Message from the CEO

Sixty years ago, Dr. George Koepf had a vision of an Institute that would specialize in basic medical research (related to endocrine problems, diabetes, thyroid problems, and obesity amongst others). His vision became a reality in 1956 when his patient, Helen Woodward Rivas, generously donated funds to start the Medical Foundation of Buffalo (MFB).

We’ve come a long way since 1956. In our new state-of-the-art facility, under the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute name, we work at the cutting edge (of our area) of science, with the most advanced X-ray source in the world, and we’ve helped crystallize thousands of proteins resulting in profound fundamental structural knowledge. We have highly qualified investigators supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. We are well known in the national and international science community.

We enjoy visitors and welcome you to tour our Institute, to see what we do, and to help spread the word and help us grow. Biotech in Buffalo is blooming. The Institute was one of the initial seeds and we will be part of the growth. Help us celebrate another 60 years of research by supporting a new generation of scientists and continuing our impact in Buffalo and beyond. We innovate, discover, educate –CURES really do BEGIN HERE.

Edward Snell, PhD
HWI President and CEO

Management Team

Our team’s mission is to strive to provide the highest level of support to the research groups at the Institute. Our commitment to furthering their work serves the well and our community. Cures begin here through teamwork.

Lisa Keefe, PhD
Vice President for Advancing Therapeutics
Director of IMCA-CAT

Anne Kent
Chief Financial Officer

Edward Snell, PhD
President & CEO

Jill Szczesek
Chief Operating Officer

Scientific Governance Council

The Scientific Governance Council consists members of HWI’s scientific staff and are elected by their peers to three-year terms. The Council is involved in all major decisions that affect the future of the Institute. Their primary duties focus on scientific matters such as fostering new and existing research programs, recruiting and mentoring young scientists, and reviewing scientific projects and grant requests. In addition, they are responsible for the maintenance of the physical laboratories and serve as a sounding board and advisory council for the executive and support departments. The Governance Council is also used as a mechanism to identify and groom future leaders while establishing a strong, committed leadership team.

Daniel T. Gewirth, Chair