Crain's Cleveland: Akron startup aims to take hold of adhesives market

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.

”It’s a cool technology,” said Rosenbaum, but the AAI president and CEO is the first to admit the company has yet to prove itself in the marketplace. When it does, possibly by the end of the year, Rubber City entrepreneurs will be up against an “800-pound gorilla.”

”We are aspiring to compete with 3M,” he said. “That ain’t bad.”

No. It ain’t.
— Judy Stringer (Crain's Cleveland)

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About AAI: Akron Ascent Innovations is a start-up company based in Akron, OH that has developed a revolutionary new type of ultra-low tack, removable adhesives material made from nanofibers. This new class of materials is able to achieve a strong, but easily removable, bond between surfaces through nanoscale interactions. This approach to adhesion was inspired by nature and is widely used in the animal kingdom, including beetles, geckos, and spider webs. AAI’s platform approach to dry adhesion can be used for a range of applications. The generation of products for interior home and office applications is now available at, with broader applications in signage, hanging , mounting, assembly, packaging, and apparel markets to come.

Learn more about ShearGrip®, AAI’s revolutionary new bio-inspired dry adhesive, at

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