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About Us

Our mission is to promote economic development in New York State by bringing together companies and university researchers who have areas of common interest and encouraging collaboration through funding and outreach.

Over the past ten years, CEIS funding has been leveraged to generate over $702 million in economic impact and the creation of 239 new jobs. By bringing together multiple universities, companies, government agencies, and economic development organizations in a collaborative environment, we provide leadership in the identification and realization of technology-driven economic development in the Finger Lakes region.

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News & Events

June 19, 2020

In Pursuit of a Better Test

University scientists are adapting existing research to develop tests to detect and improve our understanding of COVID-19. CEIS partners, Benjamin Miller and James McGrath are currently developing better COVID-19 testing strategies. Miller's lab is developing tiny sensor chips that use coronavirus proteins to quickly detect the presence of coronavirus antibodies that humans develop within two days of exposure to the virus. McGrath is using ultrathin membranes to determine whether individuals have been infected with COVID-19. McGrath is eyeing an inexpensive testing device that could be used in low-resource communities around the world.

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February 27, 2020

POSTPONED University Technology Showcase - 20 Year Anniversary

Postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Come join us Thursday April 23rd for the 20th annual technology showcase event co-sponsored by CEIS and the University of Rochester's Center of Excellence in Data Science. Please note the change in venue: RIT Inn & Conference Center 5257 West Henrietta Road West Henrietta NY 14467. Register now!

February 27, 2020

Call for Proposals for the Collaborative Innovative Research (CIR)

CEIS has released its annual CIR Call for Proposals for the 2020-2021 program year. The submission deadline is May 22nd, 2020 for projects that commence on July 1st 2020 subject to the availability of funds. Look for instructions and the forms on the CEIS website.

CEIS-CAT Announcement

CAT Renewal Poster

Since 1992, CEIS has been designated as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT). As a CAT, we have worked to support collaborative projects between private entities and university researchers. Over the last ten years we have supported nearly 300 projects in an incredibly diverse range of interests which have generated over $700 million in direct, measurable, economic impact, creating some 200 jobs, and retaining another 239.

We are proud to announce that New York’s Empire State Development has chosen CEIS from an incredibly competitive field to continue as a Center for Advanced Technologies for another ten years in our focus area of photonics and imaging science systems.

In this transitional period, we think it is appropriate to look back and highlight some of the incredible work our partnering organizations and primary investigators have done in the last year, as well as looking forward to the future and the arrival of AIM Photonics.

This is a very exciting time for us, and we are happy to say that the future looks ever better and ever brighter here in Rochester.  Check back to learn what projects will be funded in the Center’s new CAT cycle as well as exciting developments in photonics, and Rochester’s photonics community.

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