Upstate MIND Medical Device Innovation Challenge For Medical Device Early Discovery Innovation at CNY Biotech Accelerator

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Location: CNY Biotech Accelerator

The Upstate MIND – a Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery Center within the CNY Biotech Accelerator – is providing a grant-funded program to assist early stage medical device innovators. Participants/teams accepted into the six-month program (mid-July through January) receive FREE workspace in the Upstate MIND Creation Garage and fee-waived registration to the “Concept to Commercialization” Bootcamp as well as access to resources, equipment and mentorship. The goal of participation is to determine if your medical device product/service idea/prototype has commercial viability. 

Upstate MIND MDIC Participants will:

  • Gain access to University researchers and graduate students
  • Produce marketing and customer data
  • Develop and test early prototypes
  • Determine regulatory strategy
  • Develop a Business Plan and Pitch Presentation
  • Introductions to Innovation Ecosystem mentors

Upstate MIND MDIC Participant Benefits and Awards

  • All participants receive fee-waived registration to the “Concept to Commercialization” Bootcamp – a value of $240 per team member
  • Selected MDIC graduate(s) will receive a Platinum Pass to apply to Buffalo’s 43NORTH $5M innovation competition
  • Selected MDIC graduate(s) will be receive an additional 6 months’ free space within the Creation Garage – valued at $1050
  • One MDIC graduate/team will be awarded a Patent Landscape performed by ICIP Consultants – a $5,000-$10,000 value

Upstate MIND MDIC Applications are available at Applications are due by May 31, 2017. The MIND MDIC Review Committee will select accepted participants/teams in June with a program start of July 15. For questions contact Kathi Durdon at 315-464-9290 or email

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