It takes hard work and guts to transform a great idea into a viable business or community organization, but University at Buffalo students are doing it every day with support from the university. Each of the entrepreneurs profiled below endured long hours and surprising obstacles to succeed. None regretted it.
Two childhood friends, Eric Reich, J.D. and MBA ’02, and Michael Weisman, MBA ’01, turned UB’s $25,000 Henry A. Panasci Jr. entrepreneurship award into a $40 million company.
Their idea: to build a data-centric company that helps colleges and universities decide how to best allocate resources, recruit and retain students and improve student success.
Their company, Campus Labs, has more than $10 million in annual sales and more than 650 higher education clients. Years of hard work were realized when Connecticut-based Higher One Holdings acquired Campus Labs for more than $40 million in August.
John Leddy, director of the Concussion Management Clinic, describes the treadmill test developed by UB researchers that helps to determine whether or not concussed athletes are ready to return to play.
University at Buffalo sports medicine researchers have been awarded $100,000 from NFL Charities to develop the most objective, scientific method of determining when an athlete who has had a concussion can safely return to play.
NFL Charities, the charitable foundation of the National Football League owners, has awarded the 18-month grant to researchers at the Concussion Management Clinic in the Department of Orthopaedics, UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The grant to UB is one of 15 totaling $1.5 million that NFL Charities is providing to researchers nationwide to support sports-related medical research on concussion/traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular medicine. Continue reading →
John Kapoor, fourth from right, joins dignitaries in cutting the ribbon to formally open John and Editha Kapoor Hall.
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 28, the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences officially opened its new home, John and Editha Kapoor Hall, named for alumnus John N. Kapoor and his late wife, Editha.
Beginning in 1986, through the John and Editha Kapoor Charitable Foundation, the couple has given back to the pharmacy school to support research, graduate fellowships and renovation of the South Campus facility.
The result is a stronger faculty, more of the brightest students, and now a high-tech facility where students are following a new course of study designed to make optimal use of all the building’s state-of-the-art learning and research spaces. And if that isn’t enough, UB Pharmacy currently ranks 17th in the United States and is the only pharmacy school in the SUNY system. Continue reading →
Geoffrey Challen and Steven Ko are leading the PhoneLab project to improve mobile devices and educate students.
UB researchers are enlisting hundreds of students to build the world’s largest collection of smartphone users assembled for large-scale experiments.
Dubbed PhoneLab, the network will help researchers build more powerful, secure and efficient smartphones and smartphone applications, improve wireless networking and educate students about mobile devices.
While smartphone use is skyrocketing—Forrester Research says 1 billion people will have one by 2016—experimentation on the devices is limited. Researchers either conduct tests in the marketplace, which limits their access to the smartphone, or create their own test group, which is costly and time-consuming. Continue reading →
The new Clinical and Translational Research Center, a 170,000 square-foot research facility that houses the laboratories of several UB physician-scientists.
The University at Buffalo has made another major addition to its campus: the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC).
The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held the grand opening of its CTRC in the joint UB-Kaleida Health building at Goodrich and Ellicott streets in downtown Buffalo on September 20.
The 170,000-square-foot research facility allows UB’s physician-scientists to see patients, conduct research and work with clinicians downstairs in Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute. The CTRC’s offices and laboratories occupy the building’s top four floors, while Gates Vascular Institute is housed on the bottom four.
The CTRC is an important step in the relocation of UB’s medical school to downtown Buffalo. When it is completed by 2016, the new medical school will bring approximately 1,200 people to downtown Buffalo. In total, the CTRC and medical school projects will create more than 3,000 jobs, 250 of which are physician-scientists and staff.
The new facility houses the laboratories of some of UB’s highest-profile researchers, who collectively have earned more than $25 million in research funding. They are conducting research to develop treatments for a broad range of diseases and conditions, including diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s and memory disorders.
In addition to custom-designed laboratories and common spaces, the CTRC includes:
Clinical Research Center, which coordinates clinical research activities among institutions in the Buffalo Translational Consortium.
Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine, an interdisciplinary research center.
Jacobs Institute, which conducts research, development and training in vascular medicine.
Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center
Biosciences Incubator, to assist UB researchers with the commercialization of new medical therapies.