Sunday, March 21, 2004

CincyTech nurturing businesses

By Cliff Peale
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Piotr Chomczynski researches how to isolate genetic material and sells kits to universities, governments and other laboratories.

He has expanded his company, Molecular Research Center Inc., several times, and now has sales of more than $1 million a year.

Why is he in Cincinnati?

First, Chomczynski worked at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for more than a decade and is a partner with a new program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Second, he loves the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the new Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art.

"Underlying our business, there's a certain intellectual climate in Cincinnati," said Chomczynski, a native of Poland.

"I would like to see more encouragement for businesses like mine," he added. "I don't think there's a climate to promote entrepreneurism."

That's the task of CincyTech USA, a program of the regional economic development group the Cincinnati USA Partnership - to create a culture where companies can flourish.

CincyTech was heavily involved in Ohio's Third Frontier program, which produced the $25 million grant to Children's and UC that Molecular Research Center tapped into last year.

While CincyTech doesn't give loans or create jobs on its own, its job is to lay the groundwork for "growth entrepreneurship," said Johnathan Holifield, executive director of the program.

He said CincyTech can connect resources from UC and Children's to companies such as Procter & Gamble Co.

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