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What looks good? With Foodfaves, the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Sydney Epstein wasn’t hungry for entrepreneurial success. She was just hungry. After graduating from Emerson College, the future business owner took a job as a TV and film production assistant in Los Angeles. At the top of her settling-into-a-new-place list was “finding my go-to restaurant, like I do in every city,” she told Innovate LI, so the self-described “food-obsessed millennial” did what millennials do. But Epstein quickly lost her appetite for…


Rolling Motion rolls out next-gen traction drive

By GREGORY ZELLER // Everywhere he goes, John Pawloski causes friction. And that’s a good thing, especially for Rolling Motion Industries, Pawloski’s North Babylon-based 2016 startup. Rolling Motion is the exclusive (so far) manufacturer of the RMI Traction Drive, a super-efficient transmission system that masters “rolling friction” principles and aims to become an indispensable industrial cog. It looks like the cog has legs: This month, Pawloski’s enterprise received its first order through a newly established…


Albany rings bell for Restore NY, round five

Hempstead will host an informational meeting for Long Island municipalities craving a slice of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest competitive-funding pie. With $80 million up for grabs in Round 5 of the Restore NY Communities Initiative, the Empire State Development Corp. – Albany’s main economic-development engine – has scheduled three workshops around the state to educate would-be applicants on the urban-revitalization program. All three informational workshops, including a Sept. 29 meeting at Hofstra University, are scheduled…


Nothing to fear, unless you’re a radiological terrorist

By GREGORY ZELLER // Pay no attention to that imposing fleet of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and New York State Naval Militia vessels massing off the East End. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants you to know that the sudden buildup of maritime forces – and the presence of some 100 personnel from 23 local, state and federal agencies, many specializing in radiological detection – is proactive, not reactive. Cuomo’s office on Wednesday announced the start…


Old friends, new funds have ThermoLift thinking ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // A shining star of Stony Brook University’s commercialization and innovation ecosystems is renewing ties with an old friend – and leveraging some fresh international funding – in its efforts to perfect its energy-efficient environmental-control systems. ThermoLift Inc., headquartered at SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has inked a second collaborative contract with the Gas Technology Institute, a Chicago-based R&D…


Three BNL researchers score ‘early career’ DOE grants

Three Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists will receive “significant research funding” through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program. The eight-year-old competitive-application program, a function of the DOE’s Office of Science, is designed to support the nation’s scientific workforce by financially supplementing “exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work,” according to a statement from the Upton laboratory. The three BNL scientists – physicists Alessandro Tricoli…


ALZ: Genetic variants can run, but they can’t hide

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is targeting genetic risk factors behind Alzheimer’s disease, the first of many steps toward new potential treatments. Feinstein Institute assistant professor Yun Freudenberg-Hua has been awarded a five-year, $600,000 grant by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging, supporting her mission to better understand the genetic causes of a disease that inflicts an estimated 5.5 million Americans. Ultimately, the doctor and her staff hope to develop new…


Thinking big, about the subconscious of coding

By GREGORY ZELLER // In an age ruled by digital interfaces and computerized systems, Noreen Kazi and Nisha Bhalla may have cracked the code. Neither is, by education or inherent skill, a natural coder. But the entrepreneurial sisters are both scientists: Kazi studied physical therapy at Stony Brook University before pausing to raise a family, while Bhalla earned an MBA at Harvard University and made a career of launching high-tech startups for larger corporations, focused…


Study: Babylon IDA tax cuts spurred $600M in activity

Take a bow, Babylon Industrial Development Agency: You leveraged just $6 million in tax incentives into nearly 100 times that in economic activity, and created some 10,000 new jobs, in just five years. So says “Investing in Babylon: A Study of Babylon’s Economy to Plan for the Future,” a 45-page dissertation following 80 transactions incentivized by the Babylon IDA between 2011 and 2015. The economic impact analysis, conducted by the agency in conjunction with the…


LI vineyards sparkle in NY wine awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island can claim bragging rights to New York State’s 2017 Winery of the Year. At least, half of them. Southold’s Sparkling Pointe Vineyards has earned highest marks in the 2017 New York Wine & Food Classic, sharing the Winery of the Year crown with CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery of the Finger Lakes region. The New York Wine & Food Classic, marking its 32nd year, is a nationally recognized competition that…


So, Brian Fried had this idea…

By GREGORY ZELLER // Perhaps Brian Fried should launch the re-inventors club. Boasting many notches on his toolbelt – several inventions, a few commercial scores and a pair of how-to books for the entrepreneurial tinkerer – Fried is founder of Inventors and Entrepreneur Clubs in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. The networking groups have exposed him to makers at various points on the invention spectrum, and he’s helped several find their way. Now, the corporate…


NYIT: ‘Lethal interactions’ could stop tough cancers

New York Institute of Technology researchers may have found a way to stop cancerous tumors from spreading through the central nervous system. And for some patients suffering from the worst cancers – and the traditionally awful side effects of conventional chemotherapy – help may be on the way. A July issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences chronicles the work of associate professor Dong Zhang and his team at NYIT’s College…


New orbit: Investment group snaps up Globecomm

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s most productive high-tech manufacturers is under new management. Hauppauge’s Globecomm Systems announced Wednesday that an investor group led by New York City-based HPS Investment Partners and California-based Tennenbaum Capital Partners has reached a “definitive agreement” to acquire Globecomm from NYC private equity firm Wasserstein & Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Globecomm last changed hands in 2013, when Wasserstein & Co. acquired it for $340…


Heads scratched as Chem-Master gets the boot

By GREGORY ZELLER // A biotech manufacturer with a 23-year history of servicing Stony Brook University researchers and startups is being evicted from the university’s Chemistry Building – and nobody seems entirely sure why. Chem-Master International, a producer of unique chemical compounds for research and commercial development, has operated inside the Chemistry Building since it launched in 1994, thanks to a “revocable permit” – special SUNY dispensation allowing nontraditional programs and outside entities to occupy…


St. Francis tops in hospitals, US News says

Roslyn’s St. Francis Hospital is the fifth-best hospital in New York State, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report, followed by NYU Winthrop Hospital at No. 6. U.S. News ranks hospitals on a number of measures, including patient survival and readmission rates, and patient experience and safety, among other categories. It’s newest rankings were announced Tuesday. North Shore University Hospital and Stony Brook University Hospital were tied with Albany Medical Center…