Posted by: COSI | February 3, 2009

Our Remarkable Partner—Battelle

innovation-showcaseOur Innovation Showcase pilot experience area is almost complete. Our intention is for it to be a changing place to highlight the incredible innovation, research, and technology advancement taking place locally. That’s a challenge because the science center field, and our expertise, has been more aligned with “permanent” exhibits that are built sturdy and designed to be on the floor for many years.

We’ve challenged ourselves, though, to think how we might change “at the speed of science” – meaning we’ve had to get inside the research world and look for topics and innovations we can tie into. In the process, we’ve gotten behind the scenes a bit with our strong partner, Battelle Memorial Institute.

Over time, I’ve gotten to know this remarkable institution better and better. I doubt that many know it’s the largest free standing R&D center of it’s kind in the world—notable enough that the national press (Forbes) called it out strongly in assigning Columbus as the #1 up and coming Technology Center in the country. Governor Strickland just included Battelle in his state of the state address.

But the fun at COSI, isn’t in the large platitudes, but in working at the ground level with the innovators behind that reputation.

In pulling together the first iteration of our Innovation Showcase we were able to get into the labs and work with the researchers who have developed a “renewable” crash barrier which then led to the core material inspiring new, lightweight and effective armor for our troops. Our team also worked with many of the 17 or so disciplines—from electrical engineering to industrial design to pharmacology—that provided the knowledge to advance the treatment of insulin with an impressive, computerized insulation injection device the size of a pen. crash-barrier

So I was thrilled, and further informed, with the major series that The Columbus Dispatch just did highlighting the breadth and depth of Battelle’s nationally important work. I can see a lot more stories of innovation and technology coming out of our Battelle partnership!

You can follow this link to the lead story and track it from there if you didn’t see it in the paper.

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Responses

  1. I think the Innovation Showcase is really cool. Having a public place where local, national, and international visitors can see what is actually happening in Columbus is great. It not only highlights the great things our local companies are doing, but it grounds the more abstract science and technology concepts into real work, which I think is important to show kids.

    Growing up, I spent more time hanging around COSI than the mall, and one of the areas I remember fondly was the CompuServe area. It was a mainframe or two behind a glass wall and an open area with a bunch of terminals to CompuServe (which was text-based at the time). I’m glad to see COSI is continuing that tradition.

  2. Eric,
    You are right–displaying industry/innovation was in COSI’s DNA. CompuServe was a leading edge company that helped launch the computer use for communications–something that Kim Kiehl just blogged about as she filled in for me. And CompuServe was a local company that led that innovation right from right here in Columbus.

    We hope we can be even more engaging this time around in connecting people to our area innovation.

    Thanks for the affirmation of our direction to add this element to our core strengths.

  3. […] Our Remarkable Partner—Battelle « Chez Sez Our Innovation Showcase pilot experience area is almost complete. Our intention is for it to be a changing place to highlight the incredible innovation, research, and technology advancement taking place locally. […]


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