Medical Device Innovation Challenge

The Upstate MIND – a Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery Center within the CNY Biotech Accelerator – is providing a grant-funded program to assist early stage medical device innovators. Participants/teams accepted into the six-month program (mid-July through January) receive FREE workspace in the Upstate MIND Creation Garage and fee-waived registration to the “Concept to Commercialization” Bootcamp as well as access
to resources, equipment and mentorship. The goal of participation is to determine if your medical device product/service idea/prototype has commercial viability.

        Upstate MIND MDIC Participant will:

  • o Gain access to University researchers and graduate students
    o Produce marketing and customer data
    o Develop and test early prototypes
    o Determine regulatory strategy
    o Develop a Business Plan and Pitch Presentation
    o Introductions to Innovation Ecosystem mentors
  • Upstate MIND MDIC Participant Benefits and Awards
  • o All participants receive fee-waived registration to the“Concept to Commercialization” Bootcamp
    – a value of $240 per team member
    o Selected MDIC graduate(s) will receive a Platinum Pass to apply to Buffalo’s 43NORTH $5M innovation competition
    o Selected MDIC graduate(s) will be receive an additional 6 months’ free space within the Creation Garage – valued at $1050
    o One MDIC graduate/team will be awarded a Patent Landscape performed by ICIP Consultants – a $5,000-$10,000 value

Applications are due by May 31, 2017.  Deadline has been extended to June 15, 2017.   Selection of participants will be made by the MIND MDIC Review Committee and participants contacted by mid July.  

APPLY HERE     Thank you to all 17 who applied for the MIND MDIC.  Your applications are now with the MIND MDIC review committee and the winners will be notified in mid July.   Best of luck to all who submitted an application for our first challenge at the CNY Biotech Accelerator.

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


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







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