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Tickets, please: Tough techie Janam taps new vertical

By GREGORY ZELLER // The innovation machine keeps on cranking at Janam Technologies, which has bulked up its rough-and-tumble line of worksite tablets and punched in with a “next-generation contactless ticketing technology.” The ticketing tech, officially introduced Wednesday by the Woodbury-based mobile-gear manufacturer, is the first product in Janam’s new Guardian line of access-control solutions – a “tap-and-go” digital identifier that moves fans, passengers, customers and other groups through the identification process “quickly, securely and…


Dig it: ULC, British utility rolling out robotic excavator

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the United Kingdom’s largest natural gas networks has partnered with a Long Island-based robotics ace to disrupt one of the costliest and most time-consuming facets of the gas-transmission industry. Natural gas utilities around the world are knee-deep in expenses, scheduling snafus and other logistical nightmares caused by excavation, and London-based SGN – which boasts some 76,000 kilometers of gas pipelines, many buried under Britain’s cobblestones and sidewalks – is…


At NSUH, a cell of the century in the Don Monti unit

By GREGORY ZELLER // That light at the end of the tunnel comes from the Northwell Health Cancer Institute, which provided hope – and bona fide bone marrowy health improvements – to a record number of patients last year. As 2019 ticked down, staffers of the NHCI’s Don Monti Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program gathered inside North Shore University Hospital to recognize what Ruthee Lu-Bayer, chief of the Don Monti Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, called “a…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  January 28  Principles for a Prosperous Business  9:30-11:30 a.m., Farmingdale State College Conference Center The Farmingdale State Small Business Development Center presents a workshop focused on sales, marketing, CRM, manufacturing, trade shows and other critical components of a prosperous business. Ticket pricing, registration and more information available here. January 28  Long Island Writers Club  6:30 p.m., Tavolo Kitchen, Wantagh  The Long Island Writers Club, a spinoff of the Long Island Breakfast Club, presents its…


Reorganizing MSC, Park stumble in latest quarterlies

  PARK AEROSPACE CORP. Headquarters: Westbury Industry: Composites manufacturing NYSE: PKE Reporting Date: Jan. 9, 2020 Reporting Quarter: 3Q FY2020 Quarter Ended: Dec. 1, 2019 Numbers: Third-quarter sales were reported as $15.8 million, a 23.4 percent jump from the $12.8 million reported for the same quarter last fiscal year. But quarterly net earnings took a hit – falling from $3.69 million in FY2019 to $2.44 million, a 33.8 percent plunge – and both basic and…


As resolutions crumble, dishing on doomed diets

By AMBROSE CLANCY // How’s that New Year’s diet going? What? You’re back to Danish and bacon for breakfast, chicken nuggets for lunch and beers and pizza-with-extra-cheese (you know, with the gang) for dinner? And who’s the evil person who left black-and-white cookies in the break room? Don’t they know you’ve become a healthy, weight-conscious person? What happened? Simple, according to Mag Selig, writing in Psychology Today: “Diets don’t work!” But you’re not alone in…


Island schools to run $20M institute for wind-farmers

By GREGORY ZELLER // The winds of workforce development are blowing again through Long Island’s leading academic institutions, two of which will anchor a new state-sanctioned project targeting the offshore wind industry. Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University will leverage a $20 million New York State Energy Research and Development Authority grant to create the Offshore Wind Training Institute, a worker-readiness effort focused on the burgeoning clean-gen industry, which looms large over future regional…


Sound investments, on an Island filled with Wonder

 By TOM MARINER // A “blast from the past” from your most recent newsletter: A few years after Ray Kurzweil introduced the first Reading Machine, he cranked out his first “music synthesizer” with Stevie Wonder – a product of Kurzweil’s fertile brain and (in theory) a bet between the two that electronic stuff could not sound like a concert grand piano. The technical challenge was that large memory chips that digitally hold millions of pieces…


A simple code for collegians: programming for all

By MATTHEW WRIGHT // Has higher education gone soft on coding? Isolated in our computer science departments, it’s not reaching the wider student audience I believe it should. At Adelphi University, where I chair the Physics Department, teaching coding to all students – STEM majors, humanities majors and health-profession majors – is an experiment I have tried and have personally seen succeed. Computer programming is in high demand in the workplace, and it’s a 21st…


At NYIT, a science lab also working on the workforce

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York Institute of Technology’s brightest will multiply their minds in the university’s new Biomedical Sciences and Bioengineering Laboratory, where biology times engineering equals 21st century opportunity. A bevy of state and local officials joined New York Tech President Hank Foley Monday to cut the ribbon on the new lab, occupying 1,000 square feet inside the Theobald Science Center on the university’s Old Westbury campus. Principally focused on four primary objectives…


Codagenix scores big with $20M Series B round

By GREGORY ZELLER // A stellar $20 million investment round has blasted a Long Island biotech into the stratosphere, and a new tax bracket. Farmingdale-based Codagenix Inc., a 2012 startup launched by Stony Brook University assistant research professor Steffan Mueller and Farmingdale State College biology professor J. Robert Coleman, has closed a $20 million Series B investment round, led by Adjuvant Capital, a New York City/San Francisco venture capital firm focused on life sciences. Also…


Debrief: Abiding Kevin Law, as LI collides with destiny

  Hard to believe, but it’s been five long years since Innovate LI last Debriefed Kevin Law, who’s now logged a full decade as President and CEO of the Long Island Association. As 2020 dawns, the primary influencer and leading architect of regional socioeconomics is enjoying another “Top Performer” effort by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (the council, which Law co-chairs with Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz, snagged $87.9 million in Albany’s ninth-annual…


In 2020, integration is key to brand communication

By DAVID A. CHAUVIN // It’s believed humans have been making annual resolutions for over four millennia, all the way back to the ancient Babylonians making yearly promises to the gods to pay off debts or settle old grudges. I’m fortunate enough to owe no outstanding debts to Marduk or Nergal, currently, though I certainly like to set few new goals each January. Any custom that’s been around that long must have something going for…


Now batting for Hoplite Power, an innovation veteran

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional rookie with major-league aspirations – literally – has teamed up with a heavy-hitting innovation all-star to knock its next-gen “power hubs” out of the park. Actually, into the park. Hoplite Power, a Long Island City-based startup and client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubation Program, has enlisted the help of Hauppauge-based product-design expert Intelligent Product Solutions – specifically, IPS President Mitch Maiman – as it prepares to…


After successful seed, Qunnect set for ludicrous speed

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking another quantum leap for cybersecure long-distance communications, a high-tech Stony Brook University spinoff has completed a key financing round. Qunnect LLC, a 2017 startup launched by a Stony Brook PhD and the head of the university’s Quantum Information Technology Group, has closed its $800,000 seed round, an oversubscribed financing cycle backed by the Accelerate NY Seed Fund, French venture-capital fund Quantonation – the first VC fund dedicated to quantum technologies…