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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

November 13, 2018

CEIS Partners Make Huge Strides

Leveraging technology developed at the University of Rochester that was recently recognized with a Nobel Prize, Clerio Vision, Inc. is commercializing LIRIC—a novel, noninvasive method to correct human vision. The core technology has been in development for more than 15 years and has now entered clinical trials. For more information, please follow the link

November 13, 2018

NYSTAR Defense Diversification Workshop

NYSTAR was awarded funding from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment for an initiative to increase New York State companies’ competitiveness by assisting defense focused organizations with diversification efforts aimed at making them more resilient to Department of Defense spending fluctuations. As part of this program NYSTAR will be holding a match-maker style event, where defense focused manufacturing organizations meet directly with hand-picked business and technology experts in one-on-one consultations. Space is limited, please visit the event web page here to register and reserve a spot. For more information, please visit our events page.

October 29, 2018

Center of Excellence in Data Science Announces Shared Projects with CEIS

Congratulations to Steven Feldon, James McGrath, Jannick Rolland, and Geunyoung Yoon on being awarded grants from the University’s Center of Excellence (CoE) in Data Science. These are the first CoE grants that require evidence of economic impact, and there has been close collaboration between CoE and the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences, which has a similar mission. Read more here. Submissions for the current round of CoE funding are being accepted until December 31, 2018, or until all funds are dispersed. The project duration remains June 30, 2019, however. Submission forms can be found here. Contact Walt Johnson or Cathy Adams if you have questions. Note: Since this announcement an additional project with Wendi Heinzelman and Cristiano Tapparello has been awarded with support from both CEIS and CoE.

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CEIS-CAT Announcement

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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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