Mentor Network

Become a CNYBAC Mentor

CNYBAC Mentors share constructive and impactful wisdom with our entrepreneurial biotech clients. Mentors volunteer their time and are provided with scheduled meeting space.

If you are interested in serving  as a CNYBAC Mentor, please complete our on-line form.

Sarah Attwood

Sarah Attwood

Integ Review IRB
Director of Business Development

Mentoring Topics: Centralized IRB for non University affiliated start-ups


Edward Bogucz

Edward Bogucz

Syracuse University COE
Executive Director

Mentoring Topics: Environmental Health


Leah Caldwell

Leah Caldwell

Upstate Medical University
Assistant VP of Marketing

Mentoring Topics: Marketing


Albert Di Rienzo

Albert Di Rienzo

Radicle Innovation, LLC
President & CEO

Mentoring Topics: Commercialization, Funding, Translational research


Kathi Durdon

Kathi Durdon

CNY Biotech Accelerator
Operations Director

Mentoring Topics: Medical device regulations, Usability & Feasibility human factors testing


Richard Engel, Esq.

Richard Engel, Esq.

Mackenzie Hughes
Attorney

Mentoring Topics: Business Legalities


Steven Lickstein, Esq

Steven Lickstein, Esq

Newman & Lickstein
Attorney


Mentoring Topics: Steven advises all types of companies, from a couple of founders with an idea to more developed companies, in a wide variety of corporate and commercial matters. Steven has experience representing major venture capital firms and many emerging growth companies in the healthcare, biotech, software and information technology industries from the founder's workbench through institutional venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions, intellectual property counseling and technology transactions

Robert Poyer, Esq.

Robert Poyer, Esq.

Hancock Estabrook, LLP
Attorney

Mentoring Topics: Start-Up NY, HIPAA, Stark Compliance, Anti Kickback


Mike Riedlinger

Mike Riedlinger

High Tech Rochester
Program Manager

Mentoring Topics: Non-profit entrepreneur consulting


Neil Ringler

Neil Ringler

ESF
VP for Research

Mentoring Topics: Research Matters


Eric Smith

Eric Smith

Upstate Medical University
Senior VP for Finance

Mentoring Topics: Finance


Marcie Sonneborn

Marcie Sonneborn

CNY TDO
Innovation & SBIR Specialist

Mentoring Topics: SBIR-STTR Guildelines


Sam Carello

Sam Carello

Upstate Medical University
Director Laboratory Informatics


Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics, Laboratory Informatics and Medical Devices

Carlos N Velez, PhD

Carlos N Velez, PhD

Lacerta Bio Inc.
Partner

Mentoring Topics: Technology Validation, Out-Licensing to Industry Partners, Business Plan Preparation


Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks

Launch NY
Entrepreneur in residence


General business strategies, start-up challenges, marketing, business plan development, business model canvas, lean start-up.

Steven King

Steven King

Central New York International Business Alliance
Director


Exports, International Trade

Eric Rogers

Eric Rogers

SCORE

Business formation and orginization, business plans, sales and marketing planning


Business formation and orginization, business plans, sales and marketing planning

Michael Stanczyk Esq.

Michael Stanczyk Esq.

Centolella Lynn
Attorney


Legal, fundraising & securities, economic incentives, tax, accounting, employment issue, intellectual property

Jamie Wood, MBA

Jamie Wood, MBA

Welch Allyn
Manager, US/C BP Cuffs and Thermometry

Mentoring Topics: Portfolio Management, Voice of Customer (VOC), Analyzing Market Conditions


David Quinn

David Quinn

Welch Allyn
Director Diagnostic Technologies


Electronics, Sensing, Bioengineering, Medical Diagnostics, Prototyping, value Proposition

John Mangicaro

John Mangicaro

Syracuse University
Instructional Technology Analyst / Manager, Makerspace at Syracuse University


3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Laser engraving and cutting, Mechanical Fabrication, Electronic Troubleshooting and Repair

Chris Gorges

Chris Gorges

Infinia Group
Managing Director, Infinia Ventures


Branding / brand strategy
Design
Messaging / positioning
Pitch decks
Investor introductions

Cesar Colasante MD

Cesar Colasante MD

SUNY Upstate


3D printing, CAD/CAM design Product Design and Innovation

Marty Byrne

Marty Byrne

M&T Insurance Agency
Account Executive

Insurance, Risk Management, Workers Compensation, Liability, Property, Crime Insurance, Cyber Liability


Marty Byrne is an Account Executive in the Syracuse, NY office of M&T Insurance Agency. He began his brokerage career in 2010 at Brown & Brown of New York as an Account Executive and Unit Leader in the Commercial Insurance Services (CIS) Division. Marty joined M&T Insurance Agency in 2015 and was hired to be a liaison between the lenders at M&T Bank and MTIA. While focusing on a variety of industries, Marty has a specialty in addressing the needs of technology, healthcare, and not-for-profit organizations. He recently obtained his AAI (Accredited Advisor in Insurance) and is working toward his CIC (Certified Insurance Councilor) designation. Marty graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Accounting from Niagara University. He enjoys volunteering his time as a member of the Tech Garden Resource Pool as well as with several local not-for-profit agencies. Marty is a recent graduate of the Leadership Greater Syracuse class of 2016. Marty resides in Liverpool, NY with his wife, Robin and their two sons.

Shannon Sullivan

Shannon Sullivan

Upstate New York I-Corps Node
Regional Director

Entrepreneurship training for scientists and engineers, NSF I-Corps


Benson Chan

Benson Chan

Binghamton University
Associate Director, Integrated Electronics Engineering Center

Electronics Packaging, reliability, environmental testing, materials characterization, package design, design for manufacturability, testability


Gary Schueler

Gary Schueler

The Write Group


 Bio

 --Founded and ultimately sold three, separate small companies to global enterprises; companies ranged in size from 10 to 60 people.

 --All companies involved in life science or financial industry communications: traditional, digital and social.

 --Worked in executive capacity for several global companies ranging in size from 300 to 4,000 people, including P&L responsibility.

 --Won many industry awards for content development and company awards for outstanding contribution and growth.

 --Clients served include Amgen, Sanofi Genzyme, Boeheringer-Ingelheim, many smaller/emerging drug, device, and healthcare service organizations.

 --Managed the ISO registration process in 2017.

 

 Areas of expertise

--Life science and healthcare communications--proposals, SOPs, PR and IR, business plans, instructional and marketing materials, packaging, market research.

--General small business management, strategic planning, operations, sales/marketing, quality systems.

 

Mentoring Topics: 

Sales/Marketing, Business Development Strategies, Product Launch Strategies

 

 

Jennifer Tran

Jennifer Tran

CH Robinson
Account Coordinator


Jennifer Tran is an Account Coordinator at C.H. Robinson, a leading third-party logistics provider in Downtown Syracuse. She is interested in helping technology startups optimize their supply chains and develop future shipping plans. Her current portfolio includes Fortune 500 manufacturers to small, regional manufacturers across the country.

She was introduced to the CNY Biotech Accelerator through the Tech Garden where she has won Hack Upstate and attends Women in Coding and among other software developer events.

Rina Corigliano-Hart

Rina Corigliano-Hart

OneGroup
Account Consultant


Vision

Interior of OneGroup Center

OneGroup exists to reduce risk for individuals and businesses and to assist them in being successful in their personal and commercial endeavors. We are committed to always returning superior service and value to our clients for which they reward us with their loyalty.

To achieve this vision, OneGroup continually seeks to strategically add companies whose areas of expertise are highly compatible with our own and to hire the most competent and customer-focused experts and specialists. Our strategy is to fully integrate these companies, combining professionals and services into a single, collaborative experience for the client.

In other words: OneGroup strives to differentiate itself by providing each client more, wider and deeper expertise to help them solve their most pressing issues and to contribute to their success.


Mission

OneGroup’s mission is to create ONE company, working as ONE team, with ONE focus, and ONE mission: to serve each client as our ONE client.


Raymond Dromms

Raymond Dromms

Raymond P. Solutions, Inc.
President


Raymond P. Solutions, Inc. is a consulting firm dedicated to helping other companies bring new devices to market, scale up existing devices, and achieve practical & compliant improvements. We work with companies to:

- improve product quality or safety

-design, test, verify, and validate new products

-identify, validate, & implement cost savings

-qualify new processes, new equipment, and new suppliers

- investigate and correct part, process, or product defects

-improve/remediate quality system issues

-solve the most challenging technical problems

 This can include:

New Product Integration & Ongoing Support

  • · Ensured process development & manufacturing process validation of innovative new medical devices
  • · Advise on design for manufacturability from early stages to selection & development of worldwide supply chains
  • · Lead & facilitate Value Engineering teams to discover & implement quality & cost savings for medical devices including directly partnering with suppliers and international design & marketing teams

 

  • · Direct Sustaining Engineering improvements in medical devices utilizing effective risk-based decision making & qualifications

 

Linda Dickerson-Hartsock

Linda Dickerson-Hartsock

Blackstone Launchpad Syracuse University
Executive Director


Linda Dickerson Hartsock directs the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University, a cross-campus innovation and entrepreneurship program, and is also an adjunct faculty member in the Whitman School of Management.

 Prior to joining Syracuse University, Linda was Vice President, Innovation and Technology, for CenterState CEO, a 12-county regional policy and development organization. Additionally, she launched The Clean Tech Center, an award-winning NYSERDA-funded incubator. In that role, she also served a dual role as Director, Industry Collaboration, SyracuseCoE -- a New York State Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. In her role with CenterState CEO, she also served as executive director of The Syracuse Technology Garden (The Tech Garden) in downtown Syracuse. She helped establish and fund the award-winning Student Sandbox entrepreneurship program as an U.S. EDA University Center, funded through a $500,000 grant.