About the Ohio Innovation Exchange

The Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx) connects industry and business with professors, students, equipment and facilities available at Ohio research universities. OIEx provides access to more than 13,000 faculty and 600 resources from campuses and laboratories around the state, with a mission to facilitate collaboration between Ohio’s leading academic and business minds.

From research partnerships, intellectual property and technology licensing opportunities, to business development and even student internships, OIEx fosters economic development and intellectual advancement across Ohio and the globe.

Benefits of the Ohio Innovation Exchange

  • For Industry

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    You have an idea but need the experts and the technology to innovate. OIEx can connect your company with the research and academic resources that can be extremely difficult to find. OIEx consolidates that information from multiple Ohio research universities into a single, searchable and easily accessible web site, allowing industry and your business to easily find the academic expertise you need. Moreover, university liaisons ensure businesses and university experts are connected to quickly develop working partnerships.

  • For Researchers

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    Your research and expertise is often hard to discover outside of the academic world. OIEx promotes Ohio’s university-based research activities, professors and resources to a larger industry base, making it easier for businesses to find and partner with the state’s leading academics. By enhancing your visibility, OIEx introduces new paths for research funding and creates opportunities for collaboration outside of the traditional university setting.

  • For Universities

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    Ohio’s universities have the experts and resources to benefit businesses of all types, but those resources are often difficult to locate, and hard for business to engage with directly. OIEx makes your researchers and laboratories readily accessible to industry executive and entrepreneurs looking to develop the next big idea. OIEx creates new economic and innovation opportunities by connecting business and industry with Ohio’s academic and institutional expertise in an easy-to-use portal, encouraging connections and collaboration!

Creating the Ohio Innovation Exchange

An initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, and developed in collaboration with four Ohio universities with industry support from the Ohio Manufacturing Institute, OIEx is a platform that connects academic researchers, laboratories and other university resources with businesses in search of university expertise.

Whether looking for assistance with initial product research, development or commercialization, industry now has a go-to resource in OIEx to find academic partners to assist them with their work. By connecting business and industry with these academic institutions, OIEx will facilitate partnerships, expand workforce opportunities for students and business, while fostering innovation and economic development throughout the world.

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OIEx Rapid Response

The Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Innovation Exchange’s partner institutions have brought together an active network of liaisons to support the connection between industry and universities. This dedicated OIEx Rapid Response Team is available to answer questions and connect industry requests to the appropriate resources. The team is working behind the scenes to coordinate requests and communicate needs regarding faculty experts, labs, and equipment to make sure that the best solutions are available.

To get in touch, click the “Contact Us” button found on any OIEx page. Complete and submit the relevant information, and a member of the OIEx Rapid Response team will be in touch quickly to facilitate connections with the appropriate researchers or resources.

Colleges and Universities

Ohio's universities have thousands of experts and resources to benefit industries of all types, but these are often difficult to locate. OIEx consolidates information from university researchers and laboratories into a searchable, easy-to-use portal to quickly connect industry and university experts.

Business and Industry

Industry leaders have breakthrough ideas, but could use academic experts and resources to push them to fruition. OIEx provides access to more than 8,250 faculty and 200 resources from campuses and laboratories across the state, putting those connections at your fingertips through a powerful, easy-to-use web portal.

OIEx Rapid Response Team

Click the "Contact Us" button found throughout the OIEx website to complete and submit your industry request and relevant information. The OIEx Rapid Response Team, made up of industry engagement experts from each university, will quickly be in touch to facilitate the best collaboration possible for your needs.