Upstate MIND


Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery (MIND)

The Upstate MIND is an initiative to generate innovation and bright ideas in medicine and research. From ideation to commercialization of medical devices and drugs, interests from the laboratory to the bedside will be supported.

The MIND is more than an effort to foster translational research — MIND is a physical space for innovators to “collide” as well as “cloister” - to bring ideas to fruition. MIND will facilitate interactions with scientists, physicians, engineers, the business community and other partners.

Located within CNYBAC, this highly-specialized facility draws on the bio-research strengths of academic and business partners rich in entrepreneurial spirit.

CNYBAC is just blocks away from Upstate Medical University and the Institute for Human Performance with its newly opened Neuroscience Research Building, a $72 million expansion.

Upstate MIND StrategiesSUNY Syracuse 0028

Strategy #1

Create a Culture that Encourages Discovery, Innovation and Commercialization

    • Upstate MIND will be anchored by a focus upon: bioinformatics, digital imaging, human factors engineering, and molecular genetics and diagnostics.
    • Form effective partnerships with the private sector for research and alliances that promote the translation of discoveries into new devices, drugs and products that improve the human condition.
    • Provide “one-stop shopping” access for faculty and outside partners.
    • Foster interest in product development and licensing.

Strategy #2

Emphasize Bioinformatics Core Competencies

    • Utilize technological advances to share data and ultimately enhance scientific discovery through inter- and intra-institutional data sharing. Use IT platforms to assist in managing populations more effectively through patient input, social media, mobile apps and telehealth systems.
    • Develop competencies in computer analytics to apply the advances in molecular medicine to the point of the physician/patient interface and clinical decision making.

Strategy #3SUNY Syracuse 0018

Support Upstate's Mission of Clinical Care, Education and Research Through the Principles of Prediction, Prevention, Personalization and Patient Participation.

Molecular medicine is characterized by advances, such as next generation DNA sequencing, to predict disease and disability and puts the emphasis on prevention. Improved diagnostics allows discovery of “molecular fingerprints” to deliver targeted or personalized therapies. This new approach also requires intensive patient education and participation.

    • Embrace new provider models and technologies to increase clinical effectiveness.
    • Experiment with new approaches to care, such as shared appointments and high tech “house calls.”
    • Use technologies to reach new patients at less cost.
    • Optimize the patient experience and coordinate care across disciplines to improve patient access and transitions, such as:
      • Creating patient service centers to include lab testing and imaging.
      • Improving the patient experience by delivering superior clinical outcomes in a patient-centered environment.

Strategy #4

Create Lifelong Fearless LearnersIMG 2008

    • Design novel education pathways and models for teaching and training future physicians and scientists. Emphasize team training, collaboration, interdisciplinary and inter-professional activities, online access and mobile medicine. This will reduce education costs and time for training.
    • Use telemedicine, collaborative classrooms, simulation technology, and shared services to train doctors and scientists.