Ohio Innovation Exchange Drives State Economy by Connecting Ohio’s Research Universities with Industry

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2021-03-03) — 

OIEx logoThe Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx), an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), provides a powerful, centralized web platform that connects business and industry with faculty research, equipment, and facilities at Ohio’s universities, facilitating partnerships and fostering economic development throughout the state. OIEx consolidates academic resources into a single easily accessible portal, eliminating the need for business professionals to search each university site individually.

Input from university and industry users has led to the creation of a more robust OIEx user experience with rich new features and functionality, including custom expertise tags, a mobile-friendly experience, grant funding information, YouTube and social media, and networks of faculty researchers in Ohio. The relaunched portal can be found at www.ohioinnovationexchange.org.

Originally introduced in 2018 by ODHE, the OIEx website provides access to more than 10,000 STEM-focused faculty and over 1,000 pieces of supporting research equipment and services from the following universities, which participated in the site’s design and development:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • The University of Akron
  • The University of Cincinnati

From research partnerships, intellectual property, and technology licensing opportunities to business development and student internships, OIEx benefits individual companies and industry sectors as well as higher education in Ohio.

“ODHE is excited about the enhanced functionality added to the Ohio Innovation Exchange. The changes made to the Exchange create new, efficient, and faster pathways for business and industry stakeholders to find and connect to Ohio’s Innovation faculty, and also provide Ohio’s faculty members new and dynamic ways to highlight their skills and achievements,” said Charles See, ODHE’s vice chancellor for external relations and education technology. “We remain grateful for the partner universities that contributed their expertise to the design of OIEx and expect to extend its data-sharing capacity to other Ohio universities as the initiative continues to evolve.”  

“The Ohio Innovation Exchange supports the strong research tradition at Ohio’s universities, and elevates visibility and access to that expertise,” said Dr. Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity at Ohio University and a key project sponsor of OIEx. “The Exchange promotes collaborative research with the goals of advancing discovery, bolstering state commerce, and catalyzing connections.”    

About the Ohio Innovation Exchange

The Ohio Innovation Exchange (OIEx) provides a powerful, centralized web portal that makes it easier for professionals seeking industry-specific expertise and resources from Ohio universities, as well as for university faculty seeking networking and collaboration opportunities. OIEx fosters research partnerships and connects entrepreneurs and existing companies with intellectual property and technology licensing opportunities.


About the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.


Contact Information: 


Ohio Innovation Exchange contact:
Melissa Lamb-Peale
Senior Marketing and Strategic Communications Director
(614) 537-7983

Ohio Department of Higher Education contact:
Jeff Robinson
Director of Communications
(614) 752-9487