Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge brings the different aspects of OSU’s research, innovation and commercialisation activities under one umbrella.

Ohio State University has revealed a unified structure for its research and innovation activities called Enterprise for Research, Innovation and Knowledge (ERIK) that will be led by Grace Wang.

Wang joined OSU in November 2020 as the institution’s first executive vice-president for research, innovation and knowledge enterprise.

ERIK consolidates and leverages the Office of Research, Corporate Engagement Office (to be renamed to Office of Innovation and Economic Development), Technology Commercialization Office and the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship.

Scott Osborne will continue to lead the Office of Innovation and Economic Development and in line with the office’s rebranding has taken on the updated title of vice-president for innovation and economic development.

Peter Mohler has been appointed interim vice-president for research to oversee the Office of Research. He is the chief scientific officer of Wexner Medical Center, vice-dean for research of the the College of Medicine and director of Dorothy M Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute.

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, who most recently served as senior associate vice-president for research within the Office of Research, associate dean for research and professor of civil environmental and geodetic engineering, has been named interim vice-president to lead the knowledge enterprise.

Dawn Larzelere has been named associate vice-president for business development and Innovation District, while Brad Harris will act as chief of staff to oversee administrative operations across the enterprise.

Wang said: “This is an exciting time for our storied institution. We have the opportunity to drive the growth of research, creative expression, and innovation, build our Innovation District and advance Ohio State as a leading research institution and economic engine.”