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Dorothy H. Air, PhD

Dorothy H. Air, PhD

NCAI-CC Site Co-Director

Dorothy H. Air, PhD, PhD is Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization at the University of Cincinnati. Her primary responsibilities include over-sight of all operations relating to commercialization of University technology, assisting faculty in start-up company activity, facilitating university industry commercialization collaborations; and developing a network of commercialization/business resources for the university. She recently received a $1 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier Program to support a new and innovative model for commercialization of university intellectual property. Other accomplishments include: PI on a Pre-seed Investment Fund grant by the Ohio Third Frontier Program for $1.65 million; PI on a $600,000 NSF Grant, Cincinnati Creates Companies, which included an educational and mentoring program for entrepreneurs and a business plan competition; and Senior Investigator on a $27 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier to establish the Center for Computational Medicine. Dr. Air initiated and serves as the chair of the Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS), a consortium which now includes 8 universities in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana, to create university-industry networking opportunities and visibility for the research and commercialization capabilities in the region. In 2005, she was appointed by the University of Cincinnati as a loaned executive to CincyTech for part of her time. She was a member of the 3-person leadership team that developed the initial framework for CincyTech’s Entrepreneurial Signature Program, which has subsequently received millions of dollars in State funding. Her awards and recognitions include: 2015 Top 20 People to Know in Technology by the Cincinnati Business Courier; 2006 one of the Top 10 Women in Technology in the Cincinnati Region; and recipient of the 2007 Leading Women of Greater Cincinnati for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Air serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton County Business Center and is a past Board member of BioStart, EMTEC, Greater Cincinnati Venture Association and Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Board.

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