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ISIX In the News

The following items are press coverage highlights that feature the recent activities and accomplishments of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) and University of Akron Research Foundation's National i6 Challenge-winning project "Innovative Solutions for Invention Xceleration".  The collection, distribution and ongoing  development of such press coverage is covered by the Communications Department at ABIA, whose purpose is to develop a public knowledge of the ABIA and its mission. 

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  • Akron: University of Akron wins federal jobs grant [VIDEO]  

    The federal government sees the University of Akron as one of the places where the jobs of the future can become reality faster.  The Commerce Department awarded a $1 million grant to the university and Austen BioInnovation Institute for its project "Innovative Solutions for Invention Xceleration."  The idea behind the project is to further innovation and cut the development time it takes for new products and technologies to come to market.  The Akron award was one of only six in the nation.

  • University of Akron, Austen BioInnovation Institute get national recognition  

    Efforts in Akron to foster technology-related ventures got national recognition in a competition managed by the U.S. Commerce Department.  John Fernandez, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, came to Akron on Wednesday to present the National i6 Challenge Award to the University of Akron Research Foundation and the Austen BioInnovation Institute.  The competition identified the best ideas for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in six regions of the United States.  The local project, named Innovative Solutions for Invention Xceleration, or ISIX, aims to increase innovation and speed commercialization by bringing together world-class scientists, physicians, engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs in the biomedical and polymer science industries of Northeast Ohio.

  • University of Akron, Austen BioInnovation Institute share $1 Million Federal Grant  

    The University of Akron and the Austen BioInnovation Institute will share a $1 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to spur economic development by turning university-based research into new products, companies and jobs.  The award will be presented this afternoon at the University of Akron by John Fernandez, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development. The University of Akron Research Foundation in partnership with the Austen BioInnovation Institute was one of six regional grant winners throughout the country.

  • $1 Million Grant to Push Local Innovations  

    Akron-area officials beamed Wednesday when the University of Akron Research Foundation and Austen BioInnovation Institute accepted a $1 million federal grant.  That was the institutions' prize for winning one of six awards in the i6 Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The area has the ''secret sauce that makes commercialization strong,'' John Fernandez, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce, told a luncheon audience of about 90 at UA's Goodyear Polymer Center. ''We have no doubt about your capacity to deliver.''

  • Spurring Innovation and Anchoring Jobs in America  

    Regional Innovation Clusters are an important element of the President’s innovation agenda and a good example of how federal agencies can collaborate to maximize the impact of existing federal investments in key areas like energy and agriculture.  Regional Innovation Clusters are geographic concentrations of firms and industries that do business with each other and have common needs for talent, technology, and infrastructure.  Clusters make full use of a region’s unique assets, from infrastructure to workforce to available capital, to increase collaboration and create a climate for businesses to grow and thrive.  Innovation clusters build on existing industry and resources, foster creative environments that encourage knowledge sharing and tailored training and educational activities, and anchor jobs in America rather than shipping jobs overseas.

  • Akron Institute Wins Federal Grant to Commercialize New Technology  

    The Austen BioInnovation Institute together with the University of Akron Research Foundation has won a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The funds will support a project that speeds the time required to take new technologies from the drawing board to commercial application. The institute was launched in 2008 with $20 million in seed money from Knight, with the goal of encouraging research in biomedical commercialization and improving prevention, treatment and disease management. The institute, named for former Knight Board Chairman and trustee Dr. Gerald Austen, works out of a county-owned building in downtown Akron, Ohio as part of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s Hub of Innovation.
     

  • Akron U, Austen BioInnovation Institute share $1M federal grant  

    The University of Akron Research Foundation and the Austen BioInnovation Institute were awarded $1 million as winners of a federal competition designed to reward regional collaboration on innovation.  The two organizations will use the funding for a project called “Innovative Solutions for Invention Xceleration.” The project’s aim is to increase innovation and minimize the time from idea to commercialization by bringing together scientists, physicians, engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs in the medical device and polymer industries of Northeast Ohio, according to a statement from the two groups.

  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces Winners of i6 Challenge  

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced the winners of the i6 Challenge, a new $12 million innovation competition led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Locke made the announcement during his keynote remarks at an event on regional innovation clusters co-hosted by The Brookings Institution.

    The i6 Challenge seeks to identify and support the nation’s best ideas for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in six different regions of the country. The winning team from each region will receive $1 million from EDA to support their project and may be eligible for additional awards from NIH and NSF. Projects include efforts to drive innovative technologies in the medical and bioscience industries to market more quickly by bringing experts in science and academia together with public and private sector businesses and entrepreneurs.

ABIA is a unique collaboration of:
Akron Children's Hospital Summa Health System John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Akron General Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) The University of Akron

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