What is the i6 Challenge?

The i6 Challenge is a $12 million innovation competition that seeks to identify and support the nation’s best ideas for technology commercialization and entrepreneurship throughout six different regions of the country. The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA) and University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) were the recipients of the Chicago region award for their “Innovative Solutions for Invention Xceleration” project.

Led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the i6 Challenge awards projects that include efforts to drive innovative technologies in the medical and bioscience industries to market more quickly.


Frank L. Douglas, PhD, MD
Principal Investigator

George R. Newkome, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator

Brian L. Davis, PhD