Fowler Named STOR Commercialization Manager

Release Date: April 7, 2005

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Michael L. Fowler, Ph.D., has been named bioinformatics and health sciences commercialization manager for the University at Buffalo Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).

Fowler will work with faculty to identify and protect intellectual property arising from their research programs, and will be responsible for developing commercialization opportunities to transfer the technology into the marketplace. Fowler will oversee intellectual property and commercialization opportunities for UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, in addition to UB's health-sciences fields.

"Having worked both in academic and private sectors, Mike brings a valuable perspective to the position," said Jeff Dunbar, director of the Intellectual Property Division of STOR. "He understands the diverse types of research being conducted at the university and also has experience in identifying potential market opportunities for the outcomes of such research."

A resident of Orchard Park, Fowler comes to UB with more than 21 years of research and industry experience. Most recently he worked as a product manager in the Cell Culture Division of Invitrogen Corp. (GIBCO) on Grand Island.

At Invitrogen, Fowler was responsible for providing marketing and product support for new product lines. He also worked to increase sales performance by delivering sales and technical training, developing product literature, and providing competitive market analysis.

Fowler previously was a life-sciences marketing manager for Schleicher & Schuell Bioscience in New Hampshire. Prior to his work in industry, Fowler had 17 years of research experience. He was a research assistant professor at the University of Rochester and a postdoctoral fellow for the University at Michigan and Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research.

He earned a bachelor degree in biology from Cornell University and a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from UB's Roswell Park Cancer Institute Graduate Division.

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