Mentor Network

Become a CNYBAC Mentor

CNYBAC Mentors share constructive and impactful wisdom with our entrepreneurial biotech clients who are developing commercializable innovation. Mentors volunteer their time and are provided with scheduled meeting space as needed within CNYBAC.

If you are willing to be a CNYBAC Mentor, please let us know your expertise areas.  We will place your name and Mentorship topic(s) on our website - but will not provide your contact information.

Mentor MeetUps are scheduled through the CNYBAC Building Manager at the Mentor's convenience and are held via conference call, at the Mentor's place of business or at CNYBAC.

Mentors will also receive notices of all CNYBAC events.

If you are willing to serve as a CNYBAC Mentor, complete our on-line form and email it to Kathleen Pazaras at: pazarask@upstate.edu.

  • Sarah Attwood

    Sarah Attwood

    Integ Review IRB
    Director of Business Development

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    Sarah Attwood

    Integ Review IRB, Director of Business Development

    Mentoring Topics: Centralized IRB for non University affiliated start-ups

  • Edward Bogucz

    Edward Bogucz

    Syracuse University COE
    Executive Director

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    Edward Bogucz

    Syracuse University COE, Executive Director

    Mentoring Topics: Environmental Health

  • Leah Caldwell

    Leah Caldwell

    Upstate Medical University
    Assistant VP of Marketing

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    Leah Caldwell

    Upstate Medical University, Assistant VP of Marketing

    Mentoring Topics: Marketing

  • Albert Di Rienzo

    Albert Di Rienzo

    Radicle Innovation, LLC
    President & CEO

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    Albert Di Rienzo

    Radicle Innovation, LLC, President & CEO

    Mentoring Topics: Commercialization, Funding, Translational research

  • Kathi Durdon

    Kathi Durdon

    CNY Biotech Accelerator
    Operations Director

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    Kathi Durdon

    CNY Biotech Accelerator, Operations Director

    Mentoring Topics: Medical device regulations, Usability & Feasibility human factors testing

  • Richard Engel, Esq.

    Richard Engel, Esq.

    Mackenzie Hughes
    Attorney

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    Richard Engel, Esq.

    Mackenzie Hughes, Attorney

    Mentoring Topics: Business Legalities

  • Steven Lickstein, Esq

    Steven Lickstein, Esq

    Newman & Lickstein
    Attorney

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    Steven Lickstein, Esq

    Newman & Lickstein, Attorney

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    Steven Lickstein, Esq

    Mentoring Topics: Steven advises all types of companies, from a couple of founders with an idea to more developed companies, in a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters. Steven has experience representing major venture capital firms and many emerging growth companies in the healthcare, biotech, software and information technology industries from the founder's workbench through institutional venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions, intellectual property counseling and technology transactions

  • Scott Macfarlane

    Scott Macfarlane

    Upstate Medical University
    Director Tech Transfer

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    Scott Macfarlane

    Upstate Medical University, Director Tech Transfer

    Mentoring Topics: Tech Transfer, Patents, IP

  • Robert Poyer, Esq.

    Robert Poyer, Esq.

    Hancock Estabrook, LLP
    Attorney

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    Robert Poyer, Esq.

    Hancock Estabrook, LLP, Attorney

    Mentoring Topics: Start-Up NY, HIPAA, Stark Compliance, Anti Kickback

  • Mike Riedlinger

    Mike Riedlinger

    High Tech Rochester
    Program Manager

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    Mike Riedlinger

    High Tech Rochester, Program Manager

    Mentoring Topics: Non-profit entrepreneur consulting

  • Neil Ringler

    Neil Ringler

    ESF
    VP for Research

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    Neil Ringler

    ESF, VP for Research

    Mentoring Topics: Research Matters

  • Eric Smith

    Eric Smith

    Upstate Medical University
    Senior VP for Finance

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    Eric Smith

    Upstate Medical University, Senior VP for Finance

    Mentoring Topics: Finance

  • Marcie Sonneborn

    Marcie Sonneborn

    CNY TDO
    Innovation & SBIR Specialist

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    Marcie Sonneborn

    CNY TDO, Innovation & SBIR Specialist

    Mentoring Topics: SBIR-STTR Guildelines

  • Mary Ann Tyszko

    Mary Ann Tyszko

    Excell Partners

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    Mary Ann Tyszko

    Excell Partners

    Mentoring Topics: New Venture and Technology Commercialization

  • Sam Carello

    Sam Carello

    Upstate Medical University
    Director Laboratory Informatics

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    Sam Carello

    Upstate Medical University, Director Laboratory Informatics

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    Sam Carello

    Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics, Laboratory Informatics and Medical Devices

  • Carlos N Velez, PhD

    Carlos N Velez, PhD

    Lacerta Bio Inc.
    Partner

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    Carlos N Velez, PhD

    Lacerta Bio Inc., Partner

    Mentoring Topics: Technology Validation, Out-Licensing to Industry Partners, Business Plan Preparation

  • Paul Brooks

    Paul Brooks

    Launch NY

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    Paul Brooks

    Launch NY

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    Paul Brooks

    General business strategies, start-up challenges, marketing, business plan development, business model canvas, lean start-up.

  • Emory Creel

    Emory Creel

    Hamilton Numbers
    Statistician

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    Emory Creel

    Hamilton Numbers, Statistician

    Mentoring Topics: Statistician

  • Gina Lee-Glauser, PhD

    Gina Lee-Glauser, PhD

    Syracuse University
    Retired VP of Research

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    Gina Lee-Glauser, PhD

    Syracuse University, Retired VP of Research

    Mentoring Topics: Policy and Contract Negotiation, Research Misconduct, Conflict of Interest

  • Steven King

    Steven King

    Central New York International Business Alliance
    Director

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    Steven King

    Central New York International Business Alliance, Director

    Exports, International Trade

  • Javier Noris

    Javier Noris

    ScienceVest
    Founder / General Partner

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    Javier Noris

    ScienceVest, Founder / General Partner

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    Javier Noris

    - Fundraising
    - Business Development
    - Pharma Partnerships
    - Lean-startup Methodology

    I run a seed fund that invests in early stage life-science / frontier-technology startups. I also run and angel network of angel investors that invests in early stage science. Looking forward to seeing the type of companies that come out of the CNY accelerator program and happy to mentor companies and build working relationships.
  • Eric Rogers

    Eric Rogers

    SCORE

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    Eric Rogers

    SCORE

    Business formation and orginization, business plans, sales and marketing planning

  • Michael Stanczyk Esq.

    Michael Stanczyk Esq.

    Centolella Lynn
    Attorney

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    Michael Stanczyk Esq.

    Centolella Lynn , Attorney

    Legal, fundraising & securities, economic incentives, tax, accounting, employment issue, intellectual property

  • Jamie Wood, MBA

    Jamie Wood, MBA

    Welch Allyn
    Manager, US/C BP Cuffs and Thermometry

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    Jamie Wood, MBA

    Welch Allyn, Manager, US/C BP Cuffs and Thermometry

    Mentoring Topics: Portfolio Management, Voice of Customer (VOC), Analyzing Market Conditions

  • David Quinn

    David Quinn

    Welch Allyn
    Director Diagnostic Technologies

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    David Quinn

    Welch Allyn, Director Diagnostic Technologies

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    David Quinn

    Electronics, Sensing, Bioengineering, Medical Diagnostics, Prototyping, value proposition

  • John

    John

    Syracuse University
    Instructional Technology Analyst / Manager, Makerspace at Syracuse University

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    John

    Syracuse University , Instructional Technology Analyst / Manager, Makerspace at Syracuse University

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    John

    3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Laser engraving and cutting, Mechanical Fabrication, Electronic Troubleshooting and Repair

  • Chris Gorges

    Chris Gorges

    Infinia Group
    Managing Director, Infinia Ventures

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    Chris Gorges

    Infinia Group, Managing Director, Infinia Ventures

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    Chris Gorges

    Branding / brand strategy
    Design
    Messaging / positioning
    Pitch decks
    Investor introductions