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UB spinoff company moves from incubator to Amherst offices

A University at Buffalo spin-off company whose software helps university admissions officers sort and analyze data from thousands of applicants has moved out of UB’s Technology Incubator into nearby offices in Amherst.

Academic Software Plus and its 30 employees moved into office space on John James Audubon Parkway while taking the name of Liaison International, a software solutions company in Massachusetts that acquired the local company in 2001.

Liaison officials said the team that will remain in Amherst includes software engineers and customer support employees, and the company is quite happy with the caliber of the local workforce and the quality of its work.

“There was never a thought to relocate that team down to Boston,” Liaison CEO Michael P. Behringer said Tuesday.

Academic Software Plus was founded by John Eisner in 1995, when he was associate dean for information resources at the UB School of Dental Medicine, and the company grew out of work Eisner had done for his boss, Louis Goldberg, then the Dental School’s dean.

Goldberg had asked Eisner to design software UB could use to process applications to the Dental School, a request that came at the time when the schools that train doctors, dentists, nurses and other members of the health care field sought an electronic system for sorting and screening the applications that are collected as part of the admissions process.

Eisner started the company as a nonprofit arm of the UB Foundation, and, in 2001, he spun it out as a for-profit start-up based in the UB Technology Incubator and known as Academic Management Systems, or AMS.

Liaison, a software solutions company that serves the higher-education market, initially invested in AMS before acquiring the company in 2001. Eisner now serves as consultant to the company.

Academic Software Plus’ products include Web AdMIT and AdMIT software, which are used by thousands of admissions officers, and the ClinicEval and SiteManager software, which are employed by hundreds of university programs, according to UB.

The software helps colleges and universities manage admissions information for applicants to health-related professions and other graduate programs, and assess students’ performance in clinical courses.

The software, for example, can help schools efficiently break down their pools of prospective students by state, socioeconomic background or gender, Behringer said.

Liaison moved Academic Software Plus out of the incubator because the company continues to expand and has moved on from its start-up stage to a more mature stage of its life, he said.

The move, which took place last week, aligned with the rebranding of the company under the Liaison name.

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