Why Rochester?

The resources at the University of Rochester are truly extraordinary.


One of the greatest strengths of the CMTI is its proximity to the School of Medicine and Dentistry, which is visible from the windows of the Department of Biomedical Engineering located in Robert B. Goergen Hall. Innovation flows naturally when only steps lie between the design labs of Biomedical Engineering and the clinics of the Medical Center. Transitioning from one environment to another is not forced but has been integrated as part of the overall culture at the University of Rochester.

‘The CMTI utilizes several core facilities within the Department of Biomedical Engineering for prototyping devices including the Biomechanical Testing Lab, Microscopy Lab, Cell Culture Lab, and the Quantitative Physiology and BioInstrumentation Lab. Students and faculty also have access to abundant University Shared Resources including: Confocal and Conventional Microscopy Core, Electron Microscope Research Core, Flow Cytometry and Immunologic Analysis, Gene Targeting and Transgenic Core, Multiphoton Core Facility, Proteomics Center, and the Rochester Genomics Center. The CMTI also draws upon the expertise within several centers, schools, and institutes to help facilitate all facets of medical technology commercialization.

Rochester itself is home to many leading biotechnology manufacturers such as Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Carestream, and Bausch & Lomb. Organizations like High Tech Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise work closely with local government and academia to help train entrepreneurs and support new business ventures. Since 1996, 51 start-ups were created based on University of Rochester technologies alone. Thriving businesses and ground-breaking research make the region one of the richest Bio/Med industry areas in the country.


June 2-4: Fairport Canal Days
Summers are a perfect time to enjoy the city’s waterways, and the annual Fairport Canal Days event is a great way to soak it all in. Enjoy arts, music, food and more alongside the Erie Canal.

June (5-11): Rochester Cocktail Revival
Celebrating Year 10! The Rochester Cocktail Revival is New York State’s only weeklong festival celebrating craft cocktail culture. Broaden your appreciation for all things mixology with pairing dinners, tasting events, educational seminars, a themed gala and more.

June 23 – July 1: Rochester International Jazz Festival
Get your tickets to this anticipated and celebrated festival, and let these musical performances be the soundtrack to your summer!

“75 Best College Towns and Cities for 2012-2013”
Rochester was listed in the Top 10 for mid-sized metros in the American Institute for Economic Research Annual Report.

“Ten Most Unexpected Cities for High-Tech Innovation”
Rochester was featured in this 2013 techie.com article, rivaling larger cities such as San Francisco and San Diego.

“Smartest Cities 2013”
Luminosity ranked U.S. cities based on date from 3 million luminosity.com users. Rochester and the surrounding area was featured in the top 100 smartest cities in America.

“In Depth: America’s Most Innovative Cities”
In a 2010 Forbes study, Rochester was featured based on technology and science jobs, creative jobs, patents per capita, and venture investment per capita. Of all U.S. cities studied, Rochester was ranked #5 for patents per capita.

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