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U Buffalo partnership with Thermo Fisher grows biotech jobs


By David Schwartz
Published: May 4th, 2021

In just the two years since its inception, a partnership between Thermo Fisher Scientific and the University at Buffalo’s Buffalo Institute for Genomics and Data Analytics (BIG) has generated more than 250 jobs for the Buffalo biotechnology sector.

 The agreement, signed as part of a state-funded incentive initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo, includes up to $4.8 million to support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment, fund research programs, and provide Thermo Fisher with access to lab space at the UB Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS).

The BIG program was created to leverage and enhance the university’s expertise and provide the latest technologies in genomics, proteomics and big data analytics to form public-private collaborative partnerships that advance life science innovations. The investments made through the program enabled the university to house some of the most high-end, cutting-edge research technologies in the region, resulting in the engagement with Thermo Fisher’s bioproduction business.

The collaboration supports research, development and manufacturing innovations, which contribute to Thermo Fisher’s innovation roadmap. Officials from Thermo Fisher also serve in an advisory capacity on various UB committees and participate in events that promote and foster university-industry cooperation. In addition, UB students gain critical experience through internships, research programs and other experiential opportunities provided by the company.

“Through our BIG industry partners, we are set to exceed the commitment to create 490 jobs in Erie County by 2023. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s vision and state investments, UB is building strong university-industry, innovation-based partnerships to positively impact society and our economy,” says Christina Orsi, UB associate vice president for economic development.

She adds: “The collaboration with Thermo Fisher underscores the positive impact academic and private partnerships can have when they leverage each other’s strengths. Together, we help find solutions for complex scientific challenges, contribute to innovation, and spur economic growth and workforce development in the Buffalo Niagara region.”

“Thermo Fisher is committed to accelerating innovation in the life sciences industry and to having a positive impact in each of the communities where it operates,” said Kate Torchilin, vice president and general manager for cell culture and cell therapy at Thermo Fisher. “The company has a long history in the greater Buffalo area and in collaborating with UB to recruit graduates. We look forward to growing our capabilities through breakthrough research and development in the region.”

Source: UB News Center

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