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Quiet science companies and a mall revival


Science cluster

A little-known bio-tech cluster has taken root on Grand Island, where nearly 1,400 people work for five scientific companies making products for medical treatment, research and industry.

Who knew?

The scientific cluster started in 1962, when Roswell Park Cancer Institute researcher Robert Ferguson started a tissue culture company in his garage. Today that company, Life Technologies, employs 582 people. The other companies in the custer are APP Pharmaceuticals, Anda, Rheonix and IsleChem.

It's an organic success story that researchers at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus hope to build on.

 

A mall revival

Not long ago, the Eastern Hills Mall on Transit Road in Clarence was a premier shopping destination in the region. Then came the Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, which overshadowed its smaller rival. Not surprisingly, it took a former Galleria executive, Russ Fulton, to bring it back.

Today the Eastern Hills Mall is thriving because of a eclectic mix of national and local stores and a community feel. Fulton talked about how it has happened.

 

- Grove Potter

 

 

 

 

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