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SUNY Old Westbury sets new grad-degree programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Three new graduate-degree programs – including the college’s first fully online degree program – will debut later this calendar year at SUNY College at Old Westbury. The State University of New York system is introducing a new online MS in Accounting degree program for students of the Old Westbury college, along with new MS in Data Analytics and MS in Students With Disabilities programs. The new degree programs, each slated to…


Henry Schein shines, again, with record fiscal year

  HENRY SCHEIN INC. Headquarters: Melville Industry: Healthcare Nasdaq: HSIC Reporting Date: Feb. 20, 2019 Reporting Quarter: 4Q FY2018 Quarter Ended: Dec. 29, 2018  Numbers: Net fourth-quarter sales were reported as $3.4 billion, up 1.7 percent from the $3.31 billion reported for the same quarter last fiscal year. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was reported as $171.6 million ($1.12 per diluted share), up 12.8 percent from the non-GAAP net income of $152.1 million…


At the Cradle of Aviation, STEM inspires (in a ‘Big’ way)

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s most innovative institutions is sharing some big-screen inspiration with tomorrow’s brightest minds. As part of its National Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23) observations, which also include Feb. 21’s National Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is featuring the exhilarating documentary “Dream Big” in its giant-screened Dome Theater, where senses-shattering IMAX technology awaits. Narrated by Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges and produced by MacGillivray Freeman…


Community wellness wins in Hofstra’s 2019 ‘Challenge’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Roughly $60,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs in an ambitious Hofstra University competition designed to improve health, wellness and socioeconomic conditions in underserved communities throughout Greater New York. The 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge is now accepting innovative proposals for “market-based products or services” that can improve wellness in communities stretching from Long Island to New York City to the Hudson Valley, according to Hofstra. The theme for…


LICA kicks off 2019 slate with tastiest Capital Forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Capital Alliance always has an appetite for success, but the next installment of its Capital Forum series takes that mantra fairly literally. Scheduled for March 8 in Melville, the alliance’s first capital forum of 2019 will cater to foodies – specifically, to small companies in the food & beverage and agricultural-technology industries. The forum is a quarterly breakfast-networking platform that places innovators – often, but not exclusively, in…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  February 25 HIA-LI CEO Forum: Fred Johs 8:30-10:30 a.m., Computer Associates Plaza Auditorium, Islandia The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island presents its first CEO Forum networker of 2019, featuring trial lawyer Fred Johs, partner at Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP and a longtime regional business owner. Ticket pricing, registration and more information available here. February 26 2019 Manufacturers’ Breakfast Series – Creative Recruiting in the Manufacturing Industry 8:30-10:30 a.m., Adelphi University Hauppauge Business…


Environmentalists cheer CCPA, blast ‘federal inactivity’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A statewide coalition rallying for “climate justice” delivered high praise Friday for some of the sharpest environmental regulations ever considered by Albany. With the New York State Senate hosting its third legislative hearing in four days on a proposed slate of new and pointed environmental laws (following sit-downs in Albany and New York City), members of NY Renews – a coalition of more than 160 organizations championing environmental policy “grounded in…


In this ‘Green Mile,’ the Island has a healthy head start

By JEFF GUILLOT // It’s been roundly embraced by progressive presidential candidates and panned by conservatives as a pipe dream dripping with bongwater. But regardless of your position on the package of legislative initiatives collectively known as the Green New Deal, Long Island’s longstanding commitment to environmental protection could put us in a unique position to reap the benefits of this dialogue. Regardless of whether or not this idea ever finds its way to the…


New licensing deal adds fresh buzz to joint venture

By GREGORY ZELLER // A partnership between a Stony Brook biotech and a Canadian pharmaceutical-solutions provider is growing like a weed. Less than a year since introducing the world’s first DNA-based cannabis-tagging system and just five months since they upgraded the system to accommodate large-scale growers, Applied DNA Sciences and Canadian/Panamanian cohort TheraCann International Benchmark Corp. have inked an exclusive licensing deal. The skinny: a long-term licensing agreement pairing Applied DNA’s proprietary CertainT supply chain…


If the UV-decontaminated shoe fits, thank MIDI

By GREGORY ZELLER // After 30 years in the healthcare business, Rachel Dombrowsky understands very well the dangers of hospital-acquired infections. Also, shoes kind of gross her out. So Dombrowsky embarked on an ambitious “science project,” literally on the ground floor: Floors are the most “unappreciated pool of pathogens” in a hospital environment, she noted, “more contaminated than bedrails or even toilets” – and yet, little scientific progress has been made when it comes to…


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…


Reality bites, MunchMoney pivots, tummies applaud

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Office of Sticktoitiveness comes Chris Kane and MunchMoney Inc., makers of a rewards-based group-purchasing app that whittled down an overdose of functionality to focus on one bright vertical – and has ridden that strategy to an impressive national launch. When last we left Kane, the James Madison University graduate and hungry entrepreneur was preparing for a pilot launch of MunchMoney, flagship app of the 2017 startup created by the…


For your best innovation ROI, look to the ‘regulars’

By ROSALIE DRAGO // From the technological advances of the Bronze Age to the evolution of Artificial Intelligence, innovation requires people. It follows then that the capital investment with the most innovation ROI is the investment in human capital. Businesses are eager to innovate, but more often than not this is approached with investments in departments or initiatives or a select cohort of innovation experts. Real innovation – the kind that enables us to sustain…


Tracey, global team unearth new bioelectronic clue

By GREGORY ZELLER // An international research team featuring one of Long Island’s great innovators has uncovered a potential key to fighting viral infections – a bioelectronic-medicine breakthrough with wide-ranging implications for a multitude of patients and conditions. Feinstein Institute for Medical Research President and CEO Kevin Tracey, a global electronic nerve-stimulation and bioelectronic medicine pioneer, joined with scientists from Canada, Europe and Asia to research and announce the new findings, detailed in an article…


Newfangled ‘radio’ show brings Zucker School home

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new radio show – take a moment to process, podcasters – is bringing the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell to the airwaves. Premiering Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. on WRHU (Radio Hofstra University, 88.7 on your FM dial and first in Hofstra’s hearts since 1959), “Well Said With Dr. Ira Nash” will feature a half-hour of weekly insights into health and wellness, with Nash – a…