University-Industry Partnerships and Connections

Industrial Engineering Students Win $25k for Healthcare App. From left PhD students Dapeng Cao, Nicolette McGeorge, Yuan Zhou, Sabrina Casucci, David LaVergne, Judith Tiferes-Wang, Theresa Guarrera and Professor Li Lin. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

Through Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships (BEP), industry can connect with UB faculty, researchers and students; university-based technology; and research that supports industry innovation, growth and competitiveness. BEP can help you commercialize and grow by connecting you to knowledge, facilities and funding.

About University-Industry Partnerships and Connections

BEP works to support and expand the regional innovation economy. It connects academia and industry; creates and maximizes partnerships to commercialize technology; grows existing and start-up businesses; and provides pathways for experiential student learning and employment.

Our partners benefit from the resources available at the University at Buffalo, including tailored business support services and access to additional funding programs and access to state-of-the-art facilities and specialists in research, clinical practice, data management, analytics, omics and other applied R&D.

We offer custom programs that:

  • Speed product-to-market innovations 
  • Support entrepreneurial creation of startups 
  • Provide talent and expertise in informatics, artificial intelligence and machine learning 
  • Offer data collection, storage, management  and analytics

Participation and Eligibility

Our industry partners come to us for many reasons, including:

  • Core facilities in genomics, supercomputing, proteomics and microfabrication
  • Faculty investigators from UB — one of the top 200 universities in the world
  • Shared equipment for nucleic acid amplification and analysis, imaging, protein studies, and more
  • Business development
  • Workforce development 

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