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Applied DNA acquires W. Virginia firm

Applied DNA Sciences, which uses DNA to authenticate a growing array of products and materials that range from currency to wine, has acquired the assets of West Virginia-based Vandalia Research for $1.5 million in cash. Vandalia’s core technology allows for the large-scale production of specific DNA sequences using what’s known as the polymerase chain reaction, or PCR. PCR can amplify tiny pieces of DNA, generating billions of copies without the impurities of fermentation. The deal includes 10 devices used…


The Debrief: Dave Hamilton, clean energy guy

October will mark four years at Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program for Dave Hamilton, who in July moved up to executive director after three years as head of CEBIP’s business development. A former commercial account manager at Island Park’s EmPower Solar, among several other energy-related gigs, Hamilton packs a BS in electrical and computer engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA in marketing from Hofstra University, plus a from-the-trenches view of regional…


North Shore-LIJ to rebrand as Northwell Health

The North Shore-LIJ Health System made it official Monday, announcing a major rebranding effort that starts with a new name for New York State’s largest employer. As first reported by Innovate LI, the board of trustees of the iconic 21-hospital system is rechristening the system Northwell Health, a moniker that reflects the past and serves as a “beacon of our future,” according to President and CEO Michael Dowling. “It’s unique, simple and approachable,” Dowling said…


Suffolk in line for $388M sewer project

Consider it a silver lining to some of Long Island’s darkest clouds. In what’s being proffered as a response to the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, $388 million in state and federal funds will flow into Suffolk County to expand sanitary service to over 8,000 parcels of land currently utilizing on-site septic systems. The coastal resiliency initiative, approved by FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, is a major victory for lawmakers and activists who have…


DiNapoli: Sloppy controls at Upstate IDAs

NY Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is keeping the heat on industrial development agencies around the state, this time with audits that suggest poor followups on approved projects in upstate Niagara, Tompkins and Wyoming counties. “When taxpayers and communities are helping to incentivize and assist local economic development efforts, there must be proper accountability,” DiNapoli said in releasing the audits. “IDAs are leveraging tax breaks in exchange for long-term jobs and future revenue for their communities, but without…


It’s always Friday for some LI microbrews

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Islanders who appreciate small-batch craft beers can now find them on tap in the mothership of large-scale commercialization: TGI Fridays. In addition to stalwart suds like Budweiser and Coors, the Texas-based restaurant chain is now serving microbrews at several Long Island locations, part of a larger corporate effort to capitalize on the increasing popularity of regional craft beverages. While it includes beers from several Northeast locales – including the fall-flavored…


Teq lands Audio Enhancement deal

Huntington classroom-technology producer Teq has landed another lucrative distribution deal, this time as the exclusive New York provider for Audio Enhancement’s award-winning line school-audio products. It’s the latest classroom coup for Teq, which in August became the exclusive New York provider of software and hardware for Canadian tech firm SMART Education Solutions. As with the SMART deal, Teq will be the exclusive distributor of Audio Enhancement products to all public K-12 districts in New York…


SBU leads latest college ranking

Long Island certainly didn’t flunk out of U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings, though collectively, you’d have to give the Island a B grade at best. Those more intimately familiar with the world-class science, impressive graduation rates and regional economic benefits of the Island’s college and university system might question a database in which Long Island’s most notable achievement was Stony Brook University’s ranking as the nation’s 37th best public university. But U.S….


Brookhaven completes first phase of cardiac unit

Phase 1 of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital’s $60 million, 60,000-square-foot cardiac-unit expansion is complete, and a gathering of politicos, patrons and patients joined hospital officials this week to mark the milestone. According to hospital board chair Lisa Rose, exterior and interior projects are on schedule and the remodeled, state-of-the-art Knapp Center is on target for its planned May 2016 completion and summer 2016 debut. Keeping the name of the Knapp family, renowned benefactors of the hospital…


Cablevision in deal for WGN America, last 2.8% of Newsday

Cablevision has inked a multi-year deal that will bring Tribune Media’s general entertainment cable network, WGN America, to its New York, New Jersey and Connecticut customers beginning in January. As part of the deal, Cablevision will continue to air Trib’s New York (WPIX-TV), Hartford (WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV) and Philadelphia (WPHL-TV) stations and extend access to TV listings and movie data provided by Gracenote, Tribune Media’s digital data and entertainment company. Gracenote data is used to provide programming information on the Optimum interactive…


Gillibrand signs on to build-it-here bill

New federal legislation aims to keep high-pay, high-skill manufacturing jobs in the United States by brushing up a 50-year-old small-business law. Introduced by New Jersey Democrat Corey Booker and cosponsored by a quartet of U.S. senators including Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the Scale-Up Manufacturing Investment Company Act of 2015 would help fund entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to commercialize or otherwise advance their manufacturing operations. The idea, according to Gillibrand, who discussed the proposed legislation during…


In school security, a fly on the digital wall

By GREGORY ZELLER // If it’s going to happen, it very well might happen on the Internet first. That’s the thinking behind Digital Fly, a real-time social media monitoring and alert service spun out of Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions. Named for the proverbial fly on the wall, Digital Fly looks to improve school safety by tracking threats on sites like Instagram and Twitter and alerting officials as necessary. Leading the way is Derek Peterson, Digital…


BNL’s Cleary headlines inventors’ event

Long Island inventors and entrepreneurs have a golden chance to learn how to partner with Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Suffolk County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club’s Sept. 15 meeting is scheduled to feature Connie Cleary, commercialization manager at the Department of Energy’s Upton facility. Cleary is expected to discuss the BNL’s tech-transfer and commercialization processes, as well as the lab’s protocols for collaborating with startup enterprises. Cleary, a former manager of industry partnership development at Argonne…


Lessons from life on the bottom rung

By GREGORY ZELLER // What I did with my summer vacation: If you’re an American teenager, there’s a good chance it wasn’t “earn a paycheck.” The percentage of U.S. teens with summer jobs has been in steady decline for years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which says six of 10 U.S. high school and college students had summer jobs this season – down from eight of 10 in 1989. Overall, there were…


The Debrief: Alexander Gann, Watson School of Biological Sciences

In terms of size, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s graduate school is a bit short of Ivy League. With seven new Fall 2015 admissions bumping the student body to 41, the Watson School of Biological Sciences has a ways to go to catch the likes of MIT’s 11,000 students or Harvard’s 6,700. But when your namesake is credited with cracking DNA, your work had better be A-grade, and the Watson School’s focus on biological sciences is…