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Growing a vital life sciences complex, the UB Office of Economic Development partners with industry and entrepreneurs on the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The Office of Economic Development (OED) is helping transform the economies of Buffalo Niagara, New York State and beyond by helping UB achieve its full impact as a major economic engine.

The OED bridges research and economic development. It maximizes campus-wide research efforts, leveraging the knowledge, resources and expertise necessary for an innovation economy, and creates an environment that encourages and rewards invention, collaboration and community.

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Using Innovation and Research to Grow Your Business

  • Connecting businesses with university resources and facilities
  • Engaging entrepreneurs and facilitating entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Disseminating information for economic development agencies
  • Advocating for technology that can be licensed by entrepreneurs and companies
  • Developing consultation and support programs for businesses ranging from startups to large corporations
  • Providing workforce development that connects you with student interns, talented graduates, and employee training workshops
  • Administering research funding
  • Overseeing compliance with federal, state and university regulations

Staff Directory & Key Contacts

Christina Orsi

Associate Vice President for Economic Development

Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development

516 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3321


Karen M. Utz

Director, Program Administration

Office of Economic Development

CBLS, 701 Ellicott, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 881-7588


Kim Grant

Business Development Executive

NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

CBLS, 701 Ellicott, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 881-7572


Christopher Janson

Business Development Executive

NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics

CBLS, 701 Ellicott, Downtown Campus

Phone: (716) 888-4795