Innovation Studio Launch at Thompson Library

Posted: October 5, 2018

Reposted from October 4, 2018

The Mission of the Innovation Studio at The Ohio State University

The Innovation Studio exists to foster interprofessional collaboration in creating health care solutions. If you have an idea for a health care product, service, or software and would like help developing it into a commercial reality, we have resources, mentors, and tools to help.  Don’t have an idea? Come share your knowledge, network and partner up with a team that needs your support.

The space

The Innovation Studio is a unique, moveable maker space that travels from college to college across campus, staying at each for a residency of around two months to help foster interprofessional collaboration. Besides housing an array of prototyping tools, the Innovation Studio hosts workshops with topics such as product design, pitch development, interprofessional collaboration and maker skills, and provides project mentors, entrepreneurs-in-residence and daily technical support.

The People

Too often in academia, students, faculty and staff with great skills and ideas get siloed off in their own disciplines. We’d like to change that. Maybe you have research you think might make a great health care product, but you need a software engineer. Or you want use your business, engineering, marketing or maker skills to help develop a health care product idea from concept to commercialization. The Innovation Studio exists to bring people together, from across campus and from the community as well.

Funding is available for interprofessional projects

We encourage students, faculty and staff from all areas of the University to try their hands at inventing and innovating health care solutions together. To reward collaboration across disciplines, projects from interprofessional teams are eligible to enter competitions in which top performers will receive funding for future development. Once funding is awarded, those teams will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding cycles to help them incubate their idea. Submit an Innovation at 

The Inspiration

The Innovation Studio was made possible by a gift from an inspiring Ohio State College of Nursing alumna, Connie Hahn Sharpe (’69), and her husband Gary, who together built Health Care Logistics, Inc., a company that specializes in health care innovations. Read more about them here.


Upcoming Locations in the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar Year



Exhibit dates
Showcase date/time
Challenge track
Monday, October 15th, 2018 – Friday, November 16th, 2018 Thompson Library Friday, November 16th, 2018 8-5 pm TBD
Monday, January 7th, 2019 – Wednesday February 21st, 2019 College of Medicine, Meiling Hall Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 12-5 pm TBD
Monday, March 4th, 2019- Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 College of Nursing, Newton Hall Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 12-5 pm TBD