State Investments Ensure Toledo-area Companies Can Test And Develop Innovative Technologies
Rep. Sheehy applauds funding for cutting-edge research projects

State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced this week’s state approval of $1 million in funding for the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) in Toledo to support a pair of advanced manufacturing research projects.

“Innovative research projects such as this are instrumental in helping Ohio remain a competitive force within the manufacturing industry,” said Sheehy. “I am pleased that the state is investing in projects that will help expand opportunities for local manufacturing businesses and grow the regional economy.”

The state funds were released to CIFT for two separate projects, each of which received $500,000. The first project involves developing an increased manufacturing capacity for ceramic hollow shells, a filler product that is strong and lightweight and has significant applications for aircraft construction, body armor and protective equipment. The second project is focused on exploring ways to reduce the price of manufacturing the hollow ceramic shells. 

Rep. Sheehy also announced the release of over $150,000 in state funds to Toledo-based IntelliSenze, Inc. for the purpose of testing and developing a more efficient method to detect the presence of microorganisms. 

“Ohio is becoming a hub for new and innovative research projects, and companies like IntelliSenze are leading the charge,” said Sheehy. 

The funds will pay for phase two of a project to test and develop a new process to detect bacteria or viruses almost instantly using a microprocessor chip. Conventional bacteria detection methods typically take a day or longer to return results.

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