Andrew Cuomo visits Accelerator

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo visits the Biotech Accelerator in October 2012.

CNY Accelerator - Advisory Board Members

Central New York—rich in intellectual capital, ripe for economic revitalization and proven ground for biotechnology ventures—Central New York is currently home to nearly 3,000 jobs in the biotechnology sector—is poised to expand its reach in this promising arena.

Neil Murphy

Cornelius B. Murphy Jr., PhD.  Past President of New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) 2000-2013.  Prior to being President of SUNY-ESF, Neil had held various positions at O'Brien & Gere Engineers. Inc.  His technical expertise lies in the areas of environmental science and engineering management, hazardous waste management, environmental assessment, renewable energy systems, limnology, urban runoff planning, and environmental wastewater treatment.

Neil is a member of several boards and belongs to many professional affiliations such as: O'Brien and Gere Ltd, Op-Tech Environmental Services and Bergman Associates, Upstate Medical University Foundation, BSA Hiawatha Council, Metropolitan Development Association, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, New York State Environmental Technology Institute, SU-College of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board, University Hill Corporation, NY Indoor Environmental Quality Center, Success by Six, Syracuse 20/20, CNY MedTech Foundation and CNY Regional Board of Advisors for the American Cancer Society

Neil received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse New York.

Jud Gostin Jud Gostin, CEO of Aspen Hollow Ventures LLC, and Chairman of 3Pound Health

Jud currently serves as chairman of 3Pound Health LLC.  He is also CEO of Aspen Hollow Ventures LLC, a firm investing in and helping high-tech startup and fledgling companies.  Goston retired from Sensis Corporation (now Saab Sensis) a firm he created in 1985.  Through his leadership and direction, Sensis has grown into a market leader of sensors and information technology for the world's militaries, civil-aviation authorities, airports, airlines, and medical-equipment companies.  Jud has been awarded two patents and in 1978, he was selected to receive the General Electric Centennial Award as the Electronic System Division's outstanding contributor. 

Jud holds a BA and MSEE from Dartmouth College

Heather Hage, Esq. Heather Hage, Esq., Senior Director of Innovation and Partnerships, SUNY Research Foundation

Heather leads the expansion of innovation activity across SUNY’s 64 campuses by developing and managing programs and services that grow SUNY’s research base and expand its economic impact. Heather also serves as managing director of SUNY’s Technology Accelerator Fund, which invests across the SUNY enterprise in proof-of-concept projects with potential for high-impact commercialization.

Since her career with the RF began in 2004, Heather has promoted innovation, collaboration and economic growth by serving as the RF’s intellectual property manager, intellectual property counsel and director of the commercialization practice group. Heather’s professional experience prior to joining the RF includes media relations, telecommunications and corporate finance.

Heather earned a Bachelors degree from Hamilton College and a juris doctor from Albany Law School and is admitted to practice before the courts of New York State and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Amongst her many external activities, she also serves on the steering committee for the Tech Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.

Rami Y. Katz Rami Y. Katz, Chief Operating Officer, Excell Partners

Rami manages Excell’s due-diligence and investment processes. Prior to joining Excell, Rami served as the Director of Technology Commercialization at High Tech Rochester where he worked closely with entrepreneurs, researchers and start-up firms to evaluate the commercial potential of new technologies. He managed the creation of over 50 business plans that led to raising over $40M in capital from venture capital and angel investors as well as government grants.

Rami is an attorney that led a litigation, banking and corporate law practice in Israel, managing a legal team that directed the restructure of over $14M in corporate and asset backed debt annually, while growing the group’s revenues by over 300%.

After launching his own legal and management consulting practice in Israel, Rami was one the founding members of a seed-stage investment group, investing in seed and pre-seed stage ventures and providing financial and business development management to the startups in the group’s portfolio. The team launched 12 high-tech startups that were focused on advanced materials, internet technologies, consumer electronics and medical devices.

Rami earned his MBA from the University of Rochester and his law degree from the Tel-Aviv University in Israel.

Gina Lee-Glauser Gina Lee-Glauser, Vice President for Research, Syracuse University.

Gina is responsible for all of the central resources of Syracuse University that are directed to the support of research, and for the articulation and implementation of all University policies regarding scholarly inquiry, sponsored programs, intellectual property, and research integrity.

Gina is responsible for the development of research and research funding, for the administration of grants processing, for the negotiation of research contracts, and for the management of the intellectual property that may be created in the scholarly activity of members of the University community. She administers the University's policies on research misconduct, conflict of interest, and intellectual property. Gina is a key leader in the university-wide initiative for broadening STEM Pathway participation of underrepresented and disadvantaged students.

Gina received a B.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, an M.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from SUNY, Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from Clarkson University.

Robert Simpson Robert Simpson, President, Centerstate Center for Economic Opportunity

Rob serves as president of CenterState CEO, a private, not-for-profit regional business leadership and economic development organization and also serves as president of Syracuse’s business incubator, The Tech Garden. Through broad partnerships, CenterState CEO and its affiliate organizations advance regional economic development through a focus on business expansion, retention and attraction; innovation and entrepreneurship; infrastructure and urban initiatives; talent and workforce initiatives; government relations and business advocacy; CenterState chamber services; and tourism and regional marketing.

Rob currently serves as co-chair of the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNY REDC), responsible for coordinating economic development for Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

Rob graduated from Colgate University and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Eric Smith Eric Smith, Assistant Vice President for Finance, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Eric oversees various State and Research Foundation finance functions, including accounting and budgeting, campus purchasing, accounts payable, contracts, payroll, property management, and post-award research accounting and support services, and has been involved with various leadership and strategic planning initiatives.

Eric is a Certified Public Accountant and prior to joining Upstate spent 12 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers. As a Senior Manager in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services Group, he was responsible providing audit and consulting services to clients primarily in the healthcare and not-for-profit industries.

Eric earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at SUNY Oswego. He serves on various boards and committees in the community, including the Upstate Properties Development, Inc. and is a recent graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse.

Arthur Stipanovic Arthur Stipanovic, Professor of Chemistry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

Art is Past Chairman of the Chemistry Department at SUNY ESF and previously served as Interim Co-Director of CNY Biotech Accelerator. His research interests include biodegradable polymers from renewable resources, high-throughput analytical techniques for determining the composition of woody biomass and new pretreatment processes for the wood-based biorefinery.

Before joining SUNY-ESF in 1998, Art spent 18 years at the Texaco R&D labs in Beacon, NY, in new technology research and lubricants development, both as a scientific staff member and global coordinator of directed basic research programs in advanced lubricant technology. Art is a past Chairman and Executive Board member of the Syracuse section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and has served as Chairman of the ACS Division of Professional Relations. He has generated over $3.5 million in external research support as a Principle Investigator (or Co-PI) during his tenure at ESF. He has also been active in ESF’s “Green Entrepreneurship” program.

Art received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at SUNY ESF.


Bryan Allinson, Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships SUNY Research Foundation

As Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships for the SUNY Research Foundation, heis responsible for coordinating SUNY's efforts regarding innovation, industry partnering and economic development. 

Before joining the RF Bryan worked at the University of Texas (UT) system. St Texas UT he served as Executive Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization and Managing Director of the UT Horizon Fund.  As Executive Director, he worked with leadership and stakeholders to strategize and execute successful partnerships, structure engagements and promote all aspects of business development partnering, innovation and commercialization of world-class research.  He led direct investments matched to over $82 million co-investments into UT companies with core industry focus matched to UT's research capabilities in medical device, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, information technology, wireless communications and web media.

Bryan graduated from Carnegie Mellon  Univirsity - Tepper School of Business in Pittsburg, PA.

 Jack RudnickJack Rudnick, Director, Technology Commercialization Law Program.  Director NYS Science and Technology Law Center at Syracuse University.

Jack is an experienced corporate and intellectual property attorney who has been providing legal councel for almost 40 years. He has extensive experience in commercializing new technologies and advising emerging technology companies.  

Jack co-founded Blue Highway Inc., while at Welch Allyn, to locate and accelerate the development of technologies with medical applications.  He continued with Blue Highway after it was transferred to Syracuse University in the role of Senior VP for Legal and Government Affairs. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Councel (past president of Central and Western New York chapter). Jack has also served as the company representative to the Business Council of New York and is on the boards of a number of charitable and arts organizations. 

Jack received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J. D. from Syracuse University's College of Law

Tim Shaughnessy

Tim Shaughnessy, President & CEO Rapid Cure Technologies Inc.