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The Brew Bus: Ready to barrel on down the highway

By GREGORY ZELLER // Brad Darrohn likes beer. Specifically, the partner at Bohemia-based online marketing firm Fishbat enjoys craft beers, those brewed in small batches by local beer lovers like himself. Long Island has a thriving microbrew culture, but its geographical sprawl presents a problem for those who would enjoy their suds responsibly. But also an opportunity. Lamenting that a single-day tour of the Island’s widespread breweries using conventional transportation was virtually impossible, Darrohn determined…


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Fashioning a presidential run

With the cost of a successful presidential campaign now pegged above $1 billion, no surprise Hillary Clinton is selling campaign geegaws that were once standard giveaways. Supporters are being asked to shell out $20 for a wire-and-plastic yard sign, for example, and a full sawbuck for a car magnet. Bumper stickers go for $5 the pack. For the deeper pocketed, the hillaryclinton.com site offers a $55 “A Woman’s Place is in the White House” throw…


CA buying Colorado software firm in $480M deal

CA Technologies has agreed to acquire Rally Software Development Corp., a Boulder-based software and services firm, for $19.50 per share, or roughly $480 million. Shares of Rally jumped 45 percent on news of the deal, while CA was off 1.5 percent. Rally has approximately 500 employees across four continents and last-year sales of $88 million. “Software applications are changing the world, disrupting established business models and bringing in completely new experiences in areas from travel…


Feinstein eyes $400M center for bioelectronic med

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hundreds of millions of dollars, 250,000 square feet, dozens of laboratories and one throbbing center at the heart of a reinvigorated Long Island economy. Yep. Kevin Tracey thinks big. His vision for a sparkling new Center for Bioelectric Medicine is barely past the drawing board, but already the president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research – the R&D arm of the North Shore-LIJ Health System – envisions a…


Start-Up NY gets passing (barely) grade from Siena

Start-Up NY won narrow support from voters in a Siena College poll released Tuesday, with 52 percent of respondents saying they favor the program, which gives tax breaks to companies willing to relocate to approved college campuses. The majority of the support – 62 percent – came from Democrats, with the program resonating the strongest geographically with NYC and its suburbs. Only 45 percent of upstate residents said they supported the benefits. Start-Up has been…


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…