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Innovation does well at 2019 Healthcare Challenge

By GREGORY ZELLER // Healthcare was the challenge and the entire community was the winner – though really, a cutting-edge app that helps users make more nutritious food selections was the actual winner. The in-development CATSCAN app captured first place at this year’s Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge, Hofstra University’s annual pitch contest designed to inspire market-based community-health solutions by downstate entrepreneurs. The competition, part of a larger 2019 Community Health Symposium held Tuesday at the…


‘Out There’ innovator thinks outside the box, and office

By GREGORY ZELLER // Wall Street success seemed assured. But for Anthony Capellupo, the truth was out there. Literally (the innovator “grew up on the water”), figuratively (“I was always trying to finish work early, so I could get home and go fishing or whatever”) and now commercially, as the young entrepreneur adds his own breath of fresh air, Out There Apparel, to the great outdoors. “Established” in 2018 and officially incorporated in April, the…


Island set to shine as clean-energy employment soars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for research-rich, offshore-open Long Island: New York’s clean-energy economy is growing at more than double the rate of the overall state economy. So says the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which on Tuesday announced an 8.9 percent growth in statewide clean energy-related employment since 2016 – exceeding 158,000 employees in 2019, according to NYSERDA, and still climbing. These and other impressive numbers await in the state’s…


Incentives keep global distributor grounded on LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // A leading distributor of aviation-support equipment will fly out of Long Island for another decade at least, with a nod to the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA has announced preliminary approval of an incentives package designed to help Sage Parts Plus renovate its existing 55,000-square-foot Melville headquarters and enter into a new 10-year lease agreement at the site – turning the global headquarters into a state-of-the-art logistics center and…


‘Linear DNA’ combo shows punch in cancer fight

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mark another impressive victory for LineaRX, this time in a two-front battle against cancer. The Stony Brook-based biotech with innovation in its DNA (literally) has lent its unique DNA-sequencing technology to two vaccine-candidate tests run by Italian R&D company Takis Biotech, which is hot on the trail of new therapeutic cancer vaccines. It might be catching up. On Thursday, LineaRX announced that both vaccines – each produced in “linear DNA” form…


SBU microRNA tech sparks $10M anticancer startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University-developed technology, a Massachusetts-based startup and an eight-figure investment from China could pave a path toward groundbreaking cancer therapeutics. Through an agreement with the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, a microRNA-manipulating technology developed by SBU biochemist Jingfang Ju has been licensed to Curamir Therapeutics, a startup launched in August on a $10 million stake from Hong Kong-based international innovation financer Delos Capital. Terms of…


Island high-schoolers take European science prize

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island high schoolers have earned a top European prize for young scientists. Half Hollow Hills High School West’s Poojan Pandya and Ward Melville Senior High School’s Leo Takemaru earned a first-place finish in the 31st European Union Contest for Young Scientists with their joint research effort, which focused on proteins that could potentially be used as a component of anti-HIV therapies. The Long Island partners – the only American…


Million-dollar grant opens FSC to less-privileged minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // A million-dollar gift from the National Science Foundation will help a classroom’s worth of science- and math-focused Long Island high schoolers enroll at Farmingdale State College. All told, 32 students from six regional high schools will enjoy four-year, $20,000 scholarships, thanks to a $1 million S-STEM grant, the largest ever issued to Farmingdale State by the NSF. Targeting academically talented, low-income students, the S-STEM awards – for Scholarships in Science, Technology,…


Hofstra computer-degree programs earn ABET approval

By GREGORY ZELLER // The prevailing authority over international engineering and technology collegiate education has green-stamped two Hofstra University computer-degree programs. The university’s Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science has been notified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology that the school’s Computer Science and Computer Engineering bachelor’s degree programs have been accredited, respectively, by ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission and Engineering Accreditation Commission. The Baltimore-based non-governmental organization – which accredits post-secondary education…


The ‘underserved’ aim high, via Ascend Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // The rubber meets the roads Thursday at Hofstra University, when the innovative Ascend Long Island program holds its first-ever “procurement conference.” Combining small Nassau County businesses and buyers from bigger regional corporations and government agencies, the conference is built to bolster Ascend Long Island’s primary mission: to provide essential business resources, primarily capital, to early stage enterprises in underserved Nassau communities. Specifically, what Hofstra calls “The Corridor:” the villages of Hempstead…


IDA eyes better (maybe not bigger) StartUp Connect

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the hottest nights of the year at The Paramount is coming Oct. 3, with nobody whatsoever set to take the stage. But don’t let the lack of smoke machines, classic heavy metal bands or Jim Breuer fool you. It’ll be standing-room-only in the Founder’s Room when the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency stages its annual StartUp Connect event, an always-engaging moshpit of innovators and investors rocking with potential. Now…


Competition runs deep as annual ‘RipTide’ returns

By GREGORY ZELLER // A business plan pitch-a-thon with real pull is returning to the Hamptons. i-Hamptons – the professional networking community that brought you The Spur and Spur East, members-only “entrepreneur’s clubs” aimed at East End impresarios – is diving back into business-building waters with its annual “Shark Tank”-like business plan competition, “RipTide: Sink or Swim.” This year’s Riptide III (unofficially updated as “$ink or $wim”) is set to distribute some $50,000 in grant…


Down is up at Applied DNA, with the good stuff

By GREGORY ZELLER // An aggressive Long Island biotech is getting down, literally, with another global textiles supplier. Stony Brook-based supply-chain security specialist Applied DNA Sciences announced Thursday a new sales and marketing partnership with Navarpluma, a premier supplier of down and feathers to worldwide textiles manufacturers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this latest collaboration with an international partner will see Applied DNA’s SigNature DNA molecular-tracking system applied to Navarpluma’s products, which…


For student success, NYIT is simply THE’s best

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional institution known for supporting its students is partnering with a global higher-education publication on a forum designed to improve universal student success. The New York Institute of Technology is the “host sponsor” for the 2019 Times Higher Education U.S. Student Success Forum, a two-day conference of education experts and university leaders focused on new ideas and initiatives for improving student outcomes. Such matters are par for the course at…


NYU Winthrop’s pet project is all heart (and fur)

By GREGORY ZELLER // The newest therapists at NYU Winthrop Hospital don’t have advanced degrees. Or any degrees. You’re lucky if they have pedigrees. But they are, indisputably, love doctors – poodles and doodles and other furry friends gifted with big hearts and healing hands (or at least therapeutic paws). The Mineola-based affiliate of the NYU Langone Health system is barking loudly about WAGS, for Winthrop’s Animals Give Support, a new pet-therapy program designed to…