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NIH gets behind new Feinstein Institute sepsis study

By GREGORY ZELLER // A five-year National Institutes of Health grant will pack the protein into a new Long Island sepsis study. Monowar Aziz, an assistant professor at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, will apply the $1.68 million award to his work examining protein’s role in inflammation and injury in due to sepsis, a body-wide immune system reaction to infection. Sepsis is a sinister opponent, causing nearly half-a-million U.S. deaths annually and leaving…


50 years after Apollo, Cradle of Aviation still inspired

By ANDREW PARTON // It’s a challenging question: Can we be truly inspired by an event that occurred 50 years ago? The answer lies in the event’s impact – not just on us as individuals, but on a variety of aspects of society. In July 2019, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the landing of the first men on the surface of the moon. That event impacted not just the United States,…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  December 12 LIASB Women in Business: Small Business Transformation/Advancing Women Leadership 6-7:30 p.m., Microsoft Community Room, Huntington Station  The Long Island Advancement of Small Business Women’s Business Committee presents a workshop designed to help entrepreneurs and students achieve social and economic success. Registration and more information. December 12 Nassau County Industrial Development Agency regular meeting 6:30 p.m., Theodore Roosevelt Executive Building, Mineola The Nassau County IDA holds its regular monthly meeting in the Roosevelt…


Daniel Gale Sotheby’s sees the forest for HQ2’s trees

By GREGORY ZELLER // With the echo barely faded from Amazon’s announcement heard ’round the nation – that Long Island City and Crystal City, Va., will host bifurcated “HQ2” facilities – Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty and several forward-thinking affiliates are getting busy. The Cold Spring Harbor-based agency announced this week the creation of MyHQ2Home.com, an online real estate collective offering relocation and referral services specifically to employees flocking to Amazon’s new headquarters facilities. Designed…


New parent for Long Island travel-data ‘Expert’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A data-science and analytics company has added an original Long Island dotcom to its long list of assets. Red Ventures, a South Carolina-based operator of websites including the popular travel site The Points Guy, has acquired Patchogue-based Expert Travel Services LLC (dba ExpertFlyer), a circa-2005 startup focused on flight data and loyalty programs. ExpertFlyer was created by a group of frequent flyers from Long Island, including IT expert Chris Lopinto; his…


Maiman: LI is on the right road, with big things ahead

By MITCH MAIMAN // My view into the near-term future of the technology industry on Long Island reflects my lens on the world. Understanding the business model of IPS, a product-development and professional services company with a client base crossing a wide variety of vertical markets, provides context for my perspective on the technology industry here. From giants like Google and our local favorite Zebra Technologies to small-size startup businesses, we have clients in every…


Hempstead IDA drives school bus company’s new HQ

By GREGORY ZELLER // The wheels on the bus go round and round in Hempstead, where the Industrial Development Agency has finally finalized an economic-incentives package for a leading school bus operator. Approved in September and closed Nov. 30, the Town of Hempstead IDA’s undisclosed tax-abatement deal will help Port Washington-based Dell Transportation Corp. acquire 1.37 acres at the intersection of Kellum Place and Union Place in the Village of Hempstead. Dell Transportation is planning…


Microscopic imaging for any science? You better ThINC

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is living large at one of the smallest ideas it ever had. If you’re a multinational fragrance company based on Long Island, or a marine scientist studying trace elements in North Shore shellfish populations, or a civil engineer trying to mitigate South Shore coastal erosion in an era of climate change-charged superstorms, you’re likely familiar with SBU’s Thermonuclear & Imaging Nanoscale Characterization Laboratory. Others probably don’t give ThINC…


EVs OK, but ICE still have plenty of energy to burn

By BENJAMIN LAWLER // The internal combustion engine is old, inefficient and dirty. Its days are numbered. The future is electric vehicles, which are new, efficient and clean. At least, that what you’ve been told, by people who have a financial interest in propagating EVs. The truth is somewhat different. EVs and ICE-powered vehicles first competed in the late 1800s. But in the early 1900s, the ICE was found to be more desirable due to…


On the right path in Feinstein Parkinson’s pursuit

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new gene therapy can literally rewire the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients – and may rewrite the book on treatment of the nation’s second most-common neurodegenerative disease. A team of scientists from the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has published findings indicating that AAV2-GAD, an emerging Parkinson’s gene therapy, creates new circuits in the brain promoting improved motor skills – setting up AAV2-GAD for a critical final found of…


New owner, CEO for top patient-recruitment firm

By GREGORY ZELLER // A company veteran with a history of breaking glass ceilings has taken control of a Jericho company leading the patient-recruitment pack. Clinical Trial Media, self-billed as “the industry leader” in global clinical-trial patient recruitment and retention, has named Cara Brant as its new CEO. More accurately, Brant has named herself: The new chief executive, who started at the Jericho firm as a project coordinator in 2001, also on Wednesday announced her…


Ten LI scientists earn prestigious AAAS fellowships

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten Long Island scientists have received a prestigious peer-selected distinction, selected as 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The high honor, a members-only selection by other AAAS members, recognizes “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications,” according to Stony Brook University, which led the Long Island region with six fellows placed among this year’s 416 total honorees. Two Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…


Biomed effort takes hard look at vascular calcification

By GREGORY ZELLER // Researchers at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are hoping to break a common link between chronic kidney disease and heart disease. Armed with a fresh National Institutes of Health grant, the NYIT research team – led by Olga Savinova, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at NYITCOM – will take a closer look at vascular calcification, in which calcium salts jam up blood vessels and cause arteries to lose their elasticity….


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….


Saving the planet from the ground up, literally

By GREGORY ZELLER // Allied Microbiata didn’t win 76West – but being a finalist in the innovative state-funded competition, which stimulates the clean-energy economy across the Southern Tier, wasn’t too shabby. A ground-level effort in more ways than one, the 2017 startup is an early-stage bootstrapper with ties to Stony Brook University and Columbia University, on a primary mission to remediate soils and sediments tainted by toxins. And the graduate of the PowerBridge NY program…