Ohio Third Frontier approves $2.9 million for NW Ohio projectsWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission approved $2.9 million to support new technologies in Northwest Ohio and prepare students for jobs in technology-based industries at its meeting in Columbus on June 12.
“We continue to make Ohio stronger by investing in the high-tech jobs of tomorrow and ensuring our students can compete for these jobs,” David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, stated in the press release announcing the awards.
The University of Toledo was awarded $2,355,319 in collaboration with X-Spine, Metro Medical Innovations and Turning Point through the Third Frontier Innovation Platform Program. The project will develop improved spinal implants and exercise machines for rehabilitation needed after spinal injuries.
The Ohio Third Frontier Innovation Platform Program links established research from the state’s universities, colleges and nonprofit research institutions to Ohio companies, fulfilling their product development and innovation needs. Collaborations are formed to advance technologies into the market.
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce was awarded $428,571 from the Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program. Local businesses from 18 counties in the chamber’s region are eligible to apply for reimbursement for paid interns they hire through this program with the State of Ohio.
The local chamber has offered some type of internship program since 2004 and with the support of the State of Ohio since 2011. It has reimbursed 25 to 30 companies for as many as 105 interns annually, according to the Toledo Regional Chamber.
The Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program is linking talented Ohio students with companies for internship opportunities, exposing them to high-tech business environments that could lead to full-time jobs upon graduation. The program helps expand the state’s technology workforce and retain highly knowledgeable and talented students in Ohio.
The Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund awarded $69,493 to UT and $100,000 to Lucintech, Inc. of Toledo.
Lucintech received the award for its project that will improve efficiency in transparent photovoltaic glass that can be used for automotive sunroofs and buildings.
Lucintech Inc. is the new name for Xunlight 26 Solar LLC, co-founded by Alvin Compaan and Xunming Deng as a former subsidiary of Xunlight Inc. Xunlight 26 Solar was established as a spin-out technology company from UT in January 2008. Compaan now serves as its CEO.
UT was awarded $44,493 for its project that will develop a cleaning and disinfecting agent from the combination of a naturally occurring antibacterial agent and a non-toxic cleaner.
The University will receive $25,000 for its project that will develop a micro processing chip to detect infection, initially targeting bone-tissue cases.
The Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund assists start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed by Ohio institutions of higher education and other not-for-profit research institutions.
The program supports technologies that need validation, such as the building of a prototype before a technology is commercially viable and able to support a start-up company. The program also assists companies that license these products to help move the technology forward into widespread use.