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Cornell Center for Advanced Technology in Life Science Enterprise


The Cornell Center for Life Science Enterprise is a designated Empire State Development (ESD) Division of Science, Technology & Innovation Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). Originally established in 1983 as the Center for Advanced Technology in Biotechnology, it was one of the 10 original CATs in New York State.

The 15 ESD-designated CATs in the state have a common mission: “to capitalize on New York’s outstanding university research resources and use those resources to create jobs and opportunity.” The Cornell CAT pursues programs that address specific economic development needs of biotechnology and life sciences industries, especially small and startup businesses. These needs include research and development, education and training, and technology development and transfer.

The CAT also offers lectures and workshops and a variety of resources and connections that provide education on many aspects of bringing a biotechnology from the laboratory to the commercial realm.

The CAT supports industry-initiated R&D projects for Cornell faculty in partnership with New York companies, as well as faculty-initiated cutting-edge projects. CAT-funded projects represent many diverse disciplines in the biological, biomedical, computational, engineering, and plant and agricultural sciences. Since its inception in 1983, the center has assisted more than 100 company formations based on Cornell technologies funded by the CAT. The CAT has leveraged ESD support with industrial and other state and federal government funding.

In addition to funding projects, Cornell’s CAT supports a host of advanced analytical services. The Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC) provides an array of genomics, proteomics, imaging, IT, and informatics instrumentation; expertise in their application; and training for students, faculty, and industry researchers.

Biotechnologies at all stages of development benefit from business planning, assistance with funding searches, referrals, and workforce development. In addition, the CAT collaborates with other centers and programs at Cornell, such as Entrepreneurship@Cornell, The McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences, the Center for Technology Licensing, and Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), as well as companies and resources across the state, to provide connections among research, education, training, and commercialization for economic impact.