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Director of Business Development, Office of Economic Development

The UB Office of Economic Development (OED) includes several programs and units: the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS), the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI), and the Buffalo Institute for Genomics & Data Analytics (BIG), Western New York Incubator Network (WIN), UB Center for Biomedical & Bioengineering Technology and UB’s START UP NY program.

The Director of Business Development leads a team of specialists responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with businesses.  He/She is part of the Office of Economic Development’s Senior Leadership Team, reporting to the Associate Vice President of Economic Development and working closely with the Principal Investigators in three major University industry engagement centers: the CBLS, the CMI and BIG.

Business Development efforts are primarily focused on the life sciences, genomic medicine, materials science and advanced manufacturing industries. The Director is responsible for leading and directing, in conjunction with the PI’s, the annual business engagement strategy, as they relate to finding mutual value for the University and private sector collaborators. With an in-depth understanding of the research capabilities, curricular focus, and student engagement opportunities within UB, the Director of Business Development is responsible for supporting the development of, and carrying out, the execution of appropriate strategies for maximizing engagement between, and mutual value for, external partners and the university. In addition, this position supports the interface with the UB Technology Transfer/Licensing to move existing and new revenue-generating Intellectual Property (IP) toward commercialization with existing companies while providing general strategic and operations guidance to the OED.

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