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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.

cornelius 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 David AnthonyAssistant Vice President for Finance and Budget, SUNY Upstate Medical University
David oversees various State and Research Foundation finance functions, including accounting and budgeting, bursar’s office, research accounting and compliance, property management and duplicating. In addition, he will be responsible for overseeing Upstate’s tax-exempt auxiliary services corporation and its tax-exempt property-holding corporation.
David is a Certified Public Accountant and has been with SUNY Upstate Medical University for 18 years.  Prior to his current position, David served as Upstate Hospital’s financial controller, a division of Upstate Medical. David also has nearly a decade of experience providing audit, tax and consulting services in public accounting.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Utica College of Syracuse University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.


David Amberg, Vice President for Research SUNY Upstate and Operations Manager for SUNY Research Foundation at Upstate.

David received his B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from Whitman College in 1983 graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a brief stint in Biotech at Immunex Corporation in Seattle, Washington he pursued his Ph.D. at Dartmouth Medical School in Biochemistry graduating in 1992. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was “Isolation and characterization of essential genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae required for the efficient nucleocytoplasmic trafficking of mRNA.” 

Dr. Amberg then moved to Stanford School of Medicine.  His post-doctoral work focused on structure/function studies of novel actin binding proteins. His work on the cytoskeleton continued in his own lab when he moved to SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1996 where he has been promoted through the ranks to professor in 2008.

In 2004 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2009 he was named Jacobsen Scholar, in 2011 he received the President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research, and, in 2012 the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. His administrative service at SUNY Upstate has included serving as the Associate Vice President of Research Integrity, the Research Integrity Officer, Research Conflict of Interest Officer. He has served as Vice President for Research at SUNY Upstate Medical University and as the SUNY Research Foundation Operations Manager since July of 2014.

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 Rudnick

Jack 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.

Tim Shaughnessy has over 23 years of experience in manufacturing, research & development, and business operations in the non-woven and coating industries. Tim spent more than 10 years working with the automotive market as a tier one supplier in a technical leadership position. Tim also spent 5 plus years in the wide web non-woven and film processing and conversion process control industry.  Tim has a business degree and a manufacturing process degree from New York State universities. Tim is the co- founder and President of a three year startup company, Rapid Cure Technologies which is a formulator and manufacturer of environmentally friendly rapid-cure chemistries. 

Tim currently severs on the board of advisors for CNY Biotech Accelerator and is the Boston MA chapter president of the Society of Advanced Process Engineers and serves as a director on the North American Board.


Deborah Stanley, President, State University of New York at Oswego

Among President Stanley's many significant contributions at the college are the Oswego Guarantee, an unprecedented merit scholarship program, and a capital improvement plan encompassing $800 million in completed and planned campus renewal projects, including the new Campus Center, a 182,000-square-foot addition to the college's science facilities that is now nearing completion, and a new residential townhouse village for students - all built to high standards of environmental design. She established new programs in engineering, the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in downtown Syracuse and the college's School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

Her commitment to a learner-centered environment has strengthened SUNY Oswego's academic reputation, bringing national and international accreditation for the School of Education, the School of Business and programs in the arts. She launched Oswego's first fundraising campaign and spearheaded a massive upgrade of campus technological capabilities, including wireless computing environments and "smart" technology in classrooms.

Nationally, President Stanley serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Leadership. She is a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and is secretary and treasurer on AASCU's board of directors. She's a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

In the region, she chairs the board of directors of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity and was formerly chair of the CenterState Development Foundation. For the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, she co-chairs a transformational committee on Say Yes to Education. For more than a decade, she served on the board of OCNB and its successor, Alliance Bank.

Syracuse University, where she earned a baccalaureate degree with honors in English and a juris doctor degree, has presented her with its Distinguished Alumni Award. The New York State Senate has named her a New York State Woman of Distinction.