2020 Medical Device Innovation Challenge Application Period Open Jan - May

January 1 - May 31, 2020

2020 Medical Device Innovation Challenge
Application Submission:  January 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020

The NYS Empire State Development grant-funded and highly competitive CNY Biotech Accelerator Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) applications are available January 1. 

Selected participants receive 6-months of free work space in the Creation Garage at CNYBAC; intensive mentorship as well as coordinated access to SUNY Upstate Medical University research partners, clinical experts and Core Facilities.  Selected participants gain targeted resource assistance and networking opportunities.  Applicants may participate on-site or virtually.   

Applications are accepted online until May 31.

Selected MDIC participants also access to the following opportunities:

  • Concept to Commercialization Boot Camp at CNYBAC
  • NEXT Innovation Conference (www.next-syr.com)
  • Student Engineering Capstone Design Programs at Syracuse University and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • MDIC Pitch Event
  • Network Expansion, Exhibit Opportunities, Competitions and Events

From some of our 2019 MDIC graduates:
Wow, the resources and knowledge we gained through the MDIC program were extremely valuable! Access to the clinicians at the Upstate University Hospital gave us so many insights into new pathways for our product. And the CNYBAC program and staff brought us new and critical learnings too. Our investment and participation in the MDIC program has given back to us 10 fold!
Dwight Cheu, CEO, Jamboxx (2019 MDIC Graduate), dwight@jamboxx.com

MDIC brought together a team of knowledgeable mentors who provided valuable advice and connections. The process has helped us think through the challenges ahead and prepare for our next stage of development. 
Ted Eveleth, Halomine (2019 MDIC Graduate), ted.eveleth@halomine.com

Participating in MDIC has been extremely impactful for our company. The monthly mentor meetings are a great opportunity to take stock in recent progress and/or setbacks, and to strategize with a diverse group of experts who all have a stake in propelling your company forward. The connections to universities and organizations in the central New York area and beyond has been invaluable for us - through MDIC, we've been able to partner with the Cornell Center for Material Research and the Syracuse University Law Center, and have groups of undergraduate students at Syracuse University and Queens University working on capstone projects for us. The program helps us be capital efficient while making a lot of progress - many of these partnerships are either free for the company or augmented through the implementation of matching grants. We've also connected with engineering/product development and regulatory mentors through the program, which has enabled us to make a ton of progress in a relatively short period of time. I couldn't recommend the MDIC program enough.
Souvik Paul, CEO, CathBuddy


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