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New structure brings Ohio State’s innovation activity under one umbrella


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 7th, 2021

The Ohio State University has reorganized its departments supporting innovation and entrepreneurship under a new umbrella group in a bid to “provide stronger supports for our entrepreneurial and business community while also better connecting our world-class researchers to the resources they need to translate their research discoveries,” according to a university release.

The new entity overseeing it all is Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge (ERIK), which has been formed under the leadership of Executive Vice President Grace Wang. It joins tech transfer, economic development, corporate engagement, sponsored research, with an office administration arm supporting all those efforts. In addition, the new unit will focus on the development of the Innovation District on Ohio State’s West Campus.

“This is an exciting time for our storied institution,” said Wang. “We have the opportunity to drive the growth of research, creative expression, and innovation, build our Innovation District, and advance Ohio State as a leading research institution and economic engine.”

The new structure includes these five pillars:

  • The Office of Innovation and Economic Development — currently known as the Corporate Engagement Office — will continue to work to advance innovation and technology commercialization, manage intellectual property, build corporate partnerships, stimulate entrepreneurial and start-up activities, and support the region’s economic development efforts.
  • The Office of Research will lead efforts to grow Ohio State’s research and creative expression enterprise, including operations, sponsored programs and research compliance.
  • The Office of Knowledge Enterprise will work to identify existing and emerging research opportunities and provide resources and support to grow research talent.
  • The Business Development and Innovation District pillar will handle communications, marketing, business development and strategic events to support the unit as well as economic development activities related to the Innovation District.
  • The Office Administration pillar will support the leadership team in effective execution of the enterprise agenda and operations, including strategic planning, budget, human resources and more.

Source: Ohio State University

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