"Akron researchers launch adhesive products inspired by gecko feet"

Akron Ascent Innovations’ recent commercial launch of ShearGrip was featured in an article by Jennifer Conn on Read the full article here.

“A startup research company is testing its ultra-strong adhesive, inspired by gecko feet and being marketed as ShearGrip, at an Akron-area nursing home, a downtown eatery and elsewhere in the area.

Akron Ascent Innovations plans to use the feedback on its adhesive to develop next-generation materials for health care, aerospace, cosmetics and other industries, company COO Kevin White told”

“The goal is to let other people handle the product, to validate that people are using it and enjoying it,” said White, who also serves as AAI’s principal scientist. “We’re looking for creative people to handle the product.”

While most adhesives rely on liquids or chemical reactions, ShearGrip is a dry adhesive that gets its strength from millions of connecting fibers 100 times stronger than a strand of hair, White said.

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 first 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

Consumer products made with ShearGrip® dry adhesive now available at