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WCBA Alum JelikaLite LLC Announces Updates
JelikaLite LLC, an alum on the Westchester County Biosciences Accelerator, recently announced several company updates.
Earlier this month, JelikaLite had a successful presubmission meeting with the FDA regarding the company’s product, Cognilum, an innovative solution to reduce children’s autism symptoms, enabling better integration into society and improving a family’s quality of life. Cognilum is an intelligent wearable medical device, combining therapeutic non-invasive brain stimulation with near infrared light, EEG sensors and a personalization platform. The next steps include spring discussions and a Clinical Trial Agreement, a pathway available only to Breakthrough Device companies, which obligates the FDA to follow through on its commitment, as long as the Pivotal Trial goes as expected. 

In addition, the company announced that the JelikaLite BioVerge platform offering is officially live for investment. Brain Foundation and BioVerge have jointly committed to a lead investment of $350K. If you are an accredited investor and are not yet registered on the BioVerge platform, you can use this link to access the information and to see the terms. All investments through BioVerge will be subject to its terms and conditions, including applicable fees.  
Do You Own a Small Business? Check Your Eligibility
for COVID-19 Capital Cost Tax Credit Program
Governor Kathy Hochul announced this week the opening of the initial intake tool to help small businesses determine their eligibility for the COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program. The $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program will support small businesses that made investments to comply with emergency orders and regulations or to increase public safety in response to COVID-19. If deemed eligible by the screening tool, a link to the application will be provided when the program application opens.
Click here for more information and to access the screening tool.
Clarapath Passes First Round of Certifications,
Expands Global Headquarters

Hawthorne-based Clarapath, a robotics company aimed at catalyzing change in the way pathology laboratories process human and animal tissues, recently announced significant company developments.

Clarapath’s first robotic instrument, called SectionStar™, will result in standardization in the quality of tissue sections for molecular mapping of human disease and in the development of new treatment pathways. Clarapath annonuced that SectionStar™ has reached an important milestone – passing UL certification. This step is critical to both the non-clinical and clinical deployment of the device, enhancing reliability and efficiency of the pathology lab. Fueled by the company’s recent $32 million fund raise and to support continued growth and demand for the SectionStar™ system, Clarapath also announced that it is expanding its global headquarters space in Hawthorne to include 30,000 more square feet allowing room for an expanded workforce, assembly, and manufacturing areas.
Calling All Tech Startups: Apply to Element 46 Today!
The Element 46 Tech Accelerator Powered by Cela is now accepting applications for the Fall 2022 cohort. The accelerator offers a cutting-edge, structured program on how to scale your startup. Program curriculum will focus on general business acumen and create a foundation of knowledge you can apply to your businesses. Training will be tailored to where you are in your startup. Sessions include Customer Discovery, Marketing, Social Media, Developing Financial Projections, Pitching to Investors, etc.

Experts Wanted! Looking for Subject Matter Experts for Launch1000 Program

As part of the Launch1000 program, the Westchester County Office of Economic Development is looking for subject matter experts who are open to recording 30-minute educational sessions on various topics that can help Launchers as they work to start their business ventures.
Topics include:
Sales and Marketing
  • Online Marketing
  • Social Media: Instagram
  • Social Media: LinkedIn
  • Hiring a Sales Rep or Sales Staff
  • Improving Landing Page Conversions
  • A Great Website
Prototype Skill Building
  • Canva/Graphics/Photography
  • PowerPoint
  • Making a Video
  • Hosting an Online Workshop as a Prototype
  • Creating a Physical Prototype
Interested volunteers can contact Deborah Novick, director of entrepreneurship and innovation for Westchester County, at
Help Entrepreneurs Enhance Digital Literacy & Computer Skills

Are you, or someone you know, willing to share their skills, knowledge and time to help Launch1000 participants improve their computer skills and enhance their digital literacy? We have some Launchers who could benefit from your assistance as they start their journey to launch a new venture. To learn more about this opportunity, email with Launch1000 in the subject line.
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