Usability Test Center


The CNYBAC Usability Test Center assists medical device innovators test prototypes and conduct formative and summative usability testing and can coordinate simulator environments within Upstate Medical University.  Services include recruitment of representative user groups. 



Robert J. Corona, DO, MBA, FCAP, FASCP, Professor and Chair of Pathology, Medical Director of Neuropathology/Muscle Pathology, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Vice President for Innovation and Business Development, CNYBAC.


Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP, CNYBAC Director of Operations, has over 15 years of experience of good clinical practice conduct of human subject research and human factors/usability evaluations. Kathi is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors Committee and Clinical Investigation Committee, chairs the annual Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) medical device research and regulations conference, and instructs the SoCRA clinical research certification preparatory course. 


Kathleen Pazaras as CNYBAC Building Manager, formerly worked within the SUNY Upstate Medical University Research Administration Office, skilled in database development, worked very closely with basic science and clinical researchers in grant submissions and industry sponsored clinical trial contracting.

To Coordinate Testing or for more Information:
CNY Biotech Accelerator
841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY 13210
Contact:  Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP