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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Technology Transfer Chief Teri Willey

The Debrief: Teri Willey, Cold Spring Harbor Lab

Venture capitalization veteran Teri Willey came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 18 months ago on a mission: to turn the lab’s life-altering science into bona fide business. As co-founder of seed venture fund ARCH Development Partners, VP of Technology & Business Development at Mount Sinai Medical Center and past president of the Association of University Technology Managers, among other distinguished positions, the University of Idaho graduate (with an MBA from Indiana State) had already shepherded…


state support for solar

State unveils solar bulk-buying program

Three community-based solar-power campaigns in Suffolk County are eligible for bulk-purchase discounts through Community Solar NY, a new state initiative announced Monday. Solarize Brookhaven and two campaigns under the Solarize South Fork banner – encompassing participants in the Town of Southampton, the Village of Southampton, the Village of Sag Harbor, the Town of East Hampton and the Village of Sag Harbor – are among the 26 community campaigns across the state included in the announcement….


Ed Mangano

Mangano’s tech team eyes job fair

A technology-themed job fair, a potential tech trade show and new online-access options were among the ideas tossed around at the first meeting of Nassau County’s Tech Task Team. Under the working title “T-Cubed” (other names being considered include “Tech Island”), the team met April 1 at the Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, and while the kickoff gathering was largely organizational, insiders say it was also highly enthusiastic. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano,…


CEBIP's David Hamilton

State’s $160M renewables program sidesteps LI

BY GREGORY ZELLER New York State’s new $160 million clean-energy initiative is an environmental and economic-development boon of the highest order. But not for Long Island. In fact, the funding program announced April 7 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo – designed specifically to grow large-scale clean-energy projects – could deliver a staggering blow to the Island’s innovation economy by luring clean-gen projects elsewhere. The program is funded by the New York State Energy Research and…


Nomorobo's Aaron Foss

Maker’s markt set for LaunchPad Huntington

BY GREGORY ZELLER LaunchPad Huntington has landed a $15,000 grant from Albany’s Workforce Development Institute to build out a 3D maker space prototyping facility. The grant covers the cost of a cutting machine, a dedicated computer loaded with CAD drawing software and a desktop-sized 3D printer, all being purchased now. The space should be up and running by late May, according to Phil Rugile, LaunchPad Huntington’s director. “This is a really significant 21st century opportunity…


Andrew Hazen

DEBRIEF: Andrew Hazen, Angel Dough Ventures

Most known recently as a founder of the fast-growing Launchpad Long Island co-working facilities, serial investor Andrew Hazen is not afraid to take a chance. But whether the CEO of Hicksville seed fund/startup accelerator Angel Dough Ventures is nurturing a fledgling tech firm, funneling venture capital into a bold experiment or launching an online bagel-chip company, Hazen always does his homework – and his studious nature gives him front-row access to the bubbling pot that…


CharityWait lands Angel Network funding

BY GREGORY ZELLER // From the Two Birds/One Stone file comes CharityWait, a born-in-Nassau-County app that’s received a hefty six-figure investment from Angel Dough Ventures and the Long Island Angel Network. A spinoff of CEO and cofounder Daniel Reitman’s SmartLine app, CharityWait allows users to register at busy restaurants – basically, get in line for the next available table – with a charitable-donation option that bumps them to the front of the queue. It also gives…


$533M in film activity for Nassau

A report commissioned by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency suggests the county has received a $533 million boost from film and television production work since 2013. The report is here: Nassau County Film Industry – Economic Analysis 2013-2014


Keith Cooper and Todd Brice of SlipFinder

SlipFinder: The nautical Airbnb

BY GREGORY ZELLER Keith Cooper’s goal is not immodest: He’s looking to forever change the recreational boating world as we know it. The way the Long Island native and his partner, Amityville High School chum Todd Brice, see it, boaters have plenty of options – digital included – for reserving transient boat slips away from their home ports. But they mostly involve advance planning, which according to Cooper sails in the face of recreational boating’s…


BNL Battery research

SBU, Brookhaven Lab scientists charging towards the future

BY GREGORY ZELLER Good news for the future of Long Island’s innovation economy: Batteries are included. Supercharged by a $10 million research grant and wielding next-level tools that provide unprecedented glimpses into the innards of energy storage, scientists from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory are collaborating on high-tech, high-stakes efforts to redefine batteries as we know them. They’re not alone. Researchers from across Long Island and around the globe are involved, as is…


CSHL's Bruce Stillman

North Shore-LIJ, CSHL in cancer partnership

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and North Shore-LIJ announced a joint cancer research and treatment effort that is designed to speed the region’s most-promising research to patients. The affiliation will better connect researchers at CSHL and North Shore’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and provide patients for clinical trials of the latest treatments, linking scieentists with more than 200 oncologists at North Shore-LIJ’s Cancer Institute. Cold Spring Harbor CEO Bruce Stillman called the paertnership a “transformative…


Army extends Comtech contract

Army exercises Comtech contract extension

The U.S. Army re-upped for another year of services from Melville’s Comtech Telecommunications Corp., exercising almost $20 million in contracts covering engineering and satellite communications and use of hush-hush Comtech intellectual property. The full contract, which began last year, has a not-to-exceed value of $68.5 million. The work, unfortunately, will be performed by Comtech’s Maryland subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. Comtech trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol CMTL. Shares are currently around $30, off…


Medical Arts Pavillion

In Long Beach, the art of medicine

BY GREGORY ZELLER Expect the “hospital without beds” coming soon to the site of the former Long Beach Medical Center to be a bastion of Long Island-based technology. While South Nassau Communities Hospital officials stress they’re in the earliest planning stages, the new Medical Arts Pavilion – to rise on the site of the defunct medical center, which was shuttered in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy – is likely to be stocked with state-of-the-art technologies, including…


SBU

SBU, Cold Spring and BNL win hub grant

A $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help Long Island’s three premier biotech R&D facilities speed medical breakthroughs to market. The NIH announced April 8 that it was awarding Stony Brook University’s Center for Biotechnology a three-year grant to help establish the Long Island Bioscience Hub in collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton. The hub will look to turn biomedical discoveries made at the three…


DEBRIEF: Lee Cheatham, BNL’s prince of partnering

Go east, young man: While the bulk of his education and the entirety of his professional career have occurred in western locales, Lee Cheatham’s path has led him finally to Long Island. The director of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s new Strategic Partnerships Office packs a world-class education (B.S. from Oregon State, M.S. from Washington State, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon, all in electrical engineering) and abundant professional experience. Included: VP of product engineering for Ameritech Library Services,…