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Cuomo unveils $4B LaGuardia redo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pitching an innovative $4 billion makeover of LaGuardia Airport that would consolidate its four terminals into one hub and reposition the facility closer to Grand Central Parkway. In addition, the airport would be connected to public transit via an AirTrain link and 24-hour ferry service. Delta Air Lines, which owns the current Terminals C and D, would be a “full partner” in the project with the Port Authority of New York…


Envisagenics gets $100K in seed funding

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory spinoff Envisagenics has landed a $100,000 investment from Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technology Fund. Envisagenics, which uses proprietary algorithms to dramatically reduce the complexity of biological datasets resulting from ribonucleic acid sequencing, will use the funds “to create the most talented team possible for Envisagenics and Long Island,” CEO Maria Luisa Pineda told Innovate LI. Pineda founded the firm in 2013 with Chief Technology…


Rochester tapped for $610M photonics center

The Pentagon has selected a Rochester consortium to lead a $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to photonics — the use of light in technology — that will bring thousands of jobs to the region. Western New York already has about 100 companies working on optics and photonics, including firms focused on robotics, medical imaging, national security and other fields. Vice President Joe Biden joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the announcement, although the news…


Debrief: Bob Brill, Newlight Management

A former GM at Harris Corp. — where he revolutionized commercial microprocessors — and an IBM engineer, the accomplished and always busy Bob Brill was also CEO of tech companies Algorex Corp. and Sipex Corp., all of which put his PhD in physics (Brown University) and undergraduate engineering degrees (Lehigh) to good use. Brill’s also a leading Long Island investor: The managing partner of Jericho investment firm Newlight Management and former general partner at VC…


SBU researchers win health grants

Three Stony Brook Medicine researchers have received financial backing from the SUNY Health Network of Excellence. The network, part of the SUNY Research Foundation, has granted a total of $450,000 to SBU-led programs targeting GI cancers, Lyme disease and pediatric health issues. Each project has received a one-year grant award of $150,000 from the health network, effective this month. As one of six SUNY Networks of Excellence, the health network unites scientists, scholars and corporate…


LA startup heading to Stony Brook

A California-based dermatology company is relocating to New York – specifically, to the Stony Brook University campus – as one of 12 new Start-Up NY companies announced Thursday. PhD Skin Care LLC, currently headquartered in Los Angeles, will focus on the design and fabrication of new ingredients and topical formulas for over-the-counter drugs and topical skincare products as the newest residents of the Long Island High Technology Incubator. The company “will be relocating its entire…


Collaboration, the mother of invention

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even Brian Fried was impressed. And he holds more than a dozen patents and trademarks. Fried, founder of the Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club of Suffolk County, has seen plenty of inventions come along over the years, but the breadth of inventiveness on display at the club’s annual product showcase event on Tuesday – ranging from a voice recorder with law enforcement potential to a fresh take on bathtubs – fascinated even…


In Sikorsky deal, cautious local optimism

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island aerospace manufacturers are reassessing their markets following word of Lockheed Martin’s $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, but none expect the megadeal to hurt existing business. Some Island parts-makers, in fact, are already anticipating an uptick. The deal, announced earlier this week, is pending regulatory approvals and is expected to close late this year or in early 2016. The prospect of a giant Connecticut-based customer with long ties to regional…


Harriman Hall, retooled for innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The startups and products of the future are assembling now in the Stony Brook University business school. Specifically, they’re coming together in Room 210 of Harriman Hall, a.k.a. the school’s Innovation Lab: 1,200 square feet filled with 3D printers, green screens, video cameras, computers, vinyl cutters, a sewing machine and “more wires than you can imagine,” according to David Ecker, the university’s director of research, technologies and innovation and the lab’s…


Hofstra, LIFT, arts group win state funding

Hofstra’s medical school, LIFT’s composite program and the Long Island Arts Alliance were among the winners of the latest round of Albany economic development funding announced Tuesday. A total of $17 million in grants was awarded by the Empire State economic development arm. Long Island was honored with $438,000. The Hofstra award of $152,000 is earmarked for furniture, fixtures, computers, tablets and associated equipment to support the university’s Medical Scholar’s Pipeline Program. The program is…


At Sweigh, your opinion really does matter

By GREGORY ZELLER // Opinions are like … well, let’s just say everyone has one. And while the omnipresence of online opinions might lessen their individual value, they’re collective gold to anyone trying to keep a finger on society’s pulse. Which brings us to Sweigh, a real-time social sentiment platform that combines two favorite Internet features – the like/don’t like poll and the comments section – to determine what We the People are thinking. By…


The Inventors: Caryn Horsley helps women find Inner Peace

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not easy to discuss. Even Caryn Horsley hesitates over some of the intimate details. But incontinence is familiar to many Americans – 13 million of them, according to WebMD, with the loss of bladder control twice as prevalent among women. Horsley believes she has a subtle and graceful solution, and she’s happy to discuss it, even if the subject matter sometimes gives her or her audience pause. A self-described “jack…


Hofstra gets state OKs on nursing programs

The New York State Department of Education has approved license-qualifying nurse practitioner programs to be offered by the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. Beginning in September with an inaugural class of 30 students, the school will offer a three-year, part-time program leading to a master of science degree in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Family Nursing, with the goal of meeting the burgeoning need for nurse practitioners and physician…


New lottery promotion: Scratch for Long Island

The New York Lottery and the state’s tourism arm are launching a scratch-off game to promote tourism to five parts of the state. As per usual, Long Island not included. The $2 tickets offer 15 different vacation packages to New York City, Cooperstown, the Adirondacks, Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes valued at $5,000 apiece, up to $25,000 in cash and $25 worth of “I Love NY” merchandise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new scratch-off game on Sunday as…


Debrief: Carrie Cottingham, LIU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and special counsel to the office of the university president, Long Island University’s Carrie Cottingham enjoys multiple perspectives on LI’s innovation economy. A lawyer by trade, she’s an innovator at heart: After obtaining her JD from Charleston School of Law, she earned a master’s in entrepreneurial law at Duke, completing a unique program for lawyers who want to advise startups or become entrepreneurs themselves. Cottingham, who signed…