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On the Record / October 28, 2008

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

University at Buffalo Department of Neurology chairman and Jacobs Neurological Institute chief Dr. Frederick E. Munschauer III received the 2008 Stephen H. Kelly Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The award is given annually to an individual who has dedicated time and efforts to improving the lives of people with MS. Dr. Munschauer participated in the development of interferon beta as a treatment for MS and has worked at the Baird MS Center of the Jacobs Neurological Institute on developing new diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in MS.

Tops Friendly Markets appointed Mike Lumadue director of health and beauty care and general merchandise. Lumadue was most recently the director of health and beauty care and general merchandise at Weis Markets. He earned a bachelor's in business management from Medaille College.

Synacor, a Buffalo Internet tools and portals builder, named Wilbur Burgonio a platform developer III, Sandeep Chellani director of Premium Services, and Danny Amey a development engineer. Burgonio previously was a Web developer at WB Enterprises in Toronto, Ont. He is a graduate of the Toronto College of Technology and the Philippine Christian University. Sandeep was previously employed by MTV Networks. Amey formerly worked as a consultant with Yahoo U.K. and NTL United. Also, the company transitioned Carlo Constantini to a platform developer IV and Patti Wylie to manager, Engineering Process Group.

MetLife in Williamsville named Anthony Chen a financial services representative. He is licensed to sell life, health and security products in New York State. Chen is a graduate of the University at Buffalo. The agency is located at 150 Essjay Road, Suite 100.

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>Company items

The Omni Pain and Wellness Center recently opened at 4855 Camp Road in Hamburg. The 30,000-square-foot facility is home to Dr. Kristen Robillard's Lakeshore Primary Care Associates, Dr. Loubert Suddaby's Omni Pain and Wellness Center, the Catholic Health System Blood Lab, Buffalo Rehab Physical Therapy and Windsong Radiology as well as satellite offices including an OB/GYN, cardiologist, gastroenterologist, chiropractor, massage therapist and also hosts specialized programs and services designed to treat and prevent pain.

French Press, a Buffalo-based letterpress and design studio located in the Tri-Main Building on Main Street, recently celebrated its second anniversary. The studio specializes in high-end print design and letterpress printing.

Ethox International, a Buffalo-based vertically integrated designer, developer, manufacturer and sterilizer of disposable medical products, has launched a redesigned Web site at www.ethoxint.com.

Birdair Inc., a Buffalo-based specialty contractor of lightweight long-span roofing systems and tensile structures, will take part in the fourth annual Arc-US conference in November in Marina del Rey, Calif. Representatives from the company will discuss recent innovations in fabric membrane roofing design and functionality, including the variety of ways that lightweight tensile roofing systems can be incorporated into the building envelope.

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>Contributing

Catholic Health, an integrated health network of hospitals, nursing homes, adult homes and home care agencies, was awarded a $16,000 grant from The Wal-Mart Foundation. The funds will be used for the Buffalo-area implementation of"Shapedown," a weight management program for children and adolescents.

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>Patents

Title: "Free-standing jumping device"

No.: 7,438,644

Inventors: Gubitosi, Domenic T. (East Aurora); Kelly, Brian S. (East Aurora)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: Oct. 21, 2008

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