CNYBAC Medical Device Innovation Challenge

2021 MDIC Application Period is Now Closed

The NYS Empire State Development grant-funded CNY Biotech Accelerator Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) application period has closed.  We will be announcing the teams selected in July.  The 2022 Application will be available in December/January.

CNYBAC Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC)

  • To be eligible to apply - you are a US-based innovation team/startup company, you have an idea or in early stage commercialization of a medical device per FDA medical device definition.  You also agree to meet the requirements of the program:  attend all monthly mentor meetings, actively participant in progressing through established Project Plan.  

We will select 5 MDIC teams for the program from the applications received.  You may participate virtually or on-site.  If on-site, you receive 6-months of free work space in the Creation Garage at the Central New York Biotech Accelerator (841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY).  All selected teams can utilize the facilities at any point in time during the program.  

Program details:

  • Selected teams receive an MDIC Agreement for execution.  Program start date:  August 1.
  • We cover the costs of student-based legal and commercialization research for each selected team through the Innovation Law Center, NYS Science and Technology Law Center, Syracuse University College of Law  
  • Intensive mentorship:  mentors are assigned to each team based on specific goals to be accomplished during the program (legal, regulatory, commercialization, CEO, product development experts, etc.).   Hour-long virtual mentor meetings are held monthly, scheduled Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST.
  • Selected teams gain coordinated access to SUNY Upstate Medical University research partners and Core Facilities.
  • 3D printer/wash station, additional on-site equipment available.
  • Extensive Ecosystem:  We will provide targeted resource assistance and networking opportunities throughout the program.  
  • Events designed specifically in support of the MDIC Program:
    • Manufacturing Workshop
    • Concept to Commercialization Virtual Series 
    • MDIC Graduate Pitch Event
  • Networking Opportunities, Exhibiting, Competitions, Partner Events such as:
    • Student Capstone Design and Prototype Development Programs 
    • Cornell Center for for Materials Research JumpStart (CCMR)
    • SUNY Binghamton Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC)
    • MedTech Annual Meeting 
    • FuzeHub Commercialization Competition 
    • Indie Bio Pitch Competition
    • Invest NY Series
    • Upstate Venture Connect/Upstate Unleashed Conference 
    • NYSTAR Innovation Summit 

For questions or more info call  315-464-9288, 315-464-9290 or email  

"Wow, the resources and knowledge we gained through the MDIC program were extremely valuable! Access to the clinicians at the Upstate University Hospital gave us so many insights into new pathways for our product. Our investment and participation in the MDIC program has given back to us 10 fold! "

—Dwight Cheu, CEO, ZEPHYRx (2019 MDIC Graduate)

"MDIC brought together a team of knowledgeable mentors who provided valuable advice and connections. The process has helped us think through the challenges ahead and prepare for our next stage of development."

—Ted Eveleth, Halomine (2019 MDIC Graduate)

"The connections to universities and organizations in the central New York area and beyond has been invaluable for us. The program helps us be capital efficient while making a lot of progress. We’ve also connected with engineering/product development and regulatory mentors through the program, which has enabled us to make a ton of progress in a relatively short period of time. I couldn’t recommend the MDIC program enough."

—Souvik Paul, CEO, CathBuddy