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Northwell strategy cuts to the heart of $4.5B industry

By GREGORY ZELLER // Referencing “the future of remote medical monitoring,” Northwell Health is trying on a little wearable technology. Make that a big wearable technology – as in, the Peerbridge Cor, a portable electrocardiogram monitor produced by Peerbridge Heath Inc. The device itself is small, but the “strategic partnership” with the New York City-based health-tech maker, announced Tuesday by the New Hyde Park-based health system, is anything but, with the Peerbridge Cor leading the…


A deal ‘Beyond’ Team Shlocker’s wildest dreams

By GREGORY ZELLER // Shlocker has hit the mother lode. In the shared-bathroom-retail-Nirvana equivalent of beaming up to the mothership, Bridgehampton-based Tula Industries LLC – distributor of the world’s first waterproof safe for protecting personal shower products from mooching roommates – has struck a deal with Bed Bath & Beyond, with the Shlocker landing this week on the national chain’s shelves, actual and virtual. Shlocker is also the world’s only waterproof anti-mooching safe, and it…


Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

There’s never a dull moment when you’re Phil Rugile, who pulls double duty as director of the hyperactive LaunchPad Huntington and as “human capital strategist” at eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting/corporate prepaid solutions specialist that remains one of Long Island’s great innovation success stories. When Innovate LI last Debriefed the media-savvy entrepreneur, LaunchPad Huntington was barely a year old and still finding its way; two years hence, Rugile has honed the co-working space into a…


Big investment, tiny particles and a giant leap for BNL

BY MICHAEL FAIRLIE // Brookhaven National Laboratory is stepping up its electromicroscopy game, in a big way. The fiscal year 2017 New York State budget includes $15 million for the Upton laboratory to purchase and install a cryo-electron microscope, which will work in tandem with the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the world’s brightest synchrotron light source. The Cryo-EM will be the backbone of BNL’s new Long Island Facility for Electromicroscopy, a national user facility…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  Your show of shows: The Hauppauge Industrial Association will host its 29th annual Trade Show & Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25 at the Suffolk County Community College Sports & Exhibition Center in Brentwood, featuring a 60,000-square-foot exhibition floor and nearly 400 exhibitors. Sponsorship opportunities and exhibit booths are available now.  More information on Long Island’s biggest annual B2B trade show awaits here. Job No. 1: The Town of Brookhaven has…


Where data ends, the real business intelligence begins

By GREGORY ZELLER // In the Big Data era, simply having data isn’t enough – it’s what you do with it that counts. That’s the thinking behind SFL Scientific LLC, a 2015 startup that puts the intelligence in “business intelligence” by not only crunching numbers, but helping clients understand what the algorithms and other data-driven discoveries really mean – and how best to capitalize on them. Technically headquartered in Boston, but with the bulk of…


Island job count ticks up in April

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island increased by 11,100 in the year ending in April, a 1 percent increase to a total employment base of 1,136,800. By comparison, the state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate was 0.9 percent and the nation’s was 1.6 percent. Month to month, Long Island’s private sector job count increased by 17,500 between March and April — not seasonally adjusted — when a gain of 12,700 jobs is…


Brain drain? Put a cork in it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t whine when you can wine. That was one of the big ideas Wednesday, when a select group of educators, hospitality professionals and economic-development experts – each with a particular interest in addressing Long Island’s infamous “brain drain” – toured several East End winemaking facilities. Arranged by the Long Island regional office of the Workforce Development Institute, the field trip was designed to help insiders understand the workforce needs and career…


Bell rings for Round 2 of $100M downtown initiative

New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative is back for a $100 million second round. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of Round 2 of the program, which will once again offer monetary and other support to the creation of Strategic Investment Plans for rebuilding efforts in 10 designated downtown communities across the state. The initiative, part of a “comprehensive approach” to neighborhood and economic transformations across New York, looks to “build upon the successful…


Extending the long arm of life-sciences law

By GREGORY ZELLER // Sensing a “tipping point” for New York-based scientific research, a prominent Long Island law firm has upped its life sciences game. Melville-based Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP has executed what senior partner and co-founder Raymond Farrell called a “significant expansion” of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice Group, adding “two of the highest quality PhD/JD patent attorneys around” after a years-long search. Those attorneys are John Resek and Carmella Stephens, both…


Major ASCE honor for Stony Brook engineering dean

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University researcher working to put tide-powered electricity turbines in New York City’s East River has earned a prestigious award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Fotis Sotiropoulos, who was named dean of SBU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences in September 2015, has received the 2017 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award from the ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resource Institute. The annual award recognizes an individual who has…


‘Young’ Feinstein scientist nabs national autism award

Efforts to determine the elusive causes of autism have earned national accolades for an up-and-coming Feinstein Institute scientist. Lior Brimberg, an assistant research professor in the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, has received the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Autism Research for “her innovative work in helping to identify the causes of autism,” according to the institute, the research-and-development division of the…


PCI pioneer is big score for Hofstra Northwell

By GREGORY ZELLER // A major-league surgeon credited with pioneering the use of stents to promote blood flow in compromised heart valves is now wielding her scalpel – and next-level mind – for Northwell Health. In an impressive get for the New Hyde Park-based health system, Cindy Grines is now performing interventions and cardiac catheterizations at Manhasset’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital. Grines, who helped usher percutaneous coronary intervention into…


Applied DNA: Cotton, leather and finally making hay

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not quite a return to the company’s financial halcyon days, but Applied DNA Sciences may have finally turned a corner. Yes, the Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication specialist ended the second quarter of its fiscal 2017 (ended March 31) with a quarterly net loss of $3.4 million, or 13 cents per share. But it was less of a loss (barely) than the $3.5 million bite suffered in 2Q…


With Albany’s help, all’s well in Ocean Beach

The Village of Ocean Beach will get a backup freshwater supply, thanks to a $3.7 million boost from Albany. The package – which includes a $1.9 million zero-interest loan and a $1.2 million low-interest loan – will help fund a new water-supply well to serve as a “redundant water source” for the village, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office. Ocean Beach’s stipend was part of $62 million in grants and low-cost financing approved Thursday by…