On May 22, 2019, the Bounce Innovation Hub celebrates the Grand Opening and Open House of their first floor, dubbed the Generator. The facility, which became Bounce in January 2018 after they replaced the Akron Global Business Accelerator, has been the home of Akron Ascent Innovations since August 2015.
This week, Akron Ascent Innovation’s Principal Scientist, Dr. Kevin White, is giving a presentation to the Cleveland Photographic Society (CPS) at their weekly meeting. The event will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the CPS Clubroom at 9543 Broadview Road in Broadview Heights, Ohio.
In April of this year, the first line of consumer products to use AAI’s ShearGrip® technology was launched at ThePinless.com. The Pinless Collection is a vibrant family of products centered around home décor and organization. These products offer a new solution to an old problem — how to display without damage. With AAI’s new ShearGrip technology, it is possible to have removability and repositionability without sacrificing strength.
Dr. Kevin White, the Principal Scientist and Chief Operating Officer at Akron Ascent Innovations, has been invited to speak at the 63rd Annual May Meeting Conference of the Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO).
Akron Ascent Innovations has been selected as a winner of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) Startup Network 4th Annual Technology Showcase. AAI was chosen among a group of promising startups representing a broad range of industries, from energy to pharmaceutical products.
Akron Ascent Innovations has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) Startup Network 4th Annual Technology Showcase. AAI is one of 10 companies selected, which collectively represent Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, in industries including personal care, building, apparel and textiles, cleaning products, electronics, adhesives and coatings, bioplastics, pharmaceutical, and energy.
Richard Weiner, Legal News Reporter for The Akron Legal News, published an article describing Akron Ascent Innovations’ recent launch of ShearGrip and Pinless brand products. The article is a follow-up to an prior report on AAI’s nascent development of dry adhesive technology and provides a particular focus on the consumer-oriented “Pinless Parenting” blog introduced to demonstrate different uses of Pinless products.
AAI’s recent launch of ShearGripdry adhesives was featured in The Devil Strip, Akron’s source for local music, art, and culture news, this week. The story was included as part of The Devil Strip’s “Akropreneurs” series, made possible by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Fund for Our Economic Future.
AAI is proud to announce its membership in the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), part of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts. GC3 is an organization that works to develop and promote environmentally friendly and innovative practices for businesses in the chemical industry.
Sue Walton, Associate Editor with Crain’s Akron Business, featured Akron Ascent Innovations in a recent article. Sue, who previously reported on AAI in June 2017, provides a unique perspective on AAI’s growth trajectory and transition from lab-scale to commercial-scale production.
AAI’s own Principal Scientist and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Kevin White, was interviewed this week for the radio program, “This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro.” In addition to a rousing discussion between Jeanne and Kevin on AAI, the development of ShearGrip, bio-inspired technology, and the launch of Pinless products, the show includes hackers, cyber attacks on the city of Akron, scary messages through home security systems, pothole-filling drones, and new heater technology.
AKRON, Ohio, January 30, 2019 - Akron Ascent Innovations, LLC (AAI), a high-tech start-up, has announced the launch of an innovative dry adhesive technology that offers a unique combination of ease of use, strong adhesion, and damage-free clean removal not possible with today’s conventional adhesives.
After spending most of 2018 focused on transitioning from a lab-scale process to commercial product, Akron-based start-up Akron Ascent Innovations is proud to announce that products backed with ShearGrip®, the first nanofiber dry adhesive, are now available at ShearGrip.com.
AAI Chief Operating Officer and Principal Scientist, Dr. Kevin White, presented recent work on the development of ShearGrip nanofiber dry adhesives at the ACS National Meeting & Expo this summer. The conference, themed “Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond,” was held in Boston, Massachusetts. With over 16,000 attendees from all over the world, the ACS National meeting and Expo is an ideal event to network, and discover new research and technology.
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 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...
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...
In a vestige of Akron's industrial rubber past, more than 40 small start-ups are dreaming big new ideas.
The Akron Global Business Accelerator, in the old B.F. Goodrich building on South Main Street, is a glossy, industrial-chicspace populated with businesses that range from a single employee to graduates selling products or services around the globe…
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.
Akron Ascent Innovations (AAI), a University of Akron spin-off company commercializing a new class of adhesive materials, is pleased to announce that former PolyOne CEO Tom Waltermire will join the team as a Strategic Adviser...
The Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF), a student run non-profit venture capital firm, has selected Akron Ascent Innovations (AAI) for a $25,000 investment. “We are thrilled to have been selected by the students to receive this award.
Akron Ascent Innovations received a new production machine this week. The machine was designed through a partnership with the New Zealand based electrospinning company Revolution Fibres. “The new machine is a massive step forward…