About Bench to Bedside Initiative

The Bench to Bedside Initiative (BBI) helps build teams around patented technologies at Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University. We facilitate relationship-building with investors from government, for- and non-profit organizations.

About BBI Newsletter

The BBI newsletter explores exciting “bench to bedside” discoveries and cool new startups in our community.

About Us

Sarah Kishinevsky (Editor and writer)

Sarah new profileSarah Kishinevsky is the Director of the Dean’s Entrepreneurship Lab at Weill Cornell. She received her PhD from the  Weill Cornell Neuroscience program where she led a collaborative research project between the Lorenz Studer and Gabriela Chiosis laboratories. She is also a recipient of the NIH F31 pre-doctoral fellowship.

During her first year at Weill Cornell, Sarah co-founded the “Bench to Bedside Initiative” (BBI). Sarah serves on the Entrepreneurial Startup Advisory Panel for NY Tech Connect, and is a member of the 1st Pitch Life Sciences Steering Committee for the MidAtlantic BioAngels.

Sarah received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College, Columbia University, where she majored in Economics-Mathematics. She was an investment banking analyst for two years at Bear, Stearns & Co. prior to embarking on her graduate career.

Thomas Galassi (Editor and writer)

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Thomas Galassi is a third year graduate student in the Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology department at Weill Cornell. He is conducting his doctoral research in the Heller Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he uses single-walled carbon nanotubes to develop optical sensors.

As a competitor in BBI’s 2014 Pitch Day, Tom presented a business plan for a point of care cyanide detection kit and won second place as a member of team CyNow.

Prior to starting his graduate career, Tom received his bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering  from Tufts University, where he was a member of the Kuo Laboratory and graduated magna cum laude.

Peng Kate Gao (Alumni writer)

ImageJ=1.43rPeng Kate Gao received her PhD from the Weill Cornell Neuroscience graduate program. She conducted her doctoral research in Songhai Shi laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During her PhD, Kate worked on developmental neuroscience with a specific focus on understanding the structural and functional assembly of the mammalian neocortex. She  co-authored six manuscripts in high impact journals including Cell and Nature, and received the Frank Lappin Horsfall Jr. Student Fellowship from MSKCC in 2014.

Besides her love for science, Kate is also passionate about writing. She is currently an assistant editor at the Nature Publishing Group.


Mariam Giorgadze (Writer)

As a multi-passionate person, Mariam can be found at the crossroad of entrepreneurship, healthcare, technology, data, and marketing. Currently, she serves as Digital Marketing Analyst at NYC based health insurance provider – Healthfirst. On a daily basis Mariam is helping companies identify and make the best use of their marketing KPIs, technology and data. Her experience stretches from early-stage Startups to medium-sized companies as well as from Tbilisi, Georgia to all the way to San Francisco, USA.

Mariam is actively involved in healthcare space as a mentor to early stage startups and in her role of Hacking Health NYC co-organizer. When she’s not busy with her official duties, she teaches digital advertising, mentors students, organizes hackathons and pre-accelerator programs, travels and is working on her own novel business idea.