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New memberships aim to advance University research initiatives

Binghamton University recently joined two regional associations — CNY MedTech and the Upstate New York Coalition for Biomedical Research — designed to grow a robust upstate New York biomedical economy.

“The biomedical sector is a key growth area for New York. We are pleased to unite with initiatives to create new partnerships and opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration,” said Gerald Sonnenfeld, vice president for research.

CNY MedTech is a not-for-profit association representing the biosciences and medical technologies industry in central New York. Launched in 2004 by Bristol-Myers Squibb, ConMed Corp, Sensis Corp and Welch Allyn, academic partners include Binghamton University, Cornell University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University. The organization will provide enhanced opportunities for members to form alliances, seek educational opportunities and obtain access to a broad array of resources. Its goal is to accelerate achievement of individual company and institutional goals while building employment and skills within the region. Sonnenfeld sits on the group’s science and technology subcommittee. More information about the organization can be found here

Sonnenfeld will also represent the University as its contact with the Upstate New York Coalition for Biomedical Research. UNYCor is a federation of upstate institutions engaged in biomedical research. In addition to Binghamton University, member institutions include SUNY Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center, Cornell and SUNY Upstate Medical University. The group’s stated purpose is “to increase the strength and breadth of biomedical research programs at member insti-tutions by working collaboratively to build on existing strengths and to expand and diversify outside funding for this research.” Further informa-tion is available at

The University also accepted an invitation to join The Science Coalition, a national group representing more than 400 “by invitation only” member organizations. It is the group’s belief that sustained support for research across the entire range of scientific disciplines is the most important step the nation can take to maintain America’s position at the forefront of scientific discovery, technological innovation and economic growth in the 21st century. The coalition focuses on expanding and strengthening the federal investment in university-based scientific, medical, engineering and agricultural research. Other New York member institutions include Columbia, Cornell, NYU, RPI, Stony Brook, Syracuse and Buffalo. For more information, go to
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Last Updated: 10/14/08