The Ohio Department of Higher Education has launched a new online tool designed to connect university researchers with industry leaders (and with each other) in an effort to spur innovation throughout the state.
The Ohio Innovation Exchange is a searchable online database containing information about the faculty, projects, facilities, and equipment located at the state’s research institutions. Businesses, fellow researchers, and others can search the website by keyword, researcher, fields of research, featured patents, and other criteria to find potential collaborators for their work.
It’s all about connections
The project’s goal is to facilitate partnerships between researchers and industry professionals to advance innovation, says Charles See, vice chancellor for external relations and education technology at the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
Before the website launched, there was no formal mechanism in place to do this. The new portal makes it easy for researchers and industry leaders to learn about the many innovations going on in the state and find partners for their research.
“Faculty can also use this tool to interact with each other,” says See. Researchers can use the site to discover: “Who is working on similar research? Who has equipment I might need?”
To illustrate the kinds of collaborations the project aims to foster, the website includes profiles of successful public-private partnerships throughout Ohio. For instance, cardiovascular stents that open clogged arteries have saved millions of lives, but sometimes they cause blood clots that can reclog the artery. A biomaterials scientist with Boston Scientific teamed up with a professor of polymer science and chemistry at the University of Akron to create an ideal coating for medical stents that prevents clots from occurring.