The mission of the University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences is to foster economic development by connecting university resources with life sciences and high-tech industry through funding, research and development support, programming, and education, with the goal of helping companies find business solutions, accelerate new ideas, and grow.

This technology-based economic development mission is complemented by the COE’s efforts to support the advancement of new discoveries in science that seek better ways of preventing and managing disease and improving lives.

COE Research Partners

COE research institutions have been around for more than 100 years with the University at Buffalo (UB) as the lead academic organization, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute as research partners.

The COE and its research partners are part of 400,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research facilities in three new interconnected buildings, known as the Buffalo Life Sciences Complex, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, a thriving area of clinical, research and academic operations employing over 8,000 people daily. The COE includes over 100 scientists with biological, physical and computational expertise engaged in interdisciplinary translational research with COE collaborators.

The rich history of discovery among scientists at CoE research institutions include:


  • BAC Libraries for Sequencing the Human Genome

  • Platinum Coil for Inoperable cranial Aneurysms

  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test

  • Surfactant Replacement Therapy for Neonatal Respiratory Distress

  • Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer

  • Beta-Interferon Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy

  • Sickle Cell Screening Test

  • High-Throughput Crystallization Method
  • Timed-Release Insulin Therapy

Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D., Receives Community Stewardship Award   

Our very own Marnie LaVigne is this year’s recipient of the Community Stewardship Award from The Amherst Chamber of Commerce! The award will be presented at The Small Business Awards Luncheon and Showcase at Samuel’s Grande Manor on Friday, May 16. This honor is given to the individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership skills and how their dedication creates a lasting impact on the community.

To purchase tickets for this exciting event, please call The Amherst Chamber of Commerce at 716.632.6905 by May 9, 2014. 

APRIL 25, 2014!

UB CAT is now accepting 2014-2015 technology development project applications through our annual RFP.  To learn more about the process and whether your project is eligible, contact Karen M. Utz, Director, Program Administration, or call 716-881-7588.

The application, grant guidelines and additional information can be found here.    

Pre-Seed Workshop 2014 Currently Seeking Volunteers 

Pre-Seed Workshop is an exciting
two day event in which selected entrepreneurs build their pitch and business plan with the help of a
team of experts.   

If you would like to participate on a team as an industry expert or volunteer to
help at the workshop, please contact Sandra Small Ph.D. at 716-888-4851.

Featured Research

Hunter James Kelly Research Institute

Led by Drs. Lawrence Wrabetz and Laura Feltri, the mission of the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute--located within the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences--is to study myelin and its diseases.  Myelin is the fatty insulation around axons (the wires of the nervous system) in the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The HJKRI incorporates both basic and clinical science programs.

Basic research is based on a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how myelin is formed, how it is damaged in disease, and how it may be repaired.  In particular, HJKRI will study disease mechanisms of Krabbe Disease in order to formulate therapies

The clinical research conducted by HJKRI at the CoE analyzes information revealed by newborn screening for Krabbe Disease and other leukodystrophies. The World Wide Registry for patients with Krabbe Disease aims to improve diagnosis and prognosis, and to provide outcome measures for clinical trials.

This integrated approach, together with a critical mass of resources and investigators, will generate information that will promote effective treatment strategies not only for children with leukodystrophies, but also patients with Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, neuropathies and other diseases in which myelin is damaged. Learn more.

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To view the complete list of events and event details, please visit our Events page.

  • Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series: Pursuing a Life Sciences Career in Buffalo Niagara
    April 24, 2014
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  • Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series: May 2014
    May 15, 2014
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  • Spring Clinical Day—"Emerging Trends in Healthcare"
    May 17, 2014
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New UB Program Promotes Businesses in Kensington-Bailey District
4/03/2014 - Buffalo, NY -

The UB School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership brings the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program to the Kensington-Bailey district in the City of Buffalo. New and established business owners will meet twice a year to hone their skills in all aspects of running a business, including marketing, merchandizing and business plan writing.  

To read more about the program and its impact on business owners in the Kensington-Bailey District, click here.

Anti-Vibration Invention Wins Contest’s $25,000 Top Prize
4/03/2014 - Buffalo, NY -

Congratulations to EMVISS, the winners of the University at Buffalo’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurial Competition! EMVISS’ anti-vibration invention will help ensure that high-precision devices will not be affected from vibrations that may hinder optimal performance. To further develop the product, ENVISS was also awarded office space, and legal and accounting services.

To read more about EMVISS’ win, click here.  

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