CEWIT

At Stony Brook’s CEWIT, never too old to incubate

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University business-development program known primarily as a haven for startups has opened its doors to a 24-year-old tech innovator. Islandia-based “medical informatics” firm ZyDoc Corp. has been accepted into SBU’s Incubator Program and will move a research-and-development team this month into the university’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. Although CEWIT’s own mission statement lists “new enterprise development” as a core function, ZyDoc – launched in…


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…


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…


FlightPartner, now landing everywhere

By GREGORY ZELLER // Now, everyone is in the air-charter-booking business. Well, not precisely. But any website can host the new “Quote and Booking” widget released this month by FlightPartner Technologies Inc., allowing visitors to research and reserve super-fancy private-jet flights from virtually any third-party webpage. FlightPartner is a virtual middleman between aircraft owner/operators and brokers who arrange private flights for professional athletes, C-suite executives and other high-net-worth clients. Incorporated in 2015 by founder and…


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…


At Zuznow, giving enterprise mobility a voice

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a busy week for artificial intelligence-focused app-developer Zuznow, which has taken a bold step into voice-controlled software and recruited an IBM veteran to up its enterprise-mobility game. The Israeli tech import, a resident of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University, speaks to the AI revolution with Susie, the “world’s first intelligent assistant plugin that brings voice-control and chatbots to any enterprise mobile…


Stopping cyberattacks before they start

By GREGORY ZELLER // Consider Uncle Sam an honorary cofounder of Code Dx Inc. So says Frank Zinghini, founder of the Northport Village spinoff and CEO its parent company, Applied Visions, a veteran software-engineering firm that developed new cybersecurity protocols – the backbone of Code Dx’s “software vulnerability management” solutions – primarily through government-funded research. Applied Visions, which is also headquartered in Northport with a field office in upstate Clifton Park, has spent 28 years building…


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…


Web4Sign: A signature addition to Start-Up NY

By GREGORY ZELLER // Web4Sign Corp., an Italian import that’s looking to re-set the data security sector, expects to move into Stony Brook’s center for wireless and information tech sometime in December. January, maybe. The firm, launched earlier this year by Raffaello Galli, is one of 15 new Start-Up NY companies announced in September, and Galli is eager to get moving on his promise of creating at least eight new jobs and investing $650,000 in…


Making the global innovation connection

By GREGORY ZELLER /// It’s a big world out there, and a true innovation economy must capitalize on it. Selling widgets around town can get a startup off the ground, but to grow and help sustain real economic development, businesses must think bigger. That varies by industry, of course – the local bagel store needn’t focus, necessarily, on Asia – but in sectors with global potential, like healthcare and IT and other Long Island best…


A world of opportunity at annual CEWIT conference

The information-technology world is coming to Melville. Billing itself as “New York’s premier IT conference and international forum on emerging technologies for a smarter world,” the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology’s 12th annual international conference – CEWIT2015, for short – is slated for Oct.19 and 20 at the Melville Marriott. For two days, scientists, academicians, inventors, corporate executives and investors from around the globe will chat up emerging technologies in healthcare, infrastructure…


The Debrief: Lawrence Weber, innovation psychotherapist

First and foremost a scientist, Lawrence Weber – who studied physical chemistry at Michigan State University and nucleic acids during a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT – takes an analytical approach to his dual roles as the business development manager of both Stony Brook University’s Center for Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology and the university’s Sensor CAT, a NYSTAR-supported Center for Advanced Technology focused on material and logistical resources. But for SBU’s first-ever entrepreneur-in-residence, who…


For FlightPartner, business is always looking up

By GREGORY ZELLER // With customer satisfaction locked in the upright position and with a little lift from Start-Up NY, a B2B tech firm connecting charter-flight operators with flight brokers is ready to soar. It’s actually been wheels-up at FlightPartner Technologies since January, when the startup incorporated and moved into the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology on the Stony Brook University campus. Since then, it’s been running a beta version of its…


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…