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Whole body, whole world in CSHL’s new Demerec lab

By GREGORY ZELLER // A world-class scientific institution has gotten worldlier, and classier, with a $75 million upgrade focused squarely on cancer research. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory this week cut the ribbon on its Center for Therapeutics Research, located inside a significantly renovated Demerec Laboratory Building, which is ready to rock following a two-year retuning. The transformation of the Demerec building, opened in 1953 and named for Croatian-American geneticist Milislav Demerec, into a state-of-the-art therapeutics-research…


Mirabella bows, generations change at the LIBDC

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “council of elders” works great in the movies, but for 21st century business development, only fresh thinking will do. This is Edward Mirabella’s mindset, at least, as he trumpets “young, new blood” and steps down as co-chairman of the Long Island Business Development Council Executive Board, effective Oct. 31. Mirabella, a 43-year commercial banking veteran who launched Wantagh-based corporate consultancy Mirabella Associates in 2006, will continue as treasurer of the…


Because there’s tech, and there’s New York Tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York Institute of Technology’s unique history and bold future will both play large in a new marketing campaign. The 65-year-old university has unveiled a new “brand identity” that reinforces its roots, touts its technological chops and carefully cultivates its central role as a mainstay of regional higher education – specifically, a tech mecca churning out tomorrow’s most important socioeconomic contributors. The “bold new identity” – which includes new school…


Quality, quantity mark 2nd Manufacturers’ Symposium

By GREGORY ZELLER // Most business conferences hang their hats on attendance – the bigger, the better. But as any good manufacturer will tell you, when you want to build something right, it’s not about using the most pieces – it’s about using the right ones. So, when the second-annual Long Island Manufacturers’ Symposium graces the Melville Marriott on Nov. 13, organizers won’t be much interested in a head count. At a minimum, they’re expecting…


LI interests unite for new community-health survey

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cancer and substance abuse are foremost on Long Islanders’ minds, at least when it comes to the health of their communities. So says the latest breakdown of the Community Health Assessment Survey, an ongoing analysis by the Long Island Health Collaborative designed to collect and digest Islanders’ health concerns, about both themselves and the communities they live in. The most recent study, which compares data gathered between January and June of…


Pending patent a cellulosic score for Applied DNA

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based biotech on the leading edge of DNA-based product authentication is about to add another U.S. patent to its growing collection. Applied DNA Sciences, which has raced to the front of the Polymerase Chain Reaction-based forensic-traceability field, has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its “Methods of Marking Cellulosic Products” – meaning its application to patent the technique has been allowed, and…


For LIU Post athletes, medical expertise on the side

By GREGORY ZELLER // The student-athletes of LIU Post have a new team of medical professionals in their corner. The Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group, an affiliate of Northwell Health with 14 offices across Long Island, will provide game-time medical coverage for sporting events at LIU’s Brookville Campus, according to a new agreement between the university and the practice group. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. But as the “Official Partner and Orthopedic Group of…


IPS has an apoptosis for destruction, and that’s cool

By GREGORY ZELLER // Chilling news from Intelligent Product Solutions, which has reshaped a body re-shaper that slices with hot lasers and soothes with cooled air. That’s the general gist of the eon FR, a “non-contact aesthetic device” that cuts away abdominal fat cells with laser energy while cooling the patient’s target areas with blasts of cold air. The product, which earned FDA clearance in June, comes from Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, a circa-2016, Florida-based medical-device…


CPI Aero winging it with new $48M Boeing contract

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $48 million deal will keep a longtime Long Island defense contractor flying Boeing’s friendly skies for the foreseeable future. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures on Thursday announced it has inked an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a “maximum ceiling value” of $48 million with Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing. Building on a decade-plus of support for Boeing’s workhorse A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter planes, the new IDIQ deal will see CPI Aero manufacturing…


New Adelphi student affairs VP is a multicultural match

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Fulbright Award winner with a multicultural M.O. will direct Adelphi University’s student affairs. The Garden City-based university has named Ronald Sentwali Bakari its new dean of students and vice president for student affairs, effective Dec. 3. Bakari is currently chancellor for student success at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. At Adelphi, he’ll oversee key student-oriented services and programs, ranging from student-involvement and residential-life programs to health and professional-development services. These…


Bold step has ambitious STEM startup thinking global

By GREGORY ZELLER // A muddled marketing message hasn’t stopped We Connect the Dots from changing lives across Long Island – but sharper marketing could carry its unique STEM-education formula around the world. That’s the thinking at the multifaceted educational organization, which has hired a professional marketing team to help scale its successful technology-training model across the United States and beyond. In September, We Connect the Dots joined forces with Raffa Social Capital Advisors, a…


Diversity is dapper as LI med students don white coats

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve put them on – and, they’re off! The ninth-ever class at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has donned its white coats and embarked on its four-year journey to professional medicine. The members of the Class of 2023 received their ceremonial coats Oct. 11 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, symbolically beginning their medical educations. In reality, the 103 students have already begun their scholastic quests: While…


LI instructors shine as NY’s newest Master Teachers

By GREGORY ZELLER // More than two dozen Long Island educators have been welcomed into the ranks of the New York State Master Teacher Program. The professional-development and networking community, which promotes and celebrates the work of high-performing STEM teachers (for science, technology, engineering and math), added some 228 new members in September, including 27 teachers from Long Island-based school districts. Through participation in the Master Teacher Program, each competitively selected teacher receives a $60,000…


For more convenient blood testing, gonna LabFly now

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “concierge healthcare app” will allow patients of the Northwell Health system to schedule blood draws at home, and to digitally track the subsequent blood testing. By skipping the clinic, doctor’s office and private laboratory, LabFly – a first-of-its-kind in the nation mobile app – offers patients “a convenient and private alternative,” according to Northwell Health, and an easy opportunity to follow through on their healthcare protocols. The app was…


Albany eyeing ‘qualifications’ for $200M port plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hard to port! No, don’t make a quick left turn – but if you’re a waterfront-based enterprise focused on port operations and related markets, you’ll want to turn your attention to Albany’s latest Request for Qualifications. With the offshore-wind industry really starting to howl, marine-support and other waterfront operations will become critical components of the statewide economy – particularly on Long Island, where offshore-wind infrastructure figures to rise fast. To that…