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—is poised to expand its reach in this promising arena.
Advisory Board Chair
CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator
Associate Dean for Academic and Industry Relations & Chief Innovation Officer
Dr. Robert J. Corona is the John B Bernard Henry Professor of Pathology and Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Upstate Medical University. He is Clinical Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University Hospital of Upstate Medical University, Residency Program Director and Director of Neuropathology. Dr. Corona also is Vice President of Innovation and Business Development and Director of the CNY Biotechnology Accelerator Center. 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.
Advisory Board Vice Chair
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.
SUNY Research Foundation
Senior Director of Innovation and Partnerships
Heather leads the expansion of innovation activity across SUNY’s 64 campuses by developing and managing programs and services that grow SUNY’s research base and expand its economic impact. Heather also serves as managing director of SUNY’s Technology Accelerator Fund, which invests across the SUNY enterprise in proof-of-concept projects with potential for high-impact commercialization. Since her career with the RF began in 2004, Heather has promoted innovation, collaboration and economic growth by serving as the RF’s intellectual property manager, intellectual property counsel and director of the commercialization practice group. Heather’s professional experience prior to joining the RF includes media relations, telecommunications and corporate finance. Heather earned a Bachelors degree from Hamilton College and a juris doctor from Albany Law School and is admitted to practice before the courts of New York State and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Amongst her many external activities, she also serves on the steering committee for the Tech Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.
Centerstate Center for Economic Opportunity
Rob serves as president of CenterState CEO, a private, not-for-profit regional business leadership and economic development organization and also serves as president of Syracuse’s business incubator, The Tech Garden. Through broad partnerships, CenterState CEO and its affiliate organizations advance regional economic development through a focus on business expansion, retention and attraction; innovation and entrepreneurship; infrastructure and urban initiatives; talent and workforce initiatives; government relations and business advocacy; CenterState chamber services; and tourism and regional marketing. Rob currently serves as co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNY REDC), responsible for coordinating economic development for Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. Rob graduated from Colgate University and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Assistant Vice President for Finance and Budget
David oversees various State and Research Foundation finance functions, including accounting and budgeting, bursar’s office, research accounting and compliance, property management and duplicating. In addition, he will be responsible for overseeing Upstate’s tax-exempt auxiliary services corporation and its tax-exempt property-holding corporation. David is a Certified Public Accountant and has been with SUNY Upstate Medical University for 18 years. Prior to his current position, David served as Upstate Hospital’s financial controller, a division of Upstate Medical. David also has nearly a decade of experience providing audit, tax and consulting services in public accounting. David earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utica College of Syracuse University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Vice President for Research SUNY Upstate and Operations Manager for SUNY Research Foundation at Upstate
David received his B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from Whitman College in 1983 graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a brief stint in Biotech at Immunex Corporation in Seattle, Washington he pursued his Ph.D. at Dartmouth Medical School in Biochemistry graduating in 1992. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was “Isolation and characterization of essential genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae required for the efficient nucleocytoplasmic trafficking of mRNA.” Dr. Amberg then moved to Stanford School of Medicine. His post-doctoral work focused on structure/function studies of novel actin binding proteins. His work on the cytoskeleton continued in his own lab when he moved to SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1996 where he has been promoted through the ranks to professor in 2008. In 2004 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2009 he was named Jacobsen Scholar, in 2011 he received the President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research, and, in 2012 the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. His administrative service at SUNY Upstate has included serving as the Associate Vice President of Research Integrity, the Research Integrity Officer, Research Conflict of Interest Officer. He has served as Vice President for Research at SUNY Upstate Medical University and as the SUNY Research Foundation Operations Manager since July of 2014.
Professor of Chemistry
Art is Past Chairman of the Chemistry Department at SUNY ESF and previously served as Interim Co-Director of CNY Biotech Accelerator. His research interests include biodegradable polymers from renewable resources, high-throughput analytical techniques for determining the composition of woody biomass and new pretreatment processes for the wood-based biorefinery. Before joining SUNY-ESF in 1998, Art spent 18 years at the Texaco R&D labs in Beacon, NY, in new technology research and lubricants development, both as a scientific staff member and global coordinator of directed basic research programs in advanced lubricant technology. Art is a past Chairman and Executive Board member of the Syracuse section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and has served as Chairman of the ACS Division of Professional Relations. He has generated over $3.5 million in external research support as a Principle Investigator (or Co-PI) during his tenure at ESF. He has also been active in ESF’s “Green Entrepreneurship” program. Art received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at SUNY ESF.
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.
Executive Director, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship
Terry grew up in Cicero, NY and graduated from North Syracuse High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering from Clarkson University. After graduation, Terry served in the United States Marine Corps and joined O’Brien & Gere upon discharge. Terry held a number of positions within the O’Brien & Gere companies. During his tenure, he was able to assist in the start-up of a number of companies and promote many unique business initiatives. O’Brien & Gere provided an opportunity for many of its employees to be intrapreneurs (entrepreneurs within an existing company) eventually, becoming chairman and CEO serving in these positions until the end of 2010.
As Senior Director, Vital Signs and Cardiology Strategic Business Unit at Welch Allyn, Alisa Salibra is responsible for developing a long-term vision to deliver profitable growth and to execute near term product development and global marketing strategies.
Salibra joined Welch Allyn in 2002 as an associate product manager and has held several roles of increasing responsibility managing business performance and transforming analysis and insights into global product and marketing solutions. Prior to joining Welch Allyn, she was a consultant in the Pharmaceutical, Biomedical, and Health Services group at leading consulting firm.
She recently joined the Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) advisory board and is a parent volunteer for the Labrador Mountain Ski Team and Fayetteville Manlius School District.
Salibra earned her bachelor of science in Administration of Health Services, summa cum laude, from Ithaca College and her Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University’s highly ranked McDonough School of Business.
School of Information Studies at Syracuse University
Professor of Practice
Michael D'Eredita, PhD, is a Professor of Practice at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. 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.
Advisory Board Secretary
CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator
Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships
Vice President for Research
Deputy to the SUNY Oswego President for External Partnerships and Economic Development
Excell Partners, Inc.
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.
Senior Vice President
VP Strategy and Product Management
Saab Defense and Security USA
Fifteen years of experience in naval system analysis and engineering for sensors and C2 systems.
More than four years experience in project engineering and program management with responsibility for managing project technical execution, cost, and schedule for programs in development, production and in the field.
Engineering experience throughout the product life cycle including design, development, integration, verification, and field service
Vice President for Research
Substantial experience in development of metabolic pathways and enzymes for the production of bioproducts. Expertise in metabolic engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, polymer characterization, polymer processing, polymer production, and project management. Focus on interface between biological sciences and polymer chemistry.
Specialties: Project management, metabolic engineering, molecular biology, microbiology, biodegradable plastic production, bioproducts production