Cleveland Engineering Society’s annual Industrial & Manufacturing Conference was held Nov. 8 at LaCentre in Westlake. The theme was "Engineering Solutions to Energy & Environmental Challenges." Headlining the conference was Roger Saillant, Ph.D., a fuel cell pioneer and former Ford executive who now is the executive director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University. His presentation was all about the evolution of automotive painting and emissions standards. Kristi Tanner, managing director-advanced manufacturing for JobsOhio, was the luncheon keynote speaker. Representatives from RES Polyflow, PwC, MAGNET, The Technology House, OSHA, the Ohio EPA, Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute at Lorain Community College and Chagrin River Consulting also took part in presentations. This year there were also four schools that had their student-built robots on display! The participating schools were: Avon Lake, Max S. Hayes, Beaumont, and Polaris Career Center. The students did a fantastic job with all the robots, including one that was scooping popcorn and another shooting basketballs! A big thanks to all that came out to the conference this year and helped in making it such a success!
Biolectrics LLC is a start-up company that is developing a battery powered device aimed at treating severe gingivitis and other forms of gum disease with less pain and at a lower cost than current therapies. This new dental device is called the OraFlow™. It looks very simialr to a mouth guard but is attached to an electronic controller that uses noninvasive electrical stimulation to kill oral bacteria associated with severe gum disease. The OraFlow Pro will be sold through dental offices as a take-home treatment for periodontal disease. In most cases, the OraFlow Pro will be used several times a week for less than 20 minutes. We’re very pleased to have this new tenant of The Incubator at MAGNET. We look forward to seeing what the future has in store for Biolectrics!
Lindsay Sims didn’t always know she was going to be an entrepreneur. In fact, it wasn’t until a few years ago that the thought of owning her own business even crossed her mind. Now Lindsay’s new business is booming! Her company, Renters BOOM, helps property managers build their social media presence and integrate leasing efforts. Sims did most of the start up work for her company in The Beta Space, a new program within the Incubator at MAGNET. "The Beta Space was that perfect place for me to transition from idea to practice," she says. After much assistance Lindsay is now "graduating" from The Beta Space and moving in to her own office!