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.

David Amberg, PhD.

David Amberg, PhD.

Upstate Medical University
VP for Research, Upstate Medical University


Dr. Amberg was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, was named a SUNY UMU Jacobsen Scholar in 2009, received the President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research in 2011, and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2012. His administrative service at SUNY UMU has included serving as the Associate Vice President of Research Integrity, the Research Integrity Officer, Research Conflict of interest Officer, Vice President of Research (VPR) from 2014 to 2018, and as the Interim College President at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry form July 2018 to June of 2020 after which he returned to Upstate Medical University as the VPR. In his role as Upstate’s VPR, Dr. Amberg oversees the clinical, translational and basic research portfolios of the University with current annual expenditures of $38M. During his tenure as  VPR Upstate has seen 5 years of continuous growth amounting to a 35% increase in research expenditures.

Rajan Beera

Rajan Beera

Vice President Pall Corporation- Microelectronics Technology


Dynamic leader with proven track record in leading teams in R&D, Process & Product Engineering, and Operations. Demonstrated break-through improvement using Six-Sigma methodology and structured Problem Solving Skills.

Pam Caraccioli

Pam Caraccioli

Advisory Board CNYBAC Chair

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


As Deputy to the President at SUNY Oswego, Pamela Caraccioli oversees external partnerships on behalf of the College.  In this role, she supports the College’s strategic initiatives and endeavors that contribute to the economic and community impacts across Central New York and New York State.  In addition to chairing the CNYBAC, Pam serves as a board trustee for Fulton Savings Bank and the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board.  She also serves on the advisory councils for Syracuse City School District’s Career and Technical Education Partnership Council, the SUNY Institute for Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine, and the City of Oswego’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  Pam holds a master of public administration (MPA) degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

Jotpreet Chahal

Jotpreet Chahal

Welch Allyn
Strategic Marketing Lead


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. 

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


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.

Michael D'Eredita

Michael D'Eredita

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


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.

Linda Dickerson-Hartsock

Linda Dickerson-Hartsock

Syracuse University Blackstone Launchpad
Executive Director


Linda Dickerson Hartsock directs the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University, a cross-campus innovation and entrepreneurship program, and is also an adjunct faculty member in the Whitman School of Management.

 Prior to joining Syracuse University, Linda was Vice President, Innovation and Technology, for CenterState CEO, a 12-county regional policy and development organization. Additionally, she launched The Clean Tech Center, an award-winning NYSERDA-funded incubator. In that role, she also served a dual role as Director, Industry Collaboration, SyracuseCoE -- a New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. In her role with CenterState CEO, she also served as executive director of The Syracuse Technology Garden (The Tech Garden) in downtown Syracuse. She helped establish and fund the award-winning Student Sandbox entrepreneurship program as an U.S. EDA University Center, funded through a $500,000 grant.

Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP

Advisory Board Secretary

CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator
Executive Director


Kathi is Executive Director of the Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC), a 50,000+ square foot state-of-the-art multi-use facility located in Syracuse, NY.  CNYBAC, a NYS Certified Business Incubator operated by SUNY Upstate Medical University, licenses wet labs to accepted startup companies commercializing biotech technology.  Kathi manages facility operations and budget, client resource matching, business development to include expansion of innovation ecosystem network and service provider partnerships as well as grant and educational program development such as the annually-held Medical Device Innovation Challenge.

 Kathi serves as a Board Member for both MedTech, a non-profit biomed trade organization, and the Business Incubator Association of New York State (BIANYS) and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Upstate Medical University.  Kathi presents for many organizations and volunteers for the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) as a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certification Instructor and Device Conference Chair.  Ms. Durdon has over 15 years of clinical research management and medical device regulatory experience.

Jud Gostin

Jud Gostin


Mr. Gostin founded Sensis Corporation in 1985 and served as its Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 2011 when the company was sold to SAAB Aerospace.  During his tenure, the company grew into a market leader of sensors and information technology for the world’s militaries, civil aviation authorities, airports, airlines, and medical equipment companies, with technology deployed in more than 30 countries across 5 continents.

Before founding Sensis, Mr. Gostin was a Program General Manager within General Electric's Radar Systems Department, responsible for a major segment of that department's business.  While at GE he received two patent awards and, in 1978, was selected from a population of about 5000 engineers to receive the GE Centennial Award as the Electronic System Division's outstanding contributor.

 

Rami Katz

Rami Katz

Excell Partners, Inc.
COO


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


Dave Mankiewicz is the Senior Vice President for Research, Policy and Planning for CenterState CEO.  In that role he addresses issues involving economic development, center city revitalization, community improvement and comprehensive planning.  He has worked extensively with small business district revitalization, anchor districts, and special assessment districts. He is a member of the board of directors of the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation, the City of Syracuse’s vehicle for small business financing. Dave is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he received a Master of City and Regional Planning degree and of St. Lawrence University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. He has worked for CenterState CEO and its affiliate organizations in economic development for 40 years.

 

Joseph R. McCoy, P.E.

Joseph R. McCoy, P.E.

Entrepreneur


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.

Matthew Mroz

Matthew Mroz

Research Foundation for SUNY
Director of Enterprise Technology Transfer


Matthew Mroz is the director of Enterprise Technology Transfer at The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF). In this capacity, Matthew leads the development, implementation, and management of enterprise-wide technology, business solutions, and programs that advance and facilitate the marketability of SUNY innovation and the protection of SUNY intellectual property. As part of this comprehensive commercialization and economic development portfolio, Matthew manages system-wide initiatives that support faculty to fund and develop innovation and assists SUNY affiliated companies to effectively operationalize their business. Examples include SUNY’s Technology Accelerator Fund, a proof-of-concept technology development investment fund, and SUNY Insure, a program that offers low-cost insurance to SUNY affiliated companies. Matthew oversees and provides direct commercialization transaction support to SUNY’s 24 centralized campuses which includes drafting, negotiating and managing agreements that span matters related to confidentiality, material transfer, options, licensing, industry-sponsored research, post-agreement management, royalty receivables and disbursements to inventors. Prior to his current role at the RF, Matthew worked in the RF’s Office of General Counsel, Technology Transfer Office, and the University at Albany Office of Innovation Development and Commercialization. Matthew has been a part of the RF and SUNY community for over a decade and is a graduate of Stony Brook University, Albany Law School, and the University at Albany.

Nicholas Querques

Nicholas Querques

Research Foundation for SUNY
Director of New Ventures


Nicholas Querques is Director of New Ventures at The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF). RF is the largest comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, administering $1.6 billion in research expenditures annually throughout 64 campuses. Nick leads an extensive portfolio of initiatives focused on promoting innovation and commercialization across the enterprise, helping SUNY companies start strong and grow healthy, and building partnerships with investors and development partners to get more SUNY technology into the market.

Prior to RF, Nick was Program Manager for Technology to Market at NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. In this role, Nick was directly responsible for a $130 million portfolio of innovation, technology development, and investment initiatives targeted to entrepreneurs, innovators, and early-stage companies in the energy space. Prior to NYSERDA, Nick was Assistant Vice President for Clean Energy Programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. In 2010, he co-founded MICROrganic Technologies, a biotechnology startup that is commercializing microbial fuel cell technologies for wastewater treatment applications.

Nick holds a BS in finance and management magna cum laude and an MBA in information technology and nanotechnology from the University at Albany.

Jack Rudnick, Esq.

Jack Rudnick, Esq.

Advisory Board CNYBAC Co-Chair

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


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.

Gary Scott

Gary Scott

SUNY ESF
Director, Division of Engineering


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.

Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Upstate Medical University
Vice President for Finance- Upstate


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.