Funding from a pilot catalyst fund facilitated the first
prototype of a cost-effective ventilator invented by Bradley
Fuhrman (above) and Mark Dowhy that promises to shorten patient
stays in intensive care units.
The Office of Science, Technology Transfer, and Economic
Outreach (STOR) helps transform the inventions of UB faculty and
students into products and services that benefit society.
"STOR bridges the inventive work of lab research with applied
commercial development, making solutions available for the most
pressing challenges of the 21st century," says Robert Genco, UB
vice provost and STOR director.
An anonymous UB faculty member has launched the Bruce Holm
Memorial Catalyst Fund with a $1 million challenge gift to support
STOR. Named for the UB senior vice provost who died in 2011, the
fund could generate a total of $2 million if its challenge is fully
STOR has licensed more than 130 UB inventions—half of
which evolved into start-up companies—and mentored 85 other
companies, which now employ 3,300 people and generate $540 million
in revenue, primarily in Western New York.
"The success of innovative companies that STOR supports has
shown that UB research is making a difference in our community,"