Cornell’s Research Serves the Region and Beyond

This directory highlights the small businesses in New York’s Tompkins County and beyond that evolved from or use Cornell’s research and technology or use Cornell’s facilities and expertise.

Capsulated Systems Inc.

Microencapsulation R&D and Manufacturing, Ithaca, NY

ArcScan Inc.

Ophthalmic Medical Device, Morrison, CO


R&D: Mass Spectrometry and Bioanalytical Services, Ithaca, NY

Kionix Inc.

MEMS Manufacturing, Ithaca, NY

Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods

Food Manufacturing and Sales, Geneva, NY

Research Connection

From the Vice Provost for Research

The tangible benefits of a university’s research are extraordinary. When Cornell faculty teach and perform services for the community within their domain of expertise, we immediately understand these benefits.

But when Cornell faculty conduct research and that research materializes into a cure for a disease, a better medical procedure, a new green product, or a faster and more compact computer, we connect with the extraordinary potential of academic research.




A technology developed by Cornell scientists that prepares proteins for X-ray crystallography has made its way into the world marketplace: ADC Inc., a maker of scientific instruments located just outside Ithaca, has licensed the high-pressure cryocooler, called HPC-201, and has just fulfilled its first order to a research center in Japan.

April 4, 2014

Axium Nanofibers LLC

AZ Electronic Materials and Axium Nanofibers LLC announced that they have initiated co-sponsored research at Cornell University with the goal of developing novel materials to address applications in energy storage devices.

April 2, 2014

Seraph Robotics Inc.

Cornell University’s Creative Machines Lab is at the forefront of 3-D printed food. The lab’s Fab@Home project led by PhD candidate Jeffrey Ian Lipton uses solid freeform fabrication to print interesting snacks.

March 27, 2014

NY colleges get first tax-free zones

Cornell is one of eight colleges in New York which are moving forward to partner with local and new businesses after their applications were approved last week for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Start-Up NY initiative.

March 14, 2014

Empire Robotics Inc.

Empire Robotics won the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) business plan competition during the AUTM Venture Forum held as part of the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

March 6, 2014

Tornado Spectral Systems

Tornado Spectral Systems (TSS) is pleased to announce that OCTANE-860 has been recognized by the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) as a Prism Award Winner for 2014.

February 27, 2014

GenVec Inc.

GenVec Inc. recently announced that the company has achieved the third milestone in its collaboration with Novartis for the development of treatments for hearing and balance disorders.

February 24, 2014

Party Headphones

Party Headphones, a company founded by Dyson School undergraduates in 2012, has won a highly competitive program by New York City branding agency PS212.

February 4, 2014

Rheonix Inc

Greg Galvin, M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’84, MBA ’93, chairman and CEO of Rheonix Inc. and Mezmeriz Inc. and co-founder and former CEO of Kionix Inc., has been named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

January 24, 2014

Ithaca Incubator to help startups

The incubator is part of the new Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot, a regional economic development initiative that just received a three-year, $750,000 award from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council.

January 17, 2014

Empire Robotics Inc.

A Cornell-spawned startup is releasing its first product this month. Empire Robotics says its "jammable gripper," is one of the first of its kind to be sold commercially.

January 8, 2014

ZetrOZ Inc.

ZetrOZ, Inc. awarded $397,000 NIH Grant. Study will evaluate miniaturized wearable ultrasound device for arthritis pain management.

January 6, 2014

Achronix Semiconductor Corp.

Achronix Semiconductor Corporation today announced that it has demonstrated error-free operation of 100G Ethernet functionality using the hard Ethernet IP in its Speedster22i(R) FPGAs.

December 18, 2013

Optofluidics Inc.

Optofluidics announces launch of NanoTweezer system: a high throughput tractor beam for nanoparticle measurement and manipulation. The new system captures, manipulates, and analyzes individual nanoscale objects in high numbers including proteins aggregates, viruses, bacteria, and inorganic nanoparticles.

December 13, 2013

Tornado Spectral Systems

Tornado's OCTANE - 860, spectrometer-on-chip, has been named as a Finalist for the 2014 PRISM Awards.

December 3, 2013

Autodesk Inc.

Last month, Autodesk, an international software design company headquartered in California, gave Cornell one of the largest gifts-in-kind it has ever received: 3-D design, engineering and entertainment software.

November 27, 2013

Microgen Systems Inc.

Microgen Systems Inc. wins the 2013 MEMS Executive Congress Technology Showcase. The company's products harvest energy from vibrations using a MEMS device.

November 18, 2013

Empire Robotics Inc.

Empire Robotics Inc. is one of four new startup companies to have moved in at High Tech Rochester's Lennox Tech Enterprise Center. The company is commercializing a universal robotic gripper for use in food processing, auto, consumer goods, and other industries.

November 8, 2013

Metabolon Inc.

Cornell Startup, Metabolon, Inc., Signs Multi-Year Marketing Agreement for Prostarix Test. Under the agreement, Bostwick will market Prostarix, a non-invasive urine test for stratifying prostate cancer risk.

November 6, 2013

ArcScan Inc.

ArcScan, which signed on as the newest tenant Oct. 15 at Cornell’s Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development incubator, becomes the first company there whose medical device was developed at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) in New York City.

October 30, 2013

Four N.Y. companies receive JumpStart grants

Funded by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), JumpStart assists New York state small businesses in developing and improving through university collaborations.

October 28, 2013


ADC USA announced today that it has been selected by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to design and build a pre-prototype “Pellet Selector” as part of the international ITER project for Fusion.

October 25, 2013

Who 'owns' the apples?

In the 1960s, research scientists at Cornell University's agricultural station in Geneva launched a new breed of apple, which they called Empire. It was a hybrid of Red Delicious and MacIntosh, two of the most popular apples in America. It was bred to be juicy but firm, sweet and crunchy.

October 21, 2013

Colleges Boost Local Economies

In many ways, Ithaca, New York, is like any other small city on the East Coast.  However, what sets it apart is that it consistently boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.

August 9, 2013

New York Apple Growers

Cornell has announced two new apple varieties developed in partnership with the New York Apple Growers (NYAG). They are SnapDragon and RubyFrost, and they have undergone a year of rigorous consumer testing as NY1 and NY2.

August 2, 2013

Rheonix Inc.

Rheonix to host workshop on Implementing Effective and Reimbursable Personalized Medicine.

July 19, 2013

Cuomo: No taxes for firms linked to upstate colleges

START-UP NY aims to generate economic growth and make upstate New York competitive nationally by eliminating all taxes – including business, corporate, sales, property and income taxes for owners and employees – for companies that partner with a college or university to further their academic mission.

July 11, 2013

Optofluidics Inc.

Optofluidics, Inc. was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award from the National Institutes of Health.

June 25, 2013

New details on "Tax-Free NY" Proposal

Gov. Cuomo's initiative aims to promote regional economic development based on public/private partnerships and driven by higher education.

June 18, 2013

Rheonix Inc.

Made in Tompkins: Rheonix banks on one-stop diagnostics. The EncompassMDx can test a wide variety of fluid and tissue samples simultaneously.

June 6, 2013

Widetronix Inc.

Widetronix named a finalist for Red Herrring's 2013 Top 100 North America Award.

June 3, 2013

Genex Cooperative Inc.

Cooperative Resources International (CRI) announces the release of a new livestock marker for estrus detection and general identification marking.

May 31, 2013


Appinions names Sheryl Sandberg the most influential social media executive in the US, ahead of Mark Zuckerberg.

May 10, 2013

MicroGen Systems Inc.

Energy harvester rolls to market production. MicroGen’s BOLT micro-power modules gather ambient vibrations and change them into energy.

May 3, 2013


DuraSpace announces that DuraCloud, an archiving and preservation service, is now fully integrated with Amazon Glacier (a low-cost storage service).

May 2, 2013

HuREL Corporation

HuREL Receives $9.2 Million Series A Funding From Spring Mountain Capital. HµREL develops bioanalytic devices that are used in pharmaceutical development.

April 29, 2013