May 2015 E-Newsletter
         Inspire. Connect. Innovate.  
Returning Fall 2015: We'd love to hear from you

Thank you for your continuous support of our monthly
lecture series here at the CBLS!  Programming will return this September and run through April 2016. 

We want to hear from you as we work on an exciting line up for the fall. Please take five minutes to complete a short survey about our lecture series. Your feedback is extremely helpful to us and will be an invaluable tool as we continue to improve and grow this series in years to come.

Questions? Comments? Email us today. 

Cancer Scientist Launches Drug Development Company:  The Story of 
For Robin

UB Biotechnology Professor, Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, founded For-Robin Inc, a company that has developed a promising antibody that stops breast cancer tumors from metastasizing to other parts of the body to honor the memory of her sister Robin who died of breast cancer in 1986 at the age of 31. 

Following her passing, Rittenhouse-Olson resolved to learn as much as she could about cancer, with the goal of fighting it one day. Twenty-six years later For-Robin was founded to bring the anti-metastatic monoclonal antibody, JAA-F11 to the clinic. Recent humanization of the antibody indicates that it can be used for direct tumor cell killing and as a carrier for drugs toxic to the tumor cells.

Rittenhouse-Olson tapped into the expertise of UB and the CBLS in gaining funding through the University at Buffalo's Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT) program, which supports research and development projects that are pair local life sciences firms with UB scientists. She received additional startup funds from the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program of the National Cancer Institute and the Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund at UB, which supports commercialization of UB inventions.

She went on to join UB's Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) program, which pairs university spinoffs with experienced entrepreneurs who can provide guidance on business matters. Rittenhouse-Olson was able to gain access to student interns as part of the CBLS Workforce Development Career Experience Program and she has continued to expand her network and industry partnerships through connections made through attendance at the BIO International Conference and the CBLS Commercialization Lecture Series.


To read more about our successful collaborations, click here


"Picture Yourself on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus"

iSciWNY and the BNMC in collaboration with our medical campus partners - Hauptman Woodward Research Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Kaleida Health, Gates Vascular Institute, Jacobs Institute, Unyts and Buffalo Manufacturing Works - welcomed hundreds of students and their families to explore everything the medical campus has to offer. 

Families were given a medical campus map and encouraged to tour 10 facilities, where they heard from experts, saw state-of-the-art research labs, hospital rooms, creative spaces and more. Participants were able to test drive the Robotic Surgery Simulator (RoSS), hold a human brain, watch a pre-recorded surgery, see robotic demonstrations and 3D printers in action, pitch their entrepreneurial idea and more.


This collaborative event provided firsthand exposure to how science can be relevant to many career paths and encouraged people to stay right here in Buffalo and go fa r

A big "t hank you" to our partn ers, volunteers
and our sponsor at&t for making this event a huge success.

We look forward to seeing you next year! 

May 21, 2015 | 5 - 7 p.m.
Beakers & Beer
Ulrich's Tavern 
674 Ellicott 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.  

WNY Companies Invited to Supply Chain Management Workshop


Whether your business is a well-established operation or a start-up, a coordinated response from the entire supply chain is integral to competing in the marketplace. Nallan Suresh, a UB Distinguished Professor from the School of Management, has traveled the world to teach best practices in supply chain management. He will present a local workshop on May 18-19. 


Visit here for more information.

June 6, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Buffalo Mini Maker Faire
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humbolt Parkway | Buffalo, NY 
The Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker movement. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkers. They are of all ages and background.  
For more information on the Mini Maker Faire, click here. 

Since 2009, Bright Buffalo Niagara has paired the best possible startups and business ideas with funding sources that will allow them to prosper, creating long-term economic impact for Buffalo and beyond.

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