Request for Proposals: Technology & Business Development Services

The Center for Biotechnology (CFB) at Stony Brook University is a New York State Center for Advanced Technology and the lead institution of the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The CFB provides the cross-institutional infrastructure for technology development, technology transfer, strategic industry partnerships, new company formation, attraction of investment capital, and other commercialization activities.

The CFB seeks ongoing technology and business development consulting services for its faculty and small business clients. The CFB works primarily with faculty and emerging small businesses to help them develop their technology and business strategy to prepare them for strategic partnerships and/or investment.

Consulting services anticipated, but not limited to:

  • Conduct thorough due diligence on select technologies under consideration for investment by the CFB. Develop written assessments.
  • Participate in in-person meetings on a weekly basis with faculty innovators and emerging companies to provide strategic guidance in intellectual property, competitive analysis, regulatory strategy, manufacturing, company formation and other issues related to commercialization strategies.
  • Actively manage a project portfolio of funded technologies ensuring milestones are met and will add commercial value.
  • Assist faculty in the development of applications for funding.
  • Assist clients to develop effective fundraising strategies and materials.
  • Participate in CFB technology and business development initiatives including the Boot Camp, Strategy Sessions, Long Island BioMentor Service and Life Sciences Summit.
  • Help source and conduct due diligence on emerging company candidates for the Life Sciences Summit.
  • Consult with CFB on specific technologies regarding commercialization and viability for moving forward.
  • Consult with CFB clients on milestones required for licensing, strategic partnerships, investment, and/or manufacturing.
  • Consult with CFB staff on client work, intellectual property, as well as patent, regulatory, commercialization strategies as needed.
  • Consult on course content for CFB programs such as the Innovation Boot Camp and Fundamentals course. Serve as instructor or guest lecturer as needed.
  • Review, interpretation, and advice of patents, websites, articles related to specific technology.
    Required Qualifications:
  • Direct experience in the management of business and technical issues associated with advanced bio-based technology commercialization, including:
    •  Due Diligence
    •  IP Strategy
    •  Fundraising
    • Product development
    •  Regulatory
    • Manufacturing (preferred)
    • Sales and Marketing (preferred)
    •  Licensing
  • Technology development experience in working with faculty-members and entrepreneurs seeking to commercialize early-stage technologies.
  • Experience in technology development and initial IP landscape review and strategy development.
  • Experience in the grant application review and the management of approved grants, including the identification and achievement of milestones that have material commercial value.

Progress Reports

Progress reports detailing meetings held/attended, project development issues, priorities, and other issues of importance are required on a monthly basis.

Time Commitment

  • No less than one full day per week.
  • Must be available to meet onsite and in-person with CFB staff and clients as needed and required by the CFB.
  • Ability to respond to urgent requests and to fill in as needed is desirable.

Proposal Deadline
The CFB seeks proposals from qualified providers who have the expertise and desire to support the technology and business development objectives of the CFB. Interested parties should submit a proposal of no more than one page to Kristina Duryea at Kristina.Duryea@stonybrook.edu by 5p, May 26, 2017.

Celmatix unveils Fertilome


New York City based start-up Celmatix has unveiled “Fertilome”, a DNA-based fertility test. The company describes Fertilome as the “first genetic screen that examines a woman’s genetic signature and how it may impact her reproductive health and ability to conceive, today and in the future.”

Fertilome looks at 49 variants in 32 genes associated with a broad spectrum of female reproductive conditions. Information derived from the test could allow women to see a broader picture of their fertility, allowing for a more proactive approach to planning their family and overcoming fertility issues. Click here to read more about Celmatix and Fertilome.

Congratulations 40 under 40 Winners!

Sincerest congratulations to our clients who are being recognized among Stony Brook University’s 40 under 40 for 2016.  Since earning their Stony Brook degree, they have gone on to pursue their passions, help others and lead positive change.

J. Robert Coleman ’08, PhD Molecular Genetics and Microbiology – Chief Operating Officer, Codagenix, Inc

Katarzyna M. Sawicka ’04, ’05, ’14, BS Engineering Chemistry, MS Chemistry, PhD Biomedical Engineering – Founder and President, ImmunoMatrix

Joseph Scaduto ’08, MBA Business Administration – Founder and CEO, Traverse Biosciences Inc.


libn40-40Additionally, warmest wishes of continued success to Stony Brook’s Director of Government Relations, Lauren Brookmeyer, who was recently named a Long Island Business News “40 under 40 Class of 2017” honoree.

 

Codagenix Inks Exclusive License Agreement

Codagenix, Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Stony Brook University, through the Research Foundation for the State of New York, to commercialize a platform technology to develop a pipeline of live attenuated vaccines against viral infections in people and animals. The technology relies on software to re-design the genomes of potentially harmful viruses to make them safe and effective vaccines. The technology stems from research in the laboratory of Eckard Wimmer, PhD, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. The lead indication for vaccine development generated is a vaccine against Seasonal Influenza slated for Phase I human clinical trials in 2017.

Dr. Wimmer, along with Steffen Mueller, PhD, Codagenix President and Chief Science Officer, and J. Robert Coleman, PhD, Codagenix Chief Operating officer, worked as colleagues for years in Dr. Wimmer’s laboratory examining and experimenting with the genes of viruses. By collaborating with Stony Brook scientists Bruce Futcher, PhD, in the Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, and Steven Skienna, PhD, in the Department of Computer Science, they discovered a way using gene manipulation and computer algorithms to “re-code” the genes of viruses. This re-coding process makes viruses extremely weak and thus ideal candidates as ultra-low dose attenuated vaccines.

The licensing agreement enables Codgenix to develop and potentially market next generation vaccines using software-based gene design and whole viral synthesis to create low-dose, attenuated virus vaccines. The company expects to use this design to first test its vaccine against influenza; however, there are plans for human testing of their Zika and other vaccine candidates. Codagenix is also in partnership with a large agricultural company to make vaccines using the technology for companion and agricultural animals.

The technology has been shown to be effective against numerous viruses including ZIka, Dengue, and RSV all of which are in preclinical testing. The development of this pipeline of vaccines can be seen in numerous scientific papers since 2008, including a paper in Science, PNAS, National Biotechnology and most recently in 2015 in MBIo.

Read Stony Brook University’s full press release here. 

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