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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…


Innovation’s past, present, future at SBU showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is gearing up for its annual business-development victory lap. Hosted by the university’s Office of Economic Development, SBU’s second-annual Incubator Company Showcase is a chance for the multifaceted school to flex its innovation muscle – a joint presentation of its Centers of Excellence, Centers for Advanced Technology and myriad business incubators, designed to highlight the cutting-edge creativity and business acumen comprising SBU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. It’s also a chance…


Composite deposit unites ThermoLift, CPC

By GREGORY ZELLER // A pair of modest research grants will help one of the shining examples of Stony Brook University’s innovation ecosystem incorporate cutting-edge materials into its mechanical design, with the assistance of the Composite Prototyping Center. The nonprofit, Plainview-based CPC – a manufacturing mecca specializing in carbon fibers, aramid, fiberglass, ceramics and other non-traditional building blocks – is lending its expertise to ThermoLift Inc., the Stony Brook-based startup developing a revolutionary natural gas-powered…


Innovations, advice abound in SBU’s 2017 Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // These boots are made for talking – and now, several enterprising innovators have a firmer grasp on what to say, and how to say it, when it’s time to commercialize the Next Big Thing. Eight “idea champions” with entrepreneurial aspirations have completed Stony Brook University’s 2017 Innovation Boot Camp, a commercialization crash course that might not carry ideas directly to the promised land, but does give those inventors – mostly science…


Energy, life sciences pace 2017 Innovation Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several innovators sitting on potentially game-changing technologies have been selected for one of Long Island’s most effective commercialization crash courses. Stony Brook University has announced the eight teams participating in the 10th annual Innovation Boot Camp, a three-day exercise that surrounds researchers, engineers and other rookie entrepreneurs with customized teams of commercialization experts to help them explore the rigors of business development. This year’s boot campers represent a diverse selection of…


Spotlighting ‘dark data,’ and other IT inefficiencies

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook tech firm with a hard-science history is tracking data’s “unknown unknowns,” helping enterprise administrators control complex and rapidly changing IT environments. ModelizeIT, a 2012 startup launched by Russian import Nikolai Joukov, is a cyber detective of sorts, fine-toothed-combing servers both frontline and forgotten to discover “dark data” and other costly and potentially dangerous information-storage inefficiencies. Unlike structured data (database content, for instance), dark data – generally defined as operational…


Patents, possibilities piling up at Energystics

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t call Reed Phillips a patent collector. Yes, he and his Stony Brook-based startup Energystics Ltd. – specifically, its trademarked Vibristor technology – are earning U.S. patents at an impressive clip: six to date, including an October nod from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering the distinctive oscillating motions of magnets inside a proprietary wave-energy harvesting device. And yeah, the entrepreneurial inventor is expecting two more pending patents to be…


CEBIP sees a possible future in NYSERDA fund

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh $10 million investment will support early-stage clean-energy companies plugged into New York’s disparate business-incubator ecosystem – and one Long Island business program is especially glad to hear it. State-sponsored incubators, including partially funded hubs around several Long Island universities, connect startups with investors, encourage partnerships and otherwise guide entrepreneurs toward business growth – and $10 million will help some of them help startups learn to help themselves, thereby helping…


Hofstra mechatronics lift SBU startup

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well, that worked just like they drew it up. Inside three short months, ThermoLift’s strategic research partnership with Hofstra University’s Center for Innovation has engineered advanced mechatronic controls for the Stony Brook-based startup’s cutting-edge heat pump technology. Attacking a design problem with a mechatronics solution – combining mechanical, electronic, computerized and control systems – helps his company take a big step toward a critical testing phase, according to ThermoLift CEO Paul…


BNL snags key role in $50M battery effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A host of advanced Brookhaven National Laboratory technologies will bolster a $50 million national campaign to create next-generation electric-vehicle batteries. The laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II and Center for Functional Nanomaterials will play key roles in the Battery500 Consortium, a multidisciplinary science super-squad led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The Obama Administration announced last week that the consortium – on a mission to create commercially viable…


Cleary out as BNL commercialization manager

By GREGORY ZELLER // Connie Cleary is no longer Brookhaven National Laboratory’s commercialization director. Although some BNL webpages showed her as an active laboratory employee and Cleary’s own LinkedIn account still listed her as manager of BNL’s Office of Technology Commercialization & Partnerships, Lee Cheatham, BNL’s director of strategic partnerships, confirmed to Innovate LI Thursday that Cleary was no longer employed by the laboratory. Multiple independent sources from within Long Island’s tech-commercialization community told Innovate…


A summer of endless incubation at CEBIP

By GREGORY ZELLER // Summer slowdown? Not at the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, where a full slate of new clients and educational networking programs is giving a traditionally sagging season some sizzle. While closed schools and holiday vacations historically decelerate summertime business activity across many sectors, CEBIP Executive Director David Hamilton hasn’t had a chance to put up his feet. Fresh off of coordinating two professional networkers for the edification of program participants, Hamilton…


Startups Shine At SBU Incubator Showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s impressive economic-development ecosystem took a home run trot Thursday during the university’s first-ever Business Incubator Showcase, held at the Center for Excellence in Wireless Information Technology. Uniting more than 40 startup and early-stage companies stemming from CEWIT and SBU’s Center for Biotechnology, Long Island High Technology Incubator, Advanced Energy Center, Clean Energy Business Incubator Program and Business Incubator at Calverton, the showcase – which attracted special guests including…


Checking in with: Brimes Energy’s Ram Maramara

By GREGORY ZELLER // The artificial jellyfish is heading to the Philippines. And perhaps the Caribbean. And someday soon, maybe everywhere else. Brimes Energy, a member of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program operating out of a 1,600-square-foot industrial test site in Holbrook, is close to a field-test agreement with a major Philippines-based utility. CEO Ramuel Maramara, who’s twice traveled to his native land to hammer out details of the ocean-based trial, said…


Reed Phillips is digging those good vibrations

By GREGORY ZELLER // Renewable energy is boundless and everywhere – the ocean, the cars zooming by on the highway, even the mom pushing a baby stroller through the park all create “vibrational energy,” enough to power everything from a smartphone to an entire city. The trick is harvesting it and efficiently converting it into electricity, which is not as easy as it sounds. The first patents for wave-energy devices date back to the late…