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On the Record: April 21, 2016

Hires/Honors/Promotions

Wilcox Financial partner and chief operating officer Sarah N. Blankenship was awarded the Wm. J. McLaughlin Jr. Rookie of the Year by the Buffalo Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Blankenship is president of the American Business Women’s Association in Buffalo.

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SofTrek named Jim Nolan client services manager. Nolan holds a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College. Also, the company named Christine Szudzik a client services account manager. Szudzik, who was a technical account manager at Synacor, is an Ithaca College graduate.

Company Connections

Sentient Science Corp. was awarded the New Energy Pioneers Award by Bloomberg New Energy Finance at the Future of Energy Summit 2016 in New York. The award recognized Sentient for its innovative DigitalCone and DigitalTwin technology, which uses materials science to build computational models of rotating machines, like wind turbines, to predict remaining useful life and provide life extension actions.

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22nd Century Group received an initial purchase order from Australian tobacco distributor, Quay Tobacco Trading PTY for Very Low Nicotine MAGIC brand cigarettes and “Extreme Nicotine” Red Sun cigarettes. The purchase order represents 22nd Century’s first substantial sale of product to the Asia-Pacific region. Starting this summer, Quay Tobacco, as 22nd Century’s new partner-distributor in Australia, will introduce 22nd Century’s brands to adult Australian smokers through a multifaceted marketing campaign.

Patents

Title: Methods and compositions containing Fc fusion proteins for enhancing immune responses

No.: 9,296,803

Inventors: Kozbor, Danuta (Buffalo)

Assignee: Health Research (Buffalo)

Date issued: March 29, 2016

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Title: Plasmonic interferometer sensor

No.: 9,297,955

Inventors: Gan, Qiaoqiang (East Amherst); Bartoli, Filbert (Center Valley, Pa.); Gao, Yongkang (Bethlehem, Pa.)

Assignee: Lehigh University

Date issued: March 29, 2016

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