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We welcome your interest in the CNY Biotech Accelerator.  Please contact

Robert Corona


Robert J. Corona DO, MBA

Vice President for Innovation and Business Development

Phone: 315-464-9288

Dr. Robert J. Corona is the John B Bernard Henry Professor of Pathology and Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Upstate Medical University.  He is Clinical Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University Hospital of Upstate Medical University, Residency Program Director and Director of Neuropathology.  Dr. Corona also is Vice President of Innovation and Business Development and Director of the medical campus Biotechnology Accelerator Center.  He is President of Upstate Pathologists Laboratories, LLC. Dr. Corona served as Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Welch Allyn, Inc. for 16 years.  Prior to joining Welch Allyn, he was Physician Director of Medical Informatics, Laboratory Informatics and Telemedicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. While at Upstate, he founded CareNet, a medical informatics and telemedicine program that won the Smithsonian Award for Innovation in Medicine.

Dr. Corona is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, Neuropathology and Clinical Informatics. He served on the New York State Board for Medicine for 10 years and the New York State Department of Health’s Board of Professional Medical Conduct.  He remains an Emeritus Member of the New York State Board for Medicine.

After graduating from Ithaca College in 1982, Dr. Corona received his medical degree from NYCOM/NYIT in Long Island, New York.  He did a general internship at Southeastern Medical Center in Miami, Florida, and his residency and fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  He did an additional fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D. C.  Dr. Corona also served as Chief Resident at SUNY Upstate Medical and as Co-chairman of the Chief Resident's Association.  Dr. Corona completed his MBA at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



Kathi Durdon MA, CCRP

Director of Operations

Phone: 315-464-9290

Kathi Durdon, MA, CCRP, is Director of Operations for the Central New York (CNY) Biotech Accelerator, a Division of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  Kathi supports the Accelerator's strategic objectives in assisting biotech and biomedical for-profit start-up companies become viable businesses in the region. As Director of Operations she develops and promotes grant and venture capital opportunities, service and mentor program process, and implementation of expedient standard operational procedures in management of a state-of-the-art biotech and biomedical accelerator.  

Kathi also serves as an adjunct instructor for SUNY Empire State College, is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and has presented at several medical device, regulatory and clinical research-related conferences.  She chairs the annual SoCRA Medical Device Conference and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors Engineering Committee. Kathi holds Bachelors degrees in English and Anthropology from SUNY Potsdam College as well as a Master of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College.  Previously, Kathi was employed at Welch Allyn, a medical device manufacturer, as Manager of Clinical Operations.


Pazaras Kathy

Kathy Pazaras

Building Manager

Phone: 315-464-9288

Kathy has been employed with SUNY Upstate for over 20 years and has worked in various departments starting with Radiology, Emergency Department, and the Department of Anesthesia's Pain Center, where she was the Office Manager.   Kathy left Upstate in 2004 to become the Area Manager for American Home Patient.   While at American Home Patient she was responsible for implementing and maintaining operations for their durable medical supply and delivery of home care services.  She returned to SUNY Upstate and worked as a Sponsored Programs Assistant for the Research Administration Office of Grants and Clinical Trials.  There she was a liaison between various departments at SUNY Upstate and many industry and government agencies.  

She currently provides building management and customer service at the CNY Biotech Accelerator working with many entities as well as Upstate’s Physical Plant, Facilities Management, and Environmental Health and Safety to maintain a smooth and seamless operation. 

CNY Biotech Accelerator
841 East Fayette St
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-9288
Name: Kathy Pazaras