Marc Alessi

Marc Alessi

Executive Director

Marc, a former state legislator, is a serial entrepreneur; having started companies across a number of sectors
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Marc Alessi is the Executive Director of the Business Incubator Association of New York State –, a member led trade association of over 100 business incubators and accelerators across New York State that collectively house and mentor over 3000 startups every year.  He is serial entrepreneur and angel investor.

Marc founded SynchroPET (, a biomedical device startup located at Stony Brook University’s Long Island High Technology Incubator that manufactures the world’s smallest P.E.T. Scanners (Positron Emission Tomography which improve the capabilities of existing MRI and PET Scanners.  Marc is a co-founder Metatraffic, a startup providing data analytics for VR digital twins in the metaverse (

He also serves as the Executive Director of the Tesla Science Center in Shoreham, New York, at the site of famed inventor Nikola Tesla’s last standing lab, the Center’s mission is to launch a museum, science center, and business accelerator, focused on educating the public on Tesla’s inventions as well as inspire people about the importance of science and innovation in our lives.

He is an attorney and lobbyist, and serves of counsel to Campolo, Middleton, and McCormick LLP in Ronkonkoma where he runs the Economic Development law practice assisting companies and the entrepreneurs that run them from start up to exit on corporate matters and public affairs.

Marc is a former New York State Legislator, and currently serves on the Boards of Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and the Northwell Health hospital system.  Marc was the former Executive Director of the Long Island Angel Investor Network, and had served on the board of the Long Island Power Authority, the largest public power utility in the United States.

Marc lives in Shoreham with his wife and three young children.  He is committed to growing opportunities in the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and empowering people to control their own destiny through entrepreneurship.

Marc has a BA from SUNY Albany and a JD from Touro Law School.

Michael Gurtowski

Michael Gurtowski

Deputy Director

Michael helped companies and organizations with government and membership, and served as Chief of Staff to a NYS Assemblyman
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Michael Gurtowski, Biography 

Michael Joined BIANYS in June 2022 as the Deputy Director overseeing membership and program services. Previously, Michael oversaw the government and corporate relations of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) where he raised vital funds for scientific programming, capital campaigns, and academic conferences. He was integral to the Laboratory’s success in securing a $30 million infrastructure grant from New York State while managing the CSHL Corporate Sponsor Program, which provides funding for under-represented minorities in science.

Previous to his time at CSHL, Michael worked for Henry Schein Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the largest distributor of medical products to office-based healthcare practitioners. He was also the Chief of Staff to New York State Assemblyman Andrew Raia where he managed the operations of the district office while serving as Assemblyman Raia’s chief policy advisor.

Michael attended Stony Brook University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s in Healthcare Management and Policy. He received his Bachelor’s in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo.

Madonna J Spitler

Madonna J Spitler

Director of Operations

An experienced Start-up Founder, CEO, and COO bringing her industry experience to BIANYS to coordinate and innovate.
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Madonna is the founder of a firm that has the responsibility of consulting with founders and entrepreneurial teams in divergent startup and early-stage companies. In addition, founding another organization that manages the development and management of live and virtual events.

She was the Director Operations for Patient Pattern, Inc., helping them deliver a predictive analytic platform for clinical decision support in long-term and skilled nursing settings through her skills in Operations, Marketing Communications, and Client Relations.

She was the CEO of BioLogistex, Inc, which commercialized medical devices aimed at stopping bleeding, particularly in military settings, managing all of the legal and operational aspects of the firm.

Madonna served on the Board of Directors for the Upstate New York Transplant Services, and is a graduate of Texas A&M in Marketing and Journalism.

Our Mission

Expand: resources available to incubator-based enterprises, working with policy-makers on matters affecting them.

Promote: entrepreneurial activities of incubators within the state.

Network: business incubators, incubated companies, and others interested in the innovation economy of New York State.