Published March 6, 2014
UB held its annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Reception on March 3, honoring university 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:
“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 Vice Provost Robert J. Genco, who oversees the UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).
“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 President Satish K. Tripathi; Provost Charles F. Zukoski; Alexander N. Cartwright, vice president for research and economic development; and Genco. Awards were presented by Genco, STOR Director Jeffrey A. Dunbar and Martin Casstevens, STOR business formation and commercialization manager.