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Jasmine Universe: Powering a more efficient world

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based startup is preparing a product launch that could change the way humans and their spaces consume energy. Launched in 2014, Jasmine Universe – a resident of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University – is currently beta testing at SUNY’s Farmingdale State College, trying out hardware and software combinations designed to maximize energy efficiency by automating systems and tracking consumption. Next up: a markets-spanning…


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Symbiotic Health gets $100K in funding

By GREGORY ZELLER // A spinoff of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has snagged a critical $100,000 stake from Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund – good news for anyone suffering from the most prevalent hospital-based infection in the United States. Symbiotic Health, which does battle against the insidious Clostridium difficile infection, announced today that Accelerate Long Island has matched the $50,000 investment the LIETF fund made in June –…


ThermoLift lands $2.75M from Topspin, Angels

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook energy firm ThermoLift has gotten a big VC lift. The company, a resident of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, announced today that it has closed on a $2.75 million VC round that includes funding from the Topspin Fund, the venture fund of Topspin Partners, and the Long Island Angel Network. The funding will allow ThermoLift – which is looking to redefine the energy…


They’ve come a long way, baby

No doubt about it: Stony Brook Medicine delivers. In fact, Stony Brook University Hospital is closing in on a monumental childbirth milestone: the 100,000th baby delivered since the hospital unwrapped its first bundle of joy way back in May 1980. With fewer than 400 deliveries to go, the benchmark birth – or births, should the magic moment involve a multiple delivery – should happen sometime in August, according to SBUH, which averages between 10 and…


Teq pushes into school security

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Huntington-based tech firm that makes its bones in the education arena is doing some extracurricular work on school security. Teq, a manufacturer and distributor of high-tech professional-development and educational tools, this week announced the launch of Spot, an “all-in-one mass emergency communication platform” that utilizes a mobile app to facilitate crisis-situation connections. Spot gives teachers and other staffers the ability to report emergency situations with the touch of a single…


Eye to eye with Tony the Tiger

By DAN BOWEN // It’s a fact: Kids love cereal. The sweet and satisfying crunch, paired perfectly with a large splash of milk, is enough to get even the laziest of children out of bed in the morning. Parents love cereal, too – the fiber and whole grains offering a fair compromise to the sugar content. And of course, marketers also love cereal – the $10 billion U.S. breakfast cereal market is an easy win for…


Debrief: Phil Rugile, LaunchPad Huntington

A longtime strategic consultant and successful entrepreneur in his own right, Phil Rugile is the perfect soldier to fight for Long Island’s innovation economy, and the right man to lead the energetic LaunchPad Huntington facility. Also an Entrepreneur in Residence for Accelerate Long Island, the human capital strategist at eGifter and founder of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs – a nonprofit mentoring program for inner-city startups – Rugile is media-savvy, highly creative and enthusiastic about the Island’s…


Eastern LI Hospital affiliates with SBU

The Eastern Long Island Hospital Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital – an important step toward advancing collaborations between the two institutions. The affiliation is subject to a host of regulatory approvals and the completion of a definitive agreement between Eastern Long Island and Stony Brook Medicine, which includes the university’s five Health Sciences schools and dozens of satellite facilities. Eastern Long Island, a 90-bed hospital…


Keren Gilbert’s incredible rise from overwhelmed mom to diet celeb and bagel queen

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a popular diet plan, a new book and a line of beneficial bagels – plus an extensive TV résumé flipping from the “Today” show to “Access Hollywood” – dietician Keren Gilbert is poised for Atkins-level stardom. Six years ago, she’d have laughed at the notion. Her husband and business partner, investment banker Jonathan Gilbert, would not have laughed. “I knew,” he said. “I always believed it. Keren is just too…


SBU, East End duck farm get state grants

Stony Brook University is in line for a $1 million grant to help renovate and purchase equipment for its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as part of $18 million in economic development funding the state announced Thursday. A second $250,000 award was approved for private Aquebogue firm H.F. Corwin and Sons to help fund improvements to its state-of-the-art duck hatchery. All told, the winning projects are slated to create 403 new jobs and retain…


Cooling team lands $2.5M in DOE help

Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab researchers have landed a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop ways to radically reduce the amount of water used to cool heating plants. While the ultimate goal is zero net water dissipation into the atmosphere, getting there will also enable next-generation power plants to operate in deserts or other arid conditions. Such technology would also appease environmentalists who have long…


Triglia Technologies is lumbering into the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Its focus – drying wood – isn’t sexy. Its fundraising – while promising – is so far nonexistent. Its patents are pending and its commercialization strategy is the definition of deliberate, what its CEO calls a “realistic pathway into the marketplace.” But for everything it’s not yet, Triglia Technologies is a textbook case of how to win customers and influence investors, and one of Long Island’s best examples of diligence and…


14 LI communities win microgrid funding

Roughly $8.3 million in state awards were doled out today to support innovative “microgrid” projects across New York State – and for once, Long Island was in the thick of things. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 83 New York communities would receive approximately $100,000 each through Stage 1 of the NY Prize microgrid competition, part of Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy that is designed to inspire a new generation of community-based power. Among the…


The Inventors: Elaine Schroeck and the Lawn Buddy

By GREGORY ZELLER // Elaine Schroeck doesn’t mind caring for her lawn. She’s just bothered by having to do it twice. Every. Single. Time. Like most do-it-yourself home gardeners, Schroeck is trapped in a lawn maintenance time warp: She’ll haul out her push lawnmower, mow the grass surrounding her East Islip home, then put the mower away, break out the trimmer and head around the property again, neatening up the edges and corners the mower…


Buffalo biz plan contest attracts thousands

New York’s 43North business plan contest received a record 3,000 qualified entries seeking a shot at big bucks, free incubator space and mentorship. The downside: You have to set up shop in Buffalo. Nonetheless, more than 11,000 entrepreneurs signed up for the second running of the program, a 64 percent jump over 2014. Entrants came from all 50 states, nine of the 10 Canadian provinces and 117 countries. Sectors included software development, web and mobile technology,…