BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo held its annual
Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception on March 3, honoring UB
researchers and partner companies developing technologies for
improving fields from health care to alternative energy.
The event, held at the UB Clinical and Translational Research
Center in downtown Buffalo, recognized innovators including:
- UB researchers who developed 10 UB technologies licensed to
companies in 2013. These discoveries include a trio of
inventions geared toward using nanoparticles to improve solar
energy conversion. A complete list is available in the reception
program. Companies that licensed the technologies include
KeraFAST Inc., Trimbos-Institut, TracerLanes LLC, Volnamics LLC,
You First Services Inc. and OPtoElectronics Nanodevices LLC.
- UB researchers named on 11 patents granted in 2013.
These inventors developed technologies ranging from a method and
apparatus for measuring changes in cell volume, to nanoparticles
for enhancement of tumor imaging. A complete list is available in
- The School of Social Work’s popular
“inSocialWork” podcast series, which received
approval for a registered trademark.
- Three companies that graduated from the UB Technology
Incubator in 2013: Academic Software Plus (now Liaison
International), KYNTEC Corporation and Tactus
- ATTO Technology, recipient of this year’s UB
Entrepreneurial Champion Award. ATTO Technology, an early
graduate of the UB Technology Incubator, celebrated its 25th
anniversary last fall. The company provides storage and network
connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive
computing environments with products sold by industry leaders such
as Apple, Dell and IBM. The firm was founded by Buffalo natives
Timothy Klein and David Snell, and its products are manufactured in
Western New York and sold in more than 60 countries worldwide.
“Our annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception
recognizes discoveries that seed new businesses in Western New
York. The innovations of UB researchers and their corporate
partners have the potential not only to improve life in our region,
but far beyond,” said UB Vice Provost Robert J. Genco, who
oversees the UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic
"Licensing agreements for UB technologies have brought nearly
$10 million to the university and our inventors over the past
decade," Genco said. "UB has played a vital role in starting 83
companies based upon faculty, staff and student research and
entrepreneurial activities. These companies include Nanobiotix,
Kinex Pharmaceuticals, Medical Conservation Devices, Campus Labs,
Simulated Surgical Systems, ONY and PeptiDream."
The Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception is organized by STOR,
which helps UB researchers commercialize their inventions. The
office also runs the UB Technology Incubator, which marked its 25th
anniversary last fall, and the new UB Biosciences Incubator in the
Clinical and Translational Research Center in downtown Buffalo.
Speakers at the March 3 reception included UB President Satish
K. Tripathi; UB Provost Charles F. Zukoski; UB Vice President for
Research and Economic Development Alexander N. Cartwright; and
Genco. Awards were presented by Genco, STOR Director Jeffrey A.
Dunbar and STOR Business Formation and Commercialization Manager