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Save the date for “Innovation at Miami and Beyond” event

Xiao-Wen Cheng and other participants listen to an I-Corps@Ohio presentation.
Miami University associate professor of microbiology Xiao-Wen Cheng (second from right) will talk about his experience participating in I-Corps@Ohio at the Innovation at Miami and Beyond event being held January 24.

On January 24, OARS will offer an event for the Miami University community and the public titled “Innovation at Miami and Beyond.” While the details are still being finalized, the event is expected to include:

  • A plenary session in which innovators from Miami and the southwestern Ohio business community deliver TED talk-style presentations and participate in a moderated panel discussion.
  • A session on NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program and forming partnerships and applying for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants, led by Burr Zimmerman of Urban Venture Group. STTR grants fund academic-industry partnerships that lead to commercialization. NSF I-Corps assists college faculty, staff, and students in validating the market potential of technologies and launching startup companies. Zimmerman will also lead individual coaching sessions for researchers immediately following the event.
  • A presentation by Xiao-Wen Cheng of Miami’s Microbiology Department about his experience in the I-Corps@Ohio program, which is modeled after NSF I-Corp. Cheng will describe how he began to explore commercialization of his research and how I-Corps@Ohio focused his efforts.

The event will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm and morning coffee and lunch will be provided to attendees. Watch your inbox for an invitation!


Lightbulb photo by TeroVesalainen via Pixabay, public domain/Creative Commons CC0 license. Photo of Xiao-Wen Cheng at I-Corps@Ohio courtesy of Nikki Modlich, Program Manager, I-Corps@Ohio.

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