BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s Office
of Economic Development has initiated a series of roundtable
discussions with industry that will pinpoint challenges and guide
enhanced relationships between the university and business
community in pursuit of economic development.
The first roundtable was hosted on May 10 at Cameron, a global
manufacturer with operations in downtown Buffalo. More than 30
attendees from Western New York businesses took part.
Topics discussed included the needs of local industry and how UB
research assets can help meet those needs; how UB can help
businesses commercialize new products or services; equipping
students with the skills that are most valuable in today’s
market; UB’s role in upcoming regional economic initiatives
like Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Investment
Development Plan; and more.
The roundtables continue UB’s effort to help improve
Western New York’s economy by partnering with businesses to
discover innovative technologies and solutions that will grow
companies and create jobs.
The series will include additional events periodically over the
coming year as part of an ongoing effort to ensure local businesses
know how to take full advantage of the technological, research and
business development capabilities and talent available through
Examples of the many local businesses who have benefited from UB
partnerships include Greatbatch, which worked with UB’s
Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB
CAT) to support the development and enhancement of products; IBC
Digital, which collaborated with UB’s Center for
Computational Research to accelerate production of digital media
products; and Applied Sciences Group, which licensed new software
technology through UB’s Office of Science, Technology
Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).
“These roundtable discussions will provide critically
important feedback from our valued business partners so we can
build on the diverse ways local industry is already connecting with
UB,” said Marnie LaVigne, PhD, associate vice president for
economic development. “We encourage local businesses of all
sizes to reach out and discover how UB can help you meet your goals
while we work together to grow the regional economy.”
For more information on how businesses can partner with UB,