The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce elected Richard J. Haight, of Advanced Design Group, chairman of its 2014 board of directors. Other officers: First vice chairman, Kenneth Scibetta, Lewiston Village Pub & Restaurant; second vice chairman, Fred Blue, Great Lakes Real Estate; treasurer, Justin Tedesco, Tedesco Construction Services, and secretary, Kristen Trunzo, Harold F. Hibbard & Sons. New board members: Cindy Chamberlain, Black Willow Winery; Melissa Morinello, Sparkle! Marketing and Events; and Greg Schlaich, Minuteman Press of Downtown Buffalo. Also re-elected: Gloria Baker, First Niagara Bank; Jeff Stolar, Gorge Travel; Margaret Toohey, the Lewiston Insurance Agency; and George Osborne, Artpark. Ex-Officio, Stacey Sheehan. The Chamber also named Marlo Briglio part-time administrative assistant position.


The Optimum Physician Alliance appointed Dr. John J. Bodkin II chairman and Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz vice chairwoman of the Physician Leadership Board. Bodkin is a family physician with Highgate Medical Group. Hurvitz is a pediatric physician with Tonawanda Pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Phillip M. Stegemann was named a board member. OPA is a physician-led, evidence-based network of physicians committed to providing high-quality, efficient health care in partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and Kaleida Health. The PLB provides clinical oversight to OPA.

Company Connections

TxMQ, a business technology solutions company based in Amherst, is now authorized to resell IBM Power hardware with IBM/I, including all models.


The New York State Comptroller’s Office has approved a $1.6 million contract with Titanium Demolition and Remediation Group to demolish Building 1 and Building 1A on the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany. Titanium Demolition is based in the Town of Lockport Industrial Park. The structures have been vacant since 2005 and will be removed to create a staging area for new Business Services Center.


Moog Inc., East Aurora, was awarded a $27,395 federal contract for Moog B-2 test stand electrical and electronic cable assemblies from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.


Title: Methods for treating reperfusion injuries using flagellin

No.: 8,618,059

Inventors: Gudkov, Andrei (East Aurora); Fairchild, Robert (Mayfield Village, Ohio)

Assignee: Cleveland BioLabs (Buffalo)

Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland)

Date issued: Dec. 31, 2013