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Jessica Chesher

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Announcing Jack Rudnick as the New Director of the New York State Science & Technology Law Center

The New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYS STLC) has named Jack Rudnick as director of the program. Rudnick succeeds Ted Hagelin, who served as director of the program from 2004 until his passing in May 2013. A graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law, Rudnick has a long history in law and technology commercialization. Since 2012, he has been providing business and legal consultation to companies with technology-based goods and services as of counsel at Hiscock & Barclay, LLP in Syracuse as part of the Emerging Technology Team. His work includes participating in startup and technology showcase events as well as providing connections to resources.
The NYS STLC, designated by the Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) for the first time in 2004, works to assist and provide information to New York's other economic development resources. It does this in a variety of ways including pairing teams of second- and third-year law students with companies and entrepreneurs across the state looking to transform new technologies into market-ready products and services. Adjunct-supervised student teams address issues ranging from intellectual property and market landscapes to licensing options and regulatory concerns. At the end of the semester companies and entrepreneurs receive valuable guidance to the commercialization issues relevant to their new technologies.

Rudnick looks forward to continuing the program and solving problems that might be keeping new technologies in New York State from being fully developed for the market. “We aren’t lacking for ideas or inventions nor are we necessarily lacking for investment,” Rudnick explains. “The problem is finding the right product and the right path to the market and navigating the legal and regulatory environment that product or technology faces on its way to the customer.”

Prior to his new appointment as director of the NYS STLC, he worked as senior vice president for Blue Highway, Inc., a former subsidiary of medical device manufacturer Welch Allyn, Inc., where Rudnick previously served as vice president and general counsel. He is a member of multiple law and business associations throughout the state including the MedTech Upstate Bio Med association, Upstate Venture Association of New York, the American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, New York State Bar Association and Onondaga County Bar Association. He serves as company representative to the Business Council of New York, as a member of Technology Roundtable Group and as a member of the 2013 Board of Directors for the Central New York Community Foundation.

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