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Technology Accelerator Fund Awardees

Projects funded by TAF

Since 2011, the Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) has helped faculty inventors and scientists turn their research into market-ready technologies. These are the annual award winners:

TAF Class of 2022

Thomas Begley headshotThomas Begley
University at Albany
MRMod: Software to Measure RNA Modopathies

Kambiz Ghanzinour headshotKambiz Ghanzinour
SUNY Canton
Digital-PASS to empower K-12 students to mitigate security threats from the Internet

Juntao Luo headshotJuntao Luo
Upstate Medical University
An Injectable Nanoformulation of CMT-3 for Sepsis and ARDS Treatment

Bandaru Ramarao headshotBandaru Ramarao
College of Environmental Science and Engineering
Production of Targeted Bioplastic from Agro-Waste for Food Packaging Applications

Shenqiang Ren headshotShenqiang Ren
University at Buffalo
Conductive Copper Ink Materials for Flexible Electronics in High Temperature Applications

Clinton Rubin headshotClinton Rubin
Stony Brook University
Low Intensity Vibration to Accelerate T-Cell Proliferation in Autologous Cell Therapy

Scott Schiffres headshotScott Schiffres
Binghamton University
Enhanced Nondestructive Testing in Metal Power-Based Additive Manufacturing (ENDTech)

Woongje Sung headshotWoongje Sung
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Rugged SiC Power MOSFETs Enabled by Innovative Device Architecture and Novel Processing Technique

TAF Class of 2020

Qingzhi Zhu
Stony Brook University
Nitrogen Sensor for Advanced Septic Systems 

Alex Nikulin, Timothy S. de Smet
Binghamton University
System for Locating Orphaned Gas and Oil Wells

Albert Titus
University at Buffalo
Miniaturized pH Sensor for Healthcare and Manufacturing Applications

John Danias
Downstate Health Sciences University
Gene Therapy for Glaucoma

TAF Class of 2019

Derek Werthmuller
University at Albany
Community Asset Tracker

Janet Morrow
University at Buffalo
New MRI Contrast Agent

Shenqiang Ren
University at Buffalo
Aerogel Insulation

Chongmin Huan and Christopher Roman
Downstate Health Sciences University
New Lupus Drug

TAF Class of 2018

Igor Lednev
University at Albany
Alzheimer’s Diagnostic

Chuan-Jian Zhong
Binghamton University
Emission Control System Catalysts with Low Levels of  Platinum Group Metals and Low Operating Temperatures

Blaine Pfeifer
University at Buffalo
A Consolidated Liposomal Design for Staph Infection Vaccination

Steven Macknik
Downstate Health Sciences University
Ocular Tremor Measurement System Enabling Ultra-Sensitive Eye-Tracking

Anurag Purwar
Stony Brook University
A Design-Driven Educational Robotics Framework

Eric Helms, Jacqueline Bennett
SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Oneonta
Green Chemical Synthesis Process

 

TAF Class of 2017

Daniele Fabris
University at Albany
RNA-based Technologies for the Detection of Pathogens in Dairy Production

Susan Bane
Binghamton University
Fast, Versatile Biomolecule Coupling Technology

Sathy Balu-Lyer
University at Buffalo
Technology to Reverse Unwanted Immunogenicity

Patanjali Parimi
SUNY Oswego
Secure High Data Rate Communications Employing Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) Modulation of EM Waves

TAF Class of 2016

Mark Stewart
Downstate Health Sciences University
Next Generation Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator and Cardioversion Device

Qing Lin
University at Buffalo
Chemical Technologies for Translating Peptide Hormones into Therapeutics for Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity

Wayne Jones
Binghamton University
Thin Film Polymer Nanocomposites for Low Cost Passive Solar Applications

Christopher Neville/Brian Rieger
Upstate Medical University
Cognitive Testing Suite for Use in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment

Chris Nomura
College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Nanocarriers for Targeted Drug Delivery of Anticancer Agents

Igor Lednev
University at Albany
Identification of Body Fluids Using Raman Spectroscopy

TAF Class of 2015

Paul Maccabee
Downstate Health Sciences University
Improved Diagnosis of Demyelinating Neuropathies Using Magnetic Stimulation

Rabi Musah
University  at Albany
Automated Gel Electrophoresis Detection

Tomas Henriquez
SUNY Buffalo State
Haptic Video Game Controller

William Kerr
Upstate Medical University
SHIP 1 Inhibitory Drug Candidates for Blood Cell Recovery and Treating Obesity

Annie Rohan
Stony Brook University
Novel Medical Catheter Device with Light Emitting Diodes

Glenna Bett
University at Buffalo
Novel in vitro Arrhythmia Drug Safety Screening Assay

TAF Class of 2014

Thomas Floyd
Stony Brook University
Spinal Fiber Optic Monitoring for Ischemia

Douglas Conklin
University at Albany
Repurposing a Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor for Breast Cancer Treatment

Jason Armstrong
University at Buffalo
Ultra-stable pico-resolution metrology system for devices beyond Moore’s law

Mahmood Hussain
Downstate Health Sciences University
Therapeutic Agents to Lower Plasma Lipids and Regress Atherosclerosis

Wayne Jones
Binghamton University
Thermally Stabilized Dyes

Steven Diver
University at Buffalo
Metal Scavenger Resins for the Removal and Recovery of Transition Metals from Chemical Processes
 
Gary Niemen
Upstate Medical University
Minimally Invasive Infusion & Suction Therapy Device Effective Treatment for Abdominal Trauma and Sepsis

Balaji Sitharaman
Stony Brook University
Novel Graphene Nanoparticle (GNP) Based Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Contrast Agents

Leslie Ying
University at Buffalo
Super-Fast Reconstruction Technique for Parallel Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Susan Sharfstein
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Artificial Human Trabecular Meshwork for High-throughput Glaucoma Therapeutic Screening

TAF Class of 2013

Fatimah Shahedipour‐Sandvik
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Novel Method to Deactivate Defects and Improve Performance of Electronics

Jason Armstrong
University at Buffalo
Metrology System Capable of Studying a Single

Sabine Brouxhon
Stony Brook University
New Therapy for Breast and Related Cancers

Stewart Loh
College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Converting Cellulose to Ethanol

Henri Tiedge
Downstate Health Sciences University
New Blood Test for Circulating Tumor Cells

TAF Class of 2012

Alexander Cartwright
University at Buffalo
Graded Polymeric Photonic Bandgap Gratings for Compact Multispectral Analyzers

Sarbajit Banerjee
University at Buffalo
Smart Windows

Anurag Purwar
Stony Brook University 
Sit to Stand Device

Andrew Kaufman
Upstate Medical University
Wireless Pulse Oximetry Suicide Detection System

Paul Agris
University at Albany
Novel Antibiotics Targeting Conserved RNAs of Drug Resistant Pathogens

Ken McLeod
Binghamton University
MicroEnvironmental Control Systems

TAF Class of 2011

Lei Zuo
Stony Brook University
Electricity Generating Shock Absorbers

Scott Tenenbaum
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Novel Antibiotics Targeting Conserved RNAs of Drug Resistant Pathogens
 
Ron Miles
Binghamton University
Optical Differential Microphone

Thomas Szyperski
University at Buffalo
Screening for Ovarian Cancer

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