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11/3/2013 12:17:00 PM

The Buffalo News: Nanotechnology center would boost region’s profile as a hub for research

The Buffalo News

The impressive investment in the medical and scientific fields in the Buffalo Niagara region got another big boost with word that the Cuomo administration is backing a major effort to create a hub here for nanotechnology research, manufacturing and training.

Nanotechnology – the manipulation of matter at the atomic or molecular level – may be difficult to grasp, but the financial impact is simple, and enormous. The nanotech center in Albany has brought billions of dollars to the capital region, and a satellite project near Utica is expected to attract another $1.5 billion there.

Now the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany would like Buffalo-area developers to devise plans for a nanotechnology center that would create a high-tech development hub in Buffalo.

The prospect of replicating previous nanotechnology successes is irresistible. Bringing nanotechnology into the scientific mix with Buffalo’s Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the life sciences research at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will widen this area’s reach into 21st century technology.

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