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Life Unit, developing strategies to combat biofilms implicated in drug resistance and CF, becomes newest tenant at CNYBAC

Life Unit LLC, a winner of a $25,000 matching grant for applied research from the Grants for Growth program of CenterStateCEO, will become the newest tenant/client of our member the Central New York Biotech Accelerator at SUNY Upstate. The matching grant supports a partnership between the startup and the Yan-Yeung Luk Lab at Syracuse University.

Life Unit is a privately held biotechnology company focused on the development of novel therapeutics and chemical agents for treating and controlling biofilms implicated in drug resistance, persistent infections, and health conditions including Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and chronic acne.

John Liddy wins "campus connector" at Upstate Venture Ecosystems Awards

John Liddy, director of the Syracuse Student Sandbox, a regional multi-college student incubator hosted at our member The Tech Garden, won "campus connector" at the first Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards held by Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) and the Upstate Venture Association of NY (UVANY).

John also guides student programming at our member thINCubator in Utica, the state-designated Innovation Hot Spot for the Mohawk Valley region, sponsored by SUNY's Mohawk Valley Community College. Congratulations, John!

For a complete list of winners of the Upstate Venture Ecosystem Awards, see UVC's announcement

Jobs: VP for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at CenterState CEO

The CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO), CNY's business-leadership council, is searching for a vice president for innovation & entrepreneurship. The position oversees our founding member The Tech Garden and all its associated programming including the NYSERDA-supported Cleantech Center and several accelerator-like and financing programs.

The new hire will replace Seth Mulligan, currently a member of the BIA/NYS board of directors, who is joining a Syracuse-based startup. Good luck, Seth! If you are interested in the position, please follow the first link above for a job announcement. 

Kathi Durdon named director of operations at CNY Biotech Accelerator

Kathi Durdon, a former manager of clinical operations for Welch Allyn, a major NYS-based medical device company, is now director of operations for our member the Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNY BAC) at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. The overall director of CNY BAC is pathology professor Dr. Robert Corona, also the campus's vice president for innovation and business development. For more info, see coverage in


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