Xconomy – A Band of Postdocs Pursues a New York Biotech Dream in Harlem

 – August 5, 2013  –– 

For years, life science innovators in New York City have pounded tables in frustration at the city’s inability to form a biotech cluster despite all of its financial and institutional might. The problem, they’ve been saying for years, is there just isn’t an inexpensive, convenient way for entrepreneurs to conduct lab experiments in one of the most densely populated, expensive cities to live in the world. Now, Postdoctoral Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have banded together to form the Keystone for Incubating Innovation in Life Sciences – NYC, or KiiLN for short. KiiLN has two main goals: first, to bring cheap lab space to prospective life sciences entrepreneurs in the big city. Second, to foster the New York biotech innovation community and provide a forum for networking, mentorship, and even support services such as accounting and legal advice.
-Dr. Nicole McKnight, Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
-Dr. Ilse Daehn, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Nephrology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
-Dr. Gabriella Casalena, Postdoctoral Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
-Dr. Merina Varghese, Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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