THE WTN STORY
Technology powers the growth of American industry.
It leads to increased productivity, new products and processes,
increased global competitiveness, higher-paying jobs and strong
economic development. Since 1989 WTN has played a key role in
providing technology for business and industry.
WTN is a not-for-profit Ohio corporation formed by leaders from Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base (WPAFB), the State of Ohio and industry. WTN is a part of Ohio's
Thomas Edison Program - one of the nation's premier programs that link technology
providers and users to create commercial opportunities. WTN performs technology
transfer (T2), in response to contracts and grants from the Air Force Research
Laboratory (AFRL) and the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD). WTN is the T2
intermediary for AFRL at WPAFB. As the intermediary between companies and AFRL,
WTN transfers technology that transform businesses…giving American industry the
power needed to survive and compete.
In addition to AFRL, WTN has several other federal laboratory sources of
innovative technologies. For example, WTN works in partnerships with NASA,
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
These partnerships are a very important part of WTN's business model.
WTN uses all these potential sources to find the right engineer or scientist who
can help a business.
WTN MISSION AND GOALS
WTN provides proven methods to access the expertise and technology of
AFRL and other federal, state and private resources. WTN assists
industry in developing products and processes to achieve greater
economic competitiveness by:Commercializing Air Force technology to provide private companies
awareness of potential solutions to industry problems.
Facilitating technology transfer that:
-helps companies identify the needed technology, locate the source of the
technology and then streamline the procedures to obtain it.
-helps federal laboratories in technology transfer by identifying companies
that would benefit from their existing technologies.
Establishing regional alliances in order to provide access to, and
generate effective use of, all public sector technology and support resources.