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With patents aplenty, Canon leads Island innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Japanese import and major Long Island stakeholder continued to set a breakneck U.S. patent pace in 2018 – big news on an Island where innovation shapes up as a last, best socioeconomic hope. International imaging giant Canon Inc., parent of Melville-based Canon USA, ranked third in the number of utility patents awarded in 2018 by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, trailing only global tech rivals IBM and Samsung. With…


Study: Northwell’s anti-pathogen UV tech is A-OK

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York City startup backed by Northwell Health’s new business-development division may be on the verge of eliminating infectious pathogens from hospitals. An ultraviolet disinfection technology deployed by biotech startup PurpleSun – officially, the “focused multivactor ultraviolet device” – dramatically lowers the risk of hospital-acquired infections by eliminating 97.7 percent of pathogens in operating rooms, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study…


Food bank, friends unite to help LI shutdown families

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’d like to think that hardworking men and women – particularly those dedicated to government service, which is essentially service of the people – wouldn’t have to struggle to put food on the table. But with the partial federal government shutdown now four weeks along and no end in sight … well, here we are. To that end, Island Harvest Food Bank on Thursday announced new programs designed specifically to assist…


New name, new mission for Adelphi ed/health college

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ruth S. Ammon, we hardly knew ye. Actually, no – Ammon, a gifted teacher, 1942 graduate of Adelphi University and longtime namesake of the Garden City university’s School of Education, is well-known to many in the Adelphi community and beyond. But the education school that carried her name has outgrown its original mission, leading to a reorganization with ripple effects across the Adelphi University system. The former education school steams into…


Dual-degree effort gets scientists into business, faster

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a region where biotechnology and other lab work is cemented as a socioeconomic cornerstone, a new dual-degree program will attempt to teach students the business of science. Quickly. Adelphi University has launched a new “accelerated dual-degree program” looking to leverage the “scientific discovery and technological innovation driving the economy,” according to Adelphi. The five-year Business of Science program is designed to give students a “marketable career path in science-related businesses,”…


Northwell bolsters nursing pipeline at Golden showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Think of it as a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-type situation, only replace Charlie, Veruca Salt and Augustus Goop with about 500 nursing students, and substitute a Northwell Health job fair at a Long Island country club for the Wonka factory. And no chocolate. But you still needed a “golden ticket” to get in, and those 500-plus soon-to-graduate nursing students – representing multiple Long Island colleges and universities, and others –…


A healthy startup with roots, from Long Island to Peru

By GREGORY ZELLER // It took Chris Cianciulli more than two decades to find his true calling – but when he did, it couldn’t have been any sweeter. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Cianciulli, founder of Plainview-based TraLa LLC and creator of its flagship organic coffee sweeteners, explored many possibilities over a quarter-century of professional development. But it wasn’t until he came across a little-known South American plant – and unlocked a potentially…


Growing nationally, Jericho ed-tech ace refocuses on LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative edu-tech platform designed to digitally instruct New York State students still has a few things to learn itself. So, Jericho-based iTutor is recruiting a polished Advisory Board of current and former teachers, school administrators and superintendents, a move meant to enhance both student achievement – specifically, Long Island student achievement – and the company’s bottom line. iTutor’s digital platform supports public school districts by connecting New York State-certified teachers…


Statewide leadership role for South Nassau’s Murphy

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Healthcare Association of New York State has found a new leader on Long Island. South Nassau Communities Hospital President and CEO Richard Murphy has been elected chairman of the statewide association’s Board of Trustees and appointed to a two-year term on its Executive Committee, effective Jan. 1. The all-volunteer Board of Trustees manages all activities for the association, which advocates for more than 550 nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes,…


In U.S. first, French phenom spreads its bread to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re still clinging to those New Year’s weight-loss resolutions, better stay out of Great Neck. Marie Blachère (bring your French dictionary, the U.S. website is still under construction), a wildly popular French bakery boasting 500 locations throughout its home country, is warming up its first U.S. location: a two-story, 25,000-square-foot eat-in market on Middle Neck Road in the Nassau County village. Set to open this month, the new eatery essentially…


Handy IDA package helps maintenance manager move

By GREGORY ZELLER // Leveraging a $5 million company investment and looking to preserve nearly five dozen jobs, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has stepped up like a boss. Actually, the IDA stepped up for a Boss, as in Boss Facility Services, a Ronkonkoma-based facilities-maintenance contractor that’s looking to purchase and renovate a 31,000-square-foot building on Adams Avenue in Hauppauge. That transaction becomes a little easier thanks to the Suffolk IDA, which has issued…


With clock ticking, SBU’s Mobile Stroke Unit gears up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fueled by a flood of dire statistics, powered by cutting-edge science and a ready team of medical professionals, the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Mobile Stroke Units are set to roll. Stony Brook University’s freshly reminted medical school will deploy its first MSU in March – the specially equipped ambulance will carry state-of-the-art CT scanners, telemedicine hookups with expert neurologists and a full complement of medics and nurses – with a second…


Lower-tier LI consoled by $68M in 2018 REDC awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // If $68.3 million for workforce development and affordable housing programs is losing, Long Island will take it. That’s the Island’s haul in the 2018 Regional Economic Development Council competition, announced Tuesday by Empire State Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Howard Zemsky. Zemsky, also commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, presented all 10 winners of the annual statewide development competition, each representing one of 10 economic-development zones….


NYC magnate, Conn. corp. feel IDA’s holiday spirit

BY GREGORY ZELLER // The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency is feeling the holiday spirit, giftwrapping new incentives deals for a growth-minded East Patchogue equipment-rental cooperative and a New York City developer with plans for a Medford warehouse. The IDA will help Connecticut-based national equipment rental company United Rentals build and operate an 18,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres in East Patchogue, designed to store and distribute construction and industrial equipment. And the development agency is helping…


Top psychologist to lead new behavioral-health center

By GREGORY ZELLER // A highly credentialed expert in the psychological and social risk factors influencing cardiovascular disease will head the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s new behavioral-health center. Karina Davidson, most recently a vice-dean at Columbia University and chief academic officer of New York Presbyterian Hospital, will lead the Manhattan-based center, which will explore how behavior affects management of chronic cardiovascular diseases. Linking behavioral and cardiovascular health is second nature to Davidson, whose research…