CAT Events at a Glance

Biotechnology to Business: CAT 2018-19 Awardees Presentations, 8:30 - noon, June 7, 2019, Biotech G01, Ithaca, NY

CAT project faculty investigators of the 2018-19 cycle will share brief presentations on the progress they've made with their industry collaborators in terms of advancing the science, commercialization, and economic impact of their biotechnology innovations. Open to ALL who want to learn more about our program, and to meet Cornell life science faculty and New York State company reps! Networking and refreshments will follow.


Biotechnology Focused NSF I-Corps Short Course, March 15-29, 2019, Ithaca, NY

The CAT offers a biotechnology focused version of the NSF I-Corps Short Course at Cornell to help fortify your plans for a startup. The major emphasis of the Short Course is NOT on your technology, but rather on the problem in the marketplace. Your job in the Short Course is to cast aside your assumptions about what you perceive the problem to be, and perform a minimum of 30 interviews of your potential customers. Later, you’ll assess whether your technology truly fills the needs they seek, and if not, you have the option to pivot.


Benefits of the Short Course:

  • It’s free
  • Only a two week commitment
  • Your business plan will be shored-up 
  • Successful completion of the Short Course gives you an automatic leg-up into the NSF I-Corps Long Course, which provides you with $50K to focus on customer discovery for 6 months:
  • Investors respond favorably to those who have taken the Short Course
  • Cornell’s McGovern Center strongly recommends taking the Short Course prior to applying for startup space there
  • Our biotechnology focused version of the Short Course includes segments on regulatory hurdles, reimbursements, and other issues unique to biotechnology innovations


Dates and times:

Mar 15 (8:30am - 5:00pm) - Sessions 1 & 2 (in person)
Mar 20 (5:00pm - 6:00pm) - Session 3 (online call)
Mar 27 (5:00pm - 6:00pm) - Session 4 (online call)
Mar 29 (9:00am - 3:00pm) - Session 5 (in person


The two in-person sessions, on March 15 and 29, 2019, will be held at the Collegetown eHub in Ithaca, NY. We’ll provide light meals.


Registration is now open. Please complete and submit this form:


For questions and more information, contact Marla Coppolino,

Center for Technology Licensing Office Hours at Weill Hall

For your questions about invention disclosures, patents for your technology, and more!
No appointment necessary. Just bring your questions. Learn more about Center for Technology Licensing.
(Almost) Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1-3 pm, Weill Hall, 4th Floor

2019 Dates:

  • January 15
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19

(No session in December)



Past Events:

Biotechnology to Business: Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Annual Awardees' Showcase

Friday June 8, 2018 - 9:00 am - Noon, Biotech G-01

Every year, Cornell’s Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), funded by NYSTAR, provides grants that support faculty and their New York State industry collaborators to bring a biotechnology closer to the marketplace. The ultimate result is a high-tech product or service that can benefit our local, regional, and/or statewide economy.


Each CAT project faculty investigator will share a brief presentation on the progress they’ve made with their industry collaborator in terms of advancing the science, commercial aspects, and economic impacts of their biotechnology. A feedback panel will be present to provide recommendations for next steps. Networking reception will follow. This event is open to ANYONE who wants to learn more about Cornell’s CAT program and biotechnology commercialization that impacts our New York State economy. 


Kindly RSVP: Marla Coppolino, 


Medical Device Commercialization: Key Factors for a Smooth Transition from Product Development to Sales

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Noon - 1:00 pm, Weill Hall 226

Working on a medical device? Don't miss this informative presentation! Bring questions.

Kindly RSVP: Marla Coppolino, 

If you’re a Cornell researcher developing a diagnostic or therapeutic medical device, this presentation is a must.                                                                                                                                               

You will:

  • Gain understanding of the initial phases of medical device development
  • Learn key elements to reduce risks
  • Maximize your chances to ultimately release a product born from pure research

Free pizza! See you there!


Amy Castronova, President and CEO of Novatek Communications, Inc., a Rochester, NY based company that provides appropriate documentation to support a company’s equipment or device once launched.

Max Kunz, CEO and owner of Volpi Manufacturing, Auburn, NY, a manufacturing partner for in vitro diagnostics, life science tools, and medical technologies.

Kevin Webb, Key Account Manager for Sparton Corporation, a specialized contract development and manufacturer for complex classification II and III medical instruments that helps supplier partners to help launch "first of kind" medical technologies.


Writing a Competitive CAT Grant Proposal: Essential Facts to Know

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Biotech Bldg. 131
With Marla Coppolino, Director of Business Development and Outreach, Center for LIfe Science Enterprise (CAT)
Get the tips on what the reviewers like to see in your CAT grant proposal. Make your proposal stand out!

Biotechnology to Business: Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Annual Awardees' Showcase
June 9, 2017, 9:00 am - noon, Biotech G-01
Open to everyone -- come listen to the CAT 2016-17 awardees discuss their CAT project results, including progress in commercialing their biotechnologies and creation of new jobs in New York State!

Exploring Competing Technologies: What Inventions Exist that are Similar to Mine?
Librarian, Johnson School of Business Management Library
You've invented a technology or method in your lab that you want to have patented -- Congratulations! Do you know about the important next step in discovering the other existing technologies in the world? Come gain expert advice on how to proceed.

Pre-Seed Workshop, March 13, 14, and 21, 2017, Weill Hall, Ithaca campus
Call for technologies, inventors, and team members!

The Inventor's Role: Understanding the Tech Transfer Process

January 17, 2017, noon - 1:30 pm, Weill Hall 226
Open to everyone

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Workshop
February 10, 2017, 9:00 am - noon, Binghamton University
Open to everyone


Wed, September 14, 2016 8:00 - 10:00 am, Biotech Bldg. G-01 

SBIR/STTR Life Sciences Info Session 
With Marcene Sonneborn
Want to learn how to fund your new startup? This is for everyone who wants to learn the most up-to-date information on writing a good proposal for government grants for science!

Wed, October 5, 2016, noon - 1:00 pm, Biotech Bldg. G-01
Writing a Competitive CAT Grant Proposal: Essential Facts to Know
With Marla Coppolino, Director of Business Development & Outreach, Center for Life Science Enterprise (CAT)
Get the tips on what the reviewers like to see in your CAT grant proposal.

Thurs, November 3, 2016, noon - 1:00 pm, Biotech Bldg. G-01
Making the Diagnosis: the Physician's Task, and How You Can Help
With Fred Barken, MD
Learn all about the commercialization process and regulatory hurdles for medical diagnostics!   

View it on YouTube.  


September 25, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Life Science Innovation at Cornell: How to Bring your Research to the Commercial Realm, Biotech Bldg. G-01
With Marla Coppolino, Director of Business Development and Outreach for Center of Life Science Enterprise, Cornell's Center for Advanced Technology (CAT)

September 30, 2015, 8:30 am – noon
SBIR/STTR Life Sciences Workshop, Biotech Bldg. G-01
With Marcene Sonneborn

November 6, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Making the Diagnosis: the Physician's Task,
and How You Can Help, Biotech Bldg. G-01
With Fred Barken, MD


Questions? Contact Marla Coppolino, | 607.254.6541