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Biosciences Accelerator Announces Third Cohort

Westchester County Biosciences Accelerator (WCBA) has announced the third cohort of emerging biosciences ventures invited to join the annual program. Twelve ventures will engage in the 6 month-long program that features entrepreneurship education, coaching and mentoring, to develop fundable business plans and expand the Biosciences community in Westchester.

Ventures are supported by an experienced entrepreneur coach and receive customized business networking introductions to business professionals to help advance their early-stage ventures. The program will culminate in a pitch day scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022.

The 2022 WCBA cohort participants and ventures include:

Charles Mobbs (Mount Sinai); Charles Silvestro (PNI Therapeutics); Claudia Polgar (Columbia University); Etizaz Shah and Amit Bhardwaj (Columbia University);

James Scholtz and William Snyder (Independent); Jay Schiff and Stanislav Roslyakov (Independent); Lili Deligianni, Tyler Kulcsar and Maria Lopez (Columbia University);

Matt Mandel (Independent); Maya Ber Lerner (New York University – NYU); Natasha Shtraizent, Lina Freage and Efrat Eliyahu (Mount Sinai); Rafael Gras Pena; Roman Fleysher

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “Biosciences is a key industry in the County’s business ecosystem, and we are proud to once again identify and support emerging ventures in this exciting space. We are dedicated to continuing to grow this important community, which has a tremendous impact on our economy.”

Deborah Novick, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Westchester County said: “Through WCBA, we are witness to the real-time progression of the biotech industry, from seed-stage to market. We are glad to continue to support this program and the innovators who are developing novel treatments to improve human health.”

WCBA Program Director Mary Howard, commented: “As we move into the third year of the accelerator program, we are thrilled to welcome high impact innovations, growing support from community mentors and increased engagement by the Westchester bioscience community. We look forward to helping the 2022 cohort of entrepreneurs advance and support the ever-expanding bioscience community in Westchester.”

For more information on these ventures and their successes, visit Westchester County Biosciences Accelerator.

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