Center for Innovation Strategies

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Ohio State has a successful history of generating innovators, and the need for this talent is greater than ever. The Center for Innovation Strategies combines the strengths of a leading university—outstanding students, world-renowned faculty, dedicated staff, active alumni and engaged industry partners—to develop the critical thinking skills and real-world learning experiences that address innovation challenges.

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OnRamp is a multi-week program that enables a corporate sponsor to cultivate and pose a range of ideas for student teams to validate and iterate using an innovative mindset. Students have an opportunity to directly influence a company’s real-world innovations from conception to implementation. These new ideas are posed from within the company and representatives oversee and help with the direction of the idea.

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 Innovation Gym 

Innovation Gym





The Center for Innovation Strategies is proud to announce the development of a new student program - Innovation Gym. Innovation Gyms are 2-hour design-thinking sprints with the goal of bringing students and companies together to innovate on real-world problems. For more information, contact Christian Lampasso,

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Minor provides undergraduate students from multiple disciplines and majors with a core understanding of how to develop a new start-up business or create new products and services within an existing organization. Students completing the minor will possess the ability to apply critical thinking skills and cross-disciplinary, collaborative problem solving in the creation of successful new ventures, products and services.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Student Spotlight: Laura McLaughlin

Graduate Student Programs

Graduate Business Experiential Learning Program in Drug Development

The Ohio State University Center for Innovation Strategies (CIS) recently launched a new experiential program in drug development for MBA and graduate students. Led by Brian Wulff, PhD, the program will provide a valuable opportunity for students with a STEM-based degree who are interested in earning an MBA from a top-ranked business school. Thanks to a generous gift from the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, this experiential program will draw upon the breadth of expertise at Ohio State by strengthening the relationship between Fisher, CIS and the Wexner Medical Center; A partnership that is centered by the strong connection between CIS and the Drug Development Institute (DDI).

Ideal candidates should have aspirations of working in a drug-development capacity within the pharmaceutical industry. Selected students will receive a part-time graduate research (GRA) position and will work with Dr. Wulff to analyze pharmaceutical technologies from a business perspective, while gaining experience conducting primary and secondary research and exposure to the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Wulff,