Our team is the connection between your ideas and UB

Here is where differences become our strengths, where scientific and technological adventures transform into profitable ventures, and where bettering the world becomes our life’s work. A successful team is about more than finding a group of people with the right mix of professional skills; it's about finding a team who is passionate about helping you succeed and then working together to do it.


Asal Barem.

Asal Barem

Operations Manager, Baird

Peter Burakowski.

Peter Burakowski

Senior Associate Director, Startup Ventures

Timothy Dee

Associate Director, Technology Transfer

Jeffrey Dunbar

Director of Business Partnerships

David Duplessis.

David du Plessis

Business Development Manager, Life Sciences

Esther Eagan

Senior Associate Director, Contracts

Michelle Friedman.

Michelle Friedman

Licensing Manager

Michael Fowler

Commercialization Manager

Sara Goodman

Associate Director for Operations & Facilities

Venu Govindaraju

Interim Associate Vice President for Economic Development

Kathryn Helfer

Associate Director, Resource Management

Smitha James

Senior Associate Director, Life Sciences Programs

Christopher Janson

Senior Business Development Manager

Megan Kelly

Startup Success Manager

Richard Kim.

Richard Kim

Director of Startup Ventures

Kimberly Kohl

Associate Director, Finance & Operations

Tracy Krawczyk-Schiedel.

Tracy Krawczyk-Schiedel

Assistant Vice President for Communications, Marketing & Digital Operations

Rebecca Larson.

Rebecca Larson

Commercialization Coordinator

Adrian Levesque

Industry Engagement and Visualization, Center for Computational Research

Jennifer Mandina

Senior Manager, Contracts

Tom Matheny

Senior CRM Marketing Manager

Dan Miner.

Daniel Miner

Senior Manager, Program Administration

Hoda Moussa.

Hoda Moussa

Contracts Manager

Thomas Murdock

Manager, Incubator Network

Norma Nowak

Senior Advisor, Life Sciences

Mary Ognibene-Metz.

Mary Ognibene-Metz

Contracts Manager

Debbie Oberg

Senior Manager, Design, Digital & Brand

Matthew Pelkey

Program Director, Entrepreneurship Law Center

Diane Plinke

Operations Associate

Alan Rae.

Alan Rae

Director, NYS Centers of Excellence and Advanced Technology

Candace Sena.

Candace Sena

Contracts Manager

Steven Shepler.

Steven Shepler

Finance & Grants Manager

Sandra Small

Senior Manager of Science Education and Workforce Development

Jessica Szklany.

Jessica Szklany

Associate Director of Marketing Communications

Sandra Talley.

Sandra Talley

Startup Program Assistant

Deanna Thames

Senior Administrative Associate

David Thiemecke

Senior Startup Success Manager

Penny Turrell

Patent Paralegal & Compliance Specialist

Emma Vecellio

Marketing Content & Writing Manager

Evan Witmer

Licensing Manager

Our Extended Team

We work with accomplished scientists, experts, entrepreneurs and businesspeople who help us move innovations to impact.

Life & Health Sciences Advisory Board Manufacturing & Materials Advisory Board Entrepreneurs in Residence Seed Fund Advisory Board Accelerator Fund External Review Committee

Chief Executive Officer, Create a Monster (C.A.M.)™ Founder

CEO, FKM Group

President and CEO, TxMQ

Martin Graham.

CEO, Empire Discovery Institute

Director of IMCA-CAT, VP for Advancing Therapeutics

Project Engineer, Buffalo Manufacturing Works (operated by EWI)

Independent Pharmaceutical Regulatory Consultant Board of Directors, FACET Life Sciences

Director of New Ventures, The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF)

CEO, Let’s Get Started Consultancy

Senior Director Business Development, Codiak BioSciences

Program Director, Launch NY Cleantech Opportunity Incubator and Assistant Vice President Sustainability Technologies, NOCO Energy Corp