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Gerrit Wolf is minding innovation’s business

The Innovation Center stands out from Stony Brook University’s rich selection of business incubators and entrepreneurship programs for many reasons, but the first is this: Unlike the university’s other business-development programs, this one stems from SBU’s College of Business. Under the guiding hand of Gerrit Wolf, a management professor who earned his PhD in psychology from Cornell University, the center matches real-world business development to the sky-high science coming out of SBU’s research labs, while…


The Debrief: Seeds planted, now on to cultivation

When last we Debriefed Mark Lesko, the former assistant U.S. attorney and Brookhaven Town supervisor had just left his post as executive director of Accelerate Long Island (sorta) and taken the reins of Hofstra’s entrepreneurship efforts. He never really left Accelerate, however, and with the program morphing into the Accelerate NY Seed Fund and expanding its mandate to support startups in other downstate regions – and with eight months at Hofstra under his belt –…


The Debrief: Doon Gibbs shines a light on BNL

Doon Gibbs has seen the light, and it comes from the National Synchrotron Light Source II, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s new $912 million electron storage ring. Designed to produce X-rays more than 10,000 times brighter than its predecessor, the NSLS II – activated last year – is a centerpiece technology with uncounted scientific and commercial applications. It’s also one of many reasons Gibbs, who holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois and succeeded…


Sam Altman is, no surprise, focused and intense

Sam Altman is the just-turned-30 president of Y Combinator, the world’s most prestigious accelerator and the booster behind $30 billion worth of startups, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Zenefits and Stripe. He started his first company, social media app Loopt, at age 19, later selling it for $44 million. Since then he’s invested in a slew of other software startups, dabbled in nuclear energy and taught a Stanford class called How to Start a Startup. His thoughts…


The Debrief: Connie Cleary has a license to deal

Connie Cleary plays two key roles at Brookhaven National Laboratory: Promoting the amazing science – and vast commercialization potential – happening at the Department of Energy facility, and helping entrepreneurs and other innovators capitalize on the lab’s dizzying array of scientific and business resources. As a former manager of industry partnerships at Argonne National Laboratory and a licensing expert at Rush University Medical Center, both in Chicago, the Baruch College graduate and doctor of podiatric…


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…


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: Kevin Craig, Hofstra’s innovation man

Few people can legitimately claim to be innovating innovation itself. But when Kevin Craig agreed to lead Hofstra University’s new Center for Innovation, he insisted that private companies working with the center be allowed to keep their intellectual property, unique among university-based innovation programs. Six months in, the mechanical engineering professor – who also runs the school’s Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory – believes the distinction will prove a major difference-maker, not only for the…


Debrief: Peter Donnelly, SBU technology licensing

Bridging the commercial world and SBU’s world-class faculty and student research, Peter Donnelly accepts a critical (but not impossible) mission: develop markets for science and technology commercialization. The tech-licensing director has made a career of translating research into innovative consumables, including stints as entrepreneur, corporate suit, academic and government staffer. Throw in his work at Intel and the Boston Consulting Group – and graduate degrees in biotech, business and economics from Johns Hopkins University and…


Debrief: Diane Fabel, Center for Biotechnology

As honcho of the 30-year-old Center for Biotechnology – a catalyst for the development of biomedical technologies and companies located on the Stony Brook University campus – Diane Fabel wears many important hats: facilitator, organizer, manager, sometimes even referee. And since the center is the lead administrative organization behind the three-headed Long Island Bioscience Hub, uniting SBU and the Cold Spring Harbor and Brookhaven National laboratories, she also plays a critical role in the development…


DEBRIEF: Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions

Many CEOs and businesses capitalize on Long Island’s burgeoning innovation economy, but few support it like Mitch Maiman and Intelligent Product Solutions, a Hauppauge consultancy focused on product design. With forward-thinking advances like IPS’s new Internet of Things practice group – it helps manufacturers install interconnected “smart” tech into just about everything – Maiman’s mission is simple: Unite the Island’s disparate enterprises into a single cohesive force. In Mitch’s own words: COME TOGETHER: We help…


ALI director Mark lesko

The Debrief: Mark Lesko, Accelerate Long Island

Three-year-old Accelerate Long Island has been quietly investing in biotech and clean-gen startups, building an MIT-styled mentoring program and pulling together the stray ends of the entrepreneurial ecosystem via dinners, bootcamps and other forms of meetups. So far so good, but now what? We check in with executive director Mark Lesko for a recap and a few hints on what’s coming. In his words: WAY BEYOND ADVOCACY: Accelerate Long Island is principally a seed fund…


LIAN Chair Michael Faltischek

DEBRIEF: Michael Faltischek, LI Angel Network

As chairman of the board of the Long Island Angel Network – which has reviewed over 600 financing applications and brokered in excess of $5 million in investments – attorney Michael Faltischek is point man in the local effort to unite entrepreneurs and investors, a mission plainly focused on the Island’s future success and growth. He is earnest and good-humored about this mission, but be careful when you suggest the network has a “tech” focus….


Andrew Hazen

DEBRIEF: Andrew Hazen, Angel Dough Ventures

Most known recently as a founder of the fast-growing Launchpad Long Island co-working facilities, serial investor Andrew Hazen is not afraid to take a chance. But whether the CEO of Hicksville seed fund/startup accelerator Angel Dough Ventures is nurturing a fledgling tech firm, funneling venture capital into a bold experiment or launching an online bagel-chip company, Hazen always does his homework – and his studious nature gives him front-row access to the bubbling pot that…