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With VNS, additional strides in controlling epilepsy

By GREGORY ZELLER // Dr. Ashesh Mehta, head of North Shore-LIJ’s epilepsy care center, performed two surgeries on July 24, one fairly routine, one a bit less so. For now, anyway. Both involved VNS, or electrical stimulation of the vagus nerves, the long bundle of fibers connecting the brain and abdomen. The first replaced the battery in an existing vagus-stimulation device implanted in a 30-year-old woman. As surgical procedures go, pure housekeeping, Mehta noted. “After…


Checking in on LI’s post-doctoral promise

By GREGORY ZELLER // When Accelerate Long Island chief Mark Lesko takes the stage Friday at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s annual Postdoc Retreat – as part of a panel on regional startup opportunities – he’ll pack a portfolio brimming with evidence of the Island’s entrepreneurial health. He’ll also bear glad tidings for the future of what he considers LI’s “dynamic entrepreneurial environment.” Accelerate, a commercialization catalyst bridging ideas and investments, has now staked nine early-stage…


Debrief: John Boockvar, Feinstein Institute

John Boockvar has a lot on his mind, most of it regarding your mind. The co-director of the Feinstein Institute’s Brain Tumor Biotech Center is also an investigator in Feinstein’s Laboratory for Brain Tumor and Biology, director of Lenox Hill Hospital’s Brain Tumor Center, director of the Center for Pituitary Surgery and the Acoustic Neuroma Program at the New York Head & Neck Institute and, because he’s swimming in free time, a neurosurgery professor at…


Solving the power puzzle, by land, sea and air

By GREGORY ZELLER // Wind energy won’t save the world. Neither will wave energy or other forms of hydroelectric generation. So says Daniel Farb, founder of Leviathan Energy, a startup that focuses, naturally, on wind, wave and hydroelectric generation. Individually, none of these alternative-energy mainstays can solve humanity’s power puzzle – but together, according to the CEO, they can form a supplementary backbone that redefines how humans turn on the lights. Farb – part inventor, part…


Long Beach Emergency Department earns final approvals

With final regulatory approvals in place, South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Emergency Department at Long Beach is ready roll. Long Island’s first freestanding emergency department, which will operate 24/7 and receive ambulances via the 9-1-1 Emergency Medical System, is slated to open at  9 a.m. Monday. The opening will mark the return of around-the-clock emergency medical care for the residents of Long Beach, something they’ve been without since Hurricane Sandy shuttered the Long Beach Medical Center…


Victor Susman pictures a very orderly future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Victor Susman wants to set a few billion things straight. That’s his estimate for the number of old family photos out there – actual printed photographs, existing not on a screen but in hard copy, stuffed into shoeboxes and albums. Before they disintegrate into dust or are otherwise lost to history, Susman wants to see them scanned into digital format. But like anyone who’s ever tried to scan a photo or…


For ClipFix, success is all about making connections

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a make-or-break month for ClipFix. Peddling a tiny invention with enormous potential, the Commack-based startup embarks this week on two critical field tests. Best case: ClipFix’s ridiculously uncomplicated DIY fix for busted modular plugs is embraced by major corporate customers, propelling the company to stratospheric success. Considering the startup’s so-simple-it’s-brilliant pitch, this isn’t farfetched at all. At its heart is the RJ-45 modular plug – more specifically, the miniscule, depressible…


Cuomo touts boost to NY distillers

Bottoms up, New York. Not only does the state – and Long Island in particular – house a growing craft-beer scene, but liquor-, cider- and wine-producing distilleries are also pouring in, thanks in no small part to cost-savings policies implemented specifically to help these spirits-makers thrive. Policy changes since 2012 have saved New York distillers over $450,000 in labeling and licensing fees, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, and helped increase the number of statewide…


Debrief: Peter Donnelly, SBU technology licensing

Bridging the commercial world and SBU’s world-class faculty and student research, Peter Donnelly accepts a critical (but not impossible) mission: develop markets for science and technology commercialization. The tech-licensing director has made a career of translating research into innovative consumables, including stints as entrepreneur, corporate suit, academic and government staffer. Throw in his work at Intel and the Boston Consulting Group – and graduate degrees in biotech, business and economics from Johns Hopkins University and…


In the hunt for energy efficiency, Suffolk considers better blinds, even vertical wind

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a national pat on the back and upstate officials taking notes, Suffolk County’s long-term energy strategy is generating real buzz – loudest on Long Island, where Suffolk is becoming a proving ground for innovative energy tech. The honors first. Suffolk’s Energy Initiatives Working Group has received a 2015 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties, one of two the county received for resiliency, infrastructure and sustainability. The other went…


Nassau program offers job opportunities for vets

More than 300 jobs will be made available Thursday to Long Island-based U.S. armed forces veterans and their families. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the New York National Guard are teaming up for a Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, slated to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale. Veterans, active National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses are invited to participate, according to a release from…


Melville credit firm gets power grant

A Long Island credit services company is among 15 statewide firms that will receive low-cost electrical power through the latest round of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ReChargeNY program. RUI Management Services, which is headquartered in Melville and claims regional offices throughout the nation, will share 10.4 megawatts of low-cost electrical power with 14 other New York State businesses, according to a statement from the governor’s office highlighting the 12th round of ReChargeNY allocations. Including the 10.4…


Suffolk establishes a beachhead in drone debate

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drone operators are not only looking over your shoulder, they’re looking over their own. A bill approved Tuesday by the Suffolk County Legislature outlawing drone flights over county beaches between May and September and requiring special licensing to operate drones over county parks isn’t likely to significantly impact commercial drone operators. But with the FAA formulating new drone regulations and unmanned aerial vehicle use steadily rising, commercial drone pioneers see a…


At Rotor Air Cam, hovering over the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ask any enthusiast: One of the best parts of flying a drone is the maneuverability. The typical remote-piloted UAV – that’s unmanned aerial vehicle – can stop on a dime, hover to get its bearings and then take off in a completely different direction. Much like the companies that fly them, actually. When veteran pilot David Sanders combined his aeronautical and video-production skills and launched Plainview-based Rotor Air Cam in March,…


Jim McCune: Pouring it on in Port Jefferson

By JIMMY MCCUNE // Port Jefferson’s LI Pour House is the first Long Island establishment to deploy iPourIt, an RFID-controlled tap system that allows customers to sample their favorite brews without help from a waitress or bartender. “You pour what you want, and pay for what you pour,” noted co-owner and manager Anthony Pallino. “No bartender, no wait.” The system was developed by a pair of California entrepreneurs – beer drinkers, of course – after…