Born and raised in Buffalo, Andrea Kraft is pursuing master’s degrees in business administration and public health at the University at Buffalo.
Prior to starting at UB, Andrea received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and psychology from Canisius College. During her time as an undergraduate, Andrea was actively involved in student government, on the women’s rowing team, and was a Western New York Prosperity Fellow. At this time, Andrea began interning with Garwood Medical Devices, a startup company that is partnering with researchers at UB to commercialize a line of medical devices. Currently, Andrea is managing all document control and quality management efforts as the company pursues ISO certification and FDA approval for their products.
Through Andrea’s experience in biology and working with a startup company, she developed her passion for bringing further economic prosperity to Western New York through life sciences innovation. Relatedly, Andrea works as a venture coach at Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, where she works individually with students looking to commercialize their business ideas as well as building synergistic relationships within the university. Further, Andrea’s current focus is on developing Limitless Medical Technologies (LMT), a venture that began when she and a multidisciplinary team won the inaugural 2019 UB BLAST Innovation Challenge. Since then, Andrea has won several pitch competitions describing LMT’s innovative products, including UB Bull’s Launch. As of spring 2020, Andrea and the team are participating in the Henry A. Panasci Competition.