October bootcamp takes ideas to the next stage

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The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is proud to support and promote Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp, part two, October 18-19 at the CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY.  The top-notch program is essential for innovators who are interested in learning how to take their research or project concept to commercialization.  The two-day workshop will feature more than 25 speakers/panelists on the following topics:

  • Product Development/Testing
  • Risk Management
  • Student Capstone Programs
  • Global Business Development/Exports
  • Industry Collaboration/Corporate Relations
  • Biotech Startups
  • University Entrepreneur Programs
  • The Pitch
  • Incubators/Incubator Programs

The registration fee is waived for university students, faculty and staff.  Lunch and beverages are provided, with free parking in the lot behind the building.  Free exhibit tables are available.  Advance registration is required: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/CNYBiotech

The agenda is:


8:00 – 9:30 Product Development/Testing
Aaron Wolfe, Chief Operations Officer, Ichor Therapeutics; Benson Chan, Assoc Director for Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, SUNY Binghamton; Khalid Sethi, MD, Binghamton Surgical Instruments (BSI) dba SekecKa Spine. Moderator: Win Thurlow, Executive Director, MedTech

9:30 – 9:50 Break

9:50 – 10:50 Risk Management
Mary Salamone, CIC, CPCU, ARM, CWCA, Vice President Strategic Business Advisor, Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy

10:50 – 12:00 Student Capstone Design and Development Programs
Yevgeniy Yesilevskiy, PhD, Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Endowed Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University; Jan Sneep, P.Eng., Mechanical and Materials Engineering Capstone Design, Queen’s University; Bioengineering Graduates, Syracuse University. Moderator: Roger Schmidt, PhD, Traugott Distinguished Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace
Engineering, Syracuse University

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:20 Global Business Development/Exports
Steven King, Director, Central New York International Business Alliance; Andrew Bacchus, (MAES), Business Development Officer – Emerging Sectors, Kingston Economic Development Corporation

2:20 – 2:40 Break

2:40 – 4:00 Industry Collaboration/Corporate Relations Panel
Kelsey Moody, Chief Executive Officer, Ichor Therapeutics; David Hyndman, PhD, Assistant Director, Industry Partnerships, Office of Partnerships and Innovation, Queen’s University; Mark C. Coleman, Senior Director Corporate Relations, Advancement and External Affairs, Center for Science & Technology, Syracuse University; Benson Chan, Associate Director for the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center, IEEC, SUNY Binghamton. Moderator: Steven Wood, Esq, Associate Director, Innovation Services, Innovation and Partnerships, The Research Foundation for SUNY


8:00 – 10:00 Biotech Startups Panel

Miriam M. Gillett-­‐Kunnath, PhD, MBA, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Costello Prosthetic Warmers (CNYBAC 2017 MDIC Participant); Gopal Krishna, Co-­‐Founder/CEO, 3D Usher Carlos N. Velez, Ph.D., CEO & Co-­‐Founder, Connexin Therapeutics. Moderator: Alexander Rajan, Quadrant Biosciences

10:00 – 10:20 Break

10:20 – 12:00 University Entrepreneur Programs
Linda Dickerson Hartsock, Executive Director, Blackstone Launchpad, Syracuse University; Kenneth J. McLeod, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Science and Engineering Research Lab, EIR, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, Binghamton University; Terry Brown, Executive Director, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship, Syracuse University Janice; Mady, Director, Research & Innovation Partnerships, Queen’s University. Moderator: Michele J. van de Walle, PhD, MBA, Director, Industrial Partnerships, CCMR

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 The Pitch
Esther Vargas, Director, Emerging Ventures Ecosystem (EVE), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Deborah Novick, Director, BioInc@NYMC

2:15 – 2:35 Break

2:35 – 3:35 Incubators/Incubator Programs
Mike Riedlinger, Program Manager, Technology Commercialization, NextCorps; Kevin Leyden, Senior VP of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, EIR, Albany Medical College; Kathi Durdon, CNY Biotech Accelerator at Upstate Medical University. Moderator: Esther Vargas, Director, Emerging Ventures Ecosystem (EVE), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3:35 – 4:00 Program Wrap

Questions: cnybac@upstate.edu, 315-­‐464-­‐9288 or 315-­‐464-­‐9290
More information: www.cnybac.com

Don’t forget to register for the NEXT Innovation Conference: www.next-­‐syr.com