Inspire. Connect. Innovate. 
February 2015 E-Newsletter
A MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH
AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Dear CBLS partners and collaborators -

 

I am excited to announce today that Norma Nowak, PhD has been appointed Executive Director of the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS). Nowak will replace Alexander Cartwright, PhD who previously served as Interim Executive Director of CBLS, and went on to become provost and executive vice chancellor of the State University of New York system.

 

Nowak is an acclaimed researcher - a recognized leader in the human genomics field - and an entrepreneur. Her research contributed directly to the Human Genome Project, as well as to genomic-based approaches to understanding heritable disorders and cancer. In 2003, Nowak was named director of science and technology for the CBLS, and holds the rank of professor of biochemistry. Nowak is also the founder and chief scientific officer of Empire Genomics, LLC, a molecular diagnostics firm focused on enabling personalized medicine.

 

Norma's efforts were instrumental in obtaining more than $70 million in funding for research and infrastructure, and she has authored and co-authored 144 research articles. Among other achievements, she received the 2008 American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Team Science Award and the 2008 Thomas B. Tomasi Award from Roswell Park Cancer Institute for her outstanding achievements in science. She is a Buffalo Museum of Science board member and was recently appointed to the Empire State Stem Cell Board for New York State and the founding board for 43North.

 

Nowak is also at the forefront of a new era of personalized medicine. She is a driving force in the governor's investment in UB and the New York Genome Center (NYGC) to create the Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG). The institute, leveraging the assets of our local institutions will aid in the development of related companies that support genomic medicine. UB and Nowak's efforts are positioning NYS as a national leader in genomic medicine, developing breakthrough treatments, improving physicians' ability to identify individuals at risk of disease and creating transformative job growth for our region.

 

Given her long-standing and accomplished service to the CBLS in a critical scientific leadership role, coupled with her research and entrepreneurial accomplishments, Nowak is well poised to assume the center's executive leadership reins. She is intimately familiar with and a champion for the organization's mission to drive innovation and facilitate economic development. We have full confidence that she will lead the CBLS to even greater heights than it currently experiences.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Nowak on this new appointment.

 

 

Best Regards,

Dr. Venu Govindaraju

Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development


  

 

CBLS EVENTS

 

FEBURARY 19: COMMERCIALIZATION LECTURE SERIES: "UB'S NYS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN MATERIALS INFORMATICS (CMI) UPDATE"  
 
    4 - 5 PM: New York State Center of Excellence 
Bioinformatics & Life Sciences
701 Ellicott Street (2nd Floor) | Buffalo NY 14203 


Keynote Speaker:

     Mark Swihart, PhD, Co-Director, CMI; UB Distinguished Professor

 

  

              GUEST SPEAKER:

 Michael UlbrichPresident, Buffalo Manufacturing Works

 

The manufacturing industry is changing daily. Breakthroughs in advanced materials, nanotechnology, 3D printing research and more are setting the stage for rates of innovation and competitiveness that Buffalo Niagara has never seen. 

  

 

Meet CMI's core team and hear how CMI is driving materials science, research and innovation, and collaborating with industry and New York State to revolutionize advanced manufacturing. 


 

SPECIAL FEATURE: 

Learn about CMI's dynamic collaboration with
Buffalo Manufacturing Works - the new advanced manufacturing institute funded by the Buffalo Billion and housed on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

 

   

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To register for this free event, click here.  

 

Questions? Comments? Email us at cbi-info@buffalo.edu 
  
  

 

 

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FEBRUARY 2015: RFP OPEN FOR 2015-16

The mission of the University at Buffalo's Center for
Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT) is to drive the growth of life sciences firms through new and improved products using biomedical and bioengineering technologies. 

UB CAT provides project cost-share support for R&D activities involving a company and a UB researcher with clear project deliverables that have significant potential for economic impact. 

For more information about the UB CAT program, click here or contact
Karen Utz, Director, Program Administration at 716.881.7588 or
 

 

MAY 27-28, JUNE 4: PRE-SEED WORKSHOP

New York State Center of Excellence
Bioinformatics & Life Sciences
701 Ellicott Street |Buffalo NY 14203

 
Pre-Seed Workshop is an exciting, two-day event where selected entrepreneurs build their pitch and business plan with the help of a team of experts.

If you would like to participate on a team as an entrepreneur/idea champion, industry expert or volunteer, please contact Sandra Small, PhD, at sksmall@buffalo.edu or 716.888.4851 
    
Thank you to partners:


PARTNER EVENTS
February 5, 2015 | 8:30 - 10 am
The Startup Co. Seminar Series: "The PEO Business Model & Human Resources Best Practices" 
UB Technology Incubator Room 206/208, Baird Research Park
1576 Sweet Home Road | Amherst, NY
 
Managing employees is a critical part of running a business. In this session learn about (1) an alternative business model which may assist in alleviating some of the pains small businesses face when managing employees and (2) general best practices in managing human resources.

Register here for this free event. 
February 25, 2015 | 6 - 9 pm
Startup Grind Buffalo Hosts Marnie LaVigne (Launch NY)
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640 Ellicott Street | Buffalo, NY

Hear from Marnie LaVigne, PhD, president and CEO of Launch NY, at this month's Startup Grind lecture and networking event. LaVigne has spent more than 25 years in both the private and public sectors creating new products and start-up businesses, driving innovation and economic growth in high-tech industries, such as life sciences, informatics, and advanced manufacturing. 

 

Reserve your ticket here

 

February 26, 2015 | 5 - 7 pm
Beakers & Beer
Jacob's Institute
Buffalo General Dental Hospital
100 High Street | Buffalo, NY
 
Join us for this month's Beakers & Beer, sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Enjoy a night of networking, free food and drinks.

To RSVP for Beakers & Beer, click here
   
Grant Money Available for UB Engineering Services
 

Businesses in need of technical assistance have access to the University at Buffalo's research scientists and entrepreneurial-minded graduate students through the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) grant. SPIR subsidizes projects that take innovations to the next level by introducing new technologies and materials, and providing product design and testing. 

 

Visit TCIE's website to apply, or contact Gary Simon at 716.645.8837 or ggsimon@buffalo.edu.

 

   
 
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