Jeffrey Wadsworth

Innovation has Ohio roots

Buckeye Farm News

Jeffrey Wadsworth, CEO of Columbus-based Battelle Memorial Institute, provided attendees of Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual meeting with an overview of how his firm is leading research to solve some of society’s most challenging problems.

Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, executing about $6.5 billion of work annually and employing about 24,500 people. Its projects range from national security and energy to consumer products and life sciences.

Some of Battelle’s work has focused on soybeans, including the development of an environmentally-friendly deicer for airplanes.

Wadsworth indicated there will be rewards for those who can effectively respond to new pressures related to food production, energy and the environment.

“There will be winners, and we want the winners to be in Columbus and not somewhere else,” he said.

Wadsworth said one of Battelle’s priorities is to ensure students are developing the necessary skills to meet future challenges. Investing in education is not only the right thing to do, but the necessary thing to do, he said.

ONLINE EXTRA:

Listen to a Town Hall Ohio radio show featuring Simon Tripp, senior director of Battelle Technology Partnership Practice about how the next generation of American innovation may have it roots in the fields of Ohio.