Underscoring its commitment to fostering the next generation of great innovators as well as its dedication to impactful partnerships with organizations around the state of Ohio, Fisher is continuing its support of the I-Corps@Ohio program as it begins its second year.

I-Corps@Ohio is a statewide, university-based technology evaluation program that qualifies commercialization strategies for new scientific discoveries and trains research scientists and student entrepreneurs in the advanced principles of technology entrepreneurship and commercialization.

Six collaborating academic institutions throughout Ohio established the program in 2015, with the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Institute at The Ohio State University administering the program on behalf of the statewide consortium.

“The I-Corps@Ohio program serves a critical and unique role in the creation of new ventures and technology,” said Dr. Michael Camp, I-Corps@Ohio program director and founder and executive director of the TEC Institute. “The unified support, guidance and feedback from all of the I-Corps stakeholders prepares researchers and innovators from across the state to effectively develop, test and explore technology commercialization. The TEC Institute and Fisher are proud to serve as partners and administrators of this vitally important program.”

In its second year, the 2016 I-Corps@Ohio program built a cohort of 23 teams selected from more than 46 applications from 12 institutions. Five teams of Ohio State students, faculty members and mentors were part of the cohort. The technology from the cohort spanned a wide variety of technical disciplines, including IT, biotechnology, medical device, alternative energy, advanced materials, electronics and diagnostic and therapeutic products.

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Nine teams will present their technologies at the Ohio Collegiate Venture Showcase on October 21. The Showcase highlights the most successful outcomes from the program as well as the innovations that exhibit the most potential for success in commercialization.

“This program is a must for all undergraduates, grad school candidates and post-docs,” said Greg Sondag, a cohort member from Northeast Ohio Medical University. “This program will help you understand the process of how a technology can be commercialized from beginning to end. It also generates a new line of thinking.”

The I-Corps@Ohio program is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and coordinates with a number of funding and entrepreneurial support initiatives from the Ohio Third Frontier and the Ohio Development Services Agency.

For more information about I-Corps@Ohio, visit the website at https://icorpsohio.org.