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For LIU Post athletes, medical expertise on the side

By GREGORY ZELLER // The student-athletes of LIU Post have a new team of medical professionals in their corner. The Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Group, an affiliate of Northwell Health with 14 offices across Long Island, will provide game-time medical coverage for sporting events at LIU’s Brookville Campus, according to a new agreement between the university and the practice group. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. But as the “Official Partner and Orthopedic Group of…


IPS has an apoptosis for destruction, and that’s cool

By GREGORY ZELLER // Chilling news from Intelligent Product Solutions, which has reshaped a body re-shaper that slices with hot lasers and soothes with cooled air. That’s the general gist of the eon FR, a “non-contact aesthetic device” that cuts away abdominal fat cells with laser energy while cooling the patient’s target areas with blasts of cold air. The product, which earned FDA clearance in June, comes from Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, a circa-2016, Florida-based medical-device…


CPI Aero winging it with new $48M Boeing contract

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $48 million deal will keep a longtime Long Island defense contractor flying Boeing’s friendly skies for the foreseeable future. Edgewood-based CPI Aerostructures on Thursday announced it has inked an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a “maximum ceiling value” of $48 million with Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing. Building on a decade-plus of support for Boeing’s workhorse A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter planes, the new IDIQ deal will see CPI Aero manufacturing…


New Adelphi student affairs VP is a multicultural match

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Fulbright Award winner with a multicultural M.O. will direct Adelphi University’s student affairs. The Garden City-based university has named Ronald Sentwali Bakari its new dean of students and vice president for student affairs, effective Dec. 3. Bakari is currently chancellor for student success at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. At Adelphi, he’ll oversee key student-oriented services and programs, ranging from student-involvement and residential-life programs to health and professional-development services. These…


Bold step has ambitious STEM startup thinking global

By GREGORY ZELLER // A muddled marketing message hasn’t stopped We Connect the Dots from changing lives across Long Island – but sharper marketing could carry its unique STEM-education formula around the world. That’s the thinking at the multifaceted educational organization, which has hired a professional marketing team to help scale its successful technology-training model across the United States and beyond. In September, We Connect the Dots joined forces with Raffa Social Capital Advisors, a…


Diversity is dapper as LI med students don white coats

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve put them on – and, they’re off! The ninth-ever class at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has donned its white coats and embarked on its four-year journey to professional medicine. The members of the Class of 2023 received their ceremonial coats Oct. 11 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, symbolically beginning their medical educations. In reality, the 103 students have already begun their scholastic quests: While…


LI instructors shine as NY’s newest Master Teachers

By GREGORY ZELLER // More than two dozen Long Island educators have been welcomed into the ranks of the New York State Master Teacher Program. The professional-development and networking community, which promotes and celebrates the work of high-performing STEM teachers (for science, technology, engineering and math), added some 228 new members in September, including 27 teachers from Long Island-based school districts. Through participation in the Master Teacher Program, each competitively selected teacher receives a $60,000…


For more convenient blood testing, gonna LabFly now

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “concierge healthcare app” will allow patients of the Northwell Health system to schedule blood draws at home, and to digitally track the subsequent blood testing. By skipping the clinic, doctor’s office and private laboratory, LabFly – a first-of-its-kind in the nation mobile app – offers patients “a convenient and private alternative,” according to Northwell Health, and an easy opportunity to follow through on their healthcare protocols. The app was…


Albany eyeing ‘qualifications’ for $200M port plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hard to port! No, don’t make a quick left turn – but if you’re a waterfront-based enterprise focused on port operations and related markets, you’ll want to turn your attention to Albany’s latest Request for Qualifications. With the offshore-wind industry really starting to howl, marine-support and other waterfront operations will become critical components of the statewide economy – particularly on Long Island, where offshore-wind infrastructure figures to rise fast. To that…


Webair reveals global plot with new ‘Master’ plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “master agent” alliance will introduce Webair’s advanced IT services to an impressive range of potential clients. The Garden City-based provider of cloud and managed-infrastructure solutions announced this week an “official partnership” with AVANT Communications, a Chicago-based distributor of next-generation IT technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the union will see AVANT advisors pitching Webair’s high-touch, fully managed services “as part of a best-in-class solutions portfolio,” according to Webair….


In 2019 plan, LIREDC ‘doubles down’ on what works

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the If It Ain’t Broke file comes the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council, which covers proven ground in its annual progress report/wish list to the Empire State Development Corp. Meeting ESD’s yearly Oct. 1 submission deadline, the LIREDC slapped a new title on its 2019 report (“Long Island: Breaking Down Barriers”) but filled it with a familiar mix of success stories and future ambitions, largely focused on the Island’s…


Northwell, IT ace Allscripts going for the record

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest health system and a Chicago-based provider of digital healthcare solutions are teaming up on a new electronic health record system. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of employees and number of patients, will unite with healthcare IT expert Allscripts to create a cloud-based, voice-enabled, artificial intelligence-equipped EHR platform, with design and testing based exclusively on input from Northwell clinicians, technicians and…


‘Early’ $2M grant cheers ambitious depression study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A seven-digit federal grant will help a Stony Brook University researcher develop new treatment protocols for adolescents suffering from depression. More than just “feeling sad” because it’s raining or the Mets were finally eliminated, clinical depression – a.k.a. major depressive disorder – is a common but serious condition with sometimes severe symptoms that affect how the afflicted feel, think, eat, sleep, work and otherwise function day-to-day. And more than a healthcare…


Debrief: Michael Chiang, mic’d up at Stony Brook SBDC

  Michael Chiang didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. But firsthand exposure to Baruch College professors who were also successful entrepreneurs changed his mind (and his major), instilling a desire to “create something that impacts the lives of many people.” Flash forward: The Long Island native, Baruch grad (BBA, entrepreneurship, business law and mathematics) and Kickstarter success story has done that, as the creative force behind FitBark, MatchPuppy and other commercial successes, (including his…


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…