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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…


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”…


Old Westbury, CSHL snag chunky NSF grants

High-profile plant-genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and new-fangled teaching methods at SUNY-Old Westbury have earned National Science Foundation backing. The NSF announced this week that professors at SUNY-Old Westbury have been awarded $296,189 to explore new inquiry-based methods of chemistry instruction, while CSHL researchers have received a $4.6 million stipend to continue work on plant genomes, with new edible crops and increased yields as their ultimate goal. Specifically, the $4,616,755 grant will help fund…


App-maker Science Mobility ready for its close-up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Judy Wieber remembers computing when reel-to-reel mainframes filled entire rooms. Now she’s putting the power in palms through a series of high-minded data-sharing apps, with a shot at a television gig that could put East Islip startup Science Mobility LLC on the virtual map. Wieber, a former Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory science librarian and grant writer, has survived the first cut for “Planet of the Apps,” an unscripted reality-TV competition series…


Feinstein’s Tracey to head bioelectronics summit

Feinstein Institute chief and global bioelectronics pioneer Kevin Tracey will headline a September New York Academy of Science conference on bioelectronic medicine. Tracey, Feinstein’s president and CEO and the brains behind bioelectronic startup Sanguistat, will share keynote duties with Peder Olofsson, a longtime Feinstein Institute researcher and Wallenberg Academy Fellow at the Karolinska Institutet. The two will headline Key Symposium 2016: Bioelectronic Medicine – Technology Targeting Molecular Mechanisms, presented by the Feinstein Institute, the Royal…


Patent Board rejects challenge to CSHL research

By GREGORY ZELLER // A big win before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board will keep a versatile biomedical-research and drug-discovery tool in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s possession. The ruling means short hairpin RNA – invented by CSHL professor Gregory Hannon and his team – will remain the exclusive domain of Hairpin Technologies, a licensing agent spun out of the laboratory in 2015 to negotiate and execute shRNA licensing agreements with manufacturers and distributors….


Ackman foundation gives $10M to Cold Spring

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has received a $10 million endowment from the Pershing Square Foundation, the philanthropic venture of billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and his wife, Karen. The money will go to support the lab’s biology and genetics research and education programs. The principal of the fund will be managed by Ackman’s firm, Pershing Square Capital Management, with CSHL receiving an annual payment of 5 percent of the principal. In 2040, the appreciated fund…


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Technology Transfer Chief Teri Willey

The Debrief: Teri Willey, Cold Spring Harbor Lab

Venture capitalization veteran Teri Willey came to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 18 months ago on a mission: to turn the lab’s life-altering science into bona fide business. As co-founder of seed venture fund ARCH Development Partners, VP of Technology & Business Development at Mount Sinai Medical Center and past president of the Association of University Technology Managers, among other distinguished positions, the University of Idaho graduate (with an MBA from Indiana State) had already shepherded…


Bioscience Park

Lights back on, finally, at Bioscience Park

Biotech firm Codagenix, a fixture at Stony Brook’s technology incubator for the past three years, is moving to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park at SUNY Farmingdale to qualify for the state’s Start-Up NY program. (Additional reason for the move: Robert Coleman, the Codagenix COO, is an assistant professor of biology at Farmingdale.) Codagenix uses proprietary software to genetically re-code viruses, which are then synthesized from scratch as treatment candidates – one is a promising flu…