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Shamash departs, SBU economic development realigns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is bidding farewell to its longtime economic-development guru – and saying hello to a new innovation-and-commercialization protocol, starting with a union of its mighty research and economic-development offices. University President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced Thursday that effective April 1, SBU’s Office of Economic Development will be consolidated within the university’s Office of Research – creating the new Office of Industry-Research Partnerships & Business Services and the new Office of…


And don’t come back: AI eyes Northwell readmissions

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest healthcare provider is hoping a new software solution can drive down hospital readmissions. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health announced Tuesday that is will integrate “predictive artificial intelligence software” into its Electronic Medical Records at 15 hospitals – including several on Long Island – in a preemptive attempt to reduce patient readmissions by computing next-level “risk and recommendation outputs.” The AI solution comes from Georgia-based Jvion Inc., maker…


Brookhaven backs Bristal Assisted Living, once again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two senior-living projects will move forward in Mount Sinai, with a little help from the Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency. The Brookhaven IDA has closed on a fresh economic-incentives package with The Engel Burman Group, the Garden City-based residential developer and frequent Brookhaven IDA collaborator known best for its assisted-living communities. According to the development agency, the new tax-abatement package will help its old business associate with a 120-unit Bristal…


With patents aplenty, Canon leads Island innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Japanese import and major Long Island stakeholder continued to set a breakneck U.S. patent pace in 2018 – big news on an Island where innovation shapes up as a last, best socioeconomic hope. International imaging giant Canon Inc., parent of Melville-based Canon USA, ranked third in the number of utility patents awarded in 2018 by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, trailing only global tech rivals IBM and Samsung. With…


Study: Northwell’s anti-pathogen UV tech is A-OK

By GREGORY ZELLER // A New York City startup backed by Northwell Health’s new business-development division may be on the verge of eliminating infectious pathogens from hospitals. An ultraviolet disinfection technology deployed by biotech startup PurpleSun – officially, the “focused multivactor ultraviolet device” – dramatically lowers the risk of hospital-acquired infections by eliminating 97.7 percent of pathogens in operating rooms, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study…


Food bank, friends unite to help LI shutdown families

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’d like to think that hardworking men and women – particularly those dedicated to government service, which is essentially service of the people – wouldn’t have to struggle to put food on the table. But with the partial federal government shutdown now four weeks along and no end in sight … well, here we are. To that end, Island Harvest Food Bank on Thursday announced new programs designed specifically to assist…


New name, new mission for Adelphi ed/health college

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ruth S. Ammon, we hardly knew ye. Actually, no – Ammon, a gifted teacher, 1942 graduate of Adelphi University and longtime namesake of the Garden City university’s School of Education, is well-known to many in the Adelphi community and beyond. But the education school that carried her name has outgrown its original mission, leading to a reorganization with ripple effects across the Adelphi University system. The former education school steams into…


Dual-degree effort gets scientists into business, faster

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a region where biotechnology and other lab work is cemented as a socioeconomic cornerstone, a new dual-degree program will attempt to teach students the business of science. Quickly. Adelphi University has launched a new “accelerated dual-degree program” looking to leverage the “scientific discovery and technological innovation driving the economy,” according to Adelphi. The five-year Business of Science program is designed to give students a “marketable career path in science-related businesses,”…


Northwell bolsters nursing pipeline at Golden showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Think of it as a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-type situation, only replace Charlie, Veruca Salt and Augustus Goop with about 500 nursing students, and substitute a Northwell Health job fair at a Long Island country club for the Wonka factory. And no chocolate. But you still needed a “golden ticket” to get in, and those 500-plus soon-to-graduate nursing students – representing multiple Long Island colleges and universities, and others –…


A healthy startup with roots, from Long Island to Peru

By GREGORY ZELLER // It took Chris Cianciulli more than two decades to find his true calling – but when he did, it couldn’t have been any sweeter. It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Cianciulli, founder of Plainview-based TraLa LLC and creator of its flagship organic coffee sweeteners, explored many possibilities over a quarter-century of professional development. But it wasn’t until he came across a little-known South American plant – and unlocked a potentially…


Growing nationally, Jericho ed-tech ace refocuses on LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative edu-tech platform designed to digitally instruct New York State students still has a few things to learn itself. So, Jericho-based iTutor is recruiting a polished Advisory Board of current and former teachers, school administrators and superintendents, a move meant to enhance both student achievement – specifically, Long Island student achievement – and the company’s bottom line. iTutor’s digital platform supports public school districts by connecting New York State-certified teachers…


Statewide leadership role for South Nassau’s Murphy

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Healthcare Association of New York State has found a new leader on Long Island. South Nassau Communities Hospital President and CEO Richard Murphy has been elected chairman of the statewide association’s Board of Trustees and appointed to a two-year term on its Executive Committee, effective Jan. 1. The all-volunteer Board of Trustees manages all activities for the association, which advocates for more than 550 nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes,…


In U.S. first, French phenom spreads its bread to LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re still clinging to those New Year’s weight-loss resolutions, better stay out of Great Neck. Marie Blachère (bring your French dictionary, the U.S. website is still under construction), a wildly popular French bakery boasting 500 locations throughout its home country, is warming up its first U.S. location: a two-story, 25,000-square-foot eat-in market on Middle Neck Road in the Nassau County village. Set to open this month, the new eatery essentially…


Handy IDA package helps maintenance manager move

By GREGORY ZELLER // Leveraging a $5 million company investment and looking to preserve nearly five dozen jobs, the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has stepped up like a boss. Actually, the IDA stepped up for a Boss, as in Boss Facility Services, a Ronkonkoma-based facilities-maintenance contractor that’s looking to purchase and renovate a 31,000-square-foot building on Adams Avenue in Hauppauge. That transaction becomes a little easier thanks to the Suffolk IDA, which has issued…


With clock ticking, SBU’s Mobile Stroke Unit gears up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Fueled by a flood of dire statistics, powered by cutting-edge science and a ready team of medical professionals, the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Mobile Stroke Units are set to roll. Stony Brook University’s freshly reminted medical school will deploy its first MSU in March – the specially equipped ambulance will carry state-of-the-art CT scanners, telemedicine hookups with expert neurologists and a full complement of medics and nurses – with a second…