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Legislative Commission on Science and Technology Legislative Update

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Francine DelMonte

October 14, 2009

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Kidney patients, job creation are focus of e-records initiative   An initiative to develop an electronic records system to help manage the treatment of Western New York patients suffering from kidney disease could create up to 115 jobs locally. The initiative between UBMD, the University at Buffalo's 450-member physician practice plan, and Buffalo-based information technology firm Computer Task Group, aims to create a software system that will share patient records electronically among the practice and help its doctors identify those who have symptoms that could lead to kidney disease and diabetes.

Source:  The Buffalo News

JPMorgan Chase technology center to open Tuesday at Syracuse University  When the economic crisis hit last year and banks began to tumble, JPMorgan Chase Co. remained standing. The bank was in such good shape, in fact, that it bailed out the failing Bear Sterns investment bank with help from the Federal Reserve. It never backed off its $30 million commitment to operating the technology center at Syracuse University. The center formally opens today.

Source:  syracuse.com

SUNYIT moves toward landing chip manufacturer  The dream of attracting a computer-chip manufacturer to the Mohawk Valley is becoming more of a reality everyday. Local, state and university officials recently met in Albany to hash out terms of a project development agreement that would encompass 311 acres of land at SUNYIT.

Source:  UTICAOD.com

RIT lands leader of GM fuel cell research For nearly 20 years, Matthew H. Fronk has been working on pushing fuel cell technology from theory to reality, most recently as head of General Motors' fuel cell research laboratory in Honeoye Falls. Fronk now will be trying to pull that technology along as head of Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Sustainable Mobility. As director of the center, he will be in charge of research programs in hydrogen fuel cell technology, fuel cell development, alternative fuels and hybrid vehicle systems.

Source:  DemocratandChronicle.com

IBM will add jobs at new center in NYC   IBM will bring 450 jobs to New York City - and then hire 100 more people - to support a new Business Analytics Solution Center in Manhattan. The company said recently that 450 IBM workers will be retrained, and some transferred, to support the new center. Within 18 to 24 months, the company plans to hire 100 new employees.

Source:  recordonline.com

New York, Dresden share quest to snag AMD microchip plants   No one knows exactly what will happen when GlobalFoundries reaches its full manufacturing capacity in 2012, but the men and women who worked to make the plant's construction a reality are hoping that it will be at least as successful as a related facility in the German city of Dresden.

Source:  The Saratogian

Biopharmaceutical company opens new facility at Eastview research park   A biopharmaceutical company is celebrating the completion of its $115 million headquarters and research facility, one of the largest corporate complexes in Westchester County. Local leaders joined Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to debut two three-story buildings at The Landmark at Eastview.

Source:  LoHud.com

UB's iSciWNY Will Help Grow a High-Tech, Life Sciences Workforce   The University at Buffalo introduced today iSciWNY, a comprehensive life-sciences workforce development program dedicated to preparing all Western New Yorkers, not just scientists, for new positions in Buffalo Niagara's growing life sciences industry.

Source:  UB NewsCenter