Biotech

The Debrief: Noel Goddard, doyenne of detection

No, she’s not related to rocketing pioneer Robert Goddard. Besides a surname, she has nothing in common with former OSI Pharmaceuticals CEO Colin Goddard (though she’s a fan). And her company is not the biz-tech support firm Goddard Labs of Oregon, another common mistake. But as chief executive of Calverton-based biotech enterprise Goddard Labs – where novel molecular diagnostics set the tone – Noel Goddard takes a scientific back seat to no one, and enjoys…


Battelle superstar to head bioelectronics center

Chad Bouton, an expert in decoding the brain waves that have allowed paralyzed patients to move or operate a wheel chair by thought alone, has been named managing director of the Feinstein Institute’s new Center for Bioelectronic Medicine. The $300 million center, planned for the Nassau Hub area in Uniondale, will bring together scientists and medical experts to research and commercialize non-drug treatments for such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, gastric conditions and others, including…


Applied DNA Sciences inks mega security deal

A new partnership with a California-based training organization represents a big step toward realizing Applied DNA Sciences’ plans for the United States – starting with access to more than 12,000 U.S. police departments. Applied DNA Sciences, a Stony Brook-based biotech firm providing anti-theft and product-authentication solutions, announced a “collaboration agreement” Tuesday with Sacramento-based Security Marketing Resource, a security-focused marketing and online training organization. The agreement will allow more than 12,000 U.S. police departments to be trained…


Monday Debrief: Bruce Stillman. The Man.

There’s barely enough room on the Internet to list Bruce Stillman’s educational credentials and professional accomplishments – his list of awards and honors runs the length of your typical DNA strand. Suffice it to say: In the annals of scientific research, particularly cellular-structure research, the Australian-born biochemist is The Man. Under his watch, CSHL has been ranked the nation’s No. 1 institution for molecular biology and genetics research; it’s also grown into an essential role…


Applied DNA acquires W. Virginia firm

Applied DNA Sciences, which uses DNA to authenticate a growing array of products and materials that range from currency to wine, has acquired the assets of West Virginia-based Vandalia Research for $1.5 million in cash. Vandalia’s core technology allows for the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences using what’s known as the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR. PCR can amplify tiny pieces of DNA, generating billions of copies without the impurities of fermentation. The deal includes 10 devices used…


Discovering a world beyond contract research

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory spinoff Certerra Inc. is finally getting ready to spin off. Founded in 2011 by CSHL associate professor Pavel Osten and venture capitalist Steve Winick, Certerra screens drugs to test their effectiveness on a broad spectrum of brain-based disorders. Until now, the company has focused on mouse brain scans for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, helping them improve predictability before their experimental compounds move on to human clinical trials….


Hot biotech startup Coferon decamping for Florida

By GREGORY ZELLER // Coferon, a biotech firm headed by former OSI Pharmaceuticals chief Colin Goddard and a rising star in the region’s innovation economy, has abruptly left its incubator space at Stony Brook University and is likely heading for Florida. Company co-founder Maneesh Pingle declined to comment on why the startup had left the incubator, saying only that the firm was “still working out the details” and that company officials would be making a…


Envisagenics lands $225K NIH award

Bioinformatics startup Envisagenics has been awarded a $225,000 award from the National Institutes of Health. The Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Award is the largest capital infusion to date for the LaunchPad Huntington resident, which received $100,000 last month from an Accelerate Long Island seed fund. The firm, a spinoff from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, will dedicate the $225,000 to the development of SpliceCore, a cloud-based platform for detecting, quantifying and interpreting NGS data…


Zach Lippman has big plans for agriculture

By GREGORY ZELLER // You say “tomato.” Zachary Lippman says “scientific breakthrough of global importance.” He doesn’t literally say it, of course. The associate professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is too professional a scientist to jump to such grandiose conclusions. But Lippman’s research on stem cell production in tomato plants has already produced supersized fruits. It’s already attracted the attention of commercial-scale breeders. And it appears to extend to other seed-bearing fruits and even…


Envisagenics gets $100K in seed funding

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory spinoff Envisagenics has landed a $100,000 investment from Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technology Fund. Envisagenics, which uses proprietary algorithms to dramatically reduce the complexity of biological datasets resulting from ribonucleic acid sequencing, will use the funds “to create the most talented team possible for Envisagenics and Long Island,” CEO Maria Luisa Pineda told Innovate LI. Pineda founded the firm in 2013 with Chief Technology…


LA startup heading to Stony Brook

A California-based dermatology company is relocating to New York – specifically, to the Stony Brook University campus – as one of 12 new Start-Up NY companies announced Thursday. PhD Skin Care LLC, currently headquartered in Los Angeles, will focus on the design and fabrication of new ingredients and topical formulas for over-the-counter drugs and topical skincare products as the newest residents of the Long Island High Technology Incubator. The company “will be relocating its entire…


Helping Big Pharma master Big Data

By GREGORY ZELLER // Medicine is making giant strides in the research of ribonucleic acid – RNA for short – a molecule that plays vital roles in the coding, decoding and regulation of genes. The stumbling block is the resulting data, which has been piling up from next-generation sequencing technology and will soon represent the largest collection of electronic bytes in the world, topping even the astronomical amounts of data collected on space. And even…


Symbiotoc Health CEO Gerard Honig

Symbiotic Health gets $100K in funding

By GREGORY ZELLER // A spinoff of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has snagged a critical $100,000 stake from Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund – good news for anyone suffering from the most prevalent hospital-based infection in the United States. Symbiotic Health, which does battle against the insidious Clostridium difficile infection, announced today that Accelerate Long Island has matched the $50,000 investment the LIETF fund made in June –…


Debrief: Diane Fabel, Center for Biotechnology

As honcho of the 30-year-old Center for Biotechnology – a catalyst for the development of biomedical technologies and companies located on the Stony Brook University campus – Diane Fabel wears many important hats: facilitator, organizer, manager, sometimes even referee. And since the center is the lead administrative organization behind the three-headed Long Island Bioscience Hub, uniting SBU and the Cold Spring Harbor and Brookhaven National laboratories, she also plays a critical role in the development…


Bioscience Hub readies $8.4M funding effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Bioscience Hub has announced plans to award $8.4 million in grants to local startups bringing bio-medical breakthroughs to market. The hub is a coalition led by the state’s Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University and includes SBU, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Lab. It was launched in April with a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Since then, the group has added…