Industry Liaison Office

ILO-About Us

The Industry Liaison Office (ILO) was launched in December 2008 to foster economic development opportunities in Ohio and beyond by connecting business and industry to Ohio State discoveries, groundbreaking research, and experts in targeted research areas. Ohio State has achieved world-class status in such areas as global climate change, materials research, electromagnetics, medical imaging, cancer, infectious and cardiovascular diseases, environmental sciences, and agbioproducts.

ILO Mission: Dedicated to founding and fostering longstanding relationships with industry worldwide by aligning Ohio State’s core capabilities with industry needs and expectations, for mutual and global community benefit.

How We Can Help You


We will help you connect with industry by:

  • Facilitating collaborations with companies looking for your specific area of expertise
  • Locating potential sources of industry funding for your research
  • Identifying companies specifically interested in building collaborative relationships with Ohio State researchers
  • Identifying learning experiences and internship, employment, and volunteer opportunities for students
  • Introducing you to key industry leaders and helping you gain access to industry facilities and personnel
  • Working with Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer to move your intellectual property toward commercialization
  • Promoting the university’s vast research potential and technological advances to industry


We will help you gain access to:

  • Expertise from one of the nation’s leading public research universities
  • Training and continuing education programs for your workforce
  • Novel ideas, emerging technologies, and ground-breaking research developed by Ohio State's world-class faculty
  • Investment opportunities in high-tech start-up companies and information about licensing opportunities
  • State-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge equipment and instrumentation
  • Motivated, highly qualified students looking for internship, employment, and volunteer opportunities