Staff

  • Robert J. Corona DO, MBA

    Robert J. Corona DO, MBA

    CNY Biotech Accelerator,a NYS Certified Business Incubator
    Associate Dean for Academic and Industry Relations and Chief Innovation Officer

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    Robert J. Corona DO, MBA

    CNY Biotech Accelerator,a NYS Certified Business Incubator, Associate Dean for Academic and Industry Relations and Chief Innovation Officer

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    Robert J. Corona DO, MBA

    coronar@upstate.edu
    Phone: 315-464-9288

    Dr. Robert J. Corona is the John B Bernard Henry Professor of Pathology and Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Upstate Medical University. He is Clinical Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University Hospital of Upstate Medical University, Residency Program Director and Director of Neuropathology. Dr. Corona also is Vice President of Innovation and Business Development and Director of CNY Biotechnology Accelerator.  Dr. Corona is also President of Upstate Pathologists Laboratories, LLC. Dr. Corona served as Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Welch Allyn, Inc. for 16 years. Prior to joining Welch Allyn, he was Physician Director of Medical Informatics, Laboratory Informatics and Telemedicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. While at Upstate, he founded CareNet, a medical informatics and telemedicine program that won the Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Medicine.

    Dr. Corona is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, Neuropathology and Clinical Informatics. He served on the New York State Board for Medicine for 10 years and the New York State Department of Health’s Board of Professional Medical Conduct. He remains an Emeritus Member of the New York State Board for Medicine.

    After graduating from Ithaca College in 1982, Dr. Corona received his medical degree from NYCOM/NYIT in Long Island, New York. He did a general internship at Southeastern Medical Center in Miami, Florida, and his residency and fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He did an additional fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D. C. Dr. Corona also served as Chief Resident at SUNY Upstate Medical and as Co-chairman of the Chief Resident's Association. Dr. Corona completed his MBA at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

  • Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

    Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

    CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator
    Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships

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    Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

    CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator, Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships

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    Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

    durdonk@upstate.edu
    Phone: 315-464-9290

    Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP, is Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships for CNYBAC, a Division of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Kathi supports the Accelerator's strategic objectives in supporting biotech for-profit start-up companies and early innovators. As Director of Operations she develops and promotes collaborative opportunities, service and mentor programs, management of the Annual Commercializing Biotech Innovation Conference and Medical Device Innovation Challenge as well as serving on the CNYBAC Advisory Board.

    Kathi is also a medical device innovation mentor in regulatory and human factors/usability-related areas.  Kathi is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and has presented at several medical device, regulatory and clinical research-related conferences. She chairs the annual SoCRA Medical Device Conference and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors Engineering Committee. Kathi holds Bachelors degrees in English and Anthropology from SUNY Potsdam College as well as a Master of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College. Previously, Kathi was employed at Welch Allyn, a medical device manufacturer, as Manager of Clinical Operations.

  • Kathy Gancarz (Pazaras)

    Kathy Gancarz (Pazaras)

    CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator
    Facilities and Systems Manager

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    Kathy Gancarz (Pazaras)

    CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator, Facilities and Systems Manager

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    Kathy Gancarz (Pazaras)

    Kathleen Gancarz (Pazaras) is CNYBAC's Facilities and Systems Manager, she was formerly employed within the SUNY Upstate Medical University's Research Administration Office as a Sponsored Programs Assistant.   Kathy is skilled in database development, website management and has worked closely with basic science and clinical researchers in grant submissions and industry sponsored clinical trial contracting.  Kathy coordinates client and visitor needs within the building and has recently taken the role of coordinating events in the NEW Upstate MIND.