James Egan

Heads scratched as Chem-Master gets the boot

By GREGORY ZELLER // A biotech manufacturer with a 23-year history of servicing Stony Brook University researchers and startups is being evicted from the university’s Chemistry Building – and nobody seems entirely sure why. Chem-Master International, a producer of unique chemical compounds for research and commercial development, has operated inside the Chemistry Building since it launched in 1994, thanks to a “revocable permit” – special SUNY dispensation allowing nontraditional programs and outside entities to occupy…


Taking the fight to cancer’s stem cells

By GREGORY ZELLER // Many have said them, tried their best and fallen short – but the words still have unique and powerful meaning, in medical parlance and beyond. A cure for cancer. James Egan doesn’t say that, specifically. But the “former mad scientist” – he does say that – and his team at Targagenix Inc., a 2013 startup residing inside Stony Brook University’s Long Island High-Technology Incubator, are developing a drug that’s unique in…