Ann-Marie Scheidt

New director for busy Business Incubator at Calverton

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s Business Incubator at Calverton has a new head honcho. Chris Kempner, a former executive director of the Town of Riverhead’s Community Development Agency, will take over as associate director of the Calverton incubator as of May 15, SBU announced Thursday. Kempner officially succeeds Monique Gablenz, who retired from her position as Calverton Business Incubator director in the fall of 2016. Incubator management temporarily passed to Jeffrey Saelens, executive…


Donald Trump, Long Island and the war on science

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s worry, if not panic, among the scientists at the heart of the Long Island innovation economy. Certainly, none are surprised that President Donald Trump, in his first proposed budget, took square aim at the federal funding that is the lifeblood of the nation’s scientific research programs. This is, after all, a president who calls climate change a hoax, champions coal and selected a former ExxonMobil CEO as his secretary of…


Best laid plans: Seven head to Albany for $100K shot

By GREGORY ZELLER // Hofstra University showed off its innovation chops in this week’s regional round of the 2017 New York State Business Plan Competition. Four of the seven teams selected to represent Long Island in the state finals, scheduled for April 28 in Albany, hail from Hofstra University, two from Farmingdale State College and one from Stony Brook University. The regional semifinal round was held April 4 at Farmingdale State in conjunction with Dare…


SBU doesn’t need a LIFT to rework MEP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ann-Marie Scheidt and Jeffrey Saelens would like to make something clear: Long Island’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership program is under Stony Brook University’s exclusive control. Despite several erroneous media reports that a joint application by SBU and the Long Island Forum for Technology won a five-year MEP award from NYSTAR, Empire State Development’s technology innovation division, only the university is listed on the winning regional MEP competition application – and the university is…


Hot Spots program hot stuff for startups

Stony Brook University on Friday officially launched the region’s Innovation Hot Spot program, a state initiative that offers tax breaks, mentoring, education and business development help for startup companies housed in, or affiliated with a half dozen of the Island’s incubator programs. Administered by Empire State Development and run locally by SBU, the program exempts participating companies from state corporation and sales taxes for five years and provides reduced-rate patent services, help with grant writing…