Biotech

International partners looking to grow pot-tagging biz

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two months after introducing the world’s first DNA-based cannabis-tagging system, a Stony Brook biotech and its Canadian partner are looking to increase their stash of legal-marijuana growers. Supply-chain security and product-authentication specialist Applied DNA Sciences and Canadian pharmaceutical-solutions provider TheraCann International Benchmark Corp. this week announced an upgraded system designed to accommodate different sizes and type of growers – particularly larger-volume cannabis and hemp growers. The next generation of TheraCann International’s…


With new spinoff, biotech goes all-in on DNA sales

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook biotech with a growing international reputation for supply-chain security has spun off a new company focused on DNA modification and production. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences on Tuesday announced the formation of LineaRx Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary that will concentrate on commercializing the parent company’s extensive experience in the design, manufacture and chemical modification of DNA by large-scale polymerase chain reaction – big news for scientists working…


For lupus patients, a possible ACE in the hole

By GREGORY ZELLER // A common pharmaceutical treatment for hypertension could be the key to preserving brain function in lupus patients. So says data published this month in the Journal of Experimental Medicine by an international team of scientists led by the redoubtable Betty Diamond, head of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases and a professor of molecular medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine…


For Applied DNA, ETCH Biotrace may be a pot of gold

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just six months after announcing a partnership to develop a new molecular-tracking system, a Long Island biotech and a Canadian medical-marijuana supplier are launching the world’s first cannabis tagging system. Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist Applied DNA Sciences and Calgary-based pharmaceutical-solutions provider TheraCann International Benchmark Corp. on Tuesday announced the launch of ETCH Biotrace, which leverages Applied DNA’s CertainT platform to tag, test and track cannabis plants “in…


Nerve-stim startup Sanguistat shuffles its deck

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Connecticut-based biotech spun out of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has assembled a powerful collection of advisors and directors, including corporate heavyweights and recognized global leaders in the burgeoning field of biolelectronic medicine. Sanguistat Inc., a 2016 clinical-stage medical-device startup, has named Feinstein Institute President and CEO Kevin Tracey as chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board, a role that will leverage the pioneer’s decades of groundbreaking bioelectronics research. The…


In Applied DNA’s new UL partnership, it’s safety first

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new deal with a worldwide safe-sciences leader will expand a Long Island innovator’s already-impressive global reach. Illinois-based UL, known primarily as Underwriters Laboratories for most of its 124-year history, has reached a “commercial agreement” with Applied DNA Sciences that will “lay the foundation for a significant new development in product authentication and supply-chain traceability,” according to a statement from Applied DNA. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the partnership will…


At FSC, skin-deep startup joins Start-Up NY’s ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Empire State Development Corp. has opened its books and welcomed another Long Island company into the Start-Up NY family. Farmingdale State College announced this week that startup biotech BF Innovation, which moved into FSC’s Broad Hollow Bioscience Park earlier this year, has been accepted into the Start-Up NY program, which boosts new and expanding businesses with tax breaks and innovative academic partnerships. BF Innovation plans to invest $1 million and…


Albany backs NYIT’s next-gen bioengineering lab

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new bioengineering laboratory is coming to the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus, thanks to a hefty state award. The Empire State Development Corp. on Wednesday announced a $150,000 grant that will help NYIT establish the Bio-Nanotechnology and Biomaterials Laboratory, a research- and innovation-focused bioengineering lab packed with next-level tech facilitating specialized research into complex bioengineering, artificial-intelligence and life-sciences issues. The grant was awarded through Round 7 of…


SBU joins elite HHS business-development task force

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University will join an elite roster of national institutions in a new business-development feeder system devised by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Introduced Tuesday as a business-accelerator program under the auspices of BARDA, HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the nationwide network will foster development of new “health security” protocols – that is, preparedness to respond to threats ranging from chemical attacks and radiological terrorism…


Feinstein ‘risk index’ could get the jump on lupus

By GREGORY ZELLER // A complex research effort led by top Feinstein Institute scientists has opened the door to a wide range of early-intervention protocols for the dreaded disease lupus. A Feinstein Institute for Medical Research team led by immunologist and Professor Betty Diamond has developed a system for identifying a person’s risk for lupus by examining antibodies and a specific protein complex found in the blood. Ideally, scientists may use these unique markers to…


Envisagenics’ artificial intelligence wows real investors

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re on a major roll at Envisagenics Inc., a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory spinoff that’s piling up some hefty research grants. Now based in New York City, the biotech announced this week that it’s been awarded a $1.5 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Institutes of Health – the second time the NIH has backed the data-crunching startup. The new award is earmarked for the continued…


How to speak cytokine: a bioelectronics breakthrough

By GREGORY ZELLER // You can bet they didn’t use secret decoder rings. In a major feat of bioengineering and neurological science, a team of doctors at Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has intercepted and decoded specific signals the human nervous system uses to communicate immune and inflammation status to the brain – a potentially ginormous forward leap for bioelectronic medicine. This latest bioelectronic breakthrough at what has become the international nerve center…


Grant backs NYU Winthrop’s out-of-the-skull thinking

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “surprise grant” from the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center will further some promising Alzheimer’s-related research underway at NYU Winthrop Hospital. The Mineola hospital’s Research Institute announced Wednesday that researcher Allison Reiss, head of the institute’s Inflammation Section, has received a $10,000 grant from ADRC – a Bay Shore-based advocacy group – to support her work with human stem cells. Reiss’ team – including NYU Winthrop researchers Aaron Pinkhasov, Irving Gomolin, Joshua…


Memo to Applied DNA: It’s payday in Pennsylvania

By GREGORY ZELLER // Memorandums of understanding are swell and all, but for a scrappy enterprise forever waging a bottom-line battle, nothing beats getting paid. So, Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences should be very happy to receive the first of two “milestone payments” accompanying the March 31 signing of a new licensing deal with Pennsylvania manufacturer Colorcon Inc. Announced Thursday, the license and cooperation agreement grants Colorcon the exclusive worldwide right to add Applied DNA’s…


Applied DNA won’t let the bed thugs bite

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’ll sleep better knowing your gorgeous new bedding comes from 100 percent source-verified recycled plastic. So say global textiles manufacturer GHCL Ltd. and Applied DNA Sciences, the Stony Brook-based biotech that’s infusing its proprietary CertainT platform into the India-based conglomerate’s new Rekoop brand of bedding products. The CertainT molecular tagging and tracking technology will authenticate recycled plastics being spun into metaphorical gold: GHCL’s Rekoop line of bedsheets, pillowcases and shams, debuting…