February 28, 2014
Going big on nano
By: James Fink
Source: Buffalo Business First
Albany’s success at cultivating a powerful nanotechnology
sector will be replicated here if economic development officials have
Buffalo has a bad case of “nano envy,” but it’s getting better.
Punctuated by the recent announcement that IBM will open an information
technology center downtown, the region appears to be turning the corner
in its quest to be viewed as a nano center, much the way Albany is
Since December 2012, companies such as Albany Molecular Research Inc.,
Silvea, Soiree and now IBM decided to open significant nanotechnology
operations here. Advances in the past 15 months have pushed the region
to a higher level.
Buffalo’s emergence as a global nano center is based on what’s taking
place at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in
“We are not trying to reinvent the wheel in Buffalo, but we are inspired
by Albany and its nano-based economy,” said Howard Zemsky, the Buffalo
developer who co-chairs the Western New York Regional Economic Council.
“I mean, how improbable is it that the center of the nanotech universe
is in Albany, N.Y.?”
The game plan for Buffalo is to mirror Albany’s success, not be in
competition with it. Albany’s focus is on microchip technology, hardware
and other systems. The focus for Buffalo is energy, green and medical
“It plays off our strengths,” said Zemsky, who has taken a lead role in
Buffalo’s nano game plan along with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Alain
Kaloyeros, Albany’s nanoscale college senior vice president and CEO.