Applications now open for the 2021 CNYBAC Medical Device Innovation Challenge

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SU student inventors Kayla Simon ’19 and Elizabeth Tarangelo ’19, co-founders of In-Spire, were the winners of the 2018 CNYBAC MDIC competition

The Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) is holding the fifth round of its successful Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) with applications accepted by the CNYBAC until April 30, 2021. Syracuse University innovators are invited to apply to this mentor-driven program to help medical device researchers and startups advance from concept to commercialization.

The CNYBAC will select up to five MDIC U.S.-based teams to receive intensive mentorship by quality, regulatory, and other experts throughout the six-month program. Teams may elect to participate virtually or receive free workspace on-site within the CNYBAC Creation Garage with access to its Stratasys F170 3D Printer and shared equipment. To be eligible to apply, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, and have an idea or be in early-stage commercialization of a medical device per Food and Drug Administration medical device definition.

Additional opportunities include:

  • Paid stipend for commercialization services through the Syracuse University College of Law Innovation Law Center
  • Access to Student Engineering Capstone Design Programs
  • Food and Drug Administration Regulatory Guidance
  • Expansive Innovation Ecosystem and Networking opportunities
  • CNYBAC Concept to Commercialization Virtual Series and Manufacturing Workshop

The program has been successful at launching entrepreneurs and their device ideas into businesses that can attract investors. A number of Syracuse University startups have participated in the program, with several winning top honors at the pitch competition which concludes the program.

 “The connections to universities and organizations in the Central New York area and beyond has been invaluable for us. The program helps us be capital efficient while making a lot of progress. We’ve also connected with engineering/product development and regulatory mentors through the program, which has enabled us to make a ton of progress in a relatively short period of time. I couldn’t recommend the MDIC program enough,” said recent MDIC graduate and FuzeHub grant winner Souvik Paul of CathBuddy.

The LaunchPad is a collaborator of the CNYBAC, and LaunchPad executive director Linda Dickerson Hartsock is on the CNYBAC advisory board and serves as a mentor for the MDIC program.

Click to learn more about the MDIC program. Applications are accepted online until April 30, 2021.