Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

No. 265: Santa snickers, the Manufacturing Task Force Awakens and the Golden Globes go to…

Gut Yontiff: “Good holiday,” for our non-Yiddish speaking readers, and a Happy Hanukkah to all. Adam Sandler’s “eight crazy nights” – the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the circa-160 B.C. Maccabean Revolt – commenced Tuesday evening. A big date for breakthroughs: The dry dock (1816), the ice cream cone (1903), the first fully automated photographic film developer (1928) and the fathometer (also 1928), which measures underwater…


CSHL conference lands a bull’s eye on Lyme detection

By GREGORY ZELLER // A gaggle of academic, public health and commercial-healthcare specialists gathered under Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s mighty banner have published findings that could rewrite the book on Lyme disease detection. When the laboratory-diagnostics experts convened for a 2016 Banbury Center meeting – such gatherings, held at CSHL’s on-campus think tank, are generally regarded among the best international scientific workshops – they focused on Lyme, and specifically, earlier detection of a disease that…


No. 263: Siemens smarties, lucrative leads, hanging with Chad and singing the socioeconomic blues

Welcome to Dec. 6: A red-letter date in history known best for the ratification of the slavery-abolishing 13th Amendment (1865) and the first recording of a human voice (Thomas Edison’s rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” 1877). Happy birthday: Joyce Kilmer, Ira Gershwin, Agnes “Endora” Moorehead, Dave Brubeck, Wally “Mr. Peepers” Cox, Otto Graham, Larry Bowa, JoBeth Williams, Charles Bronson, Craig “Craigslist” Newmark, Will Shriner, Steven Wright, Judd Apatow and Zeller, yes, Innovate’s Zeller,…


No. 261: Diamonds, Riptides, origami skeletons and Comtech, in an emergency

And you were there: Congratulations, dear readers (including new subscribers Sue, Rod, Jessie and Sergio), on surviving Thanksgiving with the family, Black Friday at the mall and Cyber Monday on the ’net – the largest online-shopping day in U.S. history, it turns out, with some $6.59 billion in digital transactions counted by our friends at Adobe. Tell us all about your contribution to the record – and any story tips, calendar items or eggnog recipes…


In REDC love fest, CSHL kicks off $75M makeover

By GREGORY ZELLER // There was another major advance for biochemistry Thursday at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, but this one didn’t involve gas chromatographs or infrared spectrometers or a single test tube. Just a shovel. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a host of regional and state representatives on hand, the world-class scientific research facility officially broke ground on the renovation of its Demerec Laboratory, one of four CSHL laboratories being remade with a big assist…


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…


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…


Children’s Heart Foundation grant is a Long Island first

For the first time, Long Island-based research has been backed by The Children’s Heart Foundation. The CHF’s New York Chapter recently presented Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researcher Michael Ronemus with a $50,000 grant, supporting the assistant research professor’s studies of the genetics of congenital heart disease. Ronemus’ work will include a “high-resolution genomic DNA analysis” of 125 families with a child suffering from congenital heart disease, CSHL said in a statement. The goal, according to…


Northwell takes cancer research to the biobank

By GREGORY ZELLER // A collaboration between New York’s largest healthcare system and a German oncology-research expert will look to customize cancer care to individual patient needs. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health on Tuesday announced a new partnership with Indivumed GmbH, an International Organization for Standardization-certified R&D company based in Hamburg. The collaboration will focus on cancer-tissue “biospecimens” in an attempt to better understand cancer genetics – and ultimately create “individualized diagnostics and therapeutics,” Northwell…


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Technology Transfer Chief Teri Willey

Plotting career choices beyond the lab

In what may be a collaborative first for Long Island’s innovation community, all of the region’s top research institutions will come together – along with representatives of the nation’s biggest pharmaceutical conglomerates – to lead life science out of the laboratory. “Beyond Academia: Bench to Bioscience Enterprise” is a day-long forum on “career paths and strategies outside the lab,” scheduled for Friday at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Wendt Laboratory. The program is a collaborative effort…


Andrew Whiteley is now executively in residence

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s become vogue for research institutions to staff “entrepreneurs-in-residence,” experienced innovators who can help science-based startups find their commercial footing, because they’ve been there and done that. Leave it to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to give the notion an innovative spin with a first-ever “executive-in-residence,” a 25-year life-sciences and drug-discovery veteran named Andrew Whiteley. In Whiteley, the lab doesn’t really have an entrepreneur – he’s never actually launched a new business himself – but it does…


DepYmed wins Accelerate funding

By Gregory Zeller // A Cold Spring Harbor biotech startup is the 10th and final recipient in the first co-funding round backed by Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund. DepYmed, a joint venture of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and New York City-based biotech giant Ohr Pharmaceutical, will receive the 10th matching investment, with $50,000 coming from the regional business booster and $50,000 from the LIETF, a venture vehicle powered by Setauket…


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….


Monday Debrief: Bruce Stillman. The Man.

There’s barely enough room on the Internet to list Bruce Stillman’s educational credentials and professional accomplishments – his list of awards and honors runs the length of your typical DNA strand. Suffice it to say: In the annals of scientific research, particularly cellular-structure research, the Australian-born biochemist is The Man. Under his watch, CSHL has been ranked the nation’s No. 1 institution for molecular biology and genetics research; it’s also grown into an essential role…


The Debrief: Alexander Gann, Watson School of Biological Sciences

In terms of size, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s graduate school is a bit short of Ivy League. With seven new Fall 2015 admissions bumping the student body to 41, the Watson School of Biological Sciences has a ways to go to catch the likes of MIT’s 11,000 students or Harvard’s 6,700. But when your namesake is credited with cracking DNA, your work had better be A-grade, and the Watson School’s focus on biological sciences is…