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Dr. Zev Gurion
Executive Director, Akron BioMedical Corridor
526 South Main Street, Suite 801A

OH 44311


Keeven White
Media Representative
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(o) 330.762.9320 ext. 105
(c) 330.808.3932

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Finnish company delivers new birthing option to patients at Summa Akron City Hospital

Akron Beacon Journal

July 23, 2014
A Finnish company is trying to deliver a more relaxing birth experience to area expectant mothers. Summa Akron City Hospital is the first maternity unit in the United States to offer the Relaxbirth chair from Finland for low-risk pregnant women to use during labor and delivery. Read more... 

A $10 million challenge for Akron

Akron Beacon Journal

July 14, 2014
What is the BioInvestments Funds? A few years ago, the city, through its Akron Development Corp., established a pool of money to attract and support startup companies in biomedical technology, from overseas and closer to home. The primary financial backers were Medical Mutual and FirstEnergy, an initial $1.5 million in all. Read more...

Finnish company finds success in Akron

Akron Beacon Journal

April 9, 2013
About two years ago, a tiny Finnish startup landed in Akron, hoping to tap the U.S. market. Now, the wireless technology venture 7signal has eight employees, a growing customer base and recently received money from the new Akron BioInvestment Funds, designed to boost the city's tech industry. Read more...

Tech startup Sterionics is developing pen-shaped device to treat wounds

Crain's Cleveland Business

February 4, 2013
Sterionics Inc. is developing a pen-shaped device to treat wounds. The other day, Leon Polott cut his thumb on a metal hanger while picking up clothes at the dry cleaner. So, he put cold plasma on it. Through a company in Cleveland called Sterionics Inc., Mr. Polott and his colleagues are working to commercialize...Read More >

Innovation from Lithuania

Akron Beacon Journal

Published Feb. 25, 2013

First, Israel. Then Finland and Slovenia. Now add Lithuania. On Thursday, Lithuanian officials joined in a memorandum of understanding with the city of Akron to collaborate in the development and commercialization of biomedical initiatives. Read More >

Lithuanian officials strike partnership with the City of Akron

Akron Beacon Journal

Published Feb. 21, 2013

Lithuania, a tiny country with a population of roughly 3 million, has something the city of Akron wants: Innovators hungry to turn their ideas into commercial products. Read More >

Agreement brings Akron, Slovenian groups together for job creation

Akron Beacon Journal

Published Nov. 28, 2012

An Akron-based partnership agreed on Monday to work with a similar venture from Slovenia to develop new products for orthopedics, wound healing and other medical applications. Read More >

Partner from Slovenia

Akron Beacon Journal

Published Nov. 27, 2012

Years of planning and the high degree of cooperation achieved among local governments, hospitals, the region's medical college, businesses and entrepreneurs continue to provide the Akron area with the right foundation for growth in a high-tech, global economy. The latest example came this week, with the announcement Monday of a new venture to develop polymer products for medical applications, among them orthopedics and wound treatment. Read More >

Akron invests in biomedical

Smart Business

Published Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Over the past 35 years, Akron has successfully transformed itself from the rubber capital of the world into a diversified business climate that supports more than 600 metalworking, electronics, machining, advanced materials (polymers) and biomedical technology companies. In the past... Read More >

Akron BioInvestments Funds seeks to attract biomedical companies


Published Thursday, February 23, 2012

Akron has become known as a hub for biomedical companies in recent years, and now a new fund is seeking to further cultivate growth in that sector. The $1.5M Akron BioInvestments Fund targets high-growth companies in orthopedics, wound healing, cardiovascular science, biomaterials, medical devices and other areas for investments.... Read More >

FDA Selects Akron Partnership for Polymer Expertise

Akron Beacon Journal

Published Monday, December 16, 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is turning to an Akron-area partnership for expert knowledge about medical devices made from polymer materials...Read More >

Akron Named One of the 10 Best in US to Find a Job

The Fiscal Times News Release

Published Wednesday, December 7, 2011

If you're looking for a job, maybe you should try Akron.

The Fiscal Times has ranked Summit County's largest city as number 2 in job growth...Read More >

Investment Fund Created to Support Biomedical Companies in Akron

City of Akron News Release

Published Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today, at the annual JumpStart community meeting held at the John S. Knight Center, Mayor Don Plusquellic addressed a crowd of around 600 people and announced that the City of Akron, through its Akron Development Corporation, has created the Akron BioInvestments Funds, LLC, to support the attraction and establishment of biomedical companies in Akron. The initial size of the fund is... Read More >