New York Tech hosts biotech summit, industry innovators on April 8

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On April 8, industry and academic experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs will convene at New York Tech's Biotechnology Summit.

On Thursday, April 8, industry and academic experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs will convene at the New York Tech Biotechnology Summit, “Innovation in the Time of COVID and Beyond,” to discuss a range of timely topics relevant to the rapidly growing biotech industry in our region, including innovations to address COVID-19, the biotech startup ecosystem and its supporters, biotech’s role in sustainable solutions, and breakthrough futuristic biotech innovations.

This summit is sponsored by NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences and the intellectual property law firm of Carter, DeLuca & Farrell LLP.

Register for the virtual summit here: https://www.nyit.edu/events/biotechnology_summit_innovation_in_the_time_of_covid

Panels and panelists for the event, which will be held from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET), include:

Keynote:
Dr. Kevin Tracey of Northwell Health and Bioelectronics will kick off the half-day summit with a keynote speech addressing his pioneering research on the molecular basis of inflammation and bioelectronics medicine.

Panel: Innovations to Address COVID-19
Our first panel of entrepreneurs and company representatives have developed technologies ranging from cell-based biosensors and smart materials, to the development of a vaccine and rapid testing kits, to a gateway to keep people safe in the workplace. They’ll discuss their exciting discoveries and describe how a team of innovators from industry and academia developed a ventilator in record time to address the rising number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Moderator: Babak Beheshti, Ph.D., Dean of NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Panelists:
– Derek Peterson, Founder and CEO, SymptomSense
– Tom Powell, Director of Business Development, Boyce Technologies
– Mark Fasciano, Co-Founder and CEO, Rover Diagnostics
– Fang Li, Ph.D., Professor, NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Panel: The Biotechnology Startup Ecosystem
Meet the professionals who support biotech entrepreneurs and researchers by providing the resources they need to succeed. Whether it’s locating lab space, identifying investors, or making connections to service providers and strategic partners, it takes more than just an idea to grow and build a successful biotechnology company.

Moderator: Michael Nizich, Ph.D., Director of New York Tech’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC)

Panelists:
– Carmella Stephens, Ph.D., Partner, Patent Attorney, Carter, DeLuca & Farrell LLP (event sponsor)
– Cat Donaldson, Ph.D., M.B.A., Chief Development and Biotechnology Program Officer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Technology Transfer Office
– Mary Howard, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder, Design Technologies
– William Hanes, J.D., Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, iCell Gene Therapeutics; Senior Fellow at the Center for Biotechnology

Presentation: Sustainable Alternatives to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Patrick Gruber, CEO of GEVO, a biofuel company based in Texas, will discuss reducing greenhouse gas emissions with sustainable alternatives, and how GEVO is commercializing the next generation of biofuels with diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel that have the potential to achieve zero-carbon emissions.

Panel: Biotechnology…The Future is Here
Amazing biotech companies in our area are making the impossible possible and science fiction real, from helping paralyzed individuals regain movement to a headwear device that reads brain waves and controls a computer and biofuels that can launch a rocket. Find out about the latest futuristic biotech innovations.

Moderator: Aydin Farajidavar, Ph.D., Professor, NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Panelists:
– Chad Bouton, Vice President of Advanced Engineering & Technology, Northwell Health; Founder, Neuvotion
– AJ Keller, Founder, Neurosity
– Sascha Deri, CEO, BluShift Aerospace
– Rose-Marie Auclair, Co-founder and CSO, Woodlight
– Alan Kriegstein, President, ALA Scientific Instruments, Inc.

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