Spiders, geckos and insects can stick to any surface with ease and not leave any marks or trails along their path – and so can new dry adhesive products produced by Akron Ascent Innovations (AAI). The groundbreaking invention has reached the next step in the innovation process with the announcement that AAI has formed a strategic partnership with Velcro Companies to combine its dry adhesive technology with VELCRO® Brand’s classic hook and loop technologies.
AAI’s Akron-based team, which includes four UA graduates and one current UA student, hold a 17-foot long strip of adhesive film. They are, from left, Matt Cymbal, Fei Wang, Kevin White, Ali Blandon Cruz, Roxanna Raoufi, Rebecca Kuznarsky and Sherri Hart.
Sometimes all you need is a small spark to start a big fire, and that is the goal of The University of Akron Research Foundation’s (UARF) new Spark Fund program. The Spark Fund is designed to support prototyping and testing of new innovations and technologies created by UA graduate students and faculty. With monetary help from the Spark Fund, UARF hopes that these innovations will lead to more successful UA start-ups.