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 Innovations, LLC (AAI) announced today that Dana Conover, long-time collaborator and current Director of Product Development at AAI, has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Market Development. Dr. Barry Rosenbaum, CEO and President of AAI, said, "Dana has been a part of our story since the very beginning. While he was Elmer's, he was the first champion of our technology. We did our diligence and interviewed a number of great outside candidates for the role, but none had the right fit and right experience."
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...