NYSSTLC Wraps Up Research Reports for Innovation Businesses

Posted on Friday 12/1/2017
Jack Rudnick

Every semester at the Syracuse University College of Law, a combination of retired engineers, faculty, and law students work together in teams to identify potential barriers to commercializing a new technology. 

They do this as part of a course taught by Jack Rudnick for early stage technologies from around NYS. They search patent literature, publications, and existing products to identify prior art that may be a factor in being able to use and protect the inventions. The teams provide an overview of regulations that the technology must comply with. Through a partnership with the Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises at the Whitman School, business students contribute to the completion of market evaluations. 

This semester’s projects included: 

  • Crystal Creek, which offers a farm digester system that allows the farmer to remove enough phosphorous from farm waste to recycle a greater amount of fertilizer and increase energy production. 
  • EndoGlow, which is commercializing a fluorescent medical device that increases vision for robotic surgical systems.
  • Empire Medicinals, which is bringing discoveries about mushroom characteristics useful for health care to market. 

Venture Creations from Rochester, NY, an RIT business accelerator, offered support to these early stage companies was a referral source.