Andrew Cuomo visits Accelerator

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo visits the Biotech Accelerator in October 2012.


Access to University Resources


Upstate Medical University is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is the region's largest employer and is built around a rapidly expanding biomedical research enterprise, four colleges and its own teaching hospital.

As a research enterprise, Upstate's investigations are aimed specifically at improving human health. Its research growth is currently the second-fastest among the 64 campuses of the State University of New York.

As a clinical enterprise, Upstate's service area covers one-third of NY state and has a diverse patient population. Upstate has the region's only Level-1 trauma center and dedicated children's hospital, and has broken ground for a new cancer center.

It has 80 specialty clinics and is a NYS Designated Center for six services, and its Joslin Diabetes Center is a NYS Center of Excellence.


SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the Top 50 Public National Universities. Committed to developing technologies to create a sustainable future, ESF faculty use contemporary biotechnology to make research contributions in plant genomics, natural products chemistry, biosensors, environmental toxicology, bioprocess engineering, molecular biology, bioenergy and bioproducts such as biodegradable polymers.

A 17 acre main campus in Syracuse is complemented by more than 25,000 acres on regional campuses throughout New York State that provide unique environments for education and research. The main campus includes greenhouses, a bioprocessing pilot plant and state-of-the art analytical equipment available to CNY BRC clients at reduced rates.

Through ESF Outreach an annual biotechnology symposium brings together biotechnology companies and academic partners to exchange information and form research collaborations. Ninety-four percent of ESF faculty are active in funded research (the highest percentage in SUNY) and it has the second-highest funding per faculty member.

Core Facilities and Other Resources

Accelerator clients will have access to core research facilities and consultation at discounted rates. In addition, there are faculty experts in specific areas of inquiry.

Upstate's Institutional and Departmental Core Research Facilities

  • Center for Research and Evaluation
  • Clinical Research Unit
  • DNA Sequencing
  • In Vivo Computed Tomography
  • Laboratory Animal Resources
  • Microarray
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Proteomics
  • Confocal and Two-Photon Imaging
  • Flow Cytometry

Upstate University Hospital facilities include state-of-the art skills labs, including a new Surgical Research and Training Center, the Clinical Skills Center with simulated patients, and the Emergency Medicine Simulation and Training Center.

SUNY-ESF has more than two dozen institutes and research centers External Icon related to aquatic ecosystems, bioenergy, biotechnology, biodiversity, ecology, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, remote sensing, wildlife disease prevention, and more.

Upstate University Hospital

Upstate University Hospital is part of the only academic medical university in Central New York—a region stretching from Canada to Pennsylvania. The hospital and its clinics serves 1.8 million people, drawing most of its patients from an area covering one-third of the state.

The hospital has long held the distinction of caring for among the most seriously ill and injured in the state. It is a Level-I trauma center and offers the regions only children's hospital and has broken ground for a new cancer center, where it will consolidate its advanced care. University Hospital is also a NYS Designated Center for: Stroke, AIDS, Trauma, Burn, SAFE services, and Poison Control, and offers 80 unique specialty clinics.

University Hospital is the top tier of technologically advanced hospitals and its faculty physicians provide medical education and most of the continuing education in the region, including 20 grand rounds each month.