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The inventors: Sharone Piontkowski knows every woman’s arch enemy

By GREGORY ZELLER // If the shoe fits, Sharone and Shlomo Piontkowski may soon deliver a medical breakthrough of fashionable proportions. Sharone, a Port Jefferson native and New York City-based architectural designer, and Shlomo, a retired surgeon who helped pioneer arthroscopy at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, are developing a special insert that could prevent chronic injuries caused by the most unnatural of human footwear: the high-heeled shoe. A final product is a year away at best,…


Berliner takes over Hofstra biz school

It’s a busy summer at Hofstra University, where a history-making provost is settling in and a longtime administrator is going full circle, with a business bent. Gail Simmons, the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Manhattanville College in Purchase, this week accepted the mantle from Herman Berliner, who retired from the Hofstra provost position after 24 years. Simmons, who earned a PhD from the Department of Genetics at UC Davis, was selected…


Protect NY sets move to Farmingdale

By GREGORY ZELLER // The academic and professional think tank Protect New York is moving to Farmingdale State College, relocating from its birthplace inside the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The organization – which launched in 2006 and represents disciplines including criminal justice, psychiatry, sociology, public health, media studies and engineering – will now be hosted by the Department of Criminal Justice in Farmingdale’s School of Arts & Sciences. Protect New York…


NYIT gets nod for cybersecurity research

Nassau County has selected NYIT to run a cybersecurity research center in which new technologies would be developed to help safeguard critical national information and data. The center, which will be housed in rent-free space in Port Washington, is expected to receive national status from the NSA and the federal Central Security Service. The launch of the center follows news that IRS, White House and other federal computers were broken into by China-based hackers, exposing…


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Another step back for Long Beach

Renovation of the Long Beach Urgent Care Center – resulting in Long Island’s first off-campus, 24-hour emergency services department – was completed in “record time.” Unfortunately, state and federal regulators don’t move as quickly. Until regulators offer final approvals, the rebuilt South Nassau Communities Hospital facility – which includes a three-bed “observation unit” and treatment areas for infectious diseases and behavioral-health cases – will not be open 24 hours per day and cannot receive ambulances…


AVZ promotes 5 to partner team

Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Co. may need to change the type size on the letterhead. The Hauppauge-based certified public accounting and business-advisory firm has promoted five longtime principals – Jill Gunzel, Kenneth Laks, Lawrence Lucarelli, James O’Connor and Thomas Ruggiero – to its partner team. The quintet grows the partner team ranks to 17 professionals offering a range of services to businesses and industries throughout Long Island and the Metro New York region. The promotions…


Utah firm acquires MedNet Technologies

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Melville website developer with an international portfolio of healthcare clients has been acquired by a Utah-based digital marketing specialist. MedNet Technologies, a 17-year-old firm founded by brothers Jack and Christian Pellman, was acquired by Advice Media, which bills itself as “the industry leader in digital marketing for healthcare professionals.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Besides the Pellman brothers – who are “pursuing new endeavors,” according to an Advice…


Applied DNA added to Russell Microcap Index

A new index listing has Applied DNA Sciences anticipating new growth – and increased exposure to potential financiers. The Stony Brook-based biotech firm, which provides botanical-DNA-based security and authentication, has joined the Russell Microcap Index, one of several indexes operated by global investor-index publisher FTSE Russell. Applied DNA was named to the Microcap Index June 26 as part of FTSE Russell’s annual index reconstitution. The Russell Microcap Index measures the performance of the microcap segment…


Keen stepping down as Farmingdale prez in ’16

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen will step down next June after nearly nine years in office. Keen, 70, led the school through a period of significant enrollment growth, the expansion of academic programs and a nearly $200 million construction and renovation project that transformed the look and feel of the college, which began as a two-year agricultural school. “Everyone has his or her time, and now it is my time,” Keen said. “I’m…


SBU officially opens $40M computer center

Stony Brook University is lifting the curtain on its new Computer Science Building. The $40.8 million center – designed to accelerate SBU’s collaborative research in bioinformatics, smart energy, cyber engineering, physical sciences and biomedicine – unofficially opened in May, but SBU will celebrate its arrival Wednesday with an open-house event featuring laboratory tours, faculty demonstrations and discussions led by SBU President Samuel Stanley and Department of Computer Science Chairman Arie Kaufman. Measuring over 70,000 square…


Buncee goes to the head of the class

By GREGORY ZELLER // Buncee is putting the “e” in education. Educators across the country are embracing the Calverton-based company’s “digital canvas,” which was originally designed as an e-greeting-type multimedia communications tool but has emerged as an award-winning educational resource. Buncee has become so popular as a teaching tool, in fact, that the company is in the process of rolling out an education-specific platform called Buncee for Edu. With some features not expected to go…


At clean-gen startup ThermoLift, the heat is on

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a new roster of heavy-hitting contributors, an advanced prototype being readied for field tests and significant fundraising in the bank – plus another major investment pending – the folks at clean-gen startup ThermoLift are fired up. The company, a resident of Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, is certainly thinking big. With its natural gas-powered heat and cooling pump, three-year-old ThermoLift aims to redefine the energy world, making…


Debrief: Diane Fabel, Center for Biotechnology

As honcho of the 30-year-old Center for Biotechnology – a catalyst for the development of biomedical technologies and companies located on the Stony Brook University campus – Diane Fabel wears many important hats: facilitator, organizer, manager, sometimes even referee. And since the center is the lead administrative organization behind the three-headed Long Island Bioscience Hub, uniting SBU and the Cold Spring Harbor and Brookhaven National laboratories, she also plays a critical role in the development…


Biamonte bringing BNL data tech to market

By GREGORY ZELLER // The CEO of Green Sulfcrete, an environmentally friendly concrete alternative, is looking to cement himself in the big-data industry. Through Startup America – a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation – Green Sulfcrete CEO William Biamonte has paid “a couple grand” for the option to license a proprietary Brookhaven National Laboratory technology developed to move massive amounts of data pouring out of the lab’s…


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The Inventors: Solomon Wasserman and the actually-keep-you-dry raincoat

By GREGORY ZELLER // If there’s one thing a raincoat should do, it’s keep you dry in the rain. But they don’t, actually, or at least not from about the knees down. As Solomon Wasserman discovered on his way to the synagogue one rainy Saturday morning, and again on the way home. “I got wet below my thigh, and my shoes were full of water,” said Wasserman, a Ukrainian immigrant, by way of Moldova, who now…