Beacon Journal staff

COLUMBUS: Ohio Third Frontier announced Wednesday it would award a $3 million grant to Kent State University and commercial partners.


The money comes from the Third Frontierís Innovation Platform, which links development and innovation at Ohio colleges, universities and not-for-profit research institutions to the innovation needs of for-profit Ohio companies. This connection must support job creation and business opportunities in Ohio.


KSU, in collaboration with AlphaMicron, Akron Polymer Systems, Crystal Diagnostics and Kent Displays, will use the funds to create applications for liquid crystals. One such possibility is censor devices in clothing and the body.


Other winners were the University of Dayton, $2.9 million; the Cleveland Clinic, $2.7 million and $3 million for two separate projects; Ohio State, $3 million; and Case Western Reserve University, $2.4 million.