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With ESD’s help, Seviroli plans a new pasta course

By GREGORY ZELLER // A maker of “artisan dining at home” selections is expanding its foodie-friendly Long Island footprint. The Empire State Development Corp., Albany’s main economic-development engine, announced Thursday that Seviroli Foods Inc. will grow its regional presence with the acquisition of a 33,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility in Garden City. Leveraging $350,000 in performance-based tax credits offered through ESD’s Excelsior Jobs Program, the company will invest $9 million to acquire and renovate multiple…


A toast, to craft beverages: Albany eases labeling laws

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for Long Island’s bubbling craft-beverage industries: New state laws make it easier to register brand labels for your innovative alcoholic brews. Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation cutting some of the regulatory red tape slowing down vintners, mead makers and other industrious craft brewers – specifically, eliminating rules that required brand-label registration requests to be filed with the New York State Liquor Authority by certified, registered or overnight…


NIH triples up on Feinstein Institute brain specialist

Three brain-focused research projects at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research will benefit from more than $1 million in federal funding. The Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute, R&D arm of the Northwell Health system, announced Thursday that the NIH’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative has allotted two stipends to support projects led by Feinstein Associate Professor Ashesh Mehta, Northwell’s director of epilepsy surgery and head of the institute’s Laboratory of Human Brain Mapping. Mehta’s work…


Global honor for Hofstra’s Center for Entrepreneurship

Hofstra University’s Center for Entrepreneurship has snagged a prestigious international honor. The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, an international collaboration of more than 225 university-centered entrepreneurship programs, has named the Hempstead-based university’s two-year-old center one of its two 2017 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Centers. The award is bestowed annually to the best university-based entrepreneurship hub in operation fewer than five years. The GCEC judges split the award this year between Hofstra and the University of New Hampshire’s Peter…


Jericho’s ‘Future Authors’ dish it out, with Canon’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “valued nexus” between a Long Island School District and a global imaging supergiant has been energized in a surprisingly tasty way. Canon Solutions America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Melville-based Canon USA Inc., has brought its lauded Future Authors Project – a digital-learning experience that’s thrived for a decade in Florida’s Palm Beach County School District – to Nassau County’s Jericho School District. The arrival – marked by the publication…


With license and library deals, biotech spreads its DNA

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a banner month for Applied DNA Sciences, with two new deals both reaffirming the biotech’s scientific value and significantly extending its commercial reach. On Friday, the provider of DNA-focused supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technologies announced that its SigNature molecular tag technology had been added to global materials-innovator Material ConneXion’s prestigious library – exposing Applied DNA’s wares to scientists, manufacturers and makers around the world, a potentially enormous commercial…


Kelloley, the startup that finally saw the light

By GREGORY ZELLER // Some innovators are born knowing what they’re meant to do. Some figure it out along the way. And some require a little divine intervention. There was never any doubt Stacey Foley would run her own business, at least not for Stacey Foley. But what kind of business? Even the entrepreneur didn’t know. Her path was illuminated, somewhat, by the Swarovski Crystal craze of the last decade. A big fan of the…


In Uniondale, Memorial Sloan Kettering is beaming

By GREGORY ZELLER // A leading cancer-research and treatment institution is making headway in the significant expansion of its Long Island footprint. The New York City-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – which already maintains treatment facilities in Rockville Centre, Commack and Hauppauge – trumpeted Thursday the coming of its new 114,000-square-foot cancer-treatment center in Uniondale, adjacent to NYCB Live, the new moniker of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Construction of the freestanding, $140 million…


11 Island instructors join New York’s ‘master’ ranks

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York State Master Teacher Program has opened its books to welcome a host of new instructors, including 11 representing Long Island school districts. With a heavy focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the statewide professional network – which seeks to identify and reward the state’s best K-12 instructors – has added 214 additional “masters,” including 26 with STEM-content certifications and 14 others certified in “technology education,” covering a…


At Patchogue’s BrickHouse, 21 and all grown up

By JIM McCUNE // The South Shore’s Patchogue Village has undergone a major revitalization in recent years – new shops, bars and restaurants seem to open every day, and the unprecedented transformation has turned Main Street into a spectacle, and a hot year-round destination. At the heart of it all is Patchogue’s oldest commercial building, at 67 West Main St. Built in 1850 by John Havens from fieldstone and ship ballast – plentiful materials at…


At Farmingdale State, ‘body cams’ in the classroom

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island college is employing body-worn cameras in the classroom – but no, professors are not keeping a third eye on students. In what it describes as a first for U.S. colleges and universities, Farmingdale State College has brought “body cams” into the mix of its criminal justice program, instructing tomorrow’s law enforcers (and attorneys) on the pros, cons, do’s and don’ts of an increasingly common law-enforcement technology. That “increasingly…


‘Sim baby’ lives as LIU Post opens care simulator

Championing an “experiential approach to educating the next generation of healthcare professionals,” Long Island University has raised the curtain on the Inter-Professional Learning Institute Simulation Laboratory. The LIU Post School of Health Professions and Nursing hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 14 to officially open the state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab, designed to promote collaborations between future nurses and other healthcare professionals – and prepare them “for roles in an increasingly complex and interdisciplinary healthcare environment,”…


For some blind patients, ‘Bionic Eye’ lets there be light

By GREGORY ZELLER // After 20 years of total blindness, a Port Jefferson woman is beginning to see the light. Linda Kirk, 67, has been sightless for more than 20 years – but just 10 minutes after a surgically implanted retinal device was activated in her left eye, Kirk was able to distinguish light from dark. Soon after, she was perceiving movement, even some shapes. And while she described what she was seeing using terms…


Comprehensive guide offers solid, free tech-biz advice

A regional accounting giant is offering some solid – and absolutely free – business-building advice to early-stage tech firms. Bohemia accounting firm Cerini & Associates LLP has published “Business Insights: Technology Industry,” a comprehensive guide designed to steer startup (and older) technology companies in the right fiscal direction. Noting a “technology explosion” over the last 20 years, the 28-page guide offers step-by-step advice based on Cerini & Associates’ “decades of experience working with technology-based companies.”…


Codagenix scores again: $3M to hunt down deadly RSV

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $3 million in public and private investments has set Codagenix Inc. on the trail of another nefarious disease. Already developing vaccines for Zika virus, the mutating menace Influenza A and a host of other viral villains, Codagenix will now focus its vaccine-creation might on Respiratory Syncytial Virus through a $1.5 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health and another $1.5 million in…