Medical Device Innovation Challenge

The Upstate MIND – a Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery Center within the CNY Biotech Accelerator – is providing a new program to assist early stage medical device innovators.  Up to six individuals/teams per year will be accepted into a six-month program receiving FREE work space in the Upstate MIND Creation Garage.  Accepted Upstate MIND Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) participants will also attend the new “Concept to Commercialization” Bootcamp – a series of (3) 2-day workshops.

 Selected Upstate MIND MDIC Participants will:

  • Develop and test early prototypes  
  • Seek funding and team members
  • Produce marketing and customer data  
  • Develop a Business Plan and determine regulatory strategy
  • Develop a pitch presentation
  • Gain access to innovation ecosystem mentors

MIND MDIC Participant Benefits and Awards

  • All participants receive fee-waived registration to the “Concept to Commercialization” Bootcamp – a value of $240 per team member
  • Eligible participant(s) will be selected to receive an additional 6-months free space within the Creation Garage to include access to shared equipment – valued at $1050
  • One eligible participant will be selected to receive a Patent Landscape performed by ICIP Consultants – a $5,000-$10,000 value


Applications are due by May 31, 2017.  Selection of participants will be made by the MIND MDIC Review Committee and participants contacted at the end of June with a program start of July 15. 

For questions or more info call  315-464-9288 or email  

CreatGarageThe Upstate MIND MDIC Review Committee will carefully review applications and select participants based on clarity of innovation idea, the lead applicant/team members, scalability and product viability.

Upstate MIND MDIC Review Committee Members include:

Jack Rudnick, Chair, NYSTLC, Syracuse University
Mike Riedlinger, Co-Chair, High-Tech Rochester
Kathi Durdon, Co-Chair, CNY Biotech Accelerator
Xavier Aguirre, Welch Allyn/Hill-Rom
Nasir Ali, StartFast
Gary Brennan, Welch Allyn/Hill-Rom
Sam Carello, Upstate
Robert Corona, Upstate/CNYBAC
Jud Gostin, CNYBAC Advisory Board Member
Chris Horacek, ICIP Consulting
Rami Katz, Excell Partners and CNYBAC Advisory Board Member
Marnie LaVigne, Launch NY
Susan Mangicaro, S. Scott Global, LLC
Joe McCoy, CNYBAC Advisory Board Member
David Mankiewicz, CenterState CEO
Dave Quinn, Welch Allyn/Hill-Rom
Chuck Storman, StartFast
Esther Vargas, RPI
Marc Viggiano, StartFast

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