Biotech

Bio Hub names newest resident entrepreneurs

A “biotechnology strategist” and a longtime Big Pharma executive are throwing their weight behind the Long Island Bioscience Hub as its newest bioentrepreneurs in residence. The hub is a National Institutes of Health-supported partnership between Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory designed to promote commercialization of technologies created at member institutions. Now supporting that mission are Brian McCarthy and Gian Luca Araldi, the sixth and seventh resident bioentrepreneurs to sign…


The Debrief: Chris Czura has the pulse of the future

Healthcare and data-driven tech are the cornerstones of the innovation economy, making the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the R&D wing of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the public face of Long Island’s best economic hope. More than that, it’s a hotbed of really cool science – and none cooler than the “neural tourniquet,” a nerve-stimulation device that promises to change how doctors staunch blood loss in the field and the operating room. As the…


Traverse awarded much-awaited patent

A Stony Brook-based bioscience startup has landed a long-awaited U.S. patent, marking a major step toward commercializing several novel drug candidates. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Patent No. 9,187,406 to Traverse Biosciences, a 2013 startup residing in the Long Island High Technology Incubator on the Stony Brook University campus. Titled “Curcumin Analogues as Zinc Chelators and Their Uses,” the patent involves compounds developed by SBU faculty members Lorne Golub and Francis Jonson…


Applied DNA takes on missile defense

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Department of Defense is calling on Applied DNA Sciences to secure the electronic guts of the nation’s missile-defense systems. As part of a two-year contract with the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, the Stony Brook-based biotech firm is partnering with Hi-Rel Group, a Connecticut manufacturer of highly specialized metal components for what’s known as microelectronic packaging, to produce seals marked with SigNature DNA, Applied DNA Science’s flagship authentication product. Specifically,…


The Debrief: James Hayward, Applied DNA Sciences

A new collaboration with a California-based training organization, which puts Applied DNA’s proprietary genetic marking technology in front of thousands of U.S. police departments and private security firms, continues a 2015 hot streak for CEO James Hayward’s Stony Brook-based biotech firm. Already this year the firm has notched a prestigious index listing, inked several professional team-ups and completed a corporate acquisition that opens its proprietary tech to several new vertical markets. In Hayward’s words: COLLABORATION…


Beta installations for first SynchroPET scanners

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook startup SynchroPET has taken a giant step toward commercializing its groundbreaking scanners, which offer unprecedented 3-D views of the body’s biological systems using technology that no longer fills a room. In fact, it barely covers a desk. More on the science in a minute. The headline is news that SynchroPet has sited its first scanner at Stony Brook Medicine’s animal research division, where researchers will run it through its…


NYIT’s Farajivadar lands NIH neural research grant

NYIT professor and neural-stimulation expert Aydin Farajivadar has won a federal grant to help fund development of a wireless, implantable system to study the human body’s gastric system. Early-stage work by Farajivadar at the NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Science’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center has earned a $457,000 National Institutes of Health grant. Ultimately ticketed to help track medical data inside human patients with stomach disorders, the tiny implant will first be tested…


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…