Construction began in June on the final phase of the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC), a LEED® Silver–certified project designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM). Currently, the CNYBAC houses wet-and dry-lab space, a shared equipment wet-lab and shared equipment public areas as well as a dedicated service oriented staff.
Upon completion of Phase Two, the 60,000 square foot facility will feature the Upstate MIND – a Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery Center on the 3rd floor of the Accelerator. The Upstate MIND encompasses state-of-the-art technology with shared concept space where tenants of the CNYBAC will gain access to service providers, mentors and experts, a “Theater in the MIND”, to host TED talks and other multimedia presentations, pod-like structures to host start-ups, additional conference facilities and dining space to foster interactions that drive impactful translational research.
Another key component in this new phase is the Molecular Pathology Next Generation Sequencing Lab. The second floor will house this state-of-the-art core facility for genetic testing which will embrace new provider models and technologies to increase clinical effectiveness, capitalize on new genomic discoveries and fuel the explosive growth of the biotechnology industry. This patient-centric outreach facility will implement patient education and coordinated care services, in order to optimize the patient informed care decision experience.
“The establishment of the Upstate MIND and new Molecular Pathology Next Generation Sequencing Lab brings to our community a growth engine that makes CNY relevant in cutting edge Precision Medicine”, says Dr. Robert J. Corona, Jr., DO, MBA, FCAP, FASCP – Professor and Chair of Pathology, Medical Director of Neuropathology/Muscle Pathology and Director of the Biotechnology Accelerator Center.
The CNYBAC facilitates joint research and development between public and private sectors. SUNY Upstate has distinct research excellence in natural resources and medicine, and shares strong commonalities in the biotechnology and biomedical realm. Built around a rapidly expanding translational research enterprise with four colleges and its own teaching hospital, Upstate Medical University is the only academic medical center in Central New York and is the region's largest employer.