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Debrief: Innovations past and future, with Marc Alessi

  Arguably the hardest-working man in Long Island innovation, former New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi enjoys a singular socioeconomic viewpoint. The entrepreneur and champion of 5G connectivity has had a productive year as both executive director of the Business Incubator Association of New York State and executive director of Shoreham’s Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, all while leading his 2014 advanced-scanning startup SynchroPET to the edge of commercialization and chairing Campolo, Middleton & McCormick’s…


USPTO, regional forces unite for Long Island inventors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovators, assemble – the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is coming to Long Island. In another bringing-the-mountain-to-Mohammed moment, the USPTO is partnering with Farmingdale State College and the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club on an Inventors Day specifically for Long Island innovators – a day-long whirlwind of panels and presentations covering new ideas, product development, licensing, manufacturing and more. Scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 1…


Location plays big as Bridgeworks, DropDesk expand

By GREGORY ZELLER // Consider it ridesharing on the road to professional development. That’s the angle founder Graham Beck is taking at Bridgeworks, the Long Beach co-working community that’s advancing nicely in Beck’s self-appointed mission to create a local business-incubation system – and then replicate it elsewhere. As co-working spaces go, Bridgeworks is a busy one: networking events, marketing help, printing services, plenty to eat and drink and a host of other business-building benefits especially…


Joint admissions effort unites NCC, Farmingdale State

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island institutions of higher learning are joining forces to speed students toward their baccalaureate degrees. Trumpeting a “historic effort,” Farmingdale State College and Garden City-based Nassau Community College on Tuesday announced a new Joint Admissions Program that will “significantly ease the pathway” to bachelor’s degrees for NCC students, according to Farmingdale State. Specifically, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, students who earn one of 16 related Associate Degrees at…


As Apollo anniversary nears, mission time at CoA

By GREGORY ZELLER // Unless you’re hiding under a moon rock, you know that humankind’s first stroll on the lunar surface was 50 years ago this July – and as the golden anniversary approaches, excitement at the Cradle of Aviation Museum is reaching escape velocity. The Garden City museum’s “Countdown to Apollo at 50” – which kicked off 16 months ago – reaches its climax July 20, the exact date when NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong…


And baby makes 30, as ASC adds new fertility clinic

By GREGORY ZELLER // Of all the specialty areas packed inside the Stony Brook Advanced Specialty Care facility, this one might produce the happiest results. Stony Brook Medicine has officially cut the ribbon – or perhaps cut the cord – on Island Fertility, a state-of-the-art reproductive endocrinology and fertility center that’s taken its place among roughly 30 other centers and practice areas inhabiting the Commack facility. Island Fertility is designed to provide in vitro fertilization,…


Chembio’s dengue field test earns Brazilian nod

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add another critical Brazilian regulatory approval to Chembio Diagnostics’ portfolio. The Medford-based point-of-care diagnostics specialist announced this its week the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, Brazil’s federal health-regulatory agency, has approved Chembio’s DPP Dengue System. The test allows “simultaneous and discrete” detection of antibodies against all four dengue serotypes, covering both active infection by dengue virus and prior exposure to the virus – critical measures for both treatment and surveillance of…


At RMF, new legal alternatives for court-weary clients

By GREGORY ZELLER // A top Long Island law firm has significantly expanded its business-focused legal services, with a senior partner heading a new practice group determined to stear clear of the courtroom. Uniondale-based Ruskin Moscou Faltischek on Tuesday announced its new Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group, chaired by Senior Partner Jeffrey Wurst, who already co-chairs the firm’s Financial Services, Banking and Bankruptcy Practice Group. Less interested in telling it to the judge than negotiating…


As applications soar, Adelphi stresses multiculturalism

By GREGORY ZELLER // With applications to Adelphi University rising fast – and the university’s student body diversifying rapidly – the school is already reaching out to tomorrow’s multicultural applicants. Middle and high school students from across New York City will get a taste of the suburban college experience this week, courtesy of Adelphi, which hosts its sixth-annual College Awareness Day Thursday. The event will give youngsters from 10 Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens schools a…


Suffolk IDA steps up as Spellman expands global HQ

By GREGORY ZELLER // An expanded global headquarters and as many as 10 new hires are in the cards for the Spellman High Voltage Electric Corp., which has received an economics-incentives package from the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on May 2 granted the company some $652,000 in combined tax breaks, primarily through a 10-year reduction in property taxes, to facilitate the modernization of Spellman’s existing headquarters facility on Wireless Boulevard in Hauppauge….


Debrief: Catell, consortium set to blow the doors off

  Robert Catell isn’t so much “busy” as “hyperactive.” Decades after serving as chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the iconic innovator (last Debriefed by Innovate LI in 2016) remains integrally involved in multiple energy-efficiency efforts. As chairman of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, Catell is all in on sustainability, a focus reinforced by his leadership of the National Offshore Wind…


NYIT cuts tuition for kids of teachers, first responders

By GREGORY ZELLER // A generous New York Institute of Technology scholarship program will slash tuition costs for the children of regional teachers and first responders. Heralded by NYIT as a “major public sector scholarship,” the Children of Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT and K-12 Teachers Award offers a 50 percent tuition break to qualifying students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester. The new award program, announced this week…


Purolator’s latest LI Index sparkles with positivity

By GREGORY ZELLER // Optimism abounds in the latest edition of the Purolator Long Island Supply Chain Index, with regional manufacturers especially jazzed about production and hiring. Jericho-based logistics ace Purolator International released its 2019 Long Island index data Tuesday, after surveying regional manufacturers and collating their projections for the next six months. Working on a scale of zero (complete decline) to 100 (complete expansion), the index tallied a 67.5 score overall – a “strong…


Island student entrepreneurs shine in NY Biz Plan finals

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island may be a state-designated biotech corridor, but its student entrepreneurs have some pretty bright ideas regarding the environment, too. That according to the 2019 edition of the New York Business Plan Competition, a privately funded venture-creation competition established in 2009 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York’s colleges and universities. Each of the state’s 10 economic regions, including Long Island, hosted regional competitions earlier this month, with 92…


At Old Westbury’s MAC Awards, a new media buffet

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re rolling out the red carpet, literally, for SUNY College at Old Westbury’s 12th annual Student MAC Awards. The yearly Media Arts Celebration – which salutes outstanding student work in digital arts, new media, television, radio, print and video – will fill the SUNY Old Westbury Campus Center’s Maguire Theater May 1, beginning with a traditional red-carpet procession at 6 p.m. More than 80 student nominees are competing for 30 MAC…