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bioprocessing conference


Central New York Biotechnology Symposium 2010: Cultivating Economic Growth

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tentative Agenda for Monday, March 22, 2010

The program will be eligible for up to six Professional development hours (PDHs) after review.




Industrial Biotechnology


Medical Biotechnology

Biofuels, Bioproducts and Industrial Applications of Biotechnology

Biotherapeutics, Biomaterials and Biomedical Applications of Biotechnology


Registration and continental breakfast


Conference Welcome in Nottingham Room

John Fieschko, Executive Director CNY Biotechnology Research Center


Biotechnology and opening remarks

Cornelius Murphy, President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Split into two tracks- Sedgwick and Onondaga Rooms


Large company mechanisms for creating relationships with smaller companies followed by Q&A with audience

Presentations on their interests and activities

David Sexton, Sunoco,

Chris Campbell, O’Brien & Gere ,

Doug DiLillo, Pall Corporation

Sam McConnell, Myriant Technologies

Presentations on their interests and activities

Bruce Sargent, Albany Molecular,

David Eilers, Blue-Highway,

Kirk Leister , Bristol-Myers Squibb



Break – visit the tabletop displays



Small company presentations


  • Joel Howard, Applied Biorefinery Sciences, LLC (SUNY ESF)
  • Bill Witte, Lactanol Biofuels, LLC
  • Dennis Rak, AA Vineyards (SUNY ESF)
  • Robert Doyle, IntelliSyn (Syracuse University)
  • Tom Herlihy, RT Solutions (dba Worm Power)
  • Gail Busch, Algepower, Inc.
  • David Colegrove, Auburn Biodiesel


  • Jeff Evans, Rondaxe Pharma
  • Randy Yerden, BioSpherix, Limited
  • Philip Borer, Ortho Systems (Syracuse University)
  • Jack Melton, Process Science (Syracuse University)
  • Alan Biloski, DNANO (Cornell University)
  • Gerold Feuer, Humurine (Upstate Medical University)
  • Alex Brownstein, Integrated Tissue Dynamics



Lunch and CNY BRC Presentations in Nottingham Room

Central New York Biotechnology Research Center Design

Robert Pulito, Moray Newton, The S.L.A.M. Collaborative

Central New York Biotechnology Research Center

Operating Parameters

Dr. Steve Goodman, Upstate Medical University


Directed Break – visit exhibit tables for:

  • Sponsor and Vendor tabletop displays
  • Central New York Biotechnology Research Center display
1:25 Special presentation Congressman Dan Maffei, 25th District of New York
1:30 - 2:30 University presentations

Presentations on commercializable university research:

  • Ziwei Huang, The SUNY Upstate Cancer Research Institute
  • Neil Ringler, SUNY-ESF
  • Jeong Oh, Syracuse University, Technology Transfer
  • Scott Macfarlane, Cornell University


Locating and Nurturing Start-up Companies – Success Stories

David Hochman, Business Incubator Association of NYS

Panel of incubator tenants and managers:

  • Dr. Eva Cramer, VP for Biotechnology and Scientific Affairs and Manager of the SUNY Downstate Incubator, SUNY Downstate 
  • Alex Brownstein, former coordinator, SUNY University at Albany East Campus incubator
  • Mike Riedlinger, Manager, Rochester BioVenture Center
  • Dr. Sherry Bradford , CEO, CSO and Founder, Oncology Research Therapeutics, current tenant SUNY University at Buffalo 
3:30 - 3:45 Coffee Break in Lower Lobby  


Financing and Legal Considerations for Start-Ups

Panel with Q and A

Richard C. Engel, Esq., Mackenzie Hughes LLP

David Reed, Esq.

George McGuire, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Anne M. Schneiderman, Ph.D., Esq., Marjama Muldoon Blasiak & Sullivan LLP


Symposium closing remarks

NYS Roundtable Initiative

John Fieschko, Executive Director CNY Biotechnology Research Center

Barbara Drago, Assistant Vice Chancellor
   for Business, Industry and Workforce Development



Networking and hors d’oeuvres in Onondaga Room

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshment stations located around vendor and exhibit tables