Agenda Item
8:00 - 9 am
Registration, light breakfast, networking in Technology Showcase
9:00 - 10 am
Morning Keynote
Convergent Futures: Cognitive Neuroscience Meets Deep Learning

Converging soon to a future near you...

IoT-Internet of things -things are in the process of connecting to other things, many many other things. AI-Artificial Intelligence - machine learning - neural nets - deep learning. Quantum computing - new capabilities for physical matter to compute in new ways. Perceptual modulation - neurotechnologies that are directly and intentionally modifying neuro-cognitive processes. Experiential interactive systems- AR/VR/MR/XR augmented/virtual/mixed reality. In combination these converging capabilities enable new ways of cultivating and harvesting highly complex, high dimensional, mental impressions of experienced medical practitioners in ways that can be used to inform and refine deep learning algorithms. The emergence of medically optimized, interactive, synthetic intelligence systems opens futures yet to be charted.

  • Dave Warner, MD PhD, Medical Neuroscientist, Dir. Medical Intelligence, MindTel
    Dave Warner, MD PhD

    Dave Warner, a medical neuroscientist with an MD/PhD from Loma Linda University, gained international recognition for pioneering new methods of physiologically based human-computer interaction. Dr. Warner's research efforts focused on advanced instrumentation and new methods of analysis applied to evaluating various aspects of human function as it relates to human-computer interaction. His research efforts identify methods and techniques that optimize information flow between conscious intelligent humans performing purposeful, complex, time critical, tasks and interactive computers systems using AI and deep learning. Dr. Warner's work has indicated an optimal mapping of interactive interface technologies to the human nervous system's capacity to transduce, assimilate, and respond intelligently to information in an integrative-multisensory interaction and will fundamentally change the way that humans interact with information systems. Application areas for this work include quantitative assessment of human performance, augmentative communication systems, environmental controls for the disabled, medical communications and integrated interactive educational systems. Dr. Warner is particularly active in technology transfer of aerospace and other defense derived technologies to the fields of health care and education. Specific areas of interest are: advanced instrumentation for the acquisition and analysis of medically relevant biological signals; intelligent informatic systems, which augment both the general flow of medical information and provide decision support for the health care professional; public accesses health information databases designed to empower the average citizen to become more involved in their own health care; and advanced training technologies that adaptively optimize interactive educational systems to the capacity of the user.

    Over the past decade Dr. Warner's research efforts have expanded to focus on innovative uses of information and communication technologies to support civil/military interaction in disaster response and post conflict environments. Much of his recent work has been in military/civilian operations supporting cross-domain information sharing and open communications capabilities in very difficult settings such as refugee camps, disaster areas, and post conflict stability operations.

    From 2006 to the present Dr. Warner has been directing an ongoing operational experimentation effort in eastern Afghanistan focused on demonstrating that incentivized information sharing is vital to complex operations. Environments conducive to information sharing benefits coalition partners, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) along with the local community. Current efforts include exploring the use of open internet, social media and crowdsourcing as a force multiplier in civilian support to ongoing stability operations along the eastern border region of Afghanistan.

10:15 - 11:15 am
Morning Workshops (choose 1)
Successful University Biotech Spin-Outs

Hear about successful university spinouts and commercializable research at three universities - Laser Quadrant Biosciences at Upstate Medical University, Transonic Systems out of Cornell University, and novel therapeutics research at Albany Medical College. Moderator is nationally recognized “entrepreneur in the business of helping entrepreneurs,” Dr. Thomas O’Neal.

Panel Lead

  • Thomas O'Neal, Ph.D, Associate VP for Innovation & Commercialization, University of Central Florida
    Thomas O'Neal, Ph.D

    Dr. O’Neal currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Research and Commercialization at UCF, Vice President of the UCF Research Foundation, Executive Director of the UCF Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP), Executive Director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL), and the Executive Director of I-Corps at UCF, Florida’s first I-Corps site.

    His pioneering work in business incubation and entrepreneurial ecosystems has helped build Central Florida’s innovation-based economy, which in turn has become an internationally-recognized model for economic development being used across the globe today.

    Dr. O’Neal’s international recognition as an expert in research, engineering, technology transfer, business incubation, and economic development has led to presentations and instructional engagements on five continents. He has presented or taught at 18 international conferences, 35 national conferences, and 178 conferences throughout the State of Florida. His expertise has resulted in requests for consultations from government, academic and private industry leadership across international and national levels. He has been engaged by 20 international organizations and 13 national organizations, and helped them create entrepreneurial ecosystems to advance their community’s economic prosperity.

    Dr. O’Neal currently serves on multiple international and local boards that advocate for research, commercialization, and entrepreneurism. These include the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA), the National Entrepreneur Center (NEC), Florida Business Incubation Association (FBIA), The Corridor (formerly the Florida High Tech Corridor Council), and FireSpring Fund, and the Florida Research Consortium, among many others.


  • Alejandro Adam, PhD, Albany Medical College

    Co-founder of Praxis Biotechnology, Inc., a research-driven pharmaceutical company that develops novel topical treatments for rosacea and other skin diseases.

  • Cornelis J. Drost, President & CEO, Transonic Systems

    Transonic Systems initiated out of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine with a novel ultrasound flowmeter technology which has since become the worldwide gold standard for a number of clinical diagnostic and animal studies applications

  • Richard Uhlig, Chief Executive Officer, Quadrant Biosciences

    Richard Uhlig is the Founder and CEO of Quadrant Biosciences, a company which acquires, develops and commercializes innovative life-science technologies.

“Wax on. Wax off.” Developing Continuous Improvement and Culture Through Kata

Karate students learn self-defense by repeating patterns of motion called “Kata.” Similarly, your employees can perform daily continuous improvement by practicing patterns of scientific thinking. Discover how to leverage the “Improvement Kata” and “Coaching Kata” the foundations of Toyota’s world renowned continuous improvement culture. Real examples will illustrate how Kata generates results and ensures improvement activities are aligned with business goals.

  • Scott Laundry, Senior Project Manager, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, TDO
    Scott Laundry

    Scott Laundry’s career has encompassed a wide swath of the value stream. As an Applications & Sales Engineer he gained a deep appreciation of the voice of the customer and value delivery. Later he spent more than 21 years with Albany International in various roles including Plant Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Global Raw Materials Manager and LSS Black Belt. During that time he gained experience with almost every aspect of manufacturing. This included roles in key initiatives such as ISO 9001 certification, TQA, Lean, TPM, and the implementation of TWI programs. Scott developed a passion for continuous improvement during his 5 years as a full time LSS Black Belt and 3 years as a Global Raw Materials Manager. Working for the world’s largest manufacturer of paper machine clothing, he was able to teach and apply LSS concepts to a supply chain spanning 16 manufacturing plants in 6 countries.

    Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lowell and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Syracuse University. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a TWI Institute certified trainer in TWI Job Methods, Job Relations, Job Instruction and Job Safety.

Protecting IP: Timing, Validity Challenges, International Decisions

The importance of IP protection is well-accepted. The panel will address issues such as patent filing strategy, decisions about international filings, trade secret protection as an alternative to patenting, and the post grant review options offered by under the American Invents Act. 

Panel Lead

  • Jack Rudnick is an experienced corporate and intellectual property attorney who has been providing legal counsel for almost 40 years. He has extensive experience in commercializing new technologies and advising emerging technology companies. His interests are IP strategy development to maximize protection and return on investment, developing corporate governance best practices at public and private companies, and managing technology commercialization programs and ventures.

    Rudnick co-founded Blue Highway, Inc. while at Welch Allyn, Inc. 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 Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs. He is currently of counsel with Hiscock & Barclay, LLP’s Emerging Technology Team, where he provides business and legal consultation to technology-based companies. Prior to his appointment as Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program, Rudnick contributed to the program as an adjunct professor, assisting Founding Director Ted Hagelin in the Commercialization Research Center from 2011 until 2013. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the Association of Corporate Counsel (past president of Central and Western New York chapter). Rudnick 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.


  • John W. Boger graduated cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law.  John also received cum laude, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah.  Previous to joining Heslin & Rothenberg, he was Senior Counsel at Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc.  Prior to attending law school, John worked for 8 years at DePuy, Inc. as a product development engineer and product manager specializing in orthopaedic implant design.  He also worked for DePuy–DuPont Orthopaedics, Inc. as the venture project manager, focusing on the development of advanced implantable biomaterials.  John is admitted to practice in New York and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    John is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester- Edmund A Hajim School of Engineering- Department of Biomedical Engineering.  John also works with the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

  • George McGuire is a Registered Patent Attorney and Chair of Bond, Schoeneck & King's Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in all facets of Intellectual Property Law, including, for example, patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, litigation involving intellectual property issues, patent and trademark clearance opinions, patent novelty, validity and (non)infringement opinions, due diligence investigations in merger and acquisition, asset purchase, or other financial transactions, proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, negotiations and drafting of technology transfer and license agreements, and computer law matters. George practiced for five years as a Patent Agent before receiving his law degree.

    In addition to his practice, George is also an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University Law School where he teaches Computer Law, Internet Law, and Entertainment Law, and has taught and lectured on Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer.

  • Renato Smith is a business and intellectual property attorney with more than 15 years of experience. He takes a special interest in supporting the launch of new businesses and product lines, and Renato helps technology companies build, protect and commercialize IP. A registered patent attorney, Renato has leveraged his patent experience to assist Fortune 500, publicly-traded and start-up companies in the areas of patent portfolio strategy, licensing and complex business transactions. Renato has particular experience in the fields of pharmaceutical products, medical devices, software and telecommunications.

11:30 am - 1 pm
Luncheon Keynote
Artificial Intelligence and the Road Ahead

How AI and robotics will change business, manufacturing, and life.

Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and the proliferation of digital information are making robots smarter every day. “Data is the fuel, the algorithm is the engine,” Lipson explains. Even leading experts in automation can’t keep up with the pace of change. In today’s factories, millions of robots with super-human capabilities are precise and fast, but lack intelligence. AI is changing that, and the next generation of self-aware and self-replicating robots will take machine intelligence to yet another level. Robots are moving out of factories and into real world settings where, until now, they were too expensive. Driverless cars are just one tiny portent of a robotics revolution that will impact every aspect of our lives, at work and at home.

  • Hod Lipson, PhD, Author Entrepreneur, and Professor of Engineering and Data Science, Columbia University
    Hod Lipson, PhD

    Hod Lipson is a professor of Engineering and Data Science at Columbia University in New York, and a co-author of the award winning book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”, and “Driverless: Intelligent cars and the road ahead”, by MIT Press (translated into 7 languages). Before joining Columbia University in 2015, Hod spent 14 years as a professor at Cornell University. He received his PhD in 1999 from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, followed by a postdoc at Brandeis University and MIT. Hod Lipson’s work on self-aware and self-replicating robots challenges conventional views of robotics, and has enjoyed widespread media coverage. He has also pioneered open-source 3D printing, as well as electronics 3D printing, bio-printing and food printing. Lipson has co-authored over 300 publications that received over 14,000 citations to date. He has co-founded four companies, and is frequent keynoter both in industry and academic events. His TED Talk on self-aware machines is one of the most viewed presentations on AI and robotics. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.

1:15 - 2:15 pm
Afternoon Workshops (choose 1)
Biotech Collaboration Corridor: Syracuse, NY and Kingston, Ontario

A dynamic collaboration has advanced activities between economic development organizations in Kingston, Ontario and Syracuse, NY to include research initiatives and innovation synergies incorporating surrounding ecosystems and resources. Learn about the collaboration, current projects, review of innovation assets, and gaps. 

Panel Lead

  • Robert J. Corona, DO, MBA, John B Henry Professor of Experimental Pathology and Department Chair, Pathology, Upstate Medical University
    Robert J. Corona, DO, MBA

    Dr. Robert J. Corona is the John B Bernard Henry Professor of Pathology and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Upstate Medical University. He was recently appointed University Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Dean for Academic and Industry Relations. Dr. Corona is Clinical Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Director of Neuropathology and President of Upstate Pathologists Laboratories, LLC.

    Dr. Corona served as Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Welch Allyn, Inc. for 16 years. Prior to joining Welch Allyn, he was Physician Director of Medical Informatics, Laboratory Informatics and Telemedicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. While at Upstate, he founded CareNet, a medical informatics and telemedicine program that won the Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Medicine.

    Dr. Corona is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, Neuropathology and Clinical Informatics. He served on the New York State Board for Medicine for 10 years and the New York State Department of Health’s Board of Professional Medical Conduct. He remains an Emeritus Member of the New York State Board for Medicine.

    After graduating from Ithaca College in 1982, Dr. Corona received his medical degree from NYCOM/ NYIT(now known as NYITCOM) in Long Island, New York. He did a general medical internship at Southeastern Medical Center in Miami, Florida, and his residency and fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He did an additional fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. Dr. Corona also served as Chief Resident at SUNY Upstate Medical and as Co-Chairman of the Chief Resident's Association. Dr. Corona completed his MBA at University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


  • Andrew Bacchus, Business Development Officer, Kingston Economic Development Corporation

    Andrew Bacchus works with Kingston from various sectors that are introducing a novel technology, or pursuing a growth strategy that requires some R&D collaboration with Queen’s University. Andrew is on the Board of SWITCH Ontario, and a community leader with Startup Kingston.

  • Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP, Director of Operations, CNY Biotech Accelerator is responsible for development of collaborative initiatives and resource pathways to assist biotech innovators in the region.

  • David Hyndman, PhD, Assistant Director, Industry Partnerships

    David Hyndman is an Assistant Director, University Partnerships within the Office of Partnerships and Innovation at Queen’s University. In this role, he manages and coordinates research and development collaborations between Queen's University researchers and local and regional technology companies.

  • David Mankiewicz, SVP, Research, Policy & Planning, CenterState CEO
    David Mankiewicz

    David Mankiewicz is a Senior Vice President for Research, Policy and Planning for CenterState CEO. He addresses issues involving economic development, center city revitalization, community improvement and comprehensive planning as well as serving as the President of the University Hill Corporation.

Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing – What You Need to Know

The connection of equipment, processes, and people within digitally empowered factories is happening now. Data analytics, the Internet of things, 3D printing, and other trending technologies are increasingly in use in large manufacturers. Learn more about Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing technologies and how they can benefit small to midsize manufacturers.

  • Bill Murray, Digital and Additive Manufacturing Representative, Division of Science Technology and Innovation, Empire State Development

    Bill Murray is one of three New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) representatives embedded in the Manufacturing USA innovation institutes, under a grant from NIST-MEP administers by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation. Bill is supporting two Manufacturing USA Federal manufacturing Institutes: America Makes (Additive Manufacturing) and DMDII (Digital Manufacturing). Both Institutes are represented in New York State through RIT, located in Rochester NY. Bill’s role is to promote these two institutes to small and medium-sized manufacturers across New York State to strengthen their competitiveness.

    Prior to joining ESD Bill was a volunteer doing humanitarian work for the North Country Mission of Hope in Nicaragua for one year. Before that he was the Executive Director for CITEC, the MEP Center serving the North Country region of New York State.

Papering Up: Agreements in Tech Commercialization

Transferring or sharing rights to intellectual property needs to be carefully documented to optimize the prospects for commercialization. Practitioners discuss licenses and other documents key to considerations for successful collaborations.

Panel Lead

  • Shubha Ghosh, Esq., Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Director of Technology Commercialization Law Program, Syracuse University College of Law

    Professor Ghosh serves as Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Center and as Crandall Melvin Professor of Law after nearly twenty years of law school teaching. He earned his JD from Stanford, with distinction; his PhD from Michigan; and his BA from Amherst College.

    In his capacity of the Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Center, he works closely in developing a program geared to training law students and students across the University in the subjects of intellectual property, licensing, IP management, and commercialization of technology and on creating national and international webinars and programs providing education about intellectual property, technology commercialization, and business formation for entrepreneurs, inventors, and university researchers.

    His research and teaching specializations are in the development and commercialization of technology as a means of promoting economic and social development. He has written extensively on pharmaceutical patents, parallel importation, antitrust law, commercialization and other uses of data, and the role of intellectual property policy in shaping these diverse areas.

    He is a member of the California bar, the Federal Circuit Bar, and the US Supreme Court bar. He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2012 and is currently a member of the advisory board on the Restatement of Copyright.

    He also works with a component of the Technology Commercialization Law Center, the New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC), a state funded entity focused on intellectual property and commercialization issues as they affect start-ups, universities, and research centers solely in the State of New York.


  • Judy Albers, VanArsdale Chair: School Of Business, SUNY Geneseo

    Judy Albers is the VanArsdale Chair in Entrepreneurship at SUNY Geneseo. She established a comprehensive program in entrepreneurship including courses, workshops, and events which are open to all upper level students in all majors. The program also involves student participation in local, regional and state-wide business plan competitions and national conferences such as the Clinton Global Initiative through CIDD. She established an incubator program where students grow their businesses during the summer months and following semesters. Highly experienced mentors from both on and off-campus provide value and support to students vital to their education and achievement. Collaborating with more advanced regional entrepreneurial programs such as those at High Tech of Rochester (HTR) has also been instrumental in student success.

  • Bill Bond, Director, Intellectual Property Management Office, RIT

    Bill Bond is Director of RIT's Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office. He provides the overall leadership, management and administration for matters related to intellectual property with an emphasis on patents and licensing.

    Bill came to RIT with a wealth of experience in technology commercialization, licensing, and marketing. Previously he worked with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he was Director of Business Development and Licensing and then later Vice President of Technology Commercialization. Bill formed and ran his own company for 7.5 years where he provided technology commercialization, product development and market development consulting services to such companies as SAIC, Xerox, Telcordia (formerly Bellcore), and LunchByte Systems. Bill's career includes positions with Griffin Technology, Sybron/Taylor Instruments, Bausch & Lomb and Eastman Kodak.

    Bill has an MBA in Marketing from the Simon School at the University of Rochester, a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University, and has received executive education in “Marketing Innovative Technologies” from the Harvard Business School.

    Bill is the holder of two patents, both assigned to Xerox Corporation.

    Bill has received the Certified Licensing Professional, CLP™, designation from the Licensing Executive Society. It is the highest professional certification for intellectual property executives.

  • Felix Litvinsky, Managing Director, Cornell Blackstone LaunchPad

    Felix Litvinsky is a Managing Director of Blackstone LaunchPad at Cornell University. Blackstone LaunchPad is an experiential university wide entrepreneurship program offering coaching, ideation and venture creation support to students, alumni, staff and faculty. He is a Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Abakama, an enterprise, which specializes in entrepreneurship, due diligence, innovation, and strategy.

    Felix is a seasoned international technology entrepreneur and is an active member of various angel investor groups. He has held executive & management positions in business development, technology, and strategy at international companies. Felix was instrumental in launching technology startups and developing new markets. He has spoken at various international and local industry events. He is an advisor and mentor to startup companies worldwide.

    Other experience includes serving as a mentor at Techstars and Princeton University's Keller Center. He is a Founder of The IoT Partners, an IoT ecosystem initiative focusing on enabling IoT across verticals. He was a Co-founder and a Managing Partner of Minority Venture Partners (MVP), a business acceleration company whose mission is to increase and expand Minority and Women Business Enterprise participation in emerging technology sectors throughout New York City and the Tri-state Area.

    He was the VP of Business Development at ARC International (LSE: ARK.L). Prior to ARC, he was the co-founder and CEO of Alarity Corporation (acquired by ARC International, now Synopsys), a company specializing in multimedia IP. Under Felix’s stewardship, Alarity became a trusted strategic partner to many “Tier 1” OEM and ODM customers.

  • Steve Wood, Esq., Assistant Director for Innovation Services, SUNY Research Foundation

    Steve Wood is the Assistant Director for Innovation Services at the SUNY Research Foundation.  Steve commercializes cutting edge technologies developed at NYS advanced research centers. He works with academia and industry to productize concepts, cultivate relationships and facilitate connections that bring ideas into reality.

2:30 - 3:30 pm
Mid-Afternoon Workshops (choose 1)
Finding the Funds: Help for Manufacturers to Innovate, Compete and Grow

Looking to some new initiatives to boost your competitiveness and drive revenues? Help is available to support programs in Lean Six Sigma, ISO, workforce training, cyber security, sales skills, international business and more. Hear about grant programs including descriptions, application process, and eligibility.

Panel Lead

  • Robert Kocik

    As Director of the Central New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center, Bob leads TDO’s initiatives to support the evolving needs of small- to mid-size manufacturers and technology-based entrepreneurs. Bob works collaboratively with academic, corporate, government, and economic development organizations to multiply the many resources in our community to spur business growth.

    In his prior role at TDO, Bob led the implementation of HR, Lean, and workforce training initiatives for TDO clients. Bob’s 23 years of experience includes operations leadership positions with PPC, New Process Gear, and Service Merchandise. In these roles, he managed process improvement efforts including project selection and planning, Kaizen events, standard work, cycle time reduction, cellular workflow, and team building. Bob managed several Human Resource development initiatives including staff training, on-boarding, evaluations, HR strategic planning and succession planning.

    Bob has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with dual majors in Business Management and Human Resource Management from Columbia College. He holds professional certifications for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Supervisory Leadership, OSHA HAZWOPER, and CPTAE. He is also a TWI Institute Certified trainer.


  • Brian Anderson, Lead Economic Developer, National Grid
    Brian Anderson

    Mr. Anderson has over 20 years experience in the Economic Development field. He has been an economic developer with National Grid since 1999. During the past 18 years, Mr. Anderson has worked extensively with local, regional and state economic developers in Central and Western New York. Prior to his employment with National Grid, Mr. Anderson worked as an Economic Development Specialist for the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency in Batavia, New York. In June 2012, Mr. Anderson earned the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

    Mr. Anderson lives in Cicero, NY with his wife, Susan, and two girls, Shannon and Keira. Mr. Anderson received his bachelors’ degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and his MBA from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.

  • David Goodness, Central New York Regional Director, Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

    David Goodness is the Central New York Regional Director for the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), focusing on engaging strategic partners and developing strategies to tackle workforce development initiatives and issues while helping employers bridge the skill gap problems across all industries within the region and in the state. The focus being to create and keep living-wage jobs in New York State.

    Prior to joining WDI, David was the Training Director and Organizer for UA Local 73 Plumbers & Steamfitters, of Oswego, where he operated and monitored two Apprenticeship Programs and various Journeymen Certification Programs. He also taught trade math and all OSHA training certifications.

    David currently serves as a board member of the Broome-Tioga, Onondaga and Oswego Workforce Development Boards and participates in the Cayuga-Cortland, Tompkins and Madison-Herkimer-Oneida boards as well. He sits on the Examining Board of Plumbers for the City of Oswego and is the Oswego Housing Authority Chairman. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from SUNY Oswego and a NYS Journeyman Certification as a Plumber/ Steamfitter.

  • Steven King, Export Director, CNYIBA

    Steven King, Export Director for the CNYIBA has been exporting for over 25 years and has significant International Sales and Marketing experience. He served over 10 years with Colgate Palmolive from their offices in London, UK and then in Paris, France increasing shares across the Middle East and Southern Europe. He also lived in the Windward Islands and managed a Colgate Palmolive Company in the French Caribbean gaining valuable experience turning ‘importer for a few years’. He later shaped newly forming Central & Eastern European markets for Bristol Myers Squibs’ Consumer Products Division. His extensive career also includes successful distribution and sales strategies growing the European and African regions for the Zippo Manufacturing Company. He has exported to over 80 countries and is a member of the Upstate New York District Export Council.

  • Teresa Stockton, Client Development Specialist, Trade Adjustment Assistance Center

    Teresa is the Outreach Specialist for the TAAC with the responsibility of assisting trade impacted firms in the preparation of certification petitions, along with marketing the program throughout New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the TAAC, she worked in strategic business development and marketing at several companies. Teresa’s greatest strengths are her relationship building skills, creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that can expand the programs reach. Teresa is a past VP of the Professional Women’s Group (BPW), an active member of the Susquehanna Valley Dollars for Scholars Board, and volunteers for Special Olympic programs.

Finding the Funds: New Venture Assistance for Innovation and Capitalization

How to obtain funding is foremost in the minds of many entrepreneurs. The panel will discuss the availability and pitfalls of various types of funding, how funding options can influence the structure of a company, which fund sources have the best long run perspectives, the evolutions of different financing structures and tips on best approaches for success.

  • Nasir Ali, Co-founder and CEO, Upstate Venture Connect

    Nasir Ali is an entrepreneur, mentor, and investor with a passion for helping high growth entrepreneurs in Upstate New York. He is the cofounder and CEO of Upstate Venture Connect, and the Managing Director of the StartFast Venture Accelerator, a mentorship driven, private capital backed internet/software accelerator based in Syracuse, and a Member and Executive Director of the Seed Capital fund of CNY, LLC. 

  • Clayton Besch, Director, New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund, Empire State Development

    Clayton Besch is the Director of the New York State Innovation Venture capital Fund at Empire State Development. He has years of experience working with a number of VC funds and Japanese corporations in Japan and the US.  He specializes in business development, early stage due diligence and investment, corporate development, and emerging markets equity research. 

  • Rami Katz is the Chief Operating Officer for Excell Partners, Inc., managing 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 startups to evaluate the commercial potential of new technologies.

    Rami managed the creation of over 50 business plans that led to raising over $40M in funding from VCs, angels as well as 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 percent.

    After launching his own legal and management consulting practice in Israel, Rami was one the founding members of a seed-stage investment group, investing and assuming leadership roles in seed stage, technology, ventures to provide financial and business development management. The group 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.

  • Marcie Sonneborn, Professor of Practice, i-School, SBIR & Innovation Specialist, TDO

    Marcie Sonneborn a Professor of Practice at the iSchool, SBIR & Innovation specialist, TDO. Marcie is a business development and management consultant, working in innovation and technology, creativity and strategic planning. She provides technical and business assistance to clients in new product development, R&D and commercialization, new concept marketing, and new ventures. She presents talks on emerging technologies and foresight for local groups including manufacturers and corporations primarily in New York State, and educational institutions throughout the northeast. Marcie enjoys following emerging technologies and projections of where they may lead, but now it looks to her as if everything leads to IT and informatics!

    As a Professor of Practice, on contract, Marcie is the Regional Innovation and SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Specialist for the Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO). She operates the Central New York SBIR Outreach Program, which covers a 19-county region, including Central NY, the Southern Tier, and North Country. SBIR federal awards fund early stage high-risk technology development, from which Marcie’s clients have received over $200 million over the last 20 years, from eleven federal agencies. In 1997 Marcie was a recipient of a Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, given for economic impact from technological innovation through SBIR awards.

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Reception and Networking in Technology Showcase
  • Date

    Friday, November 17, 2017

  • Location

    Sheraton Syracuse University
    Syracuse, NY - Get Directions!

  • Speakers

    Keynotes: Hod Lipson, PhD & Dave Warner, MD PhD - 31 Speakers!

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