Brookhaven National Lab

Infrastructure, Big Data: It’s all in a day for busy Bill

By GREGORY ZELLER // These are busy days for William Biamonte, a forward-thinking entrepreneur with multiple oars in promising waters. Bustling Bill heads not one but two startups with breakout potential, each looking to capitalize on an industry that figures prominently on national levels. First there’s Green SulfCrete LLC, which is leveraging decades of Brookhaven National Laboratory research and multiple small-scale grants in its quest to remake the construction trades with sulfur polymer, a next-level…


In SBU’s incubators, it’s all about who you know

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Couldn’t Have Done It Without You file comes the 2017 Incubator Showcase, a victory lap for past and current products of Stony Brook University’s diverse economic-development ecosystem – many of whom say they’d have been nonstarters without the university’s help. Packed into a large conference space inside SBU’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, Thursday’s event was an impressive sight indeed: dozens of early-stage enterprises representing a wide…


An SBU sweep in Bioscience Hub’s latest round

By GREGORY ZELLER // Five research projects targeting advanced medical-imaging applications, computer-based drug discoveries and a range of new pharmaceutical treatments will be backed by the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University, on behalf of the LIBH, announced Tuesday the fourth funding round of the Hub’s technology-commercialization initiative. This time around, a total of $400,000 has been earmarked for two “feasibility” and three “proof of concept” awards, each backing biomedical…


Big investment, tiny particles and a giant leap for BNL

BY MICHAEL FAIRLIE // Brookhaven National Laboratory is stepping up its electromicroscopy game, in a big way. The fiscal year 2017 New York State budget includes $15 million for the Upton laboratory to purchase and install a cryo-electron microscope, which will work in tandem with the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the world’s brightest synchrotron light source. The Cryo-EM will be the backbone of BNL’s new Long Island Facility for Electromicroscopy, a national user facility…


Debrief: Learning as we go with Imin Kao

On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad…


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…


LI Bioscience Hub backs 10 in new funding round

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh batch of commercially promising biomedical innovations has been funded by the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The LIBH’s third round of grant awards – bestowed upon 10 distinct applicants hailing from Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, three of the hub’s four partner institutions – totals $550,000. Stony Brook-based research earned seven of the awards, including the only $100,000 “proof of concept”…


Feinstein joins the LI Bioscience Hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has joined the ranks of the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The Feinstein Institute, the research wing of the Northwell Health system, becomes the LIBH’s fourth member institution, joining Stony Brook University’s Center for Biotechnology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. As a partner institution, the Feinstein Institute and its researchers are eligible for funding programs supporting feasibility and proof-of-concept studies. The LIBH, which…


BNL, SUNY Old Westbury team on science push

Brookhaven National Lab and SUNY Old Westbury joined forces to host 160 students from Long Island and NYC high schools for a day of mentorship and science that included tours of the lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source II, its Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider control room. The students, most from economically challenged, diverse community high schools, were also treated to hands-on activities highlighting the lab’s research initiatives, as well as discussions aimed at promoting careers in the…


Biohub awards $900K in research funding

Thirteen grants totaling $900,000 have been awarded by the Long Island Bioscience Hub in its first-ever funding round. The hub – a National Institutes of Health-supported partnership between Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory designed to help commercialize technologies created at the member institutions – is funded by a $3 million NIH award and over $5 million in contributions from its members, the SUNY Research Foundation and Empire State Development….


BNL lands 2 ‘Oscars of Innovation’

Brookhaven National Laboratory has been honored once more by R&D Magazine, which counted two BNL-developed technologies among its top 100 tech innovations of the year. Known as the “Oscars of Innovation,” the R&D 100 Awards honor the top technological advances of the year. Among the 100 for 2015: BNL’s Active Superconducting Fault Current Limiter and the Binary Pseudo-Random Calibration Tool. Developed by physicists Vyacheslav Solovyov and Qiang Li, the so-called aFCL is a superconducting “fault-current limiter” that…


The Debrief: Connie Cleary has a license to deal

Connie Cleary plays two key roles at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Promoting the amazing science – and vast commercialization potential – happening at the Department of Energy facility, and helping entrepreneurs and other innovators capitalize on the lab’s dizzying array of scientific and business resources. As a former manager of industry partnerships at Argonne National Laboratory and a licensing expert at Rush University Medical Center, both in Chicago, the Baruch College graduate and doctor of podiatric…


Beta installations for first SynchroPET scanners

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook startup SynchroPET has taken a giant step toward commercializing its groundbreaking scanners, which offer unprecedented 3-D views of the body’s biological systems using technology that no longer fills a room. In fact, it barely covers a desk. More on the science in a minute. The headline is news that SynchroPet has sited its first scanner at Stony Brook Medicine’s animal research division, where researchers will run it through its…


Energy from floating ceramic nanomats? Yessir

Using ceramic nanomaterials to produce energy is a million-dollar idea, according to the National Science Foundation. Well, a $935,056 idea, anyway. That’s the size of the NSF grant just awarded a joint Stony Brook University/Brookhaven National Laboratory effort to produce a commercially viable, nano-manufactured “photocatalytic blanket.” A photocatalyst is a substance that encourages light-driven chemical reactions without itself being altered, such as chlorophyll in the photosynthesis process. Led by Pelagia Gouma, a professor in the university’s…


Biamonte bringing BNL data tech to market

By GREGORY ZELLER // The CEO of Green Sulfcrete, an environmentally friendly concrete alternative, is looking to cement himself in the big-data industry. Through Startup America – a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation – Green Sulfcrete CEO William Biamonte has paid “a couple grand” for the option to license a proprietary Brookhaven National Laboratory technology developed to move massive amounts of data pouring out of the lab’s…