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UB grad to speak on investing here

A Western New York native and University at Buffalo graduate is coming home to share his financial expertise with the life sciences community.

As part of its Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series, Kevin Centofanti will present "The UB Tie to the Manhattan Investment Banking World -- Why Buffalo Is on the Radar."

Centofanti is a senior managing director at Brooks, Houghton & Co., a merchant banking firm known for investing in emerging-growth companies.

The lecture will be a report from the front, as Centofanti shares the reasons why some in the financial world believe Buffalo to be an untapped region for potential investment, with the groundbreaking life sciences and bioinformatics research at UB turning heads. General investment trends will also be discussed.

"Given that he is a UB graduate and has experience in the merchant banking world, he has great expertise that we can use here," said Renata Bator, a business development associate for the UB Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology at the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.

The lecture will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Center of Excellence at 701 Ellicott St. It is free and open to the public. . Author Shreefal Mehta, whose lecture "The Passport of a Life Sciences Entrepreneur," was originally slated for Thursday, has been rescheduled to Dec. 10.

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