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At SUNY Old Westbury and SBU, it’s up to them

A national competition designed to educate collegians on important national economic issues has come to Long Island. Specifically, to SUNY Old Westbury and Stony Brook University, which have been selected to participate in the 2017-2018 cohort of Up to Us, a national competition that encourages students to spread the word about fiscal policy matters like federal budgets and the national debt – big-ticket items that could have a significant effect on students’ career and life…


Northwell, Connecticut health network buddy up

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Empire State’s busiest healthcare provider has established a new foothold in the Constitution State. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health – New York’s biggest healthcare network by number of patients and number of providers, as well as the state’s largest private employer – has inked a “collaboration agreement” with the Western Connecticut Health Network, a patient-centered healthcare organization with hospitals in Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk. The partnership, announced Thursday, is…


Catholic Health Services, NYIT form osteopathic pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh collaboration between a groundbreaking Long Island medical school and a leading provider of community-based healthcare will improve medical services for patients throughout the region. Catholic Health Services of Long Island, the largest faith-based healthcare system serving Nassau and Suffolk counties, has entered into a new agreement with New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine aimed at “advanc(ing) patient-centered, community-based healthcare on Long Island,” according to Rockville Centre-based…


Cuomo looks to expand state’s MWBE outreach efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany is looking to expand the reach of New York’s successful MWBE Program. While current state law attaches specific “utilization” goals to the awarding of state contracts, proposed legislation would tweak the rules to include municipal contracts funded by the state – meaning counties, towns and other jurisdictions that funnel state monies into local projects would also have to meet minority- and women-owned business enterprise quotas. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the…


NIH backs SBU-based biotech’s tuberculosis effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Setauket-based pharmaceuticals startup specializing in biomarker analysis has landed a chunky National Institutes of Health research award. Chronus Pharmaceuticals, founded and managed by researchers representing Stony Brook University and an assortment of other prestigious research institutions, announced this week that it has received a $299,172 Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer award from the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The award, received in partnership with SBU’s Department…


LIA: Farmingdale State revs a strong economic engine

By GREGORY ZELLER // Higher education on Long Island may be dominated by Hofstra and Stony Brook Universities, but a relatively small SUNY school is proving to be the region’s little economic engine that could. A new and very detailed report compiled by Long Island Association Chief Economist John Rizzo pegs Farmingdale State College’s “economic impact” over the last nine years at $2.51 billion. That’s the final tally reached in “Solving the Brain Drain: The…


For EGC Group, a wink and a KISS and a really big deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island-based digital agency has signed a beauty of a deal with a leading global cosmetics distributor. EGC Group, which maintains offices in Melville and Manhattan, has expanded its partnership with Port-Washington based KISS Products, a top manufacturer and distributor of professional-quality beauty products. The new agreement, which sees EGC Group ascending to lead agency on multiple creative-strategy and digital-marketing campaigns, follows a year in which EGC headed up KISS…


Appointees enrich Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re powering up at Hofstra University’s three-year-old Center for Entrepreneurship, where a transfusion of fresh blood is kicking innovation to new levels. The center has tapped a diverse and experienced group of business and economic leaders to serve on a new Advisory Board, providing everything from financial support to program-development guidance to student mentoring. Mentoring, obviously, is also the primary focus of the center’s first-ever “mentor in residence.” Chris Lopinto, president…


NY unveils nation’s first Offshore Wind Master Plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // With lofty short- and long-term energy goals – and a thumb directly in President Donald Trump’s eye – New York State has released the nation’s first master plan for the development of offshore windfarms. The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan will guide “the responsible and cost-effective development” of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind-generated electricity by 2030, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. That’s enough clean, renewable energy to light…


Alive and well, Start-Up NY adds two LI biotechs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two early-stage Long Island biotechs are among 10 new companies hitching their wagon to one of Albany’s primary business-development efforts. Start-Up NY, the Empire State Development Corp. program that boosts new and expanding businesses with tax breaks and innovative academic partnerships, is opening its books to welcome 10 new businesses in the Long Island and New York City regions. The businesses – which each will launch, expand or relocate in geographic…


Sensing something big in Adelphi’s ASD-friendly space

By GREGORY ZELLER // Noting “a first of its kind [at] a college or university,” Adelphi University this week heralded the opening of a new “sensory room” for students on the autism spectrum. Part of the Garden City-based university’s Bridges to Adelphi program, the new space was funded by a private, undisclosed donation from Alabama-based KultureCity, a nonprofit focused on improving resources for – and societal acceptance of – people with autism spectrum disorders. It’s…


In tiny houses, big hopes for LI’s manufacturing future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Educators, lawmakers and commercial interests gathered Monday for a unique technology demonstration stretching from Bellport to Puerto Rico – and to learn firsthand about an ambitious effort to reshape Long Island’s manufacturing landscape. Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY 1) begged off due to the federal government shutdown, but an impressive audience – representing state and town legislators and departments, Stony Brook University, the U.S. Green Building Council, the United Way of Long…


Smoking-hot biotech sparks key cannabis contract

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s another new high for Applied DNA Sciences. Just days after introducing a new satellite laboratory in India to service its growing Asian-Pacific customer base, the Stony Brook-based biotech lit up again Thursday, announcing a new contract to develop molecular tracking systems for a worldwide network of legal cannabis supplies. The two-year, $1 million development and marketing agreement with Canadian supplier TheraCann International Benchmark Corp. – which provides turn-key pharmaceutical solutions…


Forty acres already approved, MISF wants to talk

By GREGORY ZELLER // Officials at the Middle Island Solar Farm want to set the record straight on a few things, and their patience is wearing a little thin. Exactly two weeks after the Town of Brookhaven Planning Board approved a scaled-down phasing plan for the creation of a large solar farm on Moriches-Middle Island Road, company officials are calling on the town to forge ahead. On Tuesday, MISF issued a statement “urging the Town…


For Applied DNA, a lucrative new passage to India

By GREGORY ZELLER // Growing interest from Asian-Pacific textile manufacturers has prompted a Long Island biotech to establish a new testing laboratory in India. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences on Tuesday announced the opening of its new Central DNA Testing Laboratory in Ahmedabad, a city of 5.6 million residents in the Western India state of Gujarat, a manufacturing and distribution hub advancing cotton and other textiles, as well as fertilizers, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. From there,…