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Media Advisory: Launch NY CEO to Discuss Innovation and Resources for Upstate New York Startups at UB Life Sciences Lecture Series

Release Date: May 24, 2013

What: John Seman, CEO of Launch NY, will discuss the future of innovation in Upstate New York and how this venture development organization is working to support those efforts. The lecture is part of the monthly Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series hosted by the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. Learn more and register at http://bioinformatics.buffalo.edu/events.

When: Thursday, March 28, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: UB’S New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at 701 Ellicott St., Buffalo

Details: Launch NY was established in 2011 with grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to support high-potential startups with financial and managerial resources in collaboration and coordination with regional ecosystem initiatives around the state.

The organization, which represents 27 counties, was built upon award-winning models for economic development initiatives like Cleveland's JumpStart program through efforts led by the University at Buffalo and key public and private sector partners, including JumpStart Inc. Launch NY also received support in 2011 from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council due to its alignment with the region’s strategy to grow jobs through entrepreneurship.

Seman’s lecture will offer detail on upcoming plans for Launch NY and how startups can benefit from this resource. He will also offer his perspective on how these efforts align with other regional, statewide and national initiatives to boost the economy through innovation and entrepreneurship.

About the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at UB:
The mission of the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences is to foster economic development by connecting university resources with life sciences and high-tech industry through funding, research and development support, programming and education, with the goal of helping companies find business solutions, accelerate new ideas and grow. This technology-based economic development mission is complemented by the center’s efforts to support the advancement of new discoveries in science that seek better ways of preventing and managing disease and improving lives. Learn more at www.bioinformatics.buffalo.edu.

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