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At BNL, big ideas come from thinking really small

By GREGORY ZELLER // And you thought only children built with blocks. Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists do, too – only their blocks are about one-billionth of a meter long and are held together by synthetic DNA strands. And it’s not actually the scientists doing the building, but the blocks themselves: Those strands, while much shorter than the twisted-ladder chains comprising, say, human cells, are encoded with instructions that enable the nanoparticles to “self-assemble.” Mind blown…


The art of workforce development

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s LaunchPad ecosystem, one of several fronts in the war against the Island’s “brain drain,” is facing a recruiting crisis. Many businesses within the LaunchPad system – a co-working environment for startups and entrepreneurs that now includes facilities in Great Neck, Hicksville, Huntington, Mineola and Stony Brook – are finding their recruiting processes hampered by “a lack of available talent and a shortage of innovate thinkers,” according to Hofstra University….


DEBRIEF: Congressman Lee Zeldin

The transition from Albany to Washington has been an eye-opener for freshman U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, the 1st District Republican. Not yet six months into his first congressional term – and with challengers already lining up for the 2016 election – he’s getting a much clearer picture of how Long Island fits into the massive jigsaw that is the U.S. economy. And he’s finding that whatever topic is on the table, economics are always in…


Taking North Shore-LIJ to market

By GREGORY ZELLER // With two spinoffs in play and as many as 10 waiting in the wings, the North Shore-LIJ Health System is ramping up its commercialization efforts at STAT speed. In particular, a series of ambitious collaborations between North Shore and the Cleveland Clinic – a nonprofit, multispecialty medical center melding hospital care with research and education – are beginning to bear commercial fruit. Speaking at a Long Island Association event on Thursday,…


It’s Memorial Day, time for a new heating plant

The heat is off at Adelphi University. But that’s OK, it’s summer. By the time the cold weather rolls around again next fall, the heat will be on again – and the university will be saving more than $1.6 million annually in energy costs, while drastically reducing its carbon footprint. After a multiyear search for the right project, at the right price, to replace its aging and inefficient boiler system, the Garden City university has…


Where success requires a little shelf examination

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s one thing for a food startup to conquer the weekend farmer’s market circuit, something much more to break into retail, where the average grocery store offers customers more than 40,000 items, with 20,000 new ones introduced nationally every year. Of which 80 percent fail. How to win over the big boys and keep them coming back for more? There’s an incubator for that. Welcome Spring to Market, a new initiative…


A bet on the not-so-future Internet of Things

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions is launching a new practice group aimed at staying ahead of the pack on the next big thing: the Internet of Things. The IoT covers physical objects embedded with sensors and software – the kind of electronic connectivity that allows “things” to interoperate with computers and cloud-based data systems via the Internet. It’s a trend that’s not only redesigning how things work, but reprogramming how people think…


DEBRIEF: Rajib Sanyal, incoming business dean, Adelphi University

Rajib Sanyal will take over as dean of Adelphi University’s Robert. B. Willumstad School of Business on July 1, succeeding Anthony Libertella, who’s retiring after 11 years in the dean’s office. An oft-published veteran of university administration, Sanyal has served as dean of the Walker L. Cisler College of Business at Northern Michigan University and currently heads the Miller College of Business at Indiana’s Ball State University – two schools and regions, he told Innovate…


Legal help for millennials? Mobile, of course

By GREGORY ZELLER // Need an attorney? Mobile platform LawNearMe.com has one for you. Millennials preferred. Ease of attorney is not exactly a Miranda right, but it could be a lucrative business opportunity. That’s what entrepreneurial attorney Samuel Shusterhoff is counting on as he efforts to unite attorneys and “next generation” clients with immediate legal needs. By “next generation,” Shusterhoff – a Jericho native who launched LawNearMe.com out of a Massapequa office in 2014 (the…


Teq beefs up distribution partnerships

The good times roll on at educational software firm Teq, which this week announced two new reseller partnerships. In April, the Huntington-based producer of innovative classroom technology and online professional development solutions entered into an international distribution deal with Canadian firm SMART Technologies, allowing Teq to forge distribution agreements with SMART’s reseller partners throughout the United States and Canada. This week, the firm announced partnerships with two of those resellers: Piraino Consulting, which will make…


SetPoint Medical

Feinstein’s vagus research takes plenty of nerve

BY GREGORY ZELLER // What happens in vagus doesn’t actually stay there. Or at least that’s the theory behind electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve, a long cranial bundle that extends from the brain to the abdomen. Medical science is just scratching the surface of the therapeutic value of vagus stimulation, but new studies suggest it goes far beyond the treatment of certain forms of epilepsy and depression, two longstanding targets of vagus manipulation. Dr….


Verizon, Sprint settle messaging complaint

Verizon Wireless and Sprint have agreed to pay $158 million to settle complaints that they charged millions of dollars of unauthorized fees that appeared on customer cellphone bills in a practice known as cramming, the FCC announced. Under the agreement, Verizon will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million. The unauthorized charges were for third-party premium text messaging services. The FCC said it received “numerous” complaints from consumers who had never requested the services and were…


In tattoo removal, it’s all about thinking backwards

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’ve ever wanted a tattoo but balked at that whole, you know, forever thing, hang on. Joseph Miccio is back at the drawing board. In 2013, Miccio – then a freshman in Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine – took third place in SBU’s Dare to Risk Entrepreneurship competition with his invention of  Sonink, a tattoo ink that can be broken down by ultrasonic waves. Although he was bested by…


Riverhead in line for state housing support

The state announced $141 million in support for affordable housing projects, including $5.4 million for a planned Riverhead development. The Finger Lakes region (six total awards for $26.5 million) will receive the largest amount of funding, followed by the Southern Tier (four awards, $21.1 million) and the Mid-Hudson region (four awards, $17.8 million). The most individual awards are going to New York City (nine awards, $16.7 million). The aid includes low-interest loans, grants and tax…


Steve Gold

And yes, you can have fries with this

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Cluck ’n Moo, an innovative substitute for the classic beef patty that introduces lean poultry to the mix, is ready to take wing. Inventor Steve Gold says the resulting beef-and-chicken hybrid lowers the fat and calorie content without skimping on taste or texture, and with Cluck ’n Moo already gracing supermarkets across New York, he’s on the hunt for $750,000 in venture capital to spread the word. Some members of the…