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Comprehensive guide offers solid, free tech-biz advice

A regional accounting giant is offering some solid – and absolutely free – business-building advice to early-stage tech firms. Bohemia accounting firm Cerini & Associates LLP has published “Business Insights: Technology Industry,” a comprehensive guide designed to steer startup (and older) technology companies in the right fiscal direction. Noting a “technology explosion” over the last 20 years, the 28-page guide offers step-by-step advice based on Cerini & Associates’ “decades of experience working with technology-based companies.”…


Codagenix scores again: $3M to hunt down deadly RSV

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $3 million in public and private investments has set Codagenix Inc. on the trail of another nefarious disease. Already developing vaccines for Zika virus, the mutating menace Influenza A and a host of other viral villains, Codagenix will now focus its vaccine-creation might on Respiratory Syncytial Virus through a $1.5 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health and another $1.5 million in…


In REDC love fest, CSHL kicks off $75M makeover

By GREGORY ZELLER // There was another major advance for biochemistry Thursday at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, but this one didn’t involve gas chromatographs or infrared spectrometers or a single test tube. Just a shovel. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a host of regional and state representatives on hand, the world-class scientific research facility officially broke ground on the renovation of its Demerec Laboratory, one of four CSHL laboratories being remade with a big assist…


LICA leader among judges at CEWIT2017 pitch-a-thon

As part of CEWIT2017, Stony Brook University is hosting the International Skyscraper Pitch Challenge, a mini pitch-a-thon that gives participants a chance to hone their presentation skills with the help of top professionals. The open challenge, scheduled for the morning of Nov. 7, gives presenters two-and-a-half minutes to state their “elevator speech.” That’s “a long elevator ride indeed,” according to the program website, hence the “skyscraper” – but it’s a tough window in which to…


They were brew-tours before brew-tours were cool

By GREGORY ZELLER // Before everyone and their brother was offering bus tours of Long Island’s brew pubs and vineyards, there was Tapped Enterprises. The Ronkonkoma-based brainchild of President Kevin Bowker actually launched in 2008, first as a purveyor of what the founder called “dorm décor” – posters, flags and other beer-themed accouterments for the college set. But by 2012, still years before leave-the-driving-to-us tours of Long Island’s craft-beverage scene were in vogue, the enterprise…


Cancer-battling Einsteins sing “executioner’s” song

By GREGORY ZELLER // Clinical researchers are trumpeting a novel compound that causes cancer cells to self-destruct – without affecting healthy cells. A team of biochemistry-focused scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine announced its discovery in Monday’s issue of Cancer Cell, a peer-reviewed medical journal. According to the article, “Direct Activation of BAX by BTSA1 Overcomes Apoptosis Resistance in Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” their novel compounds essentially cause cancer cells to commit suicide by…


For Hamptons innovators, membership has its privileges

By GREGORY ZELLER // Things are formalizing a bit at i-hamptons, which is introducing a new membership-management platform – and an annual membership fee. The Southampton-based “community and resource guide for local entrepreneurs” – essentially, a networking group to help Hamptons entrepreneurs launch their startups – is “switching on” its new Meet-Up platform, which will better “manage membership, events and discussion boards,” according to organization founder Ashley John Heather. “It’s a bit more sophisticated and…


Fresh off first Nobel, top physicist coming to SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // A freshly minted Nobel Prize winner will grace Stony Brook University this spring with a special guest lecture. California Institute of Technology Professor Kip Thorne, who this week was named a winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, is scheduled to visit in April to participate in the Della Pietra Lecture Series. The series, hosted by SBU’s Simons Center for Geometry and Physics,…


At Vaya, second-generation success is in the bags

By GREGORY ZELLER // For entrepreneur Tianna Meilinger, it’s a family thing. The innovator carved her niche back in 2005, when she launched her first company – Vaya Bags​, a Huntington Station-based manufacturer of custom bags and weatherproof coverings. But her craftsmanship goes back much further, to her early teens, when Meilinger started working for her dad. John Meilinger – “Miles,” to friends and loyal customers – was a self-employed craftsman who designed unique clothing…


Northwell adds orthopedic practice, surgical center

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a musculoskeletal coup for the Northwell Health system, Long Island’s largest private orthopedic practice has joined the region’s largest healthcare provider. The New Hyde Park-based health system announced Wednesday that Orlin & Cohen Orthopedic Associates LLP has come aboard, adding some 80 healthcare providers and eight Long Island offices – seven in Nassau County, one in Suffolk – to Northwell Health’s fold. The 80 providers are among 500 total Orlin…


State OKs Five Towns computer-graphics degrees

By GREGORY ZELLER // On a mission to replace “starving artists” with “valued artists,” digital innovator Paul Lipsky has reprogrammed the book on Interactive Computer Graphics. Like, literally: With the New York State Department of Education’s blessing, Dix Hills-based Five Towns College is introducing new two- and four-year Interactive Computer Graphics degree programs based on curricula written by Lipsky, an adjunct Hofstra University instructor and CEO of Plainview-based MindYolk Animation Studio. The new degree programs…


South Nassau wraps up first phase of $60M expansion

Marked by the opening of a new 10-bed annex, the first phase of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s $60 million Emergency Department expansion is complete. Featuring “semi-private treatment bays” with flat-screen TVs and other medical and comfort-focused amenities, the annex fills a 4,500-square-foot renovated storage area inside the Oceanside hospital. Stocked with state-of-the-art monitor beds, additional cardiac monitors and “bedside laboratory testing capabilities,” it also includes a dedicated waiting area with free WiFi connectivity, according to…


Digital maps show Island is a clean-energy leader

A national nonpartisan business group has flipped the switch on an interactive “mapping resource” that tracks the spread of clean-energy technologies across New York State. Environmental Entrepreneurs, a Washington-based consortium of business leaders and investors advocating for sound ecological and economic policies, has launched Mapping Clean Energy: New York, a series of digital maps showing the breadth and depth of the Empire State’s “thriving clean energy industry,” according to the organization. The maps are a…


LI manufacturer powers up Army battery production

By GREGORY ZELLER // A longtime Long Island manufacturer will step up production of “advanced military batteries” for the U.S. Army, in a big way. Commack-based energy solutions expert Bren-Tronics Inc. has received a $6.2 million contract from U.S. Army Contracting Command involving the 44-year-old manufacturer’s military-grade, 24-volt “6T Li-Ion” batteries. The multi-year deal comes through the National Advanced Mobility Consortium, an alliance of traditional and nontraditional small businesses, large defense contractors, academic institutions and…


Personal perspectives inform ‘Women in Manufacturing’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Some of Long Island’s most influential manufacturing leaders will come together Oct. 6 to discuss the role of women in engineering and technology-related fields – something this particular panel knows all about. As part of Suffolk County Community College’s Women in Manufacturing/STEM Summit, the Women in Manufacturing Panel and Video Screening will shine a light on the ways professional passions and specific workforce needs are fueling new science, technology, engineering and…