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
"We are grateful to have Dana, a long-time unofficial team member, officially join our team," said Dr. Barry Rosenbaum, AAI's President and CEO. The position was made possible through partial support from the National Science Foundation's TECP award, which provides funding for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II awardees specifically geared toward accelerated commercialization with a commercial partner. The Velcro Companies has provided support as a commercialization partner for the TECP award.