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Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

Innovation Lecture Series

Matt Enstice, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc., guest speaking at March 2015's lecture

What does it mean to be part of Buffalo Niagara's renaissance?

Hear firsthand about how Western New York is expanding in life sciences, advanced manufacturing, economic development and much more while networking with leaders from our region and beyond. Launched by UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) in 2007, this monthly lecture series is free and open to the public from September - April.

Upcoming Innovation Lecture Series Events

Mark your calendar and save the date for these upcoming events. All lecture series topics are currently in development; we will post information here when it becomes available.

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016

Past Events:

September Innovation Lecture Series: "Innovation and Growth Among Our Life Sciences Industry Leaders"
September 22, 2016 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

Join the fireside chat with established, global biomedical companies in our region. 
Learn how experts at Integer, Albany Molecular Research Institute (AMRI) and The Mentholatum Company innovate in the ever-changing life sciences industry that is transforming our economy.

Panelists: Ashish Shah, Sr. Director, Orthopedics and Biomaterials R&D, Integer
Rory Curtis, VP of Discovery Biology and Pharmacology, 
Albany Molecular Research Institute
Erick Estrada, Dir. of Marketing Eye and Acne Skin Care, The Mentholatum Company

Facilitator: Marnie LaVigne, PhD, President & CEO, Launch NY

April Innovation Lecture Series: "How to Market Your Growing Startup"
April 21, 2016 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

Hear from professional marketers with diverse expertise across communication disciplines regarding best practices for startups.

These experts will share how to look past the “build it and they will come” theory, to ensure every marketing strategy, no matter how small, is well-planned and flawlessly executed. Learn how combining the right channels can help your startup stand out at the right time.

March Innovation Lecture Series: "How Industry Benefits from Collaborating with CBLS Core Facilities"
March 24, 2016 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

The CBLS proudly offers some of the finest technology and world-class facilities for genomics, supercomputing and proteomics in the Buffalo Niagara region. Hear how representatives from Athenex, Rheonix and Sentient Science took advantage of these high-tech resources to fulfill and advance their research and development needs. Immediatley following the lecture there was a poster presentation for each of the CBLS's core facilities. 

February Innovation Lecture Series Double Feature: Part I - "CMI Industry Collaboration Showcase"
February 18, 2016 | 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics

Featuring CMI co-funded faculty researchers and their industrial partners from:

  •  Healthcare Hub
  •  Vader Systems
  •  POP Biotechnologies
  •  Unifrax

Hear how UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) is helping fund industry-university collaborations that drive innovation and help new and existing businesses become more competitive through technological innovation.

February Innovation Lecture Series Double Feature: Part II - "Introduction to UB's Department of Materials Design and Innovation" 
February 18, 2016 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics

Learn more about UB’s new MDI department from Erich Bloch Chair and Empire Innovation Professor Krishna Rajan, ScD. MDI is a partnership between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences, that applies UB faculty research and educational activities  in materials science, engineering and informatics toward finding and developing novel materials. This research will help satisfy the growing demand for materials development locally and across the nation. 

January Innovation Lecture Series: "Your Must-Know Guide to Crowdfunding Regulations for 2016"
January 21, 2016 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

The game is changing - Are you ready?  Learn what you need to know about 
changes in crowdfunding regulations. Updates include the new, $1 million limit for online campaigns as well as necessary steps to invest in an emerging enterprise and how best to position your company as an attractive investment option.

Miss an event?

Presentations from past lectures are available to download below. These may not be altered in any way.