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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and educational – are rising to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.   Smut site cleans up its act for livestreamed weddings (March 28) A…


Adelphi coronavirus fix mixes compassion, innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The pandemic may close college campuses, but it can’t kill a school’s spirit, or compassion. This week, Adelphi University announced efforts to keep up with some of the most vulnerable members of its community, even through the teeth of COVID-19’s quasi-quarantines. The Garden City-based university announced it was ramping up support for students on the autism spectrum, with its Bridges to Adelphi program reaching out remotely to students and their families,…


For future physicians, a Match Day like no other

By GREGORY ZELLER // An emotional rite of passage for future physicians has made a high-tech, if slightly more impersonal, Age of Coronavirus pivot. Match Day is an annual event during which graduating medical students across the nation open personalized letters from the National Resident Matching Program, revealing the next steps of their long educational journeys: their residencies, where they will spend years finishing off their medical educations. Usually a joyous tearjerker featuring packed college…


Forward thinking lifts pandemic-ready Nixon Peabody

By GREGORY ZELLER // Like virtually every business in virtually every industry, law firms are scrambling in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some more than others, though – not every business, and certainly not every law firm, was as ready as Nixon Peabody. Thanks to modern thinking, a few nimble pivots and some old-fashioned serendipity, the international law firm (12 U.S. locations, including a thriving Jericho office, and four across Asia) remains business-ready – if…


Feds eye stopgap hospitals at SBU, SUNY Old Westbury

By GREGORY ZELLER // The federal government will construct four emergency hospitals across Downstate New York, including two on Long Island, in response to the coronavirus crisis. The Stony Brook University and SUNY College at Old Westbury campuses have been identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as potential sites for temporary hospitals, along with Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Westchester County Center – and on Sunday, President Donald Trump announced…


PR and the pandemic: charting a challenging course

By DAVID CHAUVIN // CNN had the results of the Florida Democratic Primary as its top story for maybe 10 minutes – results that would seem to have effectively ended the historic presidential campaign of the once-transcendent Bernie Sanders and solidified Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee. Nary a blip in our public consciousness. And just one of the astonishing changes crystalizing what coronavirus has done to the national conversation. All news is now COVID-19,…


With FluChecker, a doctor in every house (virtually)

By GREGORY ZELLER // Chelsea Health Solutions was remotely diagnosing symptoms before remotely diagnosing symptoms was cool. Now, with a global pandemic spreading, it’s ready to rock. Founded in New York City in 2017 by surgeon/entrepreneur Soumi Eachempati and multiple investor partners, including other healthcare professionals, the startup creates AI-powered mobile apps that serve as surrogate doctors, helping potential patients determine if they need to see a specialist, speed to the emergency room or simply…


No choice: Northwell scrubs elective surgeries

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest healthcare provider is scrubbing elective surgeries for the next month. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health on Monday began canceling nonessential surgeries and procedures in hospitals throughout the state, the latest victims of the global coronavirus pandemic. The ban does not include elective outpatient surgeries – or other invasive procedures, including endoscopies – performed in outpatient settings. These outpatient procedures will go on “when deemed clinically necessary,” according…


Now testing, Northwell eyes COVID-19 acceleration

By GREGORY ZELLER // The coronavirus is moving fast – but so is Northwell Health, which hopes to shake off federal shackles and step up the pace on COVID-19 testing. The New Hyde Park-based health system already has, actually: Via an emergency-use authorization approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Northwell Health Labs on Wednesday began semi-automated testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus – and the semi-automated testing is…


The coronavirus ate our awards show

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought banning travel to Europe and suspending the NBA season were big deals, hope you’re sitting down. Yes, the nefarious pandemic that closed Italy, sparked a global toilet paper shortage and broke this little girl’s heart has now done the unthinkable – the 2020 Innovator of the Year Awards show, scheduled for March 24 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, has been canceled. (Or postponed. Or reformatted….


Staying healthy and safe as coronavirus, panic spread

By ROBERT GLATTER // As anxiety intensifies, ditch the mad dash for a coronavirus mask, wash your hands regularly and stay home if you get sick. The novel coronavirus is top-of-mind for many New Yorkers, as 13 cases have been confirmed in the state (as of March 5) and the total number of cases in the nation surpassed 100 this week. But while the global outbreak may make you feel overwhelmed and in danger, it’s…


Northwell to begin COVID-19 testing within the week

By GREGORY ZELLER // Referencing past responses to swine flu and Ebola virus outbreaks, New York State’s largest healthcare system will begin testing for the dreaded novel coronavirus within days. That according to Dwayne Breining, Northwell Health’s executive director of laboratory services, and a high-powered collection of lawmakers and healthcare experts gathered Monday at the Lake Success-based Northwell Center for Advanced Medicine. Their message: With the U.S. Food & Drug Administration greenlighting new diagnostic technologies…


Island firm speeds coronavirus vaccines toward tests

By GREGORY ZELLER // Just weeks after announcing an expanded international collaboration targeting the menacing novel coronavirus, Applied DNA Sciences is preparing to mass-produce four potential vaccines. Leveraging the Stony Brook-based biotech’s unique DNA-manufacturing abilities, Rome, Italy-based Takis Biotech will test potential vaccines against the coronavirus (now going by COVID-19) in laboratory mice, on a large scale. Applied DNA expects delivery of four DNA-based “preclinical vaccine candidates” from Takis this month, and “within weeks” will…


No. 478: A nursing nudge, a fresh Fulbright and itty-bitty implants with huge upside

  Halfway home: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we reach the midpoint of this latest busy week of innovation and economic progress. It’s Feb. 26, and honestly, the pickings are fairly slim on Planet Earth: You can go nuts for National Pistachio Day (one of only two nuts mentioned in the Bible, by the by) or go medieval for Ash Wednesday (not mentioned in the Bible, more of a 6th century thing), and that’s…


Applied DNA to speed up coronavirus countermeasures

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look out, coronavirus – Applied DNA is coming for you. Adding to its growing portfolio of cutting-edge Polymerase Chain Reaction-based projects, Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences is expanding its Joint Development Agreement with Italian R&D company Takis Biotech, with the headline-making 2019-nCoV in their sights. Already hot on the trail of new cancer vaccines, the partners will now work on a “linear DNA” vaccine against the dreaded Wuhan, China-based illness that’s…