Annual MDIC Pitch Event

CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC)

Annual Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC) Pitch Event

Tuesday, December 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Reception, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY

We hope you will be able to join us to celebrate our 2018 Medical Device Innovation Challenge teams who will participate in our Pitch Event on December 11. 

The Pitch Event, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., will feature 5 of our 7 teams and will be followed by our annual Holiday Reception, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.  The program and reception are free to attend.  Parking is available in our lot directly behind our building.

Please RSVP to: durdonk@upstate.edu

Pitch Event Moderator:

Esther Vargas, Director, Emerging Ventures Ecosystem (EVE), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Pitch Event Judges:

Winthrop Thurlow, Executive Director, MedTech

James Shomar, Program Director, StartFast Venture Accelerator

David Mankiewicz, Sr. Vice President, Policy & Planning, CenterState CEO

Scott Hancock, Director, IP Management and Licensing, Binghamton University

Jay Reeder, PhD, President and COO, EndoGlow (2017 MDIC Participant)

2018 MDIC Teams Pitching Include:

Avant Medical Systems, Inc. is a medical device development company that has designed and patented a medical device that it plans to manufacture and market. The medical device will help medical professionals deliver better care that will reduce the number of medical errors and malpractice liability, while improving the quality of patient comfort and care.  Avant Medical has been accepted in both Syracuse University and Queen’s University, Engineering Capstone Design Project.

Company Location: Alaska

Team Members: Sheridan Heinrichs, CEO; Scott Hilton, Attorney

Celltomic is a pathology cell processing start-up designed to address the problem of diminutive specimens and the ever-increasing number of tests being required of them.  Celltomic’s disruptive technology has the capacity to revolutionize personalized medicine laboratory methods. CelltOmics was selected as a finalist for the FuzeHub Commercialization Competition.

Company Location: Buffalo, NY

Team Member: Wilfrido Mojica, M.D., Founder

ANDRO Computational Services’  subset team is developing an innovative spinal medical device to support a self-learning, smart-assist stabilizer leveraging ANDRO’s AXLForce C4 AI software and machine learning technologies.

Company Location:  Rome and Syracuse, NY

Team Members:  Evan Drozd, Nick Polosky

Hive Refrigeration is a design firm creating technological solutions able to decrease the energy expenditure and monitor your mobile medical refrigeration capabilities. Their line of products is being created to solve issues around energy dependent, immobile and unmonitored temperature systems in current medical refrigeration units.

Company Location:  Rochester, NY

Team Members: Adolf Akuffo-Afful, CEO; Khadijah Williams, VP of Design; Jake Wexler, CE; Nick Condello, CDO; O’Nell Campbell, CME; Tracy Martini, COO; Mavis Nvodjo, CFO

In-Spire is a customizable sleek band that has a small inhaler integrated into it. The bracelet can be re-opened and refilled after each use. Accessing the medication inside is as simple as opening the band and using the Bite Actuation Method, which is a novel process where the user uses their teeth to activate the flow of medication, rather than their hand. The In-Spire team has recently incorporated as an LLC, has won $30k in business plan competitions, and is focusing on product development in compliance with FDA standards to move towards commercialization.

Company Location:  Syracuse, NY

Team Members: Kayla Simon and Elizabeth Tarangelo