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Feb 22, 2021


DAYTON, OHIO — Parallax Advanced Research signed a collaborative agreement with Idea Connection Systems® (ICS) of Rochester, New York to support the U.S. Air Force Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) partnership intermediary program, which is managed by Parallax. ICS will provide a key suite of customized services to help transition and commercialize defense technology and boost collaboration among universities, businesses and the government.

ICS is a global innovation consulting firm with decades of experience helping organizations innovate by better understanding the dynamics of human interactions. Bob Rosenfeld, ICS founder and CEO, stood up corporate America’s first Office of Innovation in 1978 at Eastman Kodak, created an award-winning social innovation program named Mosaic Partnerships™ that reduces racial polarization in communities and is the inventor of Innovation Strengths Preference Indicator® (ISPI™), which helps organizations understand their individual and team innovation strengths, as well as their innovation culture.

has the mission to connect universities, businesses and the government, build collaborations between these sectors, identify transformational operational defense solutions and capabilities within these collaborations and advance U.S. Air Force defense technology development.

“Parallax working with ICS in support of will expand our innovation program and allow Parallax and to deepen ties with our clients and partners,” said Dennis Andersh, Parallax CEO.

“This collaboration offers our customers novel insight into how their teams function as individuals, as a group and across their organizations and larger ecosystem, which is crucial to improving the innovation process within large establishments,” said Mary Margaret Evans, executive director.

“The most critical issue that I have seen in organizations is understanding and applying the human dynamics that make innovation happen. Organizations must develop the skills and insights to understand the invisible human elements that are within all of us. Parallax leadership values this, thus together we will help the Department of Defense, academia and industry achieve innovation and its goals,” said Rosenfeld. 


About Parallax Advanced Research

Parallax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that tackles global challenges by accelerating innovation and developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia across Ohio and the Nation. Together with academia, Parallax accelerates innovation that leads to new breakthroughs. Together with government, Parallax tackles critical global challenges and delivers new solutions. Together with industry, Parallax develops groundbreaking ideas and speeds them to market.


cultivates innovation by expanding the American research enterprise for the U.S. Air Force by engaging, connecting and enabling innovators across academia, industry and the Department of Defense ( ). utilizes data analytics to identify transformational operational defense solutions in academia, industry and government sectors; provides process navigation services for academic teams and small businesses; and enhances cross-sector engagement by providing direct connections to the technology needs of multiple programs.

About ICS

ICS was started over 30 years ago by Bob Rosenfeld as a management consulting firm to help bring innovation to the world. ICS is focused on providing instruments and services that leverage the unique human elements and dynamics within organizations to make innovation processes, systems and results possible. ICS works with leaders, teams, departments and organizations to show them how they can be more efficient and communicate more synergistically as individuals and groups. The expertise of ICS leaders nurtures and supports the process of innovation with a broad spectrum of customized services.