Marc Alessi

No. 408: On Dylan, Edison and top teens – and is it warm in here, or is that just Fahrenheit?

  If memory serves: Welcome to Friday, friends, and the brink of a well-earned holiday weekend, as we wrap up the week in socioeconomic innovation and unofficially open summer. It’s May 24 out there, and Monday, of course, is Memorial Day, with sales aplenty and a bright forecast. Also worth remembering: For some, it’s always Memorial Day. On that note: It’s Website Maintenance Monday for Innovate LI; back at you with fresh content Tuesday and…


No. 407: Lincoln tinkers, Doyle detects, Alessi hustles and Northwell pays out – plus, the USPTO cometh

  Variety show: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting week of inventing, incorporating and investing. It’s May 22 out there, and we’re shouting out first to new newsletter subscribers August, Maribel, Louis, Gretta, Tom, Imran, Daniel, Art, Doug, Clint, Ross and Nina. You sound like a fine multicultural group, which is fitting, since you join us on this 26th anniversary of the UN’s International Day for Biological Diversity. Break out…


Debrief: Innovations past and future, with Marc Alessi

  Arguably the hardest-working man in Long Island innovation, former New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi enjoys a singular socioeconomic viewpoint. The entrepreneur and champion of 5G connectivity has had a productive year as both executive director of the Business Incubator Association of New York State and executive director of Shoreham’s Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, all while leading his 2014 advanced-scanning startup SynchroPET to the edge of commercialization and chairing Campolo, Middleton & McCormick’s…


Loving the Drake (and other productions) at LG Studios

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re living it up in Edgewood, where “The Donna Drake Show” has a new name and a new home. The relentlessly optimistic, widely syndicated video magazine – featuring the eponymous host and a team of chipper correspondents serving up slices of life with studio guests and remote reports – has a new home base: LG Studios, a three-headed collaboration by Lorraine Gregory Communications, Hauppauge-based production studio Mirrorland Productions and the Drake…


Alessi: LI must work together on a 5G future

By MARC ALESSI // It’s no secret that Long Island has problems with cellphone service. More than 200 cellphone “dead zones” were identified in late 2016, as well as poor-quality network speed, reliability and performance. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has even urged carriers to improve coverage on the Island. As a longtime resident of the North Shore, I have witnessed firsthand what it means to not have reliable wireless connectivity with our mobile-enabled electronics….


Embracing Long Island’s 5G future, before it’s too late

By GREGORY ZELLER // The window to Long Island’s data-connectivity future is wide open – but it will close fast if regional rainmakers don’t get with the 5G program. That’s the professional assessment of Marc Alessi, a partner at Garden City-based business consultancy/government affairs firm Shelter Rock Strategies, which for the past year has represented a client on ultra-broadband’s cutting edge. The client is ExteNet Systems, a Chicago-based provider of advanced mobile-connectivity and distributed-networks solutions….


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…


In SBU’s incubators, it’s all about who you know

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Couldn’t Have Done It Without You file comes the 2017 Incubator Showcase, a victory lap for past and current products of Stony Brook University’s diverse economic-development ecosystem – many of whom say they’d have been nonstarters without the university’s help. Packed into a large conference space inside SBU’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, Thursday’s event was an impressive sight indeed: dozens of early-stage enterprises representing a wide…


Meanwhile, Albany tells science: We’ve got your back

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even as the Trump Administration levels its big guns at national funding for scientific research, New York State is doubling down on its commitment to life sciences. Leaders of business and medical-research organizations across the state are hailing Albany’s 10-year, $620 million plan to turn New York into one big life-sciences cluster. The economic-development strategy was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and adopted by the state Legislature this week as part…


The Debrief: On LI Innovation, Alessi is more

Still trying to cram 27 hours into every day, former New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi has added another hat to his collection, heading efforts to support and grow the state’s network of economic-foundation-laying business incubators. Already hard at it chairing the economic development practice group at Ronkonkoma law firm Campolo, Middleton & McCormick and ushering Stony Brook-based SynchroPET’s breakthrough MRI/PET scanning technology to market, Alessi – who also squeezes in a few hours as…


SynchroPET gets an A in U of Buffalo testing

Stony Brook-based SynchroPET has taken another step toward unprecedented, simultaneous PET/MRI imaging. By placing a PET camera into the bore of an existing MRI machine – that’s the chamber where the patient slides in – SynchroPET achieved “another significant milestone on its quest to disrupt the medical imaging industry,” the company said in a statement. PET systems track gamma rays emitted by tiny injected tracers, then use computers to construct 3D images of the body’s…


Beta installations for first SynchroPET scanners

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook startup SynchroPET has taken a giant step toward commercializing its groundbreaking scanners, which offer unprecedented 3-D views of the body’s biological systems using technology that no longer fills a room. In fact, it barely covers a desk. More on the science in a minute. The headline is news that SynchroPet has sited its first scanner at Stony Brook Medicine’s animal research division, where researchers will run it through its…