CNY Biotech Accelerator,a NYS Certified Business Incubator
Associate Dean for Academic and Industry Relations and 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 CNY Biotechnology Accelerator. Dr. Corona is also President of Upstate Pathologists Laboratories, LLC. Dr. Corona served as Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Welch Allyn, Inc. for 16 years. Prior to joining Welch Allyn, he was Physician Director of Medical Informatics, Laboratory Informatics and Telemedicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. 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 served on the New York State Board for Medicine for 10 years and the New York State Department of Health’s Board of Professional Medical Conduct. He remains an Emeritus Member of the New York State Board for Medicine.
After graduating from Ithaca College in 1982, Dr. Corona received his medical degree from NYCOM/NYIT in Long Island, New York. He did a general internship at Southeastern Medical Center in Miami, Florida, and his residency and fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He did an additional fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D. C. Dr. Corona also served as Chief Resident at SUNY Upstate Medical and as Co-chairman of the Chief Resident's Association. Dr. Corona completed his MBA at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
CNY Biotech Accelerator, a NYS Certified Business Incubator
Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships
Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP, is Director of Operations and Innovation Partnerships for CNYBAC, a Division of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Kathi supports the Accelerator's strategic objectives in supporting biotech for-profit start-up companies and early innovators. As Director of Operations she develops and promotes collaborative opportunities, service and mentor programs, management of the Annual Commercializing Biotech Innovation Conference and Medical Device Innovation Challenge as well as serving on the CNYBAC Advisory Board.
Kathi is also a medical device innovation mentor in regulatory and human factors/usability-related areas. Kathi is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and has presented at several medical device, regulatory and clinical research-related conferences. She chairs the annual SoCRA Medical Device Conference and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors Engineering Committee. Kathi holds Bachelors degrees in English and Anthropology from SUNY Potsdam College as well as a Master of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College. Previously, Kathi was employed at Welch Allyn, a medical device manufacturer, as Manager of Clinical Operations.
CNY Biotech Accelerator
Stephanie Carbone has a background in Operations Management and a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Communications from SUNY Oswego. She directly supports Kathi Durdon with all CNY Biotech Accelerator needs to include Marketing, Social Media/Website Management, Client Relations, Event Planning and Building/Facilities Management.