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.

FEATURED TEAM MEMBER

Rick Gardner

With more than two decades of experience in the public, private, nonprofit and startup sectors, Rick Gardner has been an innovator throughout his career. He holds 32 U.S. patents and has taken dozens of products to market.

Under Rick's leadership, the BEP team helps grow the infrastructure and support services needed to commercialize innovative research, increase industry-academic collaborations, identify expert talent, align industry expertise and advance the next generation of startups and technologies.

TOGETHER, LET'S BUILD SOMETHING IMPACTFUL

Shareefa Albanna

Startup Success Manager

Asal Barem

Finance and Operations Associate

Peter Burakowski.

Peter Burakowski

Senior Associate Director, Startup Ventures

Timothy Dee

Senior Associate Director, Technology Transfer

Jeffrey Dunbar

Director, Technology Transfer

David Duplessis.

David du Plessis

Business Development Associate

Esther Eagan

Senior Associate Director, Contracts

Michelle Friedman.

Michelle Friedman

Licensing Manager

Michael Fowler

Commercialization Manager

Rick Gardner.

Rick Gardner

Associate Vice President for Economic Development

Sara Goodman

Startup Program Manager

Kathryn Helfer

Senior Manager, Stakeholder Engagement

Smitha James

Senior Associate Director, Finance & Program Administration

Christopher Janson

Senior Business Development Manager

Antoinette Johnson

Finance & Operations Manager

Richard Kim.

Richard Kim

Director of Startup Ventures

Kimberly Kohl

Associate Director, Finance & Operations

Tracy Krawczyk-Schiedel.

Tracy Krawczyk-Schiedel

Director of Marketing Communications

Rebecca Larson.

Rebecca Larson

Commercialization Coordinator

Adrian Levesque

Industry Engagement and Visualization, Center for Computational Research

Jennifer Mandina

Manager, Contracts

Tom Matheny

Senior CRM Marketing Manager

Ryan McAnany

Contracts Manager

Dan Miner.

Daniel Miner

Senior Manager, Program Administration

Thomas Murdock

Manager, Incubator Network

Norma Nowak

Senior Advisor, Life Sciences

Zhala Othman.

Zhala Othman

Program and Finance Manager

Matthew Pelkey

Program Director, Entrepreneurship Law Center

Diane Plinke

Finance and Operations Assistant

Alan Rae.

Alan Rae

Director, Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics

Danessia Scott-Warren.

Danessia Scott-Warren

Contracts Manager

Steven Shepler.

Steven Shepler

Finance Associate

Sandra Small

Senior Manager of Science Education and Workforce Development

Maksim Sokolov.

Maksim Sokolov

Contracts Manager

Jessica Szklany.

Jessica Szklany

Manager, Marketing Content and Writing

Sandra Talley

Startup Program Assistant

Deanna Thames

Senior Administrative Associate

David Thiemecke

Senior Startup Success Manager

Penny Turrell

Patent Paralegal & Compliance Specialist

Evan Witmer

Technology Assessment Specialist

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