It’s Monday again: A great start to the week everybody, and welcome new readers, including John, Lisa, Carly, Gregg and Larry. Today is July 11, on which Tijuana was founded, the Babe debuted and “Mockingbird” dropped.
Correction: Friday was not June 8, as the last newsletter suggested. Sorry about that. Also, to the 14 percent of readers who clicked on the Perry Como link, our apologies if “Hot Diggity” is still stuck in your head. Learn more about earworm here.
Takes lots of nerve: Bioelectronic medicine, on which Long Island is pinning considerable economic development hopes, took a mighty step forward this month with a clinical trial and companion paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Innovate’s Gregory Zeller on why zapping the immune system is such a big deal.
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Albany has a newfound love for Long Island. (Probably short-lived, but we’ll take it.)
Westbury brings home $10 million from the guv’s latest eco-dev sweepstakes.
Watchdog applause for Dolan’s Newsday deal.
Top reads last week
Applied DNA inks a document verification deal.
Retooling the unemployed for manufacturing.
MIDI Medical is ready for the region’s next round of startups.
The Friday newsletter. (Likely people revisiting that June 8 screw up.)
War stories: Join us for a rousing roundtable on the pitfalls facing young companies as they head out for financing. Allan Cohen, Harvey Brofman and Dan Polner with Kominicki riding herd, July 14 – that’s Thursday – Melville Marriott, 8 to 10 a.m., free but register.
And don’t miss: Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law, July 20, noon to 5 p.m., Princeton Club NYC, offers 3.5 CLEs, including the much-sought ethics credit, and lunch, $195 for members, more for nots, discounts for students, info and registration here.
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Don’t forget: It’s the last week to nominate for the Innovator of the Year awards. Tell us about your favorite big-thinker via firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Query Marlene McDonnell at the same address.
Kid stuff: Scientists tell us how to raise brilliant children.
Brown bagging innovation: Eating the same lunch every day – in this case, ham and pepper-jack cheese on whole wheat, no mayo – can lead to big things.
A diamond is an oncologist’s best friend: Stony Brook prof Erik Muller is leading a research team that is perfecting diamond beams for radiation therapy, tripling the speed and precision while reducing the effect on adjacent healthy tissue.
Sweet: BNL researchers have found a way to significantly boost the natural sugars in aspen trees, making them a prized candidate for bioenergy production. (Why aspens? Fast growing in even lousy soil and not particular about climate.)
Tech night and the feeling’s right: LISTnet’s Women in Technology group hosts a roundtable and happy hour, Thursday, July 14, LaunchPad Huntington, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Making the rounds: U.S. startups raised $40B in the first half of 2016, according to a report by PitchBook Data, most of it for late-stage unicorns. The total puts 2016 on pace to match the $79 billion raised in 2015.
Related: Uber represented 28 percent of all funding in Q2. The firm raised another $1.5 billion last week, this time through a high-yield loan marketed by Morgan Stanley. No IPO coming soon, BTW. CEO Travis Kalanick says it could be 10 years, or “as late as humanly possible.”
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More hops, please: A London craft brewer is using artificial intelligence to tweak its recipes with input from customers.
Nape-ster: Necksound, a wireless wearable for people who disdain earbuds, has topped its goal on Kickstarter.
Doing less well: HyperCool, a portable cooler that can chill two cans of brew in 60 seconds, ice cold in 90, on Indigeogo.
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