BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will celebrate
faculty inventors and innovative companies that reside in the UB
Technology Incubator during the university's annual Inventors and
Entrepreneurs Reception on March 1.
The invitation-only event begins at 4 p.m. March 1 at the Center
for Tomorrow on UB's North Campus. Media interested in attending
should make arrangements with Charlotte Hsu in the Office of
University Communications at 716-645-4655 or email@example.com.
During the reception, Vice President for Research and Economic
Development Alexander N. Cartwright, whose office was recently
restructured to emphasize economic development in addition to
research, will discuss the university's continuing role in growing
the regional economy.
Robert Genco, the vice provost who heads UB's Office of Science,
Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR), will open the
celebration. UB President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver closing
The reception will recognize UB faculty and local entrepreneurs
for their work in 2011.
Jeff Dunbar, director of STOR, and Woody Maggard, associate vice
provost of STOR, will introduce honorees in the following
Inventors Named on U.S. Patents
The University at Buffalo was awarded 14 U.S. patents in 2011
for technologies ranging from an augmentative communications device
for the speech-impaired to a dye for purging blood pathogens and
for photodynamic therapy. A list of the patents and their UB
inventors is available at http://www.buffalo.edu/news/13224.
Visionary Innovators (UB faculty who developed technologies
licensed to industrial partners)
-- Thenkurussi Kesavadas, professor of mechanical and aerospace
engineering, for a method and system for minimally invasive surgery
training. Industrial Partner: Simulated Surgical Systems Management
-- Steven Gallo, lead software engineer and database
administrator at UB's Center for Computational Research, for
developing a computer program to enable the rational design of
small molecules targeting ribonucleic acid (RNA). Industrial
Partner: SMaRT Therapeutics.
-- Harsh Deep Chopra and Zonglu Susan Hua, professors of
mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Jason Armstrong,
postdoctoral researcher in the same department, for a
multifunctional metrology system for physical property measurements
on individual samples of nano- and sub-nanometer dimensions.
Industrial Partner: Precision Scientific Instruments Inc.
-- Huw M.L. Davies and Ravisekhara Reddy, former researchers in
UB's Department of Chemistry, for catalysts for use in
enantioselective synthesis. Industrial Partner: Strem Chemicals,
UB Technology Incubator Graduates
-- CloudBack, LLC (www.cloudback.com)
Founded by two UB School of Management MBA graduates, the firm
will provide an online avenue for small businesses to leverage the
power of the crowd to solve problems. Cloudback, LLC was a member
of the UB Technology Incubator from 2010-2011.
UB Technology Incubator Company Entrants
-- TPF Enterprises, LLC (http://www.tpfenterprises.us)
TPF Enterprises aids commercialization of new technology
solutions in the areas of alternative energy, electronics and clean
tech through consulting and product development for startup
companies, established companies and Government agencies.
Cooperating with universities, industry organizations, consultants,
government agencies and partner companies, TPF works in a
transparent and open manner to develop cost-effective and
sustainable solutions to new opportunities.
-- Programmable Equipment Company (www.hiatronics.com)
Programmable Equipment Company (PEC) provides a new type of
software product used to control automated test equipment (ATE) for
military and industrial applications. PEC's software product uses a
powerful content management system (CMS) development environment,
allowing a developer to rapidly create and manage applications by
simply filling out forms.
-- BridgeComposites LLC
BridgeComposites, LLC works in the field of civil engineering to
deliver innovative technology to bridge owners. The company
develops and supplies bridge superstructures and decks for highway
and pedestrian applications that are made primarily of
corrosion-resistant fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite