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May 19, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-1757) Marilyn Edwards Lewis Research Center, Cleveland (Phone: 216/433-2899) RELEASE: 93-91 LEWIS, CASE , Battelle TO COMMERCIALIZE NASA INVENTIONS NASA's Lewis Research Center, Case Western Reserve University and the Battelle Memorial Institute, all of Cleveland, today announced the kick-off of a new initiative to commercialize NASA inventions by using top graduate students at Case Western to come up with new product ideas and strategies. Lewis Research Center Director Larry Ross said that "ensuring that NASA innovations can be applied in the marketplace is a high priority at Lewis. We believe this important new program will put some of the best young minds in the area to work on finding new product ideas for the innovations of some of our top scientists and engineers." The program is known as the Strategic Technology Evaluation Program (STEP), a joint activity of Lewis, the Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center (managed by the Battelle Memorial Institute), the Weatherhead School of Management, the Center for the Management of Science and Technology and Enterprise Development Inc., all units of Case Western Reserve University. "We are excited about this program," said Scott Cowen, Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management. "We believe the Case Western Reserve graduate students will bring a new perspective to commercializing these promising federal government

innovations." The new project is a precedent-establishing program in which a dozen top graduate students at Case Western Reserve, chosen from diverse fields including engineering, business, law and architecture, work as a team to develop commercialization strategies for selected inventions developed at Lewis over the past several years. - more -2During the next 8 weeks, the students will examine more than 90 NASA patents and invention disclosures. The inventions the students will be examining primarily will be in the materials, electrical and electronic and mechanical areas. "This kind of government-university-industry cooperation has been critical to American economic competitiveness in the recent past," Douglas Olesen, President and CEO of the Battelle Memorial Institute, said. "This program is a clear example of the great potential of such cooperative activity. I am particularly pleased by the high level of hands-on industrial involvement in the program." The students will be guided by an industrial advisory group comprised of leading industrialists, venture capitalists, patent attorneys and commercialization experts from throughout Ohio. The students have been chosen on the basis of both their academic work and work-related experience and will be supervised in their research by the Weatherhead School of Management faculty. Students will be paid for their work and will be given the option of receiving academic credit as well. The following list comprises the preliminary membership of the student's Industrial Advisory Group: Dr. Jere Brophy, Vice President for Technology, Brush Wellman Corp.; Robert Erdman, New Business Development Director for Keithley Instruments, Inc.; William Grimberg, Cleveland Tomorrow Technology Leadership Council Director; Dr. Cinda Herndon-King, Vice President of Technology and Education, Edison BioTechnology Center; John Laskowski, Commercialization Manager for Cleveland

Advanced Manufacturing Program; Dr. Thomas Purcell, Vice President and Corporate Director of Research, Ferro Corp.; Charles Rivenburgh, Director of Technology Transfer, Edison Polymer Innovation Corp.; Raymond Rund, Partner, Brantley Venture Partners; Bill Sanford, President and CEO, STERIS Corp.; and Dr. Odo Struger, Vice President of Technology Development, Allen-Bradley - all of Cleveland -end-