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CEIS grant propels local biomedical industry

The University’s Center for Electronic Imaging Systems (CEIS) has received $2 million from the state of New York to strengthen research, development, and commercialization of biomedical electronic imaging systems—such as 3-D medical scanners and optical sensors that can detect bacteria in just minutes.

The award could increase the economic impact of CEIS on the Rochester area by more than $200 million over the next four years, according to estimates from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research.

CEIS benefits the regional economy by matching researchers at the University and other regional institutions with businesses in the Rochester including smaller companies that might not be able to afford hiring full-time scientists. The center looks for a good fit between the work a researcher is doing in the lab and work that is needed by local companies, and helps facilitate sharing knowledge and resources. The businesses benefit by receiving cutting-edge research, while the scientists benefit by having additional funding to carry out their research.

“This new program allows us to expand our academic and industrial partner base,” says Eby Friedman, CEIS director. “It will accelerate the impact of the center’s resources and expertise in the rapidly growing field of biomedical electronic imaging. We already have 25 potential projects from a variety of New York State companies and faculty.”

This new biomedical imaging program will manage and conduct research that encourages and supports collaboration with small, entrepreneurial companies as well as local giants like Kodak and Bausch & Lomb.

“I would like to congratulate the University for winning this prestigious CAT Development award,” says Michael Relyea, executive director of NYSTAR. “These awards will help the University commercialize new technologies and create new jobs and companies in the region.”

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