Patrick J. Whalen, who has served since 2008 as chief operating officer of the agency that oversees the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is stepping down Oct. 31.
Whalen, 63, has played a large role in encouraging business activity on the medical campus and in developing the Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center, which offers a mix of office, lab and warehouse space for 75 fledgling and mature companies and their founders. Whalen has worked to connect experienced business executives with would-be entrepreneurs on the campus, and he led the efforts to build the dig co-working space in the Innovation Center.
Whalen, who serves as the campus’ unofficial “entrepreneur-in-residence,” came to the medical campus after a career in business and consulting. He started more than 20 companies, including Fulfillment Systems International, a customs broker that he later sold to UPS.
Whalen is active on a number of local and national industry boards. He will serve as chair of the Association of University Research Parks 2015 international conference when the group holds its annual meeting in Buffalo in late September and early October.
Whalen announced his plans to leave the campus in a tweet Friday afternoon. He said he hasn’t yet made up his mind what he’ll do after he steps down and ended his tweet with the hashtag “#whatshouldPatdonext.”