The Research Foundation for The State University of New York has appointed Robert Fritzinger, director of SUNY Fredonia's Technology Incubator, to be a director of the SUNY Research Foundation Patents and Invention Policy Board.
The purpose of the Patents and Inventions Policy Board is to "define SUNY's intellectual property and commercialization policy objectives and to develop and interpret such policies in furtherance of SUNY's strategic goals."
"It's a great honor to be working on the SUNY Research Foundation Patents and Inventions Policy Board alongside other distinguished SUNY professors, researchers and administrators," Fritzinger said.
The Research Foundation's mission is to work with the academic and business leadership of campuses to support research and discovery at SUNY through effective and skillful administration of sponsored projects and proficient transfer and sharing of intellectual property to benefit public and economic growth. They deliver high quality, focused and well-organized service to faculty and staff, sponsors and the SUNY research community.
Fritzinger has been the director of the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator since its new building opened in late 2009. He is a SUNY alumnus, having earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University at Buffalo in 1976, and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the same institution in 1979.
The SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator is a university-sponsored economic development initiative that supports entrepreneurs and business start-ups in the technology sector, and related industries. Officially opened in December 2009, the Incubator is ahead of its growth projections and currently houses 16 start-up companies. According to a recent report by the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, N.Y., the Western New York Region provided 70 percent of all pure start-ups in the entire state, with SUNY Fredonia's incubator providing nearly half of these, statewide. A recent study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation shows that start-up firms are responsible for all net job growth in the U.S.