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Entrepreneurship Lab: Life Sciences & Healthcare Mentorship Program Launches With First Class of New Ventures


NYCEDC is pleased to announce the 2013 inaugural class of the Bio & Health Tech Entrepreneurship Lab, a training and mentorship program for new life sciences and healthcare ventures based in NYC.

Led by expert instructors Mary Howard and Eric Vieira of Design Technologies, the mini-MBA course offers participants fundamental training on venture formation, technology commercialization, and business model design in the life sciences and healthcare fields. We are excited to have several renowned leaders joining us as guest speakers in this course, including:

  • George Yancopolous, Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Deb Johnson, Founder & Director, Pratt Institute Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation
  • Other representatives from Coulter Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Bio Angels

The mini-MBA training will continue to take place over the next two weeks. Participants will then receive two months of weekly coaching on their strategic plans, with access to a community of mentors, serial entrepreneurs, and investors. These efforts will culminate in a Pitch Day session on May 16th open to the public (save the date!).

Twenty-six participants (representing 20 ventures) were selected through a highly competitive application review process and include a cohort of students, post-docs, early-career researchers, and technologists. Below, please find a list of their names and proposed life sciences and healthcare ventures:

  • Ashish Agarwal & Paul Scheid, Solvuu (NYU affiliation): Big-data management and analysis software for genomics and biological research, employing novel software engineering methodology.
  • Rodney Agayan & Mark Punyanitya, Image Reading Center: Interactive training and monitoring platform for academic investigators and industry scientists conducting clinical trials.
  • Roger Altman & Scott Blanchard, Lumidyne Technologies, (Weill Cornell Medical College affiliation): Next-generation fluorescent probe portfolio exhibiting superior brightness and stability over analogous commercially available reagents.
  • Sina Basir & Ke Cheng, HistoWiz (SUNY Downstate Incubator affiliation): Histopathology service and software platform, processing mouse tissue samples and digitizing results for cancer researchers in academia and pharma.
  • Alexander Bisignano, Recombine: Comprehensive, cost-effective genetic test for couples looking to conceive, including sample collection, DNA analysis, and genetic counseling services.
  • Jonathan Dick, mHealth Solutions (Columbia University affiliation): Mobile technology for engaging high-risk chronic-disease patients and providing decision support to clinicians.
  • Jason Dictenberg (CUNY Hunter College affiliation): Cryopreservation platform for commercialization of primary cell lines.
  • Eliot Dow (Rockefeller University affiliation): Crowd-sourcing and digital image analysis platform to assist scientists in routine analysis of brain’s neural wiring.
  • Elena Fedorov, Luca Gusella, Arevik Mosoian, SkinAxis (Mount Sinai School of Medicine affiliation): Testing platform for drug and cosmetic active ingredient discovery, allowing for identification and validation of skin molecular targets under physiologically relevant conditions.
  • Ophir Gaathon, Diamond Nanotechnologies (Columbia University affiliation): Diamond-based fluorescent biomarker for high-resolution sensing and imaging at the single molecular level.
  • Mikail Kamal & Jason Rosenberg (Columbia University affiliation): Low-cost and low-tech emergency obstetrics device for managing Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPM) in low-resource settings
  • Michael Khalil (Columbia University affiliation): Optical tomography imaging system for diagnosing and monitoring peripheral arterial disease, avoiding diabetic foot amputations.
  • Joseph Landolina & Isaac Miller, Suneris (NYU-Poly affiliation): Low-cost gel that instantly stops bleeding and facilitates faster healing.
  • Tian Liu (Weill Cornell Medical College affiliation): Image-processing software to assist neurosurgeons in performing image-guided surgery.
  • Suzanne Maher (Hospital for Special Surgery affiliation): Non-degradable synthetic implant for the knee, designed to mechanically function in similar way to native tissue and enabling robust fixation at the site of implantation.
  • Neal Paragas, In Vivo Analytics (Columbia University affiliation): Molecular imaging animal model, with image processing software designed for non-invasive, real-time visualization in safety and efficacy studies.
  • Sudarshana Purkavastha (Albert Einstein College of Medicine affiliation): Oxytocin analogue and next generation peptide for the treatment of obesity/type 2 diabetes.
  • Kate Rochlin, ImmunovENT (Weill Cornell Medical College affiliation): Allergy diagnostic employing Local Allergy Mucosal Brush (LAMB) Test to identify local, antigen-specific igE not found by skin or blood testing.
  • Scott Trocchia (Columbia University affiliation): Diagnostic device for infectious diseases, employing nanoscale portable solid-state device design and single-molecule bio-electronic transduction
  • Yu Zhang (SUNY affiliation): Novel synthetic Curcuminoid for use in wound healing.

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