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Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, located on Sheridan Drive in Amherst, welcomed Dr. Judi John-Roberts and Dr. Lisa Burnett to the practice. John-Roberts earned her doctor of dental medicine degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and also works as a staff dentist for the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. Burnett earned her doctor of dental medicine degree from Tufts University and completed her general residency at Millard Fillmore Hospital.

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M&T Bank appointed Derek M. Johnson branch manager at the Dunkirk branch, inside the Tops Market at 3955 Vineyard Drive. Johnson has served as an assistant branch manager for the bank since 2010 and previously served as a branch manager with Citizens Bank. He is a Syracuse University graduate.

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Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, an Amherst accounting firm, named Brendan McKirchy a staff accountant. McKirchy, a CPA, is a University at Buffalo graduate.

Company Connections

Buffalo’s Tech Incubator, Z80 Labs, selected GradFly, a college recommendation service, as its second startup to join the tech incubator. GradFly is a college matching website that is designed to make it easier for high school students to find an education, internship or career in science, technology, engineering or math. Z80 Labs is located in The Buffalo News headquarters in downtown Buffalo.

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Noco Energy Corp., Town of Tonawanda, was awarded a $32,625 contract for fuel from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo.

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MidCity Office Equipment, Buffalo, was awarded a $13,028 contract for heavy-duty upholstered furniture from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Western New York Health Care System, Buffalo.

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Advanced Educational Products, Buffalo, was awarded a $6,621 federal contract for various mental health books from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Boise Medical Center, Boise, Idaho,

Patents

Title: Purifying carbon dioxide using activated carbon

No.: 8,282,715

Inventors: Degenstein, Nick Joseph (East Amherst); Shah, Minish Mahendra (East Amherst); Neu, Bernard Thomas (Lancaster)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Oct. 9, 2012

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Title: Sterile hyaluronic acid solutions

No.: 8,283,463

Inventors: Burke, Susan E. (Batavia); Liu, X. Michael (Pittsford); Heiler, David J. (Avon); Menzel, Thomas (Rochester); Brongo, Abbie (Victor); Cummins, Karl (Hilton) Assignee: Bausch & Lomb Inc. (Rochester)

Date issued: Oct. 9, 2012