Advisory Board Members

Central New York—rich in intellectual capital, ripe for economic revitalization and proven ground for biotechnology ventures—Central New York is currently home to nearly 3,000 jobs in the biotechnology sector and is poised to expand its reach in this promising arena.  CNYBAC is operated by the region's only academic medical center, Upstate Medical University.

  • Robert J. Corona, DO

    Robert J. Corona, DO

    Advisory Board Chair

    CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator
    CEO of Upstate Medical University Hospital

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    Robert J. Corona, DO

    Advisory Board Chair CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator, CEO of Upstate Medical University Hospital

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    Robert J. Corona, DO

    Dr. Robert J. Corona is the CEO of Upstate Medical University Hospital.  He is Clinical Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University Hospital of Upstate Medical University, Residency Program Director and Director of Neuropathology.  He is President of Upstate Pathologists Laboratories, LLC. 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 remains an Emeritus Member of the New York State Board for Medicine.

  • Jack Rudnick, Esq.

    Jack Rudnick, Esq.

    Advisory Board Vice Chair

    Syracuse University
    Director, Technology Commercialization Law Program. Director NYS Science and Technology Law Center

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    Jack Rudnick, Esq.

    Advisory Board Vice Chair Syracuse University, Director, Technology Commercialization Law Program. Director NYS Science and Technology Law Center

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    Jack Rudnick, Esq.

    Jack is an experienced corporate and intellectual property attorney who has been providing legal councel for almost 40 years. He has extensive experience in commercializing new technologies and advising emerging technology companies. Jack co-founded Blue Highway Inc., while at Welch Allyn, to locate and accelerate the development of technologies with medical applications. He continued with Blue Highway after it was transferred to Syracuse University in the role of Senior VP for Legal and Government Affairs. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Councel (past president of Central and Western New York chapter). Jack has also served as the company representative to the Business Council of New York and is on the boards of a number of charitable and arts organizations. Jack received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J. D. from Syracuse University's College of Law.

  • Heather Hage, Esq.

    Heather Hage, Esq.

    SUNY Research Foundation
    Senior Director of Innovation and Partnerships

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    Heather Hage, Esq.

    SUNY Research Foundation, Senior Director of Innovation and Partnerships

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    Heather Hage, Esq.

    Heather leads the expansion of innovation activity across SUNY’s 64 campuses by developing and managing programs and services that grow SUNY’s research base and expand its economic impact. Heather also serves as managing director of SUNY’s Technology Accelerator Fund, which invests across the SUNY enterprise in proof-of-concept projects with potential for high-impact commercialization. Since her career with the RF began in 2004, Heather has promoted innovation, collaboration and economic growth by serving as the RF’s intellectual property manager, intellectual property counsel and director of the commercialization practice group. Heather’s professional experience prior to joining the RF includes media relations, telecommunications and corporate finance. Heather earned a Bachelors degree from Hamilton College and a juris doctor from Albany Law School and is admitted to practice before the courts of New York State and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Amongst her many external activities, she also serves on the steering committee for the Tech Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.

  • David Amberg, PhD.

    David Amberg, PhD.

    SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
    Interim President

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    David Amberg, PhD.

    SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Interim President

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    David Amberg, PhD.

    David received his B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from Whitman College in 1983 graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a brief stint in Biotech at Immunex Corporation in Seattle, Washington he pursued his Ph.D. at Dartmouth Medical School in Biochemistry graduating in 1992. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was “Isolation and characterization of essential genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae required for the efficient nucleocytoplasmic trafficking of mRNA.” Dr. Amberg then moved to Stanford School of Medicine. His post-doctoral work focused on structure/function studies of novel actin binding proteins. His work on the cytoskeleton continued in his own lab when he moved to SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1996 where he has been promoted through the ranks to professor in 2008. In 2004 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2009 he was named Jacobsen Scholar, in 2011 he received the President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research, and, in 2012 the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. His administrative service at SUNY Upstate has included serving as the Associate Vice President of Research Integrity, the Research Integrity Officer, Research Conflict of Interest Officer. He served as Vice President for Research at SUNY Upstate Medical University and as the SUNY Research Foundation Operations Manager since July of 2014.  In 2018 Dave Amberg was elected Interim President at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

  • Joseph R. McCoy, P.E.

    Joseph R. McCoy, P.E.

    Entrepreneur

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    Joseph R. McCoy, P.E.

    Entrepreneur

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    Joseph R. McCoy, P.E.

    Joe is a successful serial entrepreneur with a start-up career spanning over 25 years. His track record includes the commercialization of two defense technology based spin-offs including licensed technology from the Common Wealth of Australia. As a multi-disciplined inventor with 4 patents ranging from sensor systems, telecommunications, cyber and advanced material applications, he has been an invited speaker to national labs, federal research councils, and trade symposium panels. Throughout his career he has and currently acts as executive level management, university advisory board participation, economic development leader and student mentor (locally and internationally). Mr. McCoy has numerous accolades but among his most cherished are NYS Entrepreneur of the Year and a personal letter from Jack Welch upon the success of his first company based on a GE spin out.

  • Terry L. Brown, P.E.

    Terry L. Brown, P.E.

    TLBrown Management Group

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    Terry L. Brown, P.E.

    TLBrown Management Group

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    Terry L. Brown, P.E.

    Terry grew up in Cicero, NY and graduated from North Syracuse High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University. After graduation, Terry served in the United States Marine Corps and joined O’Brien & Gere upon discharge. Terry held a number of positions within the O’Brien & Gere companies. During his tenure, he was able to assist in the start-up of a number of companies and promote many unique business initiatives. O’Brien & Gere provided an opportunity for many of its employees to be intrapreneurs (entrepreneurs within an existing company) eventually, becoming chairman and CEO serving in these positions until the end of 2010.

  • Jotpreet Chahal

    Jotpreet Chahal

    Welch Allyn
    Strategic Marketing Lead

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    Jotpreet Chahal

    Welch Allyn, Strategic Marketing Lead

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    Jotpreet Chahal

    Jot Chahal is the Strategic Marketing Lead for Hill-Rom’s Vital Signs and Cardiology business (Welch Allyn).  In his current role he is accountable for shaping the global roadmap for the business, through organic and business development initiatives. Jot is also a subject matter expert within Hill-Rom for big data, predictive analytics, & integration of data driven insights into clinical workflows. Since joining Hill-Rom, Jot has also managed Blood Pressure and Cardiology Product portfolios as Global Product Manager launching several new products and enhancements.  Prior to joining Hill-Rom, Jot led the Global Marketing and Corporate Branding Program Office for Mylan, a pharmaceutical company, also overseeing functional integration of acquisitions.  Most of Jot’s career has been about bringing innovations and new products to market, having worked in downstream, upstream and strategic marketing functions in various industries.  Along the way he has dabbled in customer operations, program management and manufacturing operations.  Jot got his interdisciplinary graduate degree (Manf. engineering + business) from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Bachelor's (Mech. Engineering) from Thapar University, India. 

  • Michael D'Eredita

    Michael D'Eredita

    Le Moyne College
    Director, The Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity

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    Michael D'Eredita

    Le Moyne College , Director, The Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity

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    Michael D'Eredita

    Michael D'Eredita, PhD, is a Director for The Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity at Le Moyne College.   D'Eredita is part of a growing core of Upstate entrepreneurs and faculty focused on promoting entrepreneurship among Upstate campuses. He is currently the faculty lead of the campus-wide, Information Technology, Design and Startups (IDS) minor. His academic work lies at the intersection of human cognition, collaboration and information technology. D'Eredita is a co-founder of Mozzo Analytics, LLC, a company focused on creating value from various forms of unstructured (and often "big") data. D'Eredita is a co-founder and principal of True North Group, LLC, an executive coaching firm that has helped hundreds of individuals and organizations establish the practice of high performance. He is also a co-founder of both D'Eredita D'Sign & D'velopment, Ltd., a company focused on the development of patentable widgets and web-based technologies and Veda Sport, LLC, an assembly and distribution company. D'Eredita coached the Finnish and Portuguese National Rowing Teams and is currently the High Performance Director of Portuguese Rowing. D'Eredita received his BS in Physics from LeMoyne College and a MS and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Syracuse University.

  • Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

    Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

    Advisory Board Secretary

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

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    Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

    Advisory Board Secretary CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator, Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships
  • Jud Gostin

    Jud Gostin

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    Jud Gostin

  • Zhanjiang Liu Ph.D "John"

    Zhanjiang Liu Ph.D "John"

    Syracuse University
    Vice President for Research

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    Zhanjiang Liu Ph.D "John"

    Syracuse University, Vice President for Research
  • Pam Caraccioli

    Pam Caraccioli

    SUNY Oswego
    Deputy to the SUNY Oswego President for External Partnerships and Economic Development

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    Pam Caraccioli

    SUNY Oswego, Deputy to the SUNY Oswego President for External Partnerships and Economic Development
  • Rami Katz

    Rami Katz

    Excell Partners, Inc.
    COO

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    Rami Katz

    Excell Partners, Inc. , COO

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    Rami Katz

    Rami Katz is the Chief Operating Officer for Excell Partners, Inc., managing Excell's due-diligence and investment processes. Prior to joining Excell, Rami served as the Director of Technology Commercialization at High Tech Rochester where he worked closely with entrepreneurs, researchers and startups to evaluate the commercial potential of new technologies. Rami managed the creation of over 50 business plans that led to raising over $40M in funding from VCs, angels as well as grants.

  • David Mankiewicz

    David Mankiewicz

    CenterState CEO
    Senior Vice President

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    David Mankiewicz

    CenterState CEO, Senior Vice President
  • Andy Biss

    Andy Biss

    Saab Defense and Security USA
    Director, Strategy

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    Andy Biss

    Saab Defense and Security USA, Director, Strategy

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    Andy Biss

    Fifteen years of experience in naval system analysis and engineering for sensors and C2 systems.

    More than four years experience in project engineering and program management with responsibility for managing project technical execution, cost, and schedule for programs in development, production and in the field.

    Engineering experience throughout the product life cycle including design, development, integration, verification, and field service

  • Chris Namura Ph.D

    Chris Namura Ph.D

    SUNY ESF
    Vice President for Research-ESF

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    Chris Namura Ph.D

    SUNY ESF , Vice President for Research-ESF

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    Chris Namura Ph.D

    Substantial experience in development of metabolic pathways and enzymes for the production of bioproducts. Expertise in metabolic engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, polymer characterization, polymer processing, polymer production, and project management. Focus on interface between biological sciences and polymer chemistry.

    Specialties: Project management, metabolic engineering, molecular biology, microbiology, biodegradable plastic production, bioproducts production

  • Mark Schmitt

    Mark Schmitt

    Upstate Medical University
    Vice President for Research -Upstate

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    Mark Schmitt

    Upstate Medical University , Vice President for Research -Upstate

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    Mark Schmitt

    Mark Schmitt, is the Vice President for Research for Upstate Medical University

  • Eric Smith

    Eric Smith

    Upstate Medical University
    Vice President for Finance- Upstate

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    Eric Smith

    Upstate Medical University , Vice President for Finance- Upstate

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    Eric Smith

    Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

    Mr. Smith oversees the University's finance, accounting and budget functions, shared business services (payroll, contracts/campus purchasing, accounts payable, property management), and post-award sponsored programs. Mr. Smith also serves as the Deputy Operations Manager for the Research Foundation for SUNY at Upstate and in leadership roles for various affiliates, including the Faculty-Student Association, Upstate Properties Development, and the Upstate Foundation.

  • Gary Scott

    Gary Scott

    SUNY ESF
    Director, Division of Engineering

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    Gary Scott

    SUNY ESF , Director, Division of Engineering

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    Gary Scott

    Gary  Scott coordinates the educational activities among the three engineering departments at the College: Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, Environmental Resources Engineering, and SustainableConstruction Management and Engineering

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    Michael Furlong

    Bristol-Meyers Squibb
    General Manager, Syracuse Manufacturing Options

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    Michael Furlong

    Bristol-Meyers Squibb, General Manager, Syracuse Manufacturing Options