Upstate Medical University

2023 Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) Application

MDIC Application Review and Selection Process:  
  • To be eligible to apply - you have an idea or in early stage commercialization of a medical device per FDA medical device definition.  You also agree to meet the requirements of the program:  attend all monthly mentor meetings and actively participant in progressing through your team's established Project Plan.  
  • You are a US-based innovator/startup company and have a team.
  • Prior year applicants not previously selected are welcome to apply.
  • Applications will be accepted now through March 31.
  • The MDIC Review Committee will review all applications with selection made in June.  CNYBAC staff will provide notifications by end of June, MDIC Agreements executed in July with selected teams.
  • Program starts August 1.  CNYBAC provides a stipend to the Syracuse University College of Law Innovation Law Center which provides student-based commercialization research for each selected team - this process may begin prior to August 1.
  • MDIC Mentors are assigned to each MDIC Participant Team and 1st Mentor Meeting is scheduled in August.
  • MDIC Participants may elect to utilize space in the CNY Biotech Accelerator Creation Garage at no cost for the 6-month program or participate virtually.
1) Is your innovation/idea a medical device?
2) Do you have a team or plan to build a team during the program?
3) What stage of development are you in?
4) Check all below that fit your needs:
5) Are you willing to participate in virtual education programs provided by CNYBAC and its partners?
6) The team will be required to participate in hour-long virtual monthly mentor meetings. Are you able to commit to attend monthly meetings scheduled Mon-Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m EST?
8) Do you know have a pitch deck?
9) Do you have investment/funding currently to assist with commercializing your device?