If Gov. David Paterson has his way, escaping the high-tech "valley of death" will get easier this year. In his State of the State address, Paterson proposed the creation of a statewide $25 million seed fund to finance and leverage private capital for promising university and corporate research. For years in the Rochester region, many research advances have languished at the commercial level for lack of startup funds and support. The failure of sustenance at that critical stage has been called the "valley of death."