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On the Record: Jan. 30, 2016


Launch New York, an upstate New York venture development organization, named George Chamoun chairman of the board. Chamoun is president, sales and marketing for Synacor Inc. He replaces co-founder David Colligan, managing partner at Colligan Law. In addition, Paul Hogan, executive vice president at the John R. Oishei Foundation was recently elected to the board directors. He joins board members: Jordan Levy, Launch NY, vice chairman, general partner at SoftBankCapital, managing partner at Seed Capital Partners and co-managing partner at Z80 Labs and Zach Shulman, managing partner at Cayuga Venture Fund and director of entrepreneurship at Cornell University.


The WNY Women’s Foundation welcomed seven new members to the board of directors: Teresa Bair, attorney, Athenex Pharmaceuticals; Ulla Bak, president and owner of BakUSA; Dr. Helen Cappucino, surgeon, breast surgery division, Department of Surgical Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Katherine S. Conway-Turner, president of SUNY Buffalo State; Honorable Lenora B. Foote, support magistrate for the Erie County Family Court as well as an adjunct professor of family law at Hilbert College; Andrea H. HusVar, partner, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman; and Paula Joy Reinhold, Joy Family Foundation. Also, Ann Evanko, will serve as president of the 2016 board of directors.

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Connors & Vilardo, a Western New York litigation boutique founded in 1986, was renamed Connors LLP, following the confirmation of Lawrence J. Vilardo as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of New York. Connors LLP’s rebranding will include a new website,, and a logo that recognizes its history.


Curbell Plastics of Orchard Park launched a new website and online catalog that will allow visitors to research plastic materials and products, make direct purchases, and obtain price quotes, at 


Title: Integrated process for the production of 1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene

No.: 9,227,894

Inventors: Cottrell, Stephen A. (Williamsville); Tung, Hsueh Sung (Getzville); Pokrovski, Konstantin A. (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morris Plains, N.J.)

Date issued: Jan. 5, 2016


Title: Fat and high-density cathodes for use in electrochemical cells

No.: 9,231,256

Inventors: Shah, Ashish (East Amherst); Rubino, Robert (Williamsville); Gan, Hong (Williamsville)

Assignee: Greatbatch Ltd. (Clarence)

Date issued: Jan. 5, 2015