Great Lakes Biomimicry Technology Center
Northeast Ohio is a hot spot for biomimicry and technology innovation. Plans are underway to create the Biomimicry Open Innovation Commercialization Hub in the Desich SMART Center at Lorain County Community College (LCCC).
The first of its kind to integrate the disciplines of biomimicry and business development, the center will serve as the hub for regional biomimetic tech transfer. We will enlist researchers in an open innovation model and move research projects through the commercialization process to develop successful products.
This collaboration will serve as an international model for embedding biomimicry into regional economic development and for developing human talent in the rapidly expanding field of biomimicry.
Clean Water Solutions
Clean water is necessary for life. Northeast Ohio has an abundance of fresh water but is plagued with problems like algal blooms and pollution. Through a partnership with the Cleveland Water Alliance, Avon Lake Regional Water and NASA, Ph.D. Fellows will work on water quality issues by asking: How does nature clean water?
To help drive economic growth and spur innovation in NEO, a biomimicry incubator at LCCC will be open to all entrepreneurs developing innovations inspired by nature. The incubator will offer space, business coaching and mentoring to all eligible entrepreneurs in the Northeast Ohio region.