Akron, OH -- The National Science Foundation has awarded Akron Ascent Innovations, LLC (AAI) a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase IIB grant to support further development its nano-fiber based dry adhesive materials.
Dr. Barry Rosenbaum, CEO and President of Akron Ascent Innovations and senior fellow at the University of Akron Research Foundation, received an award for advancing entrepreneurship in higher education at the 6th annual Deshpande Symposium in Lowell, MA.
"Barry Rosenbaum points to a collage of photos outside the lab of Akron Ascent Innovations. No pushpins or tape in sight, the pictures cling to the wall — a la a gecko or Spiderman — suspended by the startup's unique adhesive backing."
Akron Ascent Innovations, LLC (AAI) announced today that Dana Conover, long-time collaborator and current Director of Product Development at AAI, has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Market Development. Dr. Barry Rosenbaum, CEO and President of AAI, said, "Dana has been a part of our story since the very beginning. While he was Elmer's, he was the first champion of our technology. We did our diligence and interviewed a number of great outside candidates for the role, but none had the right fit and right experience."
Akron Ascent is prominently featured in a new article by Simon Montlake on the revitalization of the rust belt through technology innovation. "Inside a clear plastic box the size of a rabbit hutch, a 12-inch drum turns slowly on its axis. At each turn the drum is coated with polymer threads, 100 times as thin as a human hair, fired from a needle-and-syringe electrospinner, just as Spider-Man shoots his webs. It takes 20 minutes to produce an adhesive film...
Dana Conover, former Director of Marketing, Innovation, and New Products at Elmer's Product, has joined the AAI team. "We are thrilled to finally have Dana officially on the team," said Dr. Kevin White, AAI's Chief Operating Officer and Principal Scientist. "Dana brings with him extensive knowledge of the adhesives markets, and broad experience in new product development and applied innovation that will be invaluable as AAI continues to grow."
Dana's relationship with AAI goes back to before AAI was even formed - Dana was one of the first customer interview carried out by the University of Akron team investigating the potential of electrospun dry adhesives. Dana will lead new product development efforts, with a focus for commercial launch in 2017.
Akron Ascent Innovations is pleased to welcome Rebecca Kuznarsky to the team. Rebecca is an Akron Zip at heart, having earned an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering with biology separation and a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering. She has been involved in the applications of electrospinning since her graduate days, and worked in Professor Darrell Reneker's laboratory as an undergraduate...
The AAI team was happy to host a visit from Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor. In 2016, we've also had the pleasure of hosting Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Akron city council, Senator Tom Portman. Up next - Governor Kasich?
With the support of an NSF Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships (TECP) grant, AAI has partnered with Velcro Companies, to develop the technology into products for a range of adhesive markets. “It is a great opportunity to partner with a company that knows the industry and can help us expand and market our product,” said Dr. Barry Rosenbaum, AAI’s President and CEO.