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Applied DNA is talking Turkey (and West Africa, too)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences is in one of those modes again: another week, another big leap into a potentially lucrative geographic or vertical market. This week, it’s geographic, with a new federal mandate in the Republic of Turkey aiding the Stony Brook biotech’s efforts to develop new business there. Applied DNA on Tuesday announced plans to introduce DNA-tagged fertilizer to Turkey and countries in West Africa and Asia, amidst strong interest in…


Debrief: Feinstein’s busy Bouton strengthens his grip

It’s been a busy two years since Chad Bouton left independent R&D giant Battelle and hitched his wagon to the Feinstein Center for Medical Research, joining forces with bioelectronics pioneer and Feinstein Center honcho Kevin Tracey. But perhaps no stretch has been busier than this last month, in which the director of Feinstein’s Center for Bioelectronic Medicine earned the top prize in Northwell Health’s Innovation Challenge (with his NeuroGuard device) and headlined a TEDxHofstraUniversity event…


Northwell sings the praises of $15 million CHIOR

Heralding “an incubator for innovation,” Michael Dowling and the Northwell Health system have opened the doors of the Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research. Dowling, president and CEO of the New Hyde Park-based health system, presided over a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event in November, officially christening the 20,000-square-foot, $15 million Manhasset facility, part of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Leveraging Northwell Health’s uniquely large and diverse patient population, the CHIOR is designed specifically to…


The case of the $2M (and counting) stay-home dad

By GREGORY ZELLER // Philip Smith follows plenty of leads. It makes sense the Port Jefferson native and lifelong Suffolk County resident would land in the lead-generation business. Smith is a true entrepreneurial detective, more apt to study a problem than to charge ahead, always picking up clues to unravel the bigger mystery. It’s evident throughout his tactical business career. After earning an online degree from the University of Phoenix, the then-23-year-old started his first…


With first national campaign, an even bigger Mission

By GREGORY ZELLER // Sprinting out of the Walk Before You Can Run File comes Dean DeCarlo, who’s landed a first-ever national account for his upstart digital-marketing firm Mission Disrupt Ltd. While the big-time score – developing a national digital strategy for ACCSES NJ, a not-for-profit advocating for persons with disabilities in New Jersey – comes several weeks before the Westbury startup’s second anniversary, DeCarlo and his team took the slow-and-steady route to winning the…


As biopharma blossoms, ace DNA producer locks in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences has long proclaimed textiles – your cotton shirt, your leather shoes and the industries that produce them – as its primary vertical market, the ideal sector in which to apply its patented DNA-based security and authentication protocols. But a wholly different use for its coveted DNA supplies may soon eclipse textile-tracking as the Stony Brook biotech’s primary moneymaker. That’s the word from President and CEO James Hayward, who…


In $2 million startup, 11,000 wines and one full circle

By GREGORY ZELLER // As the latest cog in a multistate corporate wheel likely to spin past $3 billion in revenue next year, Total Wine Spirits & More is not your typical startup, for Westbury or anywhere else. And it’s not particularly innovative – though actually it is, contorting Maryland-based Total Wine & More’s proven formula (170-something stores and counting) to squeeze through New York State’s regulatory hoops (more below). But if the megalithic retailer…


Comtech inks $96.2M in new emergency-call contracts

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island-based communications cornerstone will manage a 911 emergency network and wireless 911 services affecting millions of U.S. customers, according to a series of new deals. Melville-based Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has announced a multitude of new contracts with “a major U.S. telecommunications company” providing for various 911-related services. The first deal – involving Comtech’s Safety and Security Technologies group, part of the company’s Commercial Segment – involves the implementation, maintenance…


Northwell’s ‘Health Story’ dives into Maria’s devastation

Northwell Health’s latest “Health Story” takes listeners into the heart of the storm, both literally and figuratively. The newest episode of the New Hyde Park-based health system’s monthly podcast follows a 27-member Northwell Health team – including physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians and administrators – that joined a larger contingent organized by the Greater New York Hospital Association in response to Hurricane Maria, which left a major humanitarian crisis in its wake when it devastated…


Island gets the lead out, with Albany’s help

By GREGORY ZELLER // Four Long Island projects are included in a $20 million state funding package for municipal projects replacing residential water-service lines made from lead. Twenty-six individual projects – including jobs in Glen Cove, Hempstead, North Hempstead and Southold – are included in the statewide package, announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. The pipe-replacement effort, part of the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, targets service pipes containing lead, which…


Nassau IDA incentives snag NYC tech firm

A New York City-based tech firm will relocate to Port Washington, bringing 163 existing jobs and creating 255 more. Lured by an economic-development incentives package from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, Agilant Solutions Inc. – formerly known as ASI System Integration Inc. – plans to move its national headquarters from Manhattan to a 72,500-square-foot Seaview Boulevard warehouse and office building owned by Port Washington-based cosmetics company Ivy Enterprises. In addition to relocating and/or creating…


Northwell innovators think outside the box, and in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bioelectronics and “smart” tech won the day in the Northwell Health 2017 Innovation Challenge. The challenge, which invited the New Hyde Park-based health system’s 63,000-plus employees to submit groundbreaking healthcare ideas for a shot at project-development funding, eventually came down to two champions at Northwell Health’s Made For Big Ideas Showcase in October – a bioelectronic device designed to reduce premature births and a “smart” laboratory container that knows when a…


NYU Winthrop’s blood-loss program a gain for civilians

By GREGORY ZELLER // Law enforcers, educators and other potential civilian responders to trauma situations are benefitting from an NYU Winthrop Hospital program built around a critical emergency skill. The literally named Stop the Bleed program is designed to educate anyone – civilian or otherwise – on field techniques for staunching blood loss. While certainly applicable to victims of automobile crashes or other accidents, Stop the Bleed is focused specifically on empowering citizens in a…


Driver-friendly app keeps on trucking, all the Thruway

By GREGORY ZELLER // When you hit the road on Thanksgiving – and according to AAA, 51 million of you Innovate LI readers/U.S. residents will do that – your trip through New York State can be virtually enhanced. The New York State Thruway mobile app, now available for free download on Android and iPhone devices, provides motorists with real-time traffic and navigation assistance along 570 miles of the state’s very own superhighway – which is…


Defense Logistics Agency re-ups on DNA markers

A federal contract extension will keep Applied DNA Sciences knee-deep in microcircuits for another year at least. The Stony Brook biotech said Monday that the Defense Logistics Agency has awarded a one-year extension of a 2014 deal through which the supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist applies its SigNature DNA biomarkers to microcircuits at the DLA’s Ohio-based Land and Maritime facility. Financial terms of the contract extension were not disclosed. But continuing to mark and…