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Media Advisory: Students from West Seneca Life Sciences Academy to Celebrate at Induction Ceremony, Meet with Local Business Leader

By Kerry Jones Waring

Release Date: December 4, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- More than 45 10th grade students from the first class of the West Seneca School District's Academy of Life Sciences will take part in an induction ceremony to celebrate their participation in the program and their commitment to pursuing studies and careers in the life sciences industry.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the University at Buffalo's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at 701 Ellicott St. in Buffalo.

The West Seneca Academy of Life Sciences was launched in 2011 through iSciWNY, a workforce development program led by the Center of Excellence and UB's Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) that encourages students to explore opportunities for careers in life sciences.

The students also will have the opportunity to hear remarks from and talk with Steve Davis, the vice president of Tapecon Inc., a Buffalo business that manufactures custom printed packaging, diagnostic medical devices, printed electronics and more, with a focus on markets that include medical, military and high-technology equipment.

Davis will be the featured speaker at a lecture held at the same location at 4 p.m. as part of the Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series, a monthly program hosted by the Center of Excellence. Davis will share the story of his company's evolution in recent years, including the local educational resources that informed his decision to consolidate business operations in Buffalo in August 2012.

Visit www.bioinformatics.buffalo.edu to learn more about the Center of Excellence or iSciWNY.