Friday April 17, 2009

Summit to Pair Tech Ideas, Businesses to Create Jobs

The Ohio Innovation Summit, formerly the Ohio Nanotechnology Summit, has expanded to emphasize sensor technology, innovation and job creation, in addition to nanotechnology. Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher will give the keynote address.

Approximately 500 academic, government and industry researchers from around the U.S. will convene for the Ohio Innovation Summit April 20-23 at the Dayton Convention Center. Organizers hope attendees develop partnerships that will create jobs and spur economic development in Ohio.

"The summit will help Ohio identify areas that have the most potential for converting nanotechnology and sensors technology to new products and start-up companies to keep Ohio growing," said Sharell Mikesell, associate vice president for the Industrial Liaison Office at The Ohio State University and co-chair of the planning committee.

The event, formerly the Ohio Nanotechnology Summit, has expanded to emphasize sensor technology, innovation and job creation, in addition to nanotechnology.

Ohio Department of Development Director and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher will be the featured speaker at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 21 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Modern Flight Gallery.

Visit the related link to register for the event and for a complete summit schedule. The cost is $100 for students and governmental organizations and $300 for businesses. An option to attend only the dinner, a mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Dayton Convention Center or the workshops are $75 each.

"There is a lot of sponsored research in nanotechnology and sensors in Ohio. Plus, there are many companies in Ohio and around the country working in renewable energy, pharmaceutical, security and other areas hungry for these technologies," said Mickey McCabe, vice president for research and executive director of the University of Dayton Research Institute. "We want to make matches at this summit that result in job creation and economic development."

Discussion topics include: Is Technology Innovation Necessary for Economic Recovery and Long-Term Economic Vitality?; From Research Lab to Start-Up and Beyond: A Perspective on Technology Commercialization; The Business of Commercialization and Adding Value to the Market; Accelerating Innovation: Ohio's Advanced Energy Job Stimulus; Driving Cultural Change: Creating, Obtaining, and Fostering an Innovative Workforce; and Innovation to Transformation Harnessing Talent, Technology and Capital.

The University of Dayton-led Institute for Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensors Technology, The Ohio State University-led Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials and Devices, the Cleveland State University-led Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering are helping organize and sponsor the event. The University of Dayton Research Institute, Thompson Hine LLP, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, University of Akron, Wright State University, University of Toledo and Polymer Ohio also are sponsoring the summit.

During the summit, the University of Dayton-led IDCAST can be held up as an example of bringing research and industry together to create jobs and spur economic development. In less than two years, IDCAST has created more than 200 jobs. That's in contrast to the two reports released last week by Chicago placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. and Massachusetts-based Forrester Research. Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. reported technology company job losses have increased for each of the last five quarters and U.S. technology companies announced plans for 84,217 job cuts in the first quarter of 2009. Forrester Research, according to a CNN Money article, reports that tech jobs are forecast to decline by 1.2 percent this year.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or