Yiannis Ioannou PhD Honored as the 2017 Mount Sinai Inventor of the Year

The 2017 Mount Sinai Inventor of the Year Award was presented to Yiannis Ioannou, PhD  at the SinaInnovations Awards Ceremony on October 16 for his groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit in bringing his research “from bench to bedside.”

Dr. Ioannou’s work in lysosomal storage diseases led to the first ever treatment for Fabry disease, in collaboration with Robert Desnick, MD, PhD, and the discovery of small-molecules that may serve as the basis for novel therapies for the treatment of numerous lysosomal storage diseases, including those with severe neurodegenerative effects. Yiannis’ commitment to seeing these discoveries translated into products that benefit patients and his tireless effort as an inventor-collaborator with Mount Sinai Innovation Partners culminated in the launch of a new company in partnership with institutional investors in early 2017.

The Mount Sinai Inventor of the Year Award was created to recognize individual or collaborative investigators in the Mount Sinai Health System. The award offers $10,000 to the recipient whose research is making, or has the potential to make, significant positive and product-driven impacts on health. The 2016 recipient was Dennis Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System.

Watch the video highlighting Dr. Ioannou’s research endeavors and his inspiration for commercializing his technology with MSIP.


Act on your Innovative Impulses NOW – Fall Innovation Events at Mount Sinai

If you are an innovator and/or entrepreneur at heart, please make sure you join Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP) for one of their many fall innovation events – spanning the Mount Sinai Innovators Group (MSIG) that meets monthly, visiting companies like Johnson & Johnson JLABS and “smithwise” who will share best practices on how medical devices are developed and brought to market, as well as a seminar on the Ins and Outs of SBIR/STTR funding – and many more. MSIP is looking forward to hearing about your Eureka moments, and collaborating with you to get your bright idea into products and services that benefit patients and society. Share your commercially-relevant translational discoveries and inventions with MSIP!

In the next few weeks, MSIP has the following exciting events. For other fall events and programming, please see their events calendar here. Should you have any questions about MSIP, MSIG and other future innovation events you would like to see, please contact Cynthia Cleto.

Mount Sinai Innovation Group (MSIG) Launch Meeting @ Annenberg 16-02
September 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Do you have an idea for a healthcare innovation that could possibly benefit patients in the long run? If so, the Mount Sinai Innovation Group (MSIG) is the place for you. MSIG brings together students, faculty, and staff currently working on entrepreneurial and innovative projects to share experiences, learn approaches to technology commercialization, and develop new technologies. MSIG’s first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 14 where we will cover the essentials of Intellectual Property and Commercialization – a must if you are looking towards a technology that may be developed into a product or service for the healthcare marketplace. Both our speakers have experience in the startup community, and we will be peppering them with questions about this process as well. This will be followed by a networking reception, where you can meet fellow innovators and entrepreneurs within the community. Future meetings will feature experts in medical devices, the startup space and more!

Presentation and discussion: 4 – 5pm
Networking reception: 5 – 6pm
Topic: Essentials for Entrepreneurs: Intellectual Property and Commercialization
Guest Speakers: Justin Ring (Contracts & Licensing Associate) and Simon Gruber (Business Development Analyst) from Mount Sinai Innovation Partners


ELABNYC 2018 Information Session @ Annenberg 16-02
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Date: Tuesday, September 19
Time: 12 – 1:30 pm
Location: Annenberg 16-02
Lunch will be served.

If you are an entrepreneur by heart, please join MSIP at an information session to learn first-hand about the ELabNYC 2018 program.

  • Ask your questions face to face.
  • Hear about the new program plans for 2018.
  • Learn what you need to do to submit a strong application.
  • Meet alums from Mount Sinai.
  • Talk to ELabNYC program team.

Register here.

Application Deadline: October 23, 2017 at  5:00 PM. For more information, visit: www.ELabNYC.com.

Intellectual Property Resource Videos

Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP) is pleased to introduce Intellectual Property Resource Videos to the Mount Sinai research community. The Intellectual Property (IP) Series, created by our colleagues from the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship, consists of short videos designed to guide entrepreneurs through the important concepts of IP during their startup. University of Michigan Law Professor, Bryce Pilz, covers a variety of important topics including patents, copyright, trademarks trade secrets, and more.

For any questions pertaining to your intellectual property, please contact your MSIP representative, send us an email at technology@mssm.edu, or call us at (646) 605-7301.


MSIP Launches Speaker Series

Mount Sinai Innovation Partners (MSIP) now hosts a monthly seminar series, The Intellectual Property (IP) and Commercialization Speaker Series, featuring guest speakers from leading law firms, healthcare organizations, and institutions. Topics cover important concepts and developments within the emerging IP and technology development landscape and are chosen in advance by the guest speaker(s).

Lisa Wisniewski, President at S3B Consulting LLC and William Chiang, PhD of MISP will be addressing the question “So You Want to Develop a Drug?” in an upcoming discussion on March 23rd.

MSIP welcomes both the Mount Sinai research community and the ever-growing research community within New York City. For direct questions about the series and upcoming events, please contact Neil McNulty – Marketing Manager.


Mount Sinai Innovation Partners Launches New Web Resources for Faculty

Mount Sinai Innovation Partners, MSIP, is a business unit of the health system that facilitates the real-world application and commercialization of Mount Sinai discoveries and the development of research partnerships. MSIP recently launched new resources on their website, www.ip.mountsinai.org, for faculty, staff and trainees of the health system, including:

  • Find Your Representative:  a new tool for faculty to quickly find their MSIP business development contact including contact information and a photo.
  • Inventors Guide: an updated version of the Inventors Guide is now available. The guide provides an in-depth analysis of technology development and commercialization at the Mount Sinai Health System and engaging with Mount Sinai Innovation Partners.
  • Drug Discovery Guide: a new guide for researchers interested in drug discovery and development. This resource document will be presented at an Intellectual Property & Commercialization Speaker Series event in the beginning of 2016, please be on the lookout for more details.
  • IP  Video Tutorials: learn more about the essentials of technology protection, development and commercialization with this video series from our colleagues at the University of Michigan.