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Bonded Energy’s new solution: Compatability

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bonded Energy Solutions is throwing a BYOT party – as in, bring your own thermostat. The Stony Brook-based energy-efficiency startup’s high-tech devices, which work with apartment building-based steam-heat systems dating back centuries, in some cases, have “evolved” to work with third-party temperature gauges – an advance that could dramatically widen the market for the 21st century temperature-control systems, according to CEO Jerritt Gluck. Originally built to work exclusively with Bonded Energy…


State pumps $2M into LI emergency communications

Roughly $2 million for programs in Nassau and Suffolk counties was included in a new round of emergency-communications grants announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nassau is receiving $856,563 and Suffolk more than $1.1 million through the State Interoperable Communications Grant, which is administered by the New York Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. All told, statewide funding in this round totals $45 million. The grants will help counties enhance their emergency-response systems…


At Applied DNA, they’re really getting into leather

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new international partnership backed by a host of well-known global brands will develop DNA-based security and product-authentication solutions for the leather industries. Stony Brook-based biotech Applied DNA Sciences this week announced a “research agreement” with BLC Leather Technology Centre, a UK-based R&D firm that delivers a range of services to leather suppliers, manufacturers and distributors in some 40 countries. Applied DNA President and CEO James Hayward was slated to officially…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  Plan A: The Long Island Capital Alliance and the New York Institute of Technology have scheduled the next lecture in their Entrepreneur Education & Mentoring Series, Growing Your Business From the Ground Up, this time featuring Jeffrey Bass of the Executive Strategies Group discussing the essentials of a winning business plan and Michael Lane, president of the Real Content Media Group, examining the keys to successful corporate communications and marketing. The event, including networking opportunities, is scheduled…


3D-printed spinal implants debut at NSUH

Surgical patients have received the first batch of 3D-printed titanium spinal implants at North Shore University Hospital. The implants were part of spinal decompression and fusion surgeries performed at the Manhasset hospital, including a procedure performed on Kim Pierre, a 54-year-old nurse from the Elmont section of Queens who suffers from spondylosis, a disease that destabilizes the spine and compresses the spinal nerves. Pierre, who reported 13 years of debilitating back pain before her procedure…


Payback is a glitch, so ‘Glo’ guru strikes again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Celestina Pugliese has had another lightbulb moment, and while it’s not quite as literal as her first, it could prove another boon for booze barons. Pugliese, founder and CEO of Northport-based Ready Check Glo, has already made a splash with her flagship product, promoted as “the world’s first illuminating check presenter.” The small leather folder features a small window that lights up to alert servers when diners are ready to pay…


Jed Morey and the art of the publishing pivot

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York Financial Press, we hardly knew ye. But founder Jed Morey knew enough, at least, to clearly envision the best destiny for his startup alternative-news website – and it wasn’t reporting day-old deals and spinning market coverage just like everyone else. That would never do for Morey, the self-styled publisher of the Long Island Press and head of a namesake marketing/journalism empire with a reputation for the unconventional. So the…


Winter slows, can’t stop EC/Jasmine expansion

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even winter’s worst could only delay this energy-efficiency milestone. Weeks after a snowy forecast cut short a planned ribbon-cutting ceremony, energy-efficiency upstart Jasmine Universe and its big sister, longtime international e-commerce services provider EC Infosystems, will once again roll out a red carpet to mark the opening of EC Infosystems’ new Uniondale headquarters – a 20,000-square-foot space “custom designed for the two companies,” according to Jasmine Universe Associate Director Vikram Dhar….


For this niche chef, the bright ideas keep coming

By GREGORY ZELLER // The lightbulb moment was clear. But the lightbulb? That was more happenstance. Entrepreneurial chef Alaila-Lee Lawrence can trace the branches of her Clovesz beverage line straight through her family tree: her grandfather, the Orlando restaurateur; her cousin, the Canadian caterer; her grandmother, the matriarch who migrated from Jamaica to England to the United States to find a better life for her family. The heart of her drinks – sorrel, a perennial…


At Garvies Point Brewery, a new can-do attitude

By JIM MCCUNE // Garvies Point Craft Brewery was so excited about its first-ever can release, the Glen Cove-based company decided to double down on the event by premiering both its award-winning Gold Coast Double IPA and the first of a new sour series called Sour Batch Citra. The Double IPA runs 8 percent ABV; the Citra, a wheat ale, tops out at 5.1 percent with a pH of 3.5. Garvies Point is the latest…


The winds of war swirl around off-shore turbines

By GREGORY ZELLER // As a concept, ocean-based wind-energy harvesting is gaining momentum on Long Island – but don’t expect completely smooth sailing for the increasingly popular alternative-generation movement. Although wind farms are rising around the globe and contributing ever-larger percentages of the electricity flowing through international energy grids, the “green” projects often face stiff opposition –  ironically, from environmentalists, and often from commercial fishermen who say the ocean-based platforms disrupt natural breeding grounds and threaten their livelihoods. Long Island anglers,…


Debrief: Circular thoughts with James Hayward

When last we Debriefed Applied DNA Sciences CEO James Hayward, the Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication company was forming a promising partnership with a national law-enforcement/security training organization and inching a toe into the Scandinavian auto theft prevention-and-recovery market. This week, as the biotech partners with textile manufacturer Loftex Home to launch the hot new CertainT platform, Hayward reports big gains in those maturing verticals and progress by Applied DNA’s all-star advisory board – two…


Expansion (maybe) for Stony Brook’s AERTC

By GREGORY ZELLER // There’s an overload at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center. With demand edging supply and its incubators overflowing, Stony Brook University’s hub of academia, research and commercial energy production is looking to expand. The AERTC’s incubator programs now host eight tenants with next-level energy-efficiency aspirations – and they’d like to welcome more, according to AERTC Chairman Robert Catell, who this week teased the possibility of future constructon. “The good news…


Island posted 2.5% increase in jobs through February

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 27,100 in the year ending in February, a bump of 2.5 percent, to 1,114,700. By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 1.6 percent and the nation’s was 1.8 percent. Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 2,500 between January and February (not seasonally adjusted), when a loss of 1,400 jobs is typical. A record warm February boosted hiring in the…


Apple patents phone-laptop dock

An Apple patent published this week suggests the company is developing a so-called “thin” laptop device that would rely on the CPU of an iPhone or iPad for its computing power. Apple’s application for an “Electronic accessory device” was first filed for in September 2016 and credits Brett W. Degner as its inventor.