ESD Innovation Resource Center and CNYBAC host Concept to Commercialization Bootcamp in Syracuse

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The CNY Biotech Accelerator, in partnership with the Empire State Development Innovation Resource Center, is hosting a Concept to Commercialization Bootcamp, October 3 and 4 in Syracuse.  Topics include: business model canvas, intellectual property, university models of successful commercialization, manufacturing, startup company product development, business development, sales channels and funding lifecycle for startup companies.  The two-day training camp features experts from across New York State who can help innovators accelerate their venture development.

Thanks to funding support through the Empire State Development Innovation Resource Center, reduced registration is only $10.00 for all attendees, which includes two days of comprehensive programming with expert speakers and panelists, as well as continental breakfast and lunch on both days.

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Agenda:  Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp

Hosted by Empire State Development Innovation Resource Center and CNY Biotech Accelerator

CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY

October 3-4, 2019


8:00        Sign-In and Continental Breakfast

8:30       Welcome/Program Start:  Kathi Durdon, Executive Director, CNY Biotech Accelerator


8:35       Business Model Canvas

Topics:  Value proposition, Customer segment, Investigating the market, Resources to support value discovery

Emily Ekland, Commercialization Director, Innovation Resource Center, Empire State Development

9:45       Intellectual Property

Topics:  IP Protection, Freedom to Operate, Valuation of IP, Issues with Co-inventors

Moderator:  John W. Boger, Partner, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, PC


  • David L. Nocilly, Member, Bond, Schoenek & King
  • Roger Bonenfant, Hillrom
  • Reid Cunningham, University of Rochester


10:45     University Models to Support Successful Commercialization

Topics: Academic Perspective on Technology Research versus Technology Commercialization, Industry Leveraging Academia, Commercialization Assistance Models at Universities, Obtaining Due Diligence on Disclosures

Moderator:  Molly C. Zimmermann, Esq., Associate Director, NYS Science & Technology Law Center, Syracuse University


  • Joseph Scaduto, MS, MBA, Founder & CEO, Traverse Biosciences, Inc.
  • Lou Walcer, Director, Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture
  • Development in the Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Greg Gdowski, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Executive Director, Center for Medical Technology & Innovation, University of Rochester

Noon     Lunch and Networking

1:15       Manufacturing

Topics:  Prototypes, Design, Scale Up, Manufacturing Timing and Costs; Leveraging NYS Manufacturing Resources:  NY Manufacturing Extension Partnerships; Engaging Contract Manufacturers

Moderator: Steve Melito, Solutions Specialist, FuzeHub


  • Kevin Webb, Key Account Manager, Sparton
  • Mike Marusic, Senior Manufacturing Consultant, MEP Center, Mohawk Valley Advanced Institute for Manufacturing, Utica, NY
  • James D’Agostino, MEP Center Director, TDO

3:00       Startup Company Product Development and Manufacturing Journey Panel

Moderator:  Lou Walcer

  • Bryan Margulies, PhD, CSO and Co-founder, Zetagen Therapeutics
  • Joel Tabb, President, Ionica Sciences, McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • To be announced


8:00       Continental Breakfast

8:30       Keynote Presentation:

Introduction:  Mark E. Schmitt, PhD, Interim Vice President for Research, Upstate Medical University

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Peter Boatwright

Allan D. Shocker Professor of Marketing and New Product Development; Director of the Integrated Innovation Institute, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University


9:35 – 10:45        Components of Business Development

Topics:  Regulatory/Governing Body Strategy, Financial Model, Revenue Model, Technology Partnering/Licensing

Moderator:  John J. Seman, CEO, Revitale Pharma

  • Jack Rudnick, Esq., Director, NYS Science & Technology Law Center, Syracuse University
  • Lou Walcer, Director, Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Steven Lickstein, Newman and Lickstein
  • Gregory J. Smith, Tax Associate, Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPA

10:45 – 12:00     Sales Channels for Medical Products Panel


Moderator: Courtney Chiavara Perrone, Senior Manager Sales Enablement and Program Manager, Commercial Operations, Hillrom


  • Jamie Wood, Director of Commercial Operations, Hillrom
  • David Jeffrey Schultz, Chief Procurement Officer, CONMED Corporation
  • John J. Seman, CEO, Revitale Pharma

12:00 – 1:15        Lunch and Networking


1:15 – 2:30          Funding Lifecycle for Start Up Companies

  • Scott Friedman, Chairman, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP
  • To be announced

2:30 – 3:15          Open Discussion: Attendee Q&A/Program Wrap

This program is essential for any companies interested in product innovation, particularly those in the medical device and life sciences sector.

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