SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

8:30 AM
8:30 - 9:30 AM

Virtual Networking Breakfast

9:30 - 10:00 AM


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Matt Watson

Senior Vice President and Executive Director

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Track 1: Advanced Materials & Supply Chain Innovation

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As New York State’s manufacturing sector seeks long-term supply chain resilience in the wake of the pandemic, advanced materials innovations can help diversify inputs, reduce risk, and activate a new era of manufacturing competitiveness. Panelists will discuss emerging materials technologies that can play a role in supply chain solutions.
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Moderated by Michael Lobsinger, Senior Vice President, Center for Economic Growth

Michele van de Walle

Industrial Outreach Director
Cornell Center for Materials Research

Andrea Madho

CEO and CoFounder

Ashtin Singh

Senior Procurement Analyst
LC Drives

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Track 2: Cleantech, Energy, and Environmental Innovations

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New York State’s ambitious commitments to a cleaner energy future have fostered a strong industry cluster of innovative companies that are generating the technologies that will enable environmental sustainability alongside economic growth. Hear from New York State innovation assets and companies that are propelling energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmental health.
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Moderated by Dan Smith, Program Manager: Technology Commercialization, NYS Pollution Prevention Institute

John DiMillo

Jan Woodcock

Bobby Kennedy

Program Manager - Substations
Con Edison of NY, Inc.

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Track 1: Digital Game Development

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Through nation-leading educational programs, university-based Centers of Excellence, interactive networking conferences, thriving studios, and more, New York State is investing in the advancement of the game development industry. Hear from the NYSTAR-supported Centers of Excellence in Digital Game Development and the businesses and talent they are cultivating.
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Moderated by Emily Ekland, VP, Business Development, Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation



Robert Mostyn

Digital Games Hub Coordinator


Benjamin Chia-Ming Chang



Dennis McCorry

Lead Developer
Possum House Games


Erin Lennox

Research & Clinical Trials Manager

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Track 2: Industry 4.0: Modernizing Manufacturing

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Factory floors across New York State are adopting automation and robotics, new production methods, and a range of “smart” and digital technologies that leverage data and even artificial intelligence to increase efficiency, improve sustainability, and make better real-time production decisions. Hear from companies that are applying these technologies to gain a competitive edge.
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Moderated by Steve Melito, Solutions Specialist, FuzeHub

Denis Cormier


Santokh S. Badesha

Corporate Fellow and Manager of Open Innovation
Xerox Corp.

Mike Bechtold

OptiPro Systems



Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) advances technology innovation and commercialization in New York State. NYSTAR offers programs that assist companies from start-up through maturity, leveraging the state’s unparalleled investment in world-class technology assets and expertise. It provides roughly $55 million annually in funding to support over 70 centers that provide direct assistance to New York State companies—a network of vital assets for enabling technology- and manufacturing-led growth and job creation. NYSTAR and its partners are proud to contribute to New York’s leadership in the global innovation economy.


FuzeHub is a not-for-profit organization that connects New York’s small and mid-sized manufacturing companies to the resources, programs and expertise they need for technology commercialization, innovation and business growth. We help companies navigate New York’s robust network of industry experts at Manufacturing Extension Partners (MEP) centers, universities, economic development organizations and other providers. FuzeHub is the statewide New York MEP center, supported by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR).