Central New York Projects Win FuzeHub Manufacturing Grants

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Incubator and accelerator clients are among the recipients


Left to right: Jack Lamuraglia, Tanner Wallis and Jacob Kumpon of KLAW Industries in Binghamton. (PHOTO CREDIT: KLAW WEBSITE)

ALBANY — Customers at the CNY Biotech Accelerator in Syracuse and the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in Binghamton, as well as a project at Cornell University, have won manufacturing grants.

The Albany-based nonprofit FuzeHub has awarded nine grants totaling $450,000 through the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund. All projects received approximately $50,000 each.

FuzeHub says it provides small and medium-sized manufacturers “guided access to an extensive network of industry experts, programs, and resources to solve business growth challenges.”

“Stronger domestic production supports a more resilient economy,” said Elena Garuc, executive director of FuzeHub, in a July 5 announcement. “During this round of manufacturing grants, many of the projects selected involved advanced materials. supply chain, especially in these post-pandemic times.

The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, offering $1 million annually, supports a set of activities designed to stimulate technology development and commercialization in New York State. FuzeHub administers this fund as part of its role as an Empire State Development (ESD)-designated MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) center statewide.

The Innovation Fund is made possible through funding from ESD’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). FuzeHub received additional funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in 2022, supporting additional rewards to benefit startups, the nonprofit organization said.

Project documents

CathBuddy, Inc. is a client of the state-certified business incubator, CNY Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC), part of Upstate Medical University.

With the $50,000 FuzeHub grant, this project will enable CathBuddy to identify New York-based contract manufacturers for the reusable Aurie System, a novel portable catheter disinfection device to “augment prototype reprocessor readiness.” , according to a description by FuzeHub.

The Aurie Reusable Catheter System helps 600,000 intermittent catheter users in the United States automatically clean, disinfect and lubricate their catheters between uses using tap water and prepackaged cleaners.

In another project receiving a $50,000 FuzeHub grant, Cornell University researchers are teaming up with ceramic 3D printing company Lithoz America and energy startup Dimensional Energy (DE) to develop new advanced printable ceramics. which are better able to withstand the harsh operating environments of clean environments. energy reactors.

FuzeHub also provided $50,000 in funding to KLAW Industries, which operates out of the Koffman Southern Tier incubator in Binghamton.

For the past 40 years, recycled glass from New York has been sent to landfills due to heavy contamination and lack of an end market. KLAW Industries has developed a process to use this glass waste as a raw material to create Pantheon, a cement replacement for concrete, to decarbonize the construction industry.

In conjunction with the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator and its Southern Tier Clean Energy Incubator program, the proposed project will scale KLAW Industries’ logistics system to collect glass waste from potential environmental justice areas around New York City and deploy Pantheon in the Southern Tier concrete market. .

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