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Thursday, May 18 - Friday, May 19, 2017
9th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium

This year's theme centers around “Grand Challenges in Biotechnology” – including, for example, Infectious Diseases, Nanobiotechnology, Drinking water/wastewater, and Public Science Literacy.

Join an assembly of academics and industry experts! A poster session featuring graduate student and postdoctoral research will provide an opportunity for you to get feedback on your research.

The BEST Program will again offer carpooling and registration fee waivers to qualified BESTies. Contact Susi Varvayanis if interested.


May 18

Nathan Tinker, Executive Director at NewYorkBIO

“Biotech Innovation in New York: An Update on the State of the Industry and Where It’s Headed.”  

Tinker will explore the sustainability, value, and the implications of recently announced NYS and NYC economic investment programs that are aimed at expanding opportunities in the life sciences. Nathan Tinker has been the Executive Director of NewYorkBIO since 2007 and brings more than 20 years’ experience working with global and emerging technology companies. 

May 19

Richard Uhlig, Chief Executive Officer at Motion Intelligence Inc.

"Bridging the Gap Between Basic Science and Advanced Patient Care – The Success of an Academic/Industry Partnership at Upstate Medical University"

Uhlig, who has worked as the Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley Bank and the Chief Investment Officer at Merrill Lynch Bank, will explore how symbiotic relationships between academia and industry can advance important discoveries. Uhlig will explore the factors necessary to making an academia-industry partnership successful and use a partnership between SUNY Upstate Medical University and Quadrant Biosciences as a case-study of success. 

Science Communication & Public Understanding

Moderated by: Susi Varvayanis, Senior Director, Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program, Cornell University, Moderator

This panel will discuss the importance of scientists and engineers to communicate their work to the public understandably, and the variety of modes available to do so, no matter what stage of your career you are in.

  • Rick Beal, Assistant Dean, Educational Outreach and Credit Programs, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology & Director, ESF in the High School, SUNY ESF
  • Elvis Cao, PhD student, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
  • Jaron Porciello, Associate Director for Research Data Engagement and Training in International Programs for the Cornell University College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Concurrent sessions focused on:

  • Molecular tools to track water problems in natural bodies of water
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Chromatography: Mass Spectrometry of Biomolecules & Other Pharmaceutical Substances
  • Energy
  • The Hill Collaboration & The Institute for Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine (IEHEM)
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Molecular Tools & Biodiversity
  • Brewing

By world-class researchers from:

Wadsworth Center / NYSDOH, Pfizer Inc, University of Connecticut, SUNY-ESF, Syracuse University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, SUNY Stony Brook, Upstate Medical University and NewYorkBIO.

This symposium fosters the exchange of ideas among industry representatives and scientists, academics, students, and other professionals interested in biotechnology; and works to develop synergies and relationships that further advance the field. It has a history of convening promising and innovative biotechnology companies and experts, both as speakers and participants, and promises to be the largest and most exciting yet!

Use this link to register.  For questions regarding registration, please contact Katherina Searing at

The New York State Biotechnology Symposium is hosted by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


SUNY ESF Gateway Center
Syracuse NY
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