Innovation Grant Awardees Q1 2017

Alfred State – Energy Storage and Conversion Laboratory $75,000

Alfred State will collaborate with American Fuel Cell, a Rochester-area company that produces Fuel Cell MEAs is illustrative of New York State’s leadership in the field of alternative energies. Alfred’s Energy Storage and Conversion Laboratory will integrate new testing capabilities that will allow for rapid advances in the company’s manufacturing operations, and position the laboratory to pursue other collaborative projects with New York State-based fuel cell companies. American Fuel Cell expects to hire up to ten engineers and five technicians in the next four years with the skillset fostered by this project. (Western New York)

Clarkson University – Shipley Center for Innovation $75,000

Clarkson University will use these grant funds to outfit its North Country Business Incubator with a ‘whole-building’ compressed air system critical to the operations of tenants like groundbreaking LC Drives, whose unique motor designs are half the size and more efficient than current leading motor designs. Clarkson’s Damon Hall, where the air system will be installed, is designed to house light manufacturing start-ups like LC Drives, and will provide long-term benefits to young manufacturing companies in the region. (North Country)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Programs $74,616

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is partnering with Ecovative Design—an award-winning biomaterials company famous for replacing synthetic protective packaging and construction materials with sustainable mycelium-based molded products—to help the company transition from a research start-up to a full-scale manufacturer. Upgrades to process flow, quality systems, and key production processes and capabilities will lead to improvements in plant performance including dramatic reductions in waste and increases in equipment utilization, helping Ecovative to meet growing market demand. Ecovative expects a threefold increase in sales and doubling of operations staff when a second shift is added. (Capital Region)

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Laboratory of Bioregenerative Medicine Surgery (LBMS)

Weill Cornell Medicine’s Laboratory of Bioregenerative Medicine Surgery (LBMS) will work with Sterifre Medical Inc. toward the commercialization of a new wound therapy device that delivers a patented therapeutic effluent to a wound site via gas-phase resulting in rapid, pain-free wound disinfection for the treatment of acute & chronic wounds. This treatment has practical and biological advantages over liquid and topical treatments and has the flexibility to account for different therapeutic needs. The FuzeHub Manufacturing Innovation Grant will help the team acquire key data necessary to securing FDA approval for a first-in-human study in 2018.  (New York City)

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2016 Manufacturing Innovation Grant Awardees