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Innovation Center

COVID-19 Update as of April 16, 2021:
The Innovation Center is open and maintaining safe operations in support of its business clients. The Innovation Center is also accepting new clients during this pandemic. Contact us with any questions. 


Building Businesses. Changing Lives.

Incubating startups since 1983.

Recent Awards

inBia | 2019 Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award.
UBI Global 2015 Top University Business Incubator Notrh America Top 10
inBia | Rural-Based Entrepreneurship  Center of the year
"As the CEO of an OU Innovation Center client in the medical device field, I can personally vouch for the strong and very valuable support that I and my team have received from the center. The support, guidance, and counsel continue to play a critical role as we further build out our platform for success."   -Gary Wakeford, CEO, OsteoDX


"We are so happy that we located our company at the Ohio University Innovation Center.  The staff is a pleasure to work with and very responsive.  We look forward to continuing our residency in the future."   -Dr. J. Suzanne Lindsey, Founder, Recōdagen


"The Innovation Center coached us on the market assessment, proof of concept, go-to-market strategy, and financial modeling."   -David Carter, Co-Founder, Jersey Watch


"The Innovation Center has been instrumental in helping Nature's Magic sustain growth during this trying time. They have assisted in the process of applying through the FDA to produce hand sanitizer, securing key ingredients, and moving into a lab space to accommodate production."  - Danielle Young, Founder, Nature's Magic


"Beyond the access to the shared lab and equipment, the Innovation Center has provided us with support staff and interns that enable us to grow beyond the infancy stages of business. Their lab director has provided immense insight and thought leadership. Specifically, through the cooperation of the lab director we were just able to institute GLP practices in our lab which will enable us to add at least 10 new jobs in the next 3 years."   -Nick Henderson, CEO, InfinixBio


"It’s a career goal of mine to hold a manager position within a company. A good manager is likable by others and shows leadership qualities. My time at the Innovation Center has supported these areas in a way that I can reflect in both my education and future career."  -Maddy Casey, Student Office Assistant


"Way to go! The impact the Innovation Center has brought to the University and our region has been so beneficial."  -Sherry Calkins, Community Member


"The center has been a true blessing for me and for the community. Thanks to the whole staff for your faith in innovation and for your tireless enthusiasm. "  -Dr. JD Kittle, CSO, FSC


2019 Economic Impact of Companies Supported by the Innovation Center:


The Latest News from the IC

Innovation Center Receives $350,000 Federal Grant

The Innovation Center has secured $350k in federal grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide critical business support to biotechnology startups. Specifically, the grants will be used to help fund the ongoing construction of 3 new biotech labs and to give business support and technical assistance to clients.

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Innovation Center Director, Stacy Strauss, Shares Expertise

Innovation Center Director, Stacy Strauss, joined a panel sponsored by JobsOhio at Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies Summit. Strauss discussed the reasons why Ohio is becoming so appealing to young professionals. She also shared her insight on what new hires are looking for in a company and how expectations have changed during the pandemic.

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IC Client, OsteoDX, Secures an Investment from TechGROWTH Ohio

OsteoDX, Inc. secured an investment from the TechGROWTH Ohio Fund. This investment will help the team at OsteoDX prepare for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Funding application. They were selected for this investment because their promising technology presents a tremendous market opportunity for accurately assessing bone strength.

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