CNY Biotech Accelerator at Upstate (CNYBAC) at Upstate is owned and operated by Upstate Medical University, the region's only academic medical center. A history of strong partnership and community leadership, however, were responsible for CNYBAC existence. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is a founding partner and continues to be a supportive innovation collaborator.
Along with SUNY ESF and Upstate, the area is rich in intellectual capital, with 35 colleges and universities in the city and surrounding counties, including over 25,000 students enrolled at institutions within five blocks of CNYBAC. This provides a rich environment for biotech innovators seeking licensable lab space, research partners and coordinated access to expensive and high-tech core equipment.
Located in the center of New York State, at the intersection of the state's two main thruways, CNYBAC is also within a 4-to-5-hour drive of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia or Toronto.
Syracuse has the conveniences of a big city and the comforts of a small town, offering an outstanding quality of life—all in a beautiful and affordable part of the state. In addition to "University Hill", which provides a college town atmosphere—and Division I basketball, football and lacrosse—Syracuse offers a rich cultural life including a variety of outdoor festivals, professional theater, several museums, and the historic Armory Square district with many fine restaurants and unique shops.
With four distinct seasons, affordable housing, and easy commutes, Syracuse consistently ranks high on national quality-of-life and cost-of-living polls. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, cycling, golfing, swimming, boating and fishing. Winter sports enthusiasts enjoy skating, snowmobiling and downhill and cross country skiing. Many lakes, parks, and golf courses are within a few minutes drive. Within an hour's drive are Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes region (producing world famous wines), the Thousand Islands, and Adirondack Mountain vacation areas.