Upstate Medical University

MDIC Graduate Milestones

CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC), Upstate Medical University
Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC)


EndoGlow – Tissue Reveal Technology™  (

  • Named by Med Tech Outlook as a Top 10 Minimally Invasive Device Solution Company
  • Received European Patent Office notification for GreenEgg and Tissue Reveal Technology
  • Awarded FuzeHub Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Grant

SimplerLinks (SUNY Upstate Nursing Innovation Team)

  • Executed licensing agreement with Robb Surgical, Buffalo, NY to produce device on large scale, inclusive of private labeling for larger companies.


Avant Medical Systems

  • Marketed their smart backboard technology with industry partners Health O Meter and Marsden

AcceliPHI (subsidiary of ANDRO)

  • Gained patent for spinal device for individuals suffering from chronic back injuries


Aurie – Reusable Intermittent Catheter System (

  • Won FuzeHub Commercialization Competition Awards
  • Awarded FuzeHub Manufacturing Grants
  • Awarded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from National Science Foundation and National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research
  • Accepted into VentureWell ASPIRE MedTech Program, raised $750K in funding through pre-seed round led by Lakehouse Ventures
  • Received FDA Safer Technology Designation from FDA
  • Accepted into Harvard Innovation Labs’ Launch Lab X GEO Program
  • Serves as an MDIC Mentor
  • CNYBAC Virtual Client
  • Finalist Harvard Innovation Labs President’s Innovation Challenge
  • Received $1M Phase 1 NSF SBIR; recommended for $500K Phase IIB grant supplement to complete system development/initiate verification and validation testing
  • Received $500K grant from Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program to develop smart-sensor enabled catheters in partnership with Binghamton University’s Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing

MedUx - User-centered Designed Products (

  • Accepted into MassChallenge Boston Accelerator
  • Placed 2nd in ACC InVenture Prize Competition

 ZEPHYRx® – Spirometry Technology/Remote Patient Monitoring (

  • Received National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) SBIR grant for development and testing of breath-controlled video game for respiratory therapy
  • Resident company of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS, life science incubator program
  • Grew from 2 employees to 15 full-time employees
  • Pivoted to bring telemedicine to lung patients during pandemic with unique software program for at-home pulmonary function testing; exploded nationally in telemedicine market
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation purchases devices for every patient with cystic fibrosis in the US
  • CNYBAC Virtual Client

Halomine - Rechargeable Antimicrobial Technology (

  • Cornell University spin out company
  • Funding support through Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)
  • Joined Plug and Play Tech Center and New Materials 2020 Accelerator Program
  • Accepted into IndieBio inaugural NY program
  • Awarded $1M NSF SBIR Phase II grant to advance product development
  • Hired Dr. Xuehong Ren, one of the world’s leading authorities on synthesized monomers polymers and N-halamine chemistries as Chief Scientific Officer


Vita Innovations - Smart mask tracking signs of clinical deterioration

  • Won A.I. Health Hackathon, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Won 46th Annual Business Today International Conference Impact Challenge
  • Accepted into Blackstone & Techstars LaunchPad Fellowship
  • Accepted for Phase 2, Values and Ventures Competition
  • Accepted into TheStartupStation
  • Collaborating with Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center and MTEC
  • Awarded Cornell University Student Business of the Year (2021)
  • Selected for Verizon and Clinton Global Initiative 2021 Social Innovation Challenge
  • Nominated for Blackstone LaunchPad Annual Conference & Pitch Competition @Startup Grind
  • Accepted into first round of StartX, Stanford University’s top accelerator program

Assistance in Motion (

  • Awarded NSF SBIR Phase 1 Award for development of the WeeBot, an infant-controlled powered ride-on device for children with motor impairments


MindTrace - 3D Neurosurgery Brain Mapping Technology

  • Accepted into AlphaLab, Healthcare and life sciences accelerator
  • Working with SUNY Upstate Medical University neurosurgeon and Co-director of Upstate’s brain tumor program, Dr. Harish Babu, for clinical studies
  • Completed first stage of FDA Payor Communication Task Force
  • Pre-sub planned with FDA to submit via Breakthrough Device Designation
  • Winner Pittsburgh INNO Madness Competition
  • Awarded Richard King Mellon Foundation Funding
  • Awarded NSF SBIR Phase I grant

Rubitection -Skin Health Assessment Technology

  • Presented at Medica Health Tech Conference
  • Selected as a finalist, Women of Color Health & Wellness Pitch
  • One of 4 recipients of 2022 Health Equity FlexGrant from The West Coast consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP)
  • Participant, Accenture Black Innovation
  • Selected to showcase at Project W Tech Equity Hub
  • Invited to pitch, DOD Tech Connect Medical Innovation
  • Participant, TechCrunch Startup Battlefield 200
  • 1st place winner, home care application – IEEE Remote Patient Monitoring Innovation Competition
  • Invited to pitch, Culture Shift Labs Miami 2022

JelikaLite - Precision Autism Technology (

  • Won FuzeHub Commercialization Competition Award
  • Participated in Syracuse University Student Engineering Capstone Program
  • Completed pivotal clinical trial, presented results at Rutgers University Autism Conference
  • Presented at 68th Annual Meeting of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Presented at Symphony Conference, Brain Foundation
  • Invited to present at 2nd Annual Princeton Women Founders Startup Showcase
  • Received FDA Breakthrough Device Designation
  • Awarded NSF SBIR Phase 1 grants for EEG-guided intelligent transcranial photobiomodulation to reduce symptoms of autism
  • Letters of intent from four prestigious sites to participate in Pivotal Clinical Trial to start in 2023
  • Accepted into Endless Frontier Lab at NYU
  • Accepted into Multiple Hub Accelerator – catalyzing innovation in autism
  • Accepted into NSF I-Corps Program
  • Received funding commitment from NY Ventures, Brain Foundation and BioVerge
  • Conducted FDA pre-submission meetings to confirm protocol for pivotal clinical trial

Dancing Eyes - Eye Movement Disorder Technology

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University faculty-founded startup company
  • Completed University of Rochester regional I-Corps program
  • Working with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Student Engineering Capstone Program

Graduate Comments:

“We are so grateful for the help that MDIC has provided to us. They introduced us to Syracuse University – where we worked both with the biomedical engineers in the Capstone program on the redesign of the prototype and with the Law Department on patent review. They introduced us to investors. They provided invaluable feedback and advice.  We are incredibly lucky that we got accepted into the program and recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone in the early stages of developing their medical device.”
Katya Sverdlov, CFA, Esq., Co-founder, CEO, JelikaLite (2021 Graduate)

“MDIC provided a diligent and highly accomplished interdisciplinary team of industry professionals who provided the needed mentorship, connections, and perspective to help my company accelerate its growth and development. Time and time again, these mentors have been invaluable to our success and I offer my most enthusiastic support for this incredible program.”
Longsha Liu, CEO & Co-founder, Vita Innovations (2020 Graduate)

“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. Our investment and participation in the MDIC program have given back to us 10 fold!”
Dwight Cheu, CEO, ZEPHYRx (2019 Graduate)

“The connections to universities and organizations in the central New York area and beyond has been invaluable for us. The program helps us be capital efficient while making a lot of progress. We’ve also connected with engineering/produce development and regulatory mentors throughout 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, Aurie (formerly CathBuddy, 2019 Graduate)