CEO Dennis Andersh; Director Matt Bush, Parallax
Parallax Advanced Research is a 501(c) nonprofit organization that works with academia, government and industry to speed groundbreaking ideas to market. Parallax recently received $9.6 million in federal funding to expand its Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX).
Cincinnati Future spoke with Parallax CEO Dennis Andersh, as well as Director Matt Bush, who led a recent project with the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN).
Tell us about Parallax.
Andersh: Our work is in the applied research area. We act as a bridge between academia, industry and the government to bring new technology solutions to our clients and customers. We’re helping to develop what we call the science of intelligence. We've got a really strong artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning group. We have roughly 25 Ph.D.s that are spread out across different parts of the country. We helped create eight new companies across Ohio. We work with universities and tech transfer offices to get tech out of the university and into industry. We provide assistance and coaching to ensure that those companies are as successful as possible.
You’re part of OFRN. What is that?
Andersh: OFRN is a State of Ohio-focused research and development program that was established by Parallax and the Ohio Department of Higher Education in 2014. OFRN's mission is to stimulate Ohio's innovation economy by funding R&D projects that meet federal laboratory requirements and build statewide university and industry collaborations.
Matt, how did you happen to join the team?
Bush: My last role was at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Pentagon. One of my focus areas was on how to get the government, academics and industry to work together to go after the hard innovative challenges in order to be more competitive in the era of global competition.
When my son was born in 2019, my wife and I knew that we needed family support. We returned to Ohio, where we both grew up. My entire family lives within a 30-minute drive in my house right now.
I was looking for a place where I could put into practice this idea that I helped work on in the Pentagon. Through networking, LinkedIn, cold-calling and many conversations, I made my way through to Dennis, who then brought me onboard. Parallax is exactly what I wanted to do—to put this idea into practice, bringing the whole-of-nation concept together to move the innovation needle forward.