CYTO Innovation

The advancement of cytometry depends on the translation of innovative research into useful, accessible tools that can catalyze new biological understanding. CYTO Innovation is the forum within ISAC that explores the challenges and opportunities for the translation of new cell analysis technologies into commercially viable products and services.

CYTO 2019 Innovation Technology Showcase

A highlight of CYTO 2019 is the CYTO Innovation Technology Showcase. These 5-minute presentations allow scientists and engineers who seek to commercialize new technologies and services for cell analysis to present their plans to an audience of cytometrists, entrepreneurs, investors, and business development professionals from established corporations. Several presenters from past CYTO Innovation sessions entered business arrangements with large companies following their presentation.

A Technology Showcase presentation should:

  • Define the proposed product or service.
  • Highlight the novelty of the idea/invention/service.
  • Identify the application area and the impact the technology will have on the practice of cytometry.
  • Describe the level of implementation/position in the product development plan.
  • Provide a short, concise description of the plan on how to take the idea to market.
  • Ask for feedback from members of the audience.

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CYTO Innovation Provides
  • An opportunity to learn about the translation of ideas and discoveries into products, services, and knowledge;
  • The skills required for progressing from a research finding to useful products/services with impact;
  • A unique platform for showcasing innovation in relevant industry sectors; and
  • Engagement with a knowledgeable network of entrepreneurs, executives, and other business people.
Ideas to Help Entrepreneurs Obtain Funding
  • Keep up to date on funding calls
  • Keep up to date on new formats for grant applications, e.g. NIH has made some significant changes in what they are hoping to see. Some of the new sections to be included in grants are:
    • Scientific Premise for Proposed Project
    • Scientific Rigor – reproducibility etc.
    • Relevant Biological Variables in Vertebrate Animals and Human Subjects
    • Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources
  • Publish or patent new findings to establish scientific expertise
  • Keep up to date on cytometry related problems through Cytometry Mailing list and other cytometry group communications