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Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) and the Thomas Edison Program

Ohio's Thomas Edison Program is a bipartisan initiative that effectively brings together technology providers and users to create commercial opportunities. Many Ohio companies have seen significant increases in sales, profits and market share due to the Edison Program.

Technology Transfer

The Ohio Department of Development's (ODOD) Thomas Edison Program assists Ohio business and industry with the transfer of technology from federal laboratories through the Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center (GLITeC) and the Wright Technology Network. GLITeC is one of six National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) regional technology transfer centers located throughout the United States. Located in Cleveland near the NASA Glenn Research Center, GLITeC offers a number of services aimed at simplifying and increasing the flow of federal technology to companies throughout the Great Lakes Region. With matching support from the State of Ohio, GLITeC assists Ohio firms with identifying acquiring, adapting, and utilizing federal technology for commercial applications. GLITeC services include matching needs with specific expertise, providing business and technology planning evaluations, and helping companies acquire and adapt technology.

WTN was established to integrate Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) into Ohio's economic development strategy through the transfer of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) technology to Ohio industry.

Technology Development

The Edison Technology Centers link industry with academia and government in partnerships to strengthen industrial competitiveness through technological innovation. Each of the Centers offers capabilities in specific technologies including advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, environmental, materials and processes, polymers, and welding and materials joining.

  • CAMP, Inc. - Cleveland
  • Edison BioTechnology Center (EBTC) - Cleveland
  • Edison Industrial Systems Center (EISC) - Toledo
  • Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC) - Kettering
  • Edison Polymer Innovation Corporation (EPIC) - Akron
  • Edison Welding Institute (EWI) - Columbus
  • Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (IAMS) - Cincinnati
  • TechSolve - Cincinnati
  • Technology Incubators

    The Edison Technology Incubators nurture small technology/manufacturing businesses during the start-up stage. The Incubators provide a variety of business development assistance including below-market space, shared office services, and managerial and technical assistance in an environment conducive to new small businesses. The Incubators offer entrepreneurs the ability to concentrate on the development of a product/service without the typical problems that affect such start-up ventures and often result in their premature demise.

  • Akron Industrial Incubator (AII) - Akron
  • Bio/START - Cincinnati
  • Business Technology Center (BTC) - Columbus
  • Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) - Toledo
  • The Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) - Dayton
  • Hamilton County Business Center (HCBC) - Cincinnati
  • Lewis Incubator for Technology (LIFT) - Cleveland
  • Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) - Youngstown
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