Dr. Alexis Ostrowski smiling in the lab

BGSU researcher chosen for PITCH X video series

Dr. Alexis Ostrowski’s hydrogel technology on track to move from lab to commercialization

Dr. Alexis Ostrowski’s hydrogel technology is on track to move from her Bowling Green State University chemistry lab to commercialization. While it is not yet a done deal, the process has given her some insight into how research might be able to move from the lab to prototype to market.

As the private company Applied Environmental Solutions explores the commercial viability of the hydrogels, Ostrowski, an associate professor of chemistry, was one of just nine people selected for the PITCH X: From Lab to Market video series announced by Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Ruth Milligan, PITCH X project manager, said Ostrowski’s idea “stood out as uniquely impactful across a robust and competitive field of nominees” that represented nearly every research institution in Ohio.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to include her in this new initiative and grateful for her willingness to share her remarkable science not only with all of Ohio, but also potential partners, investors and curious minds across the globe,” Milligan said.

“The hydrogel research of Alexis Ostrowski’s lab is a perfect example of BGSU’s commitment to being a public university for the public good,” said Dr. Michael Y. Ogawa, vice president for research and economic engagement. “Her research, which is focused on improving water quality issues, has real-world and practical applications. She worked with Mark Fox, director of Technology Transfer and Services, who helped guide her through the process."

PITCH X is part of the recently launched Ohio I.P. Promise, a partnership between Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and the Inter-University Council of Ohio to make Ohio universities more attractive to innovators and entrepreneurs. Through the Ohio I.P. Promise, 16 Ohio universities are working to establish a clear path for licensing the institutions’ cutting-edge-of-science breakthroughs that could change the world forever.

PITCH X will let Ohio share its research discoveries with the world in a way that anyone can access. The virtual presentations, three each quarter, will be shared on the InnovateOhio website, YouTube and through social media and other platforms.

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