Alan Kriegstein

Commercialization grant backs brain-scan study

The National Science Foundation is backing a Long Island academic-private partnership looking to turn functional magnetic-resonance imaging technologies into new weapons against brain disease. Farmingdale-based ALA Scientific Instruments and Dr. Lilianne Mujica-Perodi of Stony Brook University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering have been jointly awarded a $225,000 Small Business Technology Transfer grant by the NSF. The Phase I grant, which took effect July 1, will facilitate research and development of an fMRI-centered “Dynamic Phantom,” a potentially…


ALA Scientific: Improbable past, bright future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Farmingdale’s ALA Scientific Instruments was launched by two men who had what might be diplomatically described as ideological differences. Founders Jonathan Adams and Jurgen List both passed away in the late 1990s. But Adams, a Holocaust survivor, and List, a former Nazi foot-soldier, overcame insuperable odds to form a decades-long partnership – and a friendship that’s actually influenced the course of modern neuroscience. The company’s roots were planted around 1960 in Great…