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After curing what ailed it, ‘TopDoc’ startup soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // And you thought medical school took forever. It’s been 10 long years since husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Anthony Casimano and Siobhan O’Grady launched their online appointment-setting service for local doctors and dentists. But it was just three years ago that the floundering startup found its path, thanks to some skilled digital programmers and an evolved business plan. Built around a proprietary, comprehensive and free public database featuring 1 million-plus board-certified providers, FindaTopDoc.com is…


CPI Aero catches Lightning, again, with new F-35 deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // The world’s most advanced warplane will get a lift from a longtime Long Island defense contractor. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures Inc. has been awarded a $15.8 million contract by the Lockheed Martin Co. to manufacture assemblies that open and close cockpit canopies on all three variants of the F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation jet that combines advanced stealth capabilities with fighter-plane speed and agility. The multi-year deal, announced Monday by CPI Aero,…


Northwell opens post-op Cardiac Rehab Center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s only heart-transplant program now has its own recovery center. Leveraging an expanded slate of cardiovascular services at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, including Long Island’s first and only heart-transplant program, the Northwell Health system officially cut the ribbon last week on its pioneering Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in Great Neck. The state-of-the-art facility is the result of a $500,000 investment by the New Hyde Park-based health system, which stocked…


Cemtrex closes in on key VR software acquisition

By GREGORY ZELLER // Reality check: A Farmingdale-based tech firm is reinforcing a lucrative virtual vertical with a big push into VR. International tech manufacturer and distributor Cemtrex Inc. announced Monday that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a New York City-based virtual-reality software-development firm. While it has revealed some clues as to the target company’s identity – it was founded in 2010, employs more than 30 programmers and boasts annual sales…


Applied DNA earns new SigNature patent, more T’d up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences has added two new U.S. patents to its impressive collection – at least, a new patent-and-a-half. The Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist announced this week the arrival of U.S. Patent No. 9,790,538, covering “Alkaline Activation for Immobilization of DNA Taggants” – essentially, protecting the core technology powering Applied DNA’s SigNature T molecular tags. The biotech also announced a Notice of Allowance on U.S. Patent Application…


Historical NY innovators get National Register nods

By GREGORY ZELLER // The founders of Long Island’s circa-1800s “Squiretown” and a boathouse belonging to one of America’s first movie stars may soon enjoy new places in history – literally. Twenty-one statewide properties, including four on the Island, have been nominated for inclusion on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places by the NYS Board for Historic Preservations. Included in the board’s recommendations are an off-Broadway New York City theater that…


As Mount Sinai looms, South Nassau keeps expanding

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a potential health-system merger still under discussion, South Nassau Communities Hospital is plowing ahead with its ambitious infrastructure-modernization effort. The latest additions: two state-of-the-art surgical suites designed to accommodate larger surgical teams and the latest high-tech surgical gadgetry. The Oceanside hospital announced the completion of the $7 million surgical renovation this week, roughly one month after tying a bow on the first phase of its $60 million Emergency Department expansion….


At Port Jeff comics shop, doing the time warp, again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Holy old school! In a digital era decidedly defined by screens large and small, a forward-thinking entrepreneur is turning back the clock by inviting customers to turn actual pages. At a minimum, un-caped crusader Joshua Darbee is turning heads at Red Shirt Comics, a relative newcomer that’s already feeling right at home in downtown Port Jefferson. Since opening in May, the friendly neighborhood industrialist has made plenty of fans, attracted precisely…


Impressed Northwell expands use of breast ‘reflectors’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health has gone all-in on leading-edge technology designed to pinpoint tumors and effect better physiological and cosmetic results for breast cancer patients. On Tuesday, the last day of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the New Hyde Park-based health system announced that it’s now offering state-of-the-art breast-biopsies, lumpectomies and other breast-related procedures at more than a dozen regional hospitals and outpatient facilities featuring the new technology, called…


Moustache: Membership (and growth) have privileges

By JIM McCUNE // The first rule of the Society for Fine Liquid Provisions: You always talk about the Society for Fine Liquid Provisions. This ain’t “Fight Club.” The members-only beer club, the brainchild of Moustache Brewing Co. co-founders Lauri and Matthew Spitz, is one of the more intriguing methods for releasing popular and rare beers, without the chaos and hurt feelings that come with the antiquated “first-come, first-serve” model. It works something like this:…


NYIT: Quick consequences of ‘fast’ American food

By GREGORY ZELLER // With all that Halloween candy about and 15 pounds worth of holiday season set to brutalize your belly, the New York Institute of Technology shares these cheerful tidings: The “average American diet” is basically a shortcut to diabetes. Researchers at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury have gathered “compelling evidence” that exposure to a typical “western diet” – featuring relatively super-sized levels of fat and sugar – significantly increases…


Albany stamps out e-cigarette use in public places

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’d better put that out, or turn it off, or otherwise knock it off: In New York, e-cigs are now illegal in the workplace and everywhere else smoking is prohibited. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation adding electronic cigarettes to the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act, a circa-2003 law regulating smoking in restaurants, offices and other work and public places. Although “marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes,” the governor said,…


Nor’easter zaps 90K, despite post-Sandy ‘hardening’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just days after trumpeting its hardened infrastructure, PSEG Long Island faced a stiff test Sunday – the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy – as a massive nor’easter pummeled the region. So how did the utility fare? Roughly 36,000 Long Island customers were reportedly without power early Monday morning, after the “perfect storm” convergence of a one-time tropical system and a powerful cold front battered the Island with torrential rains and 75-mph…


We Connect the Dots’ new STREAM of consciousness

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a “year of growth and great progress,” STEAM-powered Westbury nonprofit We Connect the Dots is already gearing up for a big 2018. Founder and Board Chairwoman Laurie Carey notes a 2017 filled with major advances for her five-year-old startup, a science-, mathematics-, engineering-, art- and math-focused 501(c)3 determined to level the technological playing field for underprivileged students. But as progressive as 2017 has been, according to the founder, the industries…


LICA cooks up tasty Food & Beverage investor forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bring your appetite to the Long Island Capital Alliance’s next Capital Forum. After three quarterly innovator-meets-investor events with a decidedly high-tech flavor – early-stage technology in March, cybersecurity in June, healthcare in September – LICA will wrap up its 2017 series with a Food & Beverage Capital Forum, spotlighting “premier growth companies” in the gastronomical realm. As always, the event will feature a handful of what LICA calls “dynamic, emerging companies”…