Upstate MIND Medical Innovation Device Challenge

Upstate MIND Medical Innovation Device Challenge

The Upstate MIND Medical Device Innovation Challenge is a 6-month program to assist medical device innovators determine if their idea/concept has commercialization merit.

Those accepted into the program will receive 6-months of work space in the Creation Garage, resources, workshops, and mentorship — at no cost.


• Your idea/early prototype that fits the definition of a medical device.
• You have minimal capital investment, less than $100,000 per year.
• You are able to speak or communicate in English.
• You commit to participate in workshops and projects.

Applications are due by: May 31, 2017 Deadline has been extended to June 15, 2017


To apply answer the following questions and hit the submit button when done:



Thank you very much for your interest in this opportunity. The MIND Challenge Review Committee will evaluate your application. Additional questions and/or interview may be required. Accepted participants will enter into an agreement regarding requirements for inclusion in the program, occupancy information, metrics evaluation, mentorship and obligations.

All IP that is brought in by the participant is owned by the participant.

Dr. Allison DeAlton Oakes, Chestnut Restoration Project awarded "STEM Woman of the Year" !

Dr. Allison DeAlton Oakes, Chestnut Restoration Project awarded "STEM Woman of the Year" !

Dr. Allison DeAlton Oakes, with the Chestnut Revitalization Project located at the CNY BAC, received this years "STEM Woman of the Year" award for her expertise in genetically engineered horticulture that helps solve problems associated with the environment.  She is also a champion of promoting her projects through community outreach and involvement with schools/students.  On April 14th of this year, Dr. Oakes presented "The Return of the American Chestnut" to 70 City of Syracuse High school students.  The presentation was held in the "Theater in the Mind".   After the presentation a tour was provided and highlighted the   "Chestnut Restoration's Growth Chambers and culminated with a hands on "Make your own Terrarium".   This years STEM awards were held on June 7, 2017 at LeMoyne College - James Commons and the Woman of the Year award is sponsored by AT&T.




PODS available for licensing

PODS available for licensing

The "Upstate MIND PODS"

There are 4 pods each with 3 desks/storage/WiFi/Electric. Pods can be rented in whole or per desk area and are available to rent daily or for a short-term period.  Moveable privacy scrims can be printed with company/organization logo. 

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