Technical Analysis

OBIC Capabilities

Technical, Economic and Environmental Analyses


OBIC utilizes the vast networking resources of OSU and alliance members to build collaborations for product testing, marketplace validation and commercial applications.

PolymerOhio is an industry association for the state's 2,800+ polymer facilities. PolymerOhio provides a broad range of technical and business services. Their team of consultants has considerable experience conducting techno-economic analyses for Ohio's plastics, rubber and advanced materials industries.

Studies on the flow of materials and energy in industrial systems, or Life Cycle Analysis, is conducted at OSU, Battelle and our industry partners. Extensive capabilities exist in the OSU College of Engineering,including the Department of Chemical Engineering,

The OSU Center for Resilience is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to improving the resilience of industrial systems. Their broad scope includes the Manufacturing,Transportation, Energy, Construction, Agribusiness and Retail industries.

Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle) is a global science and technology enterprise that develops and commercializes technology and manages or co-manages laboratories in the U.S. and abroad. Battelle's extensive capabilities in technical, economical and environmental analyses include:

  • Accelerated Aging
  • Service Life Prediction
  • Service Life Extension
  • Market Identification
  • Unit Manufacturing Cost
  • Tech Transfer and Licensing
  • Patent analysis
  • Competitive bench marking

OSU ATECH provides expertise in marketing, business development, intellectual property management and technology transfer. The program works to foster and accelerate economic development, with a primary focus on food, agricultural, environmental and life science technologies.

OSU's Center for Entrepreneurship at The Fisher College of Businesssupports academic research, education and community engagement in entrepreneurship.


Studies on the Life Cycle Analysis of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites is a part of the The Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials & Devices (CMPND), a Wright Center of Innovation established with a State of Ohio Third Frontier Program grant for economic development. Sharell Mikesell (Exec. Director, Ohio Polymer Strategy Council) and L. Jim Lee (Helen C. Kurtz Professor, OSU Department of Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering) serve as Co-Directors. Collaborating universities include The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, University of Akron, Kent State, University of Toledo and Wright State, and over 60 industry collaborators. CMPND's extensive research, development and commercialization programs include:

  • Polymer synthesis
  • Film and barrier packaging technology
  • Packaging design and temper-proof packaging
  • Polymer processing and parts integration
  • Analytical testing
  • System integration and part proto-typing


The OSU Composting Research Center includes a facility for pilot-scale research related to curing and decomposition of organic matter. The Center also has extensive facilities for field plot research. The Composting Research Center is part of The OSU Center for Urban Environment and Economic Development (CUEED) , which focuses on a strong ecological approach to landscape research.

The Center for Innovation-Based Enterprise (CIBE), based in the OSU Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, was established in May 2006. Director Marvin Batte and CIBE economists provide research and guidance on commercialization, entrepreneurship, contract design, finance, marketing, and risk management for innovation-based and start-up ag-bioscience enterprises.

The OSU Agroecosystems Management Program, based in the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), integrates economic, ecological and social aspects of agricultural management.


Accurate analyses of Technical, Economic and Environmental aspects are integral to the successful commercialization of bioproducts technology. Extensive capabilities are available at The Ohio State University (OSU), Battelle Memorial Institute, national laboratories and OBIC's industry partners.