The Invest NY Event Series

Invest NY: Health & Wellbeing

WHEN: January 28, 2021 | 12:00 PM

WHERE: Online


Vikram Agrawal

Todd Tidgewell



Innovation in the healthcare sector in New York is exciting and extensive. Please join us to meet startups, CEOs, investors and industry experts at Invest NY: Health & Wellbeing. The event will be held on January 28 online.  You’ll have the chance to 

Meet innovative startups 
Hear from active investors 
Learn from industry experts
Build your personal network

Agenda & Speakers

12:00 PM

Startup & Investor Showcase – three minute pitches from startups innovating in New York

1:30 PM

Group Networking – hosted by Upstate Capital

2:00 PM

Upstate Capital Welcome

2:05 PM

Keynote Conversation: Vikram Agrawal, president and CEO, Levrx

2:30 PM

State of the Industry: Jason Helgerson, CEO, Helgerson Solutions

2:45 PM

Building Opollo in Buffalo, Ryan Young, founder of Opollo with Christina Orsi, University of Buffalo and Clayton Besch, New York Ventures

2:55 PM

Investing in Life Sciences in NYC with Maria Gotsch, Partnership Fund for NYC and Sharon Rutter, NY Ventures

3:10 PM

Introduction to the Masonic Medical Research Institute, with Maria Kontaridis

3:20 PM

Scalable regional partner for entrepreneurs and biotechs: Trudeau in the North Country, with Atsuo Kuki, Ph.D.

3:30 PM

Investor Perspectives with Lindsay Stencel of Thompson Hine LLP, Theresa Mazzullo of Excell Partners, Somak Chattopadhyay of Armory Square Ventures and Brian Model of Topmark Partners

Startup Showcase

Souvik Paul – CEO – CathBuddy

CathBuddy, Inc.

At CathBuddy, Inc., we are improving the standard of care and reducing UTI incidence for intermittent catheter users.

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Katya Sverdlov, CEO & Co-Founder, Jelikalite


We believe that individuals on the autism spectrum can lead a fulfilling and productive life. That is why JelikaLite is developing Cognilum™, an innovative solution to permanently reduce a child’s autism symptoms, enabling better integration into society.

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Quinn King – Founder – Medux LLC


MedUX is a medical product design and research firm creating innovative solutions for inpatient, at home, and mobile care.

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Eugene Dinescu – COO – Vasocure


Vasocure developed the world’s first line of drugs that can effectively treat vascular diseases.

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Longsha Liu – CEO – Vita Innovations

Vita Innovations

Our goal with VitalMask is to change the way that the ED boarding process is completed, and how the waiting room is underutilized as an important area for data collection and monitoring. Without having to increase the number of nurses, an ED administrator can reduce the risk of a patient’s condition unnoticeably worsening as they wait for care, as well as decrease the rate of walkouts due to lack of care.

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Dwight Cheu – CEO – ZEPHYRx LLC


ZEPHYRx LLC’s seeks to empower patients to actively manage and improve their own health, both in-hospital and at home, through leading-edge technology including remote patient monitoring, video games and virtual reality.

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Hennesys Disla – CEO & Founder – Arm Hug

Arm Hug

Arm Hug, is a blood draw kit product company packaging quality supplies for In-home healthcare.

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Damion Boyer – CEO – Corvidane


Corvidane is developing Corvida™ to treat Atherosclerosis and Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis by using novel mechanisms of action inspired by industrial lipid management techniques.

Corvida™ improves lipid metabolism to address the chemistry and cellular processes involved with atherosclerotic plaque formation, insulin sensitivity, fat accumulation, inflammation and fibrosis.

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Kim Southern, CEO, Glauconix Biosciences

Glauconix Biosciences, Inc.

Glauconix Biosciences is a specialty pharma research company that uses an innovative platform technology to reduce the cost of ophthalmic drug development. Glauconix operates out of its laboratories located at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute-Albany, NY campus.

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Steven Kaufman – Founder – Hands-Free Inc

Hands-Free Inc.

Our mission, as the developer and distributor of Quikiks, the world’s first securely fastening hands-free footwear, is to provide people of limited physical or cognitive ability more independence, a better quality-of-life and increased safety.

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Adam Utley – Founder & CEO – Immunaeon


We are an immune cell storage agency in Buffalo, NY, working with clients to isolate healthy immune cells, along with quantitative and qualitative analysis.

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Ryan Young – Founder & CEO – Opollo Technologies

Opollo Technologies

Opollo Technologies is a healthcare startup company. Their flagship product Opollo™, is a deep neural network which also utilizes medical natural language processing to provide the most accurate surgery duration forecasts on the market today.

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Alex Bodell – CEO – Parker Isaac Instruments LLC

Parker Isaac Instruments LLC

Parker Isaac is a medical technology start-up working to enhance the care of cancer patients by improving the processing of cancer specimens, starting with our flagship product the Adipress.

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Stefan Grimberg – Co Founder – ResET Water LLC

ResET Water LLC

ResET Water uses an Electrochemical Oxidation (EO) process to safely and effectively remove harmful algal blooms (HABs) from water bodies. This technology allows landowners, lake associations, and local communities that rely on water services to have peace of mind that they can enjoy their body of water safely and obtain all benefits and ecosystem services that local water bodies offer.

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Michael – Co-Founder & CEO – Sanatela


Sanatela Medical, a subsidiary of ATVentureCenter, navigates the venture-building process step-by-step in support of breakthrough patented innovations that might otherwise never make it to market.

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Alexandra Cartier- CEO & Founder – Vu LLC


Vü’s mission is to enable those with hearing loss and other communication disorders to live, learn and work independently in the real world. They are the winner of the recent Startup Grind Rochester pitch competition (Dec. 2020) and have two patent-pending smart devices under development.

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Yale Ji – VP of Technology – Paritic Inc


Paritic develops computer-assisted 3D imaging and navigation technology for minimally invasive surgical intervention.

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Arin Bhattacharjee – Co- Founder – Channavix


Channavix is a start-up biotech company dedicated to the discovery of novel therapeutics for neurological disorders such as pain. Our mission is to improve patient pain management by developing local, targeted, long-lasting and non-addictive painkillers. Our proprietary technology relies on new biological insights and a new unique mechanism of action, leading to innovative therapies for pain management.

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Rong Zhao – CEO & Co-Founder – Orchid Imaging, Inc

Orchid Imaging, Inc.

Orchid Imaging is a technology startup commercializing high-speed and high-resolution 3D scanning technology and advanced geometric modeling algorithms. We develop innovative applications for healthcare, cosmetics, computer games, entertainment, manufacturing, and other industries.

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Michael Noonan – Co-Founder – ScopeBug


ScopeBug seeks to provide an affordable, simple, and standard set of medical attachments for at-home patients to receive top medical care wherever they are and whenever they want it.

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Jeffrey Bonar- CEO – Totali, Inc

Totali, Inc

Resilient Mom Program (RMP) is an unprecedented hospital-based strategy to reduce
maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in populations of color.

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Apply To Pitch

Are you running a startup in the advanced manufacturing, IoT, hardware/software or big data industry? We want to meet you! Pitch your startup to investors interested in the sector at the event!


Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

Sponsorship Packages

Email Noa Simons, Executive Director of Upstate Capital, at or call (845) 204-8090 regarding sponsorship and participation.