The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron is poised to become a global leader in discovering, developing and commercializing biomaterials solutions for orthopaedic and wound healing advancement, while enhancing health education and outcomes. Our goal is to expand Akron’s rich legacy in materials science, and to pioneer the next generation of life-enhancing and life-saving biomedical innovations for the 21st Century.

In order to realize our vision of global leadership in biomaterials, the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron consists of five interrelated centers designed to accelerate translational research to biomedical commercialization as well as improve access, education, prevention, treatment and disease management.

The centers include:

Center for Biomaterials and Medicine (CBMM): with core strengths in biopolymers, orthopaedics and wound healing, the center leverages world-class polymer science and engineering into high-value clinical applications aimed at accelerating biomedical innovation. The center is focused on two research platforms to capitalize on opportunities in the areas of musculoskeletal and tissue biology, polymer/material science, and wound healing.

Medical Device Development Center (MDDC): provides a unique resource for companies and researchers to design, test, synthesize and manufacture new materials and healthcare applications of biomaterials, while providing entrepreneurs and scientists with flexible and easy access to resources for commercialization of their ideas and products.

Center for Clinical Trials and Product Development (CCTPD): provides clinical product development and regulatory services enabling partners and biomedical companies to realize optimal strategy and marketing approval, with an emphasis on clinical trials and medical device/biopharmaceutical product development.

Center for Simulation and Integrated Healthcare Education (CSIHE): is establishing a nationally recognized model and a state-of-the-art facility for simulation-based education, training and research, facilitating the testing and evaluation of emerging technologies and devices for medical companies.

Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI): provides a new model for integrated, multi-institutional collaboration for building an efficient, sustainable model of community health improvement representing the future direction of health in this country, with the direct impact to improve population health, reduce health costs, and remain competitive in a rapidly changing system.