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EPCAL delay diverts Luminati VTOL to upstate landing

By GREGORY ZELLER // An aerospace company looking to make a splash in the emerging field of solar-powered flight has reached back through the decades to power up an ambitious new division. Over the last year, Calverton-based Luminati Aerospace has gobbled up entire helicopter-manufacturing firms, and key assets from several other rotor-based companies, including Gyrodyne LLC (formerly Gyrodyne Company of America) and Rotor Flight Dynamics. These acquisitions of companies, designs and manufacturing rights are the…


Rinse, spit and cut! Henry Schein goes to the movies

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Old Reliable File comes Henry Schein Inc., the healthcare products and services titan that proves you’re never too big to roll out a new ad campaign. The Melville-based conglomerate, self-billed as “the world’s largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners,” this week announced the launch of its “Rely on Henry Schein” marketing campaign. The brand-builder – featuring videos on the company’s…


Huntington Hospital births comfy new baby center

By GREGORY ZELLER // After nine months of hard labor, Huntington Hospital has given birth to its newest specialized medical center. The hospital this week cut the cord (sorry, the ribbon) on its expanded Center for Mothers and Babies. Featuring 19 single-patient rooms – each with a comfy sleeper sofa and its own private bathroom, and each of those with its own shower stall – the center is chock-full of amenities for babies, new moms…


SBA pumps $1M into statewide small-biz exports

By GREGORY ZELLER // The U.S. Small Business Administration, via the Empire State Development Corp., is infusing nearly $1 million into statewide international-trade programs. The SBA announced this week that the ESDC, Albany’s main economic-development engine, is one of the 47 state international-trade agencies receiving funding this year through the State Trade and Export Promotion program. The total of $18 million in national STEP funding is meant to help small businesses enter and compete in…


At Northwell, redefining the shape of things to come

By GREGORY ZELLER // A powerful new 3D printing system is providing Northwell Health doctors hyper-realistic surgical models, easing patients’ minds and saving millions of dollars in lost operating-room time. That’s the assessment from the New Hyde Park-based health system, which this week noted it has “doubled down” on 3D printing technologies provided by Massachusetts-based developer and manufacturer Formlabs. Specifically, Northwell Health – already a Formlabs customer – has incorporated the tech firm’s powerful Form…


SUNY Old Westbury dean earns ACS fellowship

By GREGORY ZELLER // A SUNY Old Westbury dean has joined the ranks of a select group of national scientists. Barbara Hillery, dean of the college’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2018 American Chemical Society Fellows Program. Now in its 10th year, the ACS Fellows Program recognizes existing ACS members for “outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the ACS,” according to a statement issued…


Northwell Health lifer tabbed as chief revenue officer

By GREGORY ZELLER // Northwell Health may be laser-focused on providing top healthcare services, but as one of New York State’s largest commercial enterprises, it also needs to take care of business. To that end, the New Hyde Park-based company – New York’s largest health system (by number of providers and number of patients) and largest private employer (with 66,000-plus workers, and counting) – has named a new chief revenue officer: Gerard Brogan Jr., a…


Past success, future hopes fuel LIREDC’s 2018 report

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has met its Oct. 1 deadline and submitted its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp., Albany’s main economic-development engine. The 2018 progress report, titled “Long Island: Completing the Puzzle,” both highlights the efforts of the Long Island REDC since Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched his competitive statewide economic-development program in 2011 and lists the projects the regional council hopes to support…


Extra credit: TFCU continues aggressive expansion

By GREGORY ZELLER // All others may take cash, but Teachers Federal takes credit. Unions, that is, as Hauppauge-based Teachers Federal Credit Union – one of the country’s largest federally insured credit unions – announced Monday the latest pick-up of its year-long spending spree: TFCU has acquired all member shares, along with some loans and other assets, of Woodside-based LOMTO Federal Credit Union. The latest takeover announcement comes less than a month after TFCU announced…


International partners looking to grow pot-tagging biz

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two months after introducing the world’s first DNA-based cannabis-tagging system, a Stony Brook biotech and its Canadian partner are looking to increase their stash of legal-marijuana growers. Supply-chain security and product-authentication specialist Applied DNA Sciences and Canadian pharmaceutical-solutions provider TheraCann International Benchmark Corp. this week announced an upgraded system designed to accommodate different sizes and type of growers – particularly larger-volume cannabis and hemp growers. The next generation of TheraCann International’s…


Cradle of Aviation gives a Hoot with new ‘Space’ show

By GREGORY ZELLER // Attention, space cadets: For a really out-of-this-world adventure, put down your new Blu-ray copy of “Solo” and beam over to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where one of the planet’s largest interactive space exhibits is about to touch down. A “Star Wars” story is always fun, but nothing beats the real thing, and to that end, “Space: A Journey to Our Future” – a traveling NASA show sponsored locally by the…


Brookhaven IDA backs Triple Five’s Dowling plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New Jersey-based developer with high-flying plans for a new Long Island aviation hub has earned an assist from the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Tuesday announced its final approval of an economic-incentives package that will help Triple Five Aviation Industries LLC, a subsidiary of East Rutherford-based Triple Five Worldwide Group, redevelop the former Dowling College campus in Shirley into what the development agency called an “aviation…


Long Island pet-chow firm will stay, thanks to IDA

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s largest pet-food company seems likely to remain a Long Island company, thanks to man’s best friend – at least, a good friend of regional enterprise. The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has issued preliminarily approval of an economic-development package that would help Deer Park-based Health Extension Pet Care – doing business as Holistic Health Extension – purchase, renovate and equip a new headquarters building. According to the IDA, the…


Old-school art, next-gen tech converge at Five Towns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Once the pipedream of an overactive imagination, a new Interactive Computer Graphics degree program is now resetting educational and professional trends at Five Towns College. With the start of the Fall 2018 semester, the Dix Hills-based college has officially introduced its new course, the masterwork of digital innovator Paul Lipsky, who spearheaded the effort – including creation of the program curriculum – in an effort to right some wrongs he perceives…


Hempstead advances three key development projects

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a busy week in the Town of Hempstead, where local economic-development officials have hit the gas on a multitude of projects. The Hempstead Industrial Development Agency on Tuesday approved the sale of Park Lake Residences, an affordable-housing complex located in the Village of Hempstead, and the reassignment of existing economic benefits to the complex’s new owner. The IDA also granted preliminary approval to an economic-benefits package that will allow…