Who we are Advisors & Sponsors

The Center for Biotechnology has the aid of seasoned industry veterans that serve in the role of program advisors for Center activities such as the BioStrategy Session, Technology Commercialization Clinic and the Fundamentals of the Bioscience Industry program.

The core group of our affiliated advisors currently includes:

  • Michael R. Bielski, Founder & President, DevTech Partners
  • Len Breslow, JD, Breslow & Walker
  • Christian Cespedes, MBA, Manager, Bayer HealthCare
  • Anil Dhundale, PhD, Stony Brook University Incubator Program (formerly with OSI Pharmaceuticals)
  • Peter Donnelly, Director, Technology Licensing and Industry Relations, Stony Brook University
  • Lorrence Green, PhD, President, Westbury Diagnostics, Inc.
  • Andreas Grill, MS, MBA, CEO, DepYMed
  • John Haley, PhD, Founder, Network Pharmacology
  • Thomas D. Ippolito, VP Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, ChemBio Diagnostics
  • Sathapana (Sam) Kongsamut, PhD, President, Rudder Serendip LLC
  • Steven Kreit, Partner, EisnerAmper LLP
  • Areta Kupchyk, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP,
  • Mark Lesko, Executive Dean, Hostra University Center for Entrepreneurship
  • J Brian McCarthy, PhD, MBA
  • Bruce J. MacKay, Principle, MacKay & Associate Consulting, LLC
  • Gregor Montalbano, Principal, MIDI Product Development
  • Christopher Montalbano, Principal, MIDI Product Development
  • Samir Nizam, Board Member, Long Island Angel Network
  • Ric Overton, Overton Operations Advisors, Ltd. (formerly with Forest Laboratories)
  • Bernie Ryba, MBA, CPA, Small Business Development Center (formerly with Pfizer)
  • Jeffrey Saelens, PhD, Small Business Development Center (formerly with Novartis)
  • Joseph Scaduto, MS, MBA, CEO, Traverse Biosciences and Bio Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Center for Biotechnology
  • Ann-Marie Scheidt, PhD, Founding Executive Director, Long Island Angel Network (LIAN)
  • Tara Sharif, PhD, Managing Director WestPark Capital, Inc
  • Chris Szustkiewicz, MBA, PhD, ABCC, CK Regulatory & Compliance Associates, Inc.
  • Saied Tousi, PhD, Managing Director, NW Advisors
  • Robert Van Nostrand, former CFO, OSI Pharmaceuticals
  • Eric Vieira, PhD, Director of Special Research Programs at City University of New York
  • Andrew Whiteley Executive in Residence, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (former COO Enzo Biochem)
  • Peter Young, Executive-in-Residence, Papas Capital

Additional Sponsors

In addition to our New York State funding from NYSTAR, the Center for Biotechnology currently has awards from the following entities to carry out their mission:


The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (RF) has provided the Center for Biotechnology with a grant of $25,000 in 2013 in support of its BioEntrepreneur-in-Residence program as well as generous support for the Long Island Bioscience Hub (LIBH) Initiative.

The RF was founded in 1951 to serve SUNY and to capitalize on its scope, scale and diversity as an engine of New York’s innovation economy. The largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, the RF supports nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences, and computer and information sciences.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has provided the Center for Biotechnology with 500,000 under the U.S. Department of Commerce’s i6 Challenge Investment in November of 2016 to support the CFB’s efforts to bolster the regional bioscience ecosystem by supporting a formal mentorship program, as well as a critical NIH-focused SBIR/STTR training and application development program which will assist in capital formation and launching new companies.

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.