"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 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.
Senator Rob Portman visited AAI's lab at the Akron Accelerator this week. Great to have access to such distinguished visitors. Our engineer Ali Blandon and chemist Fei Wang taught him the principles of electrospinning and how AAI is using nanofibers to create high strength, damage-free, and repositionable dry adhesives.
"Imagine hanging a sheet of paper, a picture or a dry erase board on a wall without tape or any sticky substance and then taking that paper down and putting it up on another wall without any residue or stickiness.
That is the function of a “dry adhesive,” and Akron Ascent Innovations, located in the Akron Global Business Accelerator, has developed a dry adhesive product that is so versatile that the company cannot keep up with potential applications, said Chief Operating Officer Kevin White.
“We are looking at consumer applications” rather than large commercial ones, said White. In developing products that adhere “home organization onto delicate surfaces,” White said that he literally had to tell people to stop creating new applications until the ones in development make it to market.
That hasn’t stopped the development team from looking at everything from spray-on human skin to 3-D printing and experimenting with weather-resistant outdoor applications like signs..."
Akron Ascent Innovations LLC (AAI), a startup company from the University of Akron Research Foundation, announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Velcro Companies to commercialize a range of AAI dry adhesive products. The strategic partnership includes a capital investment by Velcro Companies and a joint development and commercialization agreement under which the companies will collaborate on product solutions that combine AAI’s adhesives with VELCRO® Brand hook and loop technologies and other innovations.