I am commenting on the Jan. 20 editorial, “A long-term OPED would benefit Ohio,” [Page 6]. It is my belief that the saying “what goes around, comes around” should be the Ohio state motto.
A couple of decades ago, the state of Ohio sponsored a similar organization called EPIC or Edison Polymer Innovation Corp.
I developed and patented two unique processes for applying high-performance polymer powder to carbon fibers while a professor of polymer engineering at the University of Akron.
Even though the university owned the patents (U.S. Patents 5,364,657 and 5,370,911), I was told by EPIC and the university that it was my obligation to find venture capital to develop the processes into commercial entities.
A couple of years later, working as a consultant in Ohio, I approached EPIC with my patented process for producing molded articles from high-performance polymer powders (U.S. Patent 5,316,711), only to be told that EPIC was now only assisting state university professors in developing their ideas.
Sounds like “same old, same old” to me.
Sherwood Technologies Inc.