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From the University President

Life-changing mission

New research center dramatically extends UB’s reach and relevance

This past June, UB celebrated the grand opening of our New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, which is located in the developing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that also includes our partners, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. A historic event, this marked the beginning of a new era for our university, for the regional economy and for life sciences research.

Through the pioneering biomedical research taking place at the Center of Excellence and across the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, UB and our research partners are quite literally reinventing the Buffalo economy, as well as shaping the future of life sciences research and health care.

John B. Simpson

John B. Simpson
President, University at Buffalo

Here in Western New York, we are already witnessing the impact of the Center of Excellence in generating economic growth. Even before it had an operational facility, the Center of Excellence achieved a 500 percent rate of return, transforming an $11 million initial research investment into $55 million in new grants won. That transformation has already resulted in more than 4,000 real jobs created and retained locally since 2001. In addition to representing the influx of new scientists, resarch faculty and their support staff at the Center of Excellence, these jobs also reflect new opportunities in the private sector created through the expansion of local spin-off companies. These companies have been developed to bring to market the revolutionary biotechnology and medical innovations stemming from research conducted at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The relevance of the Center of Excellence can be felt far beyond our local community as well. Indeed, research conducted within its walls will lead to medical breakthroughs that will yield diagnostic tools, treatments and cures for some of the world’s most serious diseases. The work of UB researchers and their colleagues at our partner institutions will improve the quality of life for individuals around the world for generations to come.

Just as the Center of Excellence is becoming recognized as a symbol of economic revitalization and life-changing research, it is also emblematic of our university’s mission. The Center of Excellence provides a powerful illustration of the reach and relevance that UB exerts as a public research university. Early achievements at the Center of Excellence remind us that UB’s research and education contributions set in motion a strong ripple effect, beginning in our immediate neighborhoods and extending outward to the global community.

Of the many opportunities before any 21st century public research university, perhaps the most vital one is this: We have an opportunity to shape the world around us and an obligation to ensure that we change it for the better. Fostering meaningful change and enriching the quality of life in the communities we serve both locally and globally—this is the essence of UB’s mission as a public research university. And this mission helps shape and influence every aspect of our research, education and service endeavors.

More than 2,000 people toured the Center of Excellence during events in June, from Buffalo Public School students and community leaders to international technology executives and future business partners. To our UB alumni living around the world, I hope you will visit the Center of Excellence and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus when you are next in town. Wherever you are living, I believe strongly that you will soon see the benefits of these institutions in your communities.

John B. Simpson

President, University at Buffalo