Year in 2011. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and 40 book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of five scientific journals.

Dr. Rezai has been the principal investigator and co-investigator on eight National Institutes of Health grants and is the force behind the partnership between the Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University to fast-track the commercialization of health care technology.

Early Career Innovator of the Year: Kubilay Sertel

Early-Career_Innovator_Sertel_transcendThe 2014 Early Career Innovator of the Year is Kubilay Sertel, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. His research focuses on Terahertz-frequency sensing, imaging and communications. He developed and commercialized the first real-time, high sensitivity terahertz camera used for medical, communication and security applications.

Dr. Sertel’s video camera “sees” in THz wavelengths. Unlike commercial optical cameras that capture light photons using semiconductor-based sensors, the much longer THz wavelengths use microscopic-scale antennas to capture THz power for detection.

Terahertz offers the capability to not only image through materials, but also to determine their composition. Unlike X-rays, THz waves are safe because of their low-energy, non-ionizing nature. THz waves contain a wealth of information that allow for immediate applications such as security screening through clothing, identification of explosive compounds and life-changing applications such as breast cancer detection.

Dr. Sertel’s camera has been commercialized by Traycer Systems Inc. Traycer has attracted over $7.5 million in venture-backed private equity and $3.5 million in supporting infrastructure.

Dr. Sertel has one issued U.S. patent and two U.S. patents pending, two books and over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, proceedings and book chapters. He is principal investigator on a $6 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Dr. Sertel’s company, TeraProbes Inc., an Ohio State spin-off founded in 2014, recently received $100,000 in funding from the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation Start-up Fund to enable commercialization of an efficient method of testing next generation electronic chips.

Student Innovator of the Year: David Maung

Student_innovator_Maung_transcendThe 2014 Student Innovator of the Year is David Maung, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He was the chief architect and software developer for an at-home gaming program for stroke patients who experience motor weakness from hemiparesis – an inability to move one side of the body. Hemiparesis, which can be debilitating, affects 325,000 individuals each year. Yet, less than one percent of those affected receive constraint-induced movement therapy (CI therapy), the most common form of therapy to improve motor function.

Recognizing the need for a low-cost, accessible therapy to improve arm function, David led the software development for “Recovery Rapids,” an innovative 3D computer-gaming version of CI that provides in home, high repetition motor exercise that targets the affected hand, arm and shoulder and encourages use of the weaker arm to perform routine daily activities.

The software was developed in collaboration with a team of clinicians, computer scientists, an electrical engineer and a biochemist from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Next steps will be the formation of a corporation called “Games That Move You” to disseminate this therapy.

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. This year’s Student Innovator of the Year award is sponsored by Sigma Xi, the scientific research society honoring excellence in scientific investigation.

 

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Hesham El Gamal, M. Monica Giusti, and Kinshuk Mitra named 2013 Innovators of the Year

Posted: November 6, 2013

2013 Innovators of the Year

Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, congratulates the 2013 Innovators of the Year – Hesham El Gamal, Monica Giusti and Kinshuk Mitra. 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 November 6, 2013, to our most successful faculty, staff, and student entrepreneurs.

Innovator of the Year: Hesham El Gamal

Heshem-El-GamalThe 2013 Innovator of the Year is Hesham El Gamal, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering. He is a world-renowned information theorist with key contributions to wireless communications that have been recognized by industry and academia. His research has led to the development of pioneering technology that holds the promise of revolutionizing the mobile video delivery industry.

Dr. El Gamal is a prolific inventor. His record includes 12 issued U.S. patents and four pending patent applications. His first commercialization success at Ohio State was the licensing of code design for a multi-antenna mobile system by Webskye, Inc. The designs were adopted as a foundation for the WiMax wireless standards.

Dr. El Gamal is co-founder and CEO of inmobly, an Ohio State start-up company. Inmobly, short for “intelligence in mobility,” uses the predictability of human behavior to design efficient resource allocation algorithms for mobile networks. By launching a series of apps, inmobly aims to tackle network congestion to deliver a better user experience.

The high-speed requirements of multimedia content are straining cellular networks, creating congestion and delays. Inmobly’s Predictive Automated User-Centric Loading (PAUL) technology overcomes the bandwidth crunch by preloading videos for on-demand viewing. PAUL identifies music and videos people like and downloads new content from sources such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, CNN and ESPN SportsCenter to their mobile device before the user tries to stream it from the Internet.

Inmobly’s technology, which has already been accessed by more than 400,000 end-users, is being considered by Verizon, Sprint-Virgin Mobile and Kajeet as a platform for their next generation mobile video delivery. Inmobly is also working with the university to build a new experience for Buckeye fans that will deliver personalized in-stadium mobile videos on smart phones.

Inmobly started with two developers and a $50,000 TechColumbus grant. In three years, the company has grown to 20 employees and has raised $650,000 towards future development, including $500,000 from TechColumbus’ Pre-seed funds.

Early Career Innovator of the Year: M. Monica Giusti

Monica-GiustiThe 2013 Early Career Innovator of the Year is M. Monica Giusti, associate professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Giusti has developed technologies that demonstrate the health benefits of natural pigments, providing innovative and practical solutions to the food industry in its search for healthier, more natural alternatives to the use of synthetic dyes.

Dr. Giusti’s research program focuses on the use of anthocyanins as alternatives to synthetic dyes. Anthocyanins are the natural pigments responsible for most of the orange to red to blue to purple colors in nature. These pigments are powerful antioxidants, believed to play an important role in the prevention of cancer and other diseases.

Despite their wide availability in nature, anthocyanins are difficult and expensive to isolate into pure forms. Dr. Giusti was granted a patent on the chemoprotective effects of anthocyanin-rich extracts, and has four additional patents pending. She is regarded as one of the top anthocyanin food chemists in the world.

Dr. Giusti is the chief scientist for AnthoScyantific, LLC, a start-up company based on her technology. The initial target market includes the medical, pharmaceutical, nutritional, and biological community. She is also co-editor of “Anthocyanins in Health and Disease,” the first book to summarize the advances in the field of disease prevention and amelioration by anthocyanins.

She was named the 2010 Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Innovator of the Year. In 2011, she received the Outstanding Woman in Technology award from TechColumbus.

Student Innovator of the Year: Kinshuk Mitra

Kinshuk-MitraThe 2013 Student Innovator of the Year is Kinshuk Mitra, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major in the College of Engineering. Kinshuk recognized that as we learn more about the mechanisms for cancer, there is a clear-cut need for a screening technique that is both sensitive and cost-effective. One of the earliest physiological signs of cancer are the cells that shed into the blood stream from primary tumors. Kinshuk developed a new biotechnology called OncoFilter that can isolate circulating tumor cells from human blood samples.

The technology has reached unprecedented levels of reliability, sensitivity and accuracy in isolating cells present in extremely low concentrations, leading to earlier diagnosis that is currently possible. The filter is cost effective, easy to use, and provides quicker results than other available screening tools. The provisional patent application for the OncoFilter technology was filed in April.

Kinshuk teamed up with entrepreneurial students from the Fisher College of Business to win the 2013 Ohio State Business Plan Competition. The team went on to earn a State 2 E-Team Program Grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, which provides early state funding, professional business training and access to mentor coaching.

Kinshuk and the OncoFilter team have received funding from the Wright Center for Imaging, the Levinson Foundation at MIT and the Ohio Tech Angels Fund. Next steps for the team: developing prototypes to optimize the filter technology, applying for additional funding, and recruiting talent.

Kinshuk has become the student voice of innovation on campus. He was instrumental in the creation of INNO, a student innovation initiative that works to link passionate students and innovative research with exciting ventures. And, he is the founder of a course designed to teach students the art of invention and commercialization.

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. This year’s Student Innovator of the Year award is sponsored by Sigma Xi, the scientific research society honoring excellence in scientific investigation.

 

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