BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of
Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and
UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics
and Life Sciences celebrated the High-Tech CEL class of 2013 at a
reception on May 15 at the UB Downtown Gateway.
Representatives from nine life science and high-tech companies
were enrolled and are the third class of executives to complete
this prestigious program. This year’s graduates are: Peter
Bjorkman, Vigilair Systems Inc., North Tonawanda; Steven Ebel,
Vigilair Systems Inc., North Tonawanda; Suzanne Furlani, Shatter
I.T. LLC, Buffalo; Mark Green, Janus Systems Corp., Williamsville;
Peter Labaki, Celerity LLC, Buffalo; Barbara Osika, Omantec LLC,
Lancaster; Michael Osika, Omantec LLC, Lancaster; Oscar Pedroso,
GradFly, Rochester; Edward Robb, Applied Medical Coatings,
Lockport; L. Wayne Schultz, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research
Institute, Buffalo; and Timothy Umland, Hauptman-Woodward Medical
Research Institute, Buffalo.
The High-Tech CEL program is a collaborative effort between the
UB School of Management and the Center of Excellence, and offers
leaders of early-stage and evolving life sciences and high-tech
companies the opportunity to learn the unique challenges of
high-tech industry from established entrepreneurs as well as from
others who are important to long-term success, such as venture
The 10-week program combined weekly topical sessions with
industry networking events and the opportunity for mentorship. Over
the course of the program, guest speakers from across the region
and country shared their industry experience through interactive
lectures, panel discussions and case studies on a wide range of
topics, including entrepreneurship challenges, intellectual
property, licensing and regulatory issues, sales and marketing and
financing. Because the program limits yearly enrollment, this
year’s graduating class benefited from the opportunity to
interact more intimately with speakers from such companies as
Pfizer, Welch Allyn and Brooks, Houghton & Co.
“Our goal is to help these organizations build strong
management teams and to provide them with the information they need
to develop their pathways to commercialization,” said Thomas
Ulbrich, CEL executive director.
“It’s inspiring to see another class of High-Tech
CEL professionals graduate,” said Marnie LaVigne, associate
vice president of economic development at UB.
“Entrepreneurship in high-tech fields will continue to be an
integral part of Western New York’s economy, and this program
gives our region’s innovative leaders the skills that will
help them reach new levels of success.”
Next year’s program is slated for spring 2014. To learn
more or to apply, call 716-885-5715 or send email to email@example.com.
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 COE’s efforts to support the advancement
of new discoveries in science that seek better ways of preventing
and managing disease and improving lives.
Established in 1987, the CEL provides participants with
individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship. More
than 900 CEL alumni employ more than 22,000 Western New Yorkers,
and their businesses are worth more than $2 billion to the local
economy. For more information, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu/cel.
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school has
been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes,
U.S. News & World Report and the Wall Street Journal for the
quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides
its graduates. For more information about the UB School of
Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.