Impact & Results

Since the Jacobs Institute’s doors opened in September of 2012, is has grown and developed strong ties to medical device companies, to community foundations, and to local schools. The JI strives to create unique experiences for everyone that enters our doors, to keep them coming back. Our successes in 2016 depict how far we have come and what a bright future we have.



We hosted over 325 physicians, engineers, sales representatives, senior executives, hospital administrators, federal regulators, and more. This represents almost 800 hotel night stays in Buffalo.

The JI has worked with over 15 entrepreneurs and start-ups from around the globe, including Israel, Ireland, Germany, and the U.S. to test their technologies.

The JI was designated a Stratasys 3D Printing Center of Excellence in Health Care in April, and procured a top-of-the-line printer owed to this relationship and a generous grant from the James H. Cummings Foundation.

In October, the JI hosted a 3D printing Open House, welcoming experts from all over the country. Our team of engineers shared insights into the evolution of our 3D printing process and procedures, as well as insights gained over the past few years, and where we hope to go in the future. As Stratasys partners, the JI also prepared a number of deliverables including a webinar and white paper .

We added four additional services to industry: device testing, bioskills training labs, remote live surgery broadcasting, and video production.

Over 700 middle and high school students participated in the JI’s brain boot camp educational experiences. The students learned about heart attack and stroke signs and symptoms, as well as their treatments.

The JI was proud to be part of the first-ever campus-wide STEM Summer Camp for middle and high school students from the surrounding neighborhoods in partnership with Buffalo Manufacturing Works, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., and the University at Buffalo’s NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences.

Our 2016 summer internship program brought five local biomedical engineering college students and six high school students to do research, manage projects, and further the JI mission.

The JI educated broader constituencies about vascular disease and treatments by coordinating visits from physicians, government entities, industry executives, and others, including former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

We reached out to the community via several mechanisms including its bi-monthly electronic newsletter, its production of the Kaleida Health ‘Inside the Gates’ quarterly newsletter, and participation in partner events.

The JI Meeting Services division hosted over 200 physicians and members of the medical device industry in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for three successful failure analysis conferences.These conferences allow the JI to reach beyond the local community to physicians and industry leaders around the country.

The JI adhered to a transparent and collaborative partnership with both UB and Kaleida, which resulted in joint initiatives. One of the most impactful initiatives involved JI collaborating with UB Engineering using 3D printing for patient-specific surgical planning.