'Math Meets Bio’ Columbia-AlleyCorp Collaboration

Participating Institutions

The 'Math Meets Bio’ Columbia-AlleyCorp Collaboration aims to accelerate the transition of innovative technologies from the lab to market and stimulate start-up activity to support the New York Life Science-Tech ecosystem at the intersection of mathematics and biology. 

Questions? Please read FAQs below and/or reach out to the Columbia Alliance Manager, Alex Turo at [email protected]


Program Information

This strategic research alliance is a collaboration with AlleyCorp, to support new innovations in the life sciences powered by computational biology.

Founded by serial entrepreneur Kevin Ryan, AlleyCorp is a New York-based venture fund that founds and invests in companies in New York and across the globe. AlleyCorp has launched several of New York's most successful technology companies, including MongoDB, Gilt Groupe, Business Insider, and Zola. Recently, the AlleyCorp team has served as co-founder or first investor of 20 healthcare startups. The AlleyCorp Healthcare Fund continues AlleyCorp's pioneering approach of both founding companies and funding existing startups. The physician-led fund will deploy $100M in early-stage capital for incubations and investments over the next few years with a focus on NYC-based startups. 

For more information, visit https://alleycorp.com/

Technologies at the intersection of mathematics and biology, including but not limited to:

  • Computational Biology
  • Enabling Technologies for Drug Discovery
  • Tools and Algorithms to Support Advancement of Precision Medicine
  • Operational Tools to Support R&D Infrastructure

To be eligible for participation and funding, at least one team member must have a full-time faculty appointment at a Math Meets Bio member institution, and the project must be based substantially upon intellectual property owned by the faculty member’s institution.

Current Math Meets Bio Alliance Members:

  • Columbia University
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • New York University

Applicants should submit a non-confidential Pre-Proposal via Submittable by pressing the button at the top-right of this page, or by navigating to mathmeetsbio.submittable.com. The submission deadline for Pre-Proposals is November 22, 2021.

Projects selected by AlleyCorp will receive support in terms of funding, mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, curriculum, and a community of practice. AlleyCorp will provide a minimum commitment of $50,000 in direct funding, plus applicable indirect costs, where applicants should submit a reasonable budget to meet proof-of-concept milestones.

AlleyCorp will review Pre-Proposals and make recommendations as to which projects should be invited to submit a Full Proposal and develop a Pitch Presentation. Selected Pre-Proposals will be invited to attend educational programming facilitated by Columbia Technology Ventures. Full Proposals and Pitch Presentations will be reviewed by a committee to make final funding decisions.

​​​October 11, 2021: Math Meets Bio Accelerator launches, Pre-Proposal submission portal open

November 22, 2021: Deadline for Submission of non-confidential Pre-Proposal

December 2021: Pre-Proposals reviewed, Invitations to submit Full Proposals and attend Lab-to-Market Accelerator Bootcamp programming

January-April 2022: Lab-to-Market Accelerator Bootcamp occurs

April 2022: Full Proposals submitted and Pitch Day

May 2022: Funding allocation to Awardees