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Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Healthcare Innovation

Roswell Park Cancer InstituteOn April 30th, a cool, rainy spring afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus [BNMC]. The tour, arranged by Buffalo Niagara 360, was intended to expose business executives and professionals to the medical innovation taking place in the Buffalo/Niagara region.

The event participants gathered in Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s [RPCI] Zebro Conference Center. Ann Mestrovich, the tour organizer welcomed the group. There were a total of three “tour guides”, including Pat Whalen, the COO of the BNMC, Karen Utz of the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and Lisa Damiani, the Executive Director of Government Affairs at RPCI.

Check out the video where Pat Whalen and Michael Ball talk about the BNMC:


Buffalo Niagara 360: Featured Members – BNMC, Buffalo BioSciences, Kinex Pharmaceuticals

The RPCI Tour

We broke off into three groups. I joined Lisa Damiani’s group to tour RPCI. As we made our way through various corridors, Lisa provided an overview of RPCI. The group shuffled into the Photodynamic Therapy [PDT] Lab. Here, Dr. Sandra Gollnick explained the origins and applications of this innovative therapy, including effectively treating lung, skin, and breast cancer, to name a few.

We returned to RPCI’s Center for Genetics and Pharmacology, the distinctive five-floor building with the textured and sculptural exterior. As we walked, Lisa explained the architecture incorporated bends in corridors and open spaces to emphasize the nature of science and discovery. We learned the building uses 30% less energy by separating the large, noisy, heat-producing equipment from the “wet” labs, the modular benches where the scientists conduct experiments. I really felt the design of the building encouraged an open, collaborative environment—a place where you know great things are happening.

To see for yourself how much fun we had, check out the tour recap video by Full Circle Studios:


Buffalo Niagara 360: BNMC Tour Recap

The Takeaway

Here are a few interesting facts I picked up:
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Aneesh Chopra Named Federal CTO

Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO

Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO

After high expectations, much anticipation and speculation, on April 18, 2009, President Obama named Aneesh Paul Chopra the first-ever Federal Chief Technology Officer.

I’m sure many of us are thinking, “Déjà vu? Didn’t President Obama already appoint an IT chief in March?” Yes, Vivek Kundra is the nation’s CIO whereas Aneesh Chorpa will serve as the nation’s CTO. Here’s what the White House said:

As Chief Technology Officer, Chopra will promote technological innovation to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland. Together with Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, they will help give all Americans a government that is effective, efficient, and transparent.

Tim O’Reilly, in his excellent article Why Aneesh Chopra is a Great Choice for Federal CTO, dug a little deeper to learn from the White House that:

The responsibilities of the CIO are to use information technology to transform the ways in which the government does business. The CTO will develop national strategies for using advanced technologies to transform our economy and our society, such as fostering private sector innovation, reducing administrative costs and medical errors using health IT, and using technology to change the way teachers teach and students learn.

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Vivek Kundra’s Federal IT Revolution

Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO

Vivek Kundra, Federal CIO

On March 5th, 2009, President Obama named Vivek Kundra the first-ever Federal Chief Information Officer.  Vivek has built a reputation for challenging the status quo, championing transparency and accountability in government, making government accessible to the masses via social networking, and leveraging cloud computing to lower the cost of government.  Vivek Kundra is an innovator and game changer.   Continue reading ‘Vivek Kundra’s Federal IT Revolution’

‘Interaction Assurance’: Options for Strong Authentication in World 2.0?

BarCampBuffalo_logoOn March 3, 2009, Buffalo held its first-ever BarCamp–appropriately called BarCampBuffalo. :-D   I saw this as a great opportunity to have the Buffalo Technology Community come together and learn from one another. Mike Brennan, Steve Poland, Chris Smith, and Chris Van Patten deserve a lot of credit for organizing this successful event. We had a great turnout–100+ Buffalo IT folks, business leaders, and other professionals.

According to the rules, all attendees are encouraged to present or facilitate a session. I chose to lead a discussion on ‘Interaction Assurance’. As we increase our online presence, we want to interact knowing our communications are secure, unaltered, and trustworthy. As I don’t have a great answer for this pain point, I wanted to learn how others have tackled this problem.

The presentation I delivered:

‘Interaction Assurance’: Options for Strong Authentication in World 2.0? BarCampBuffalo Open Discussion

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