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Alyssa Bossio is all about high intensity

By GREGORY ZELLER // Alyssa Bossio didn’t study nutrition. She’s not a trained physical therapist, or a medical doctor, or a doctor of any kind. And she’s absolutely not letting any of that stand in her way. Bossio plans to become a fitness icon for a new health-conscious generation – and over 2 million Instagram followers like her chances. Her biggest step yet comes this week, when she releases a series of diet and exercise…


Cuomo unveils community-based renewables program

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced a Shared Renewables Program on Thursday that aims to make clean and affordable energy available to millions of New Yorkers. The program, part of Cuomo’s State of Opportunity Agenda, provides financial assistance and other resources for homeowners, renters, schools and businesses looking to establish joint renewable-energy projects that cut costs and reinforce “clean” generation standards. Under the “community distributed generation” initiative, customers can join together to share power generated by…


From potatoes to chips, innovation got us here

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Long Island has always taken great pride in being its own place – as the Cradle of Aviation, as a World War II manufacturing hub and America’s first suburb. Over the years it’s bragged about its oysters and potatoes, about building the Apollo moon lander and producing wines so good the locals couldn’t afford them. For the most part, we still can’t. Most recently, Long Island has focused on becoming the nation’s…


Helping Big Pharma master Big Data

By GREGORY ZELLER // Medicine is making giant strides in the research of ribonucleic acid – RNA for short – a molecule that plays vital roles in the coding, decoding and regulation of genes. The stumbling block is the resulting data, which has been piling up from next-generation sequencing technology and will soon represent the largest collection of electronic bytes in the world, topping even the astronomical amounts of data collected on space. And even…


Jasmine Universe: Powering a more efficient world

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based startup is preparing a product launch that could change the way humans and their spaces consume energy. Launched in 2014, Jasmine Universe – a resident of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University – is currently beta testing at SUNY’s Farmingdale State College, trying out hardware and software combinations designed to maximize energy efficiency by automating systems and tracking consumption. Next up: a markets-spanning…


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Symbiotic Health gets $100K in funding

By GREGORY ZELLER // A spinoff of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has snagged a critical $100,000 stake from Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund – good news for anyone suffering from the most prevalent hospital-based infection in the United States. Symbiotic Health, which does battle against the insidious Clostridium difficile infection, announced today that Accelerate Long Island has matched the $50,000 investment the LIETF fund made in June –…


ThermoLift lands $2.75M from Topspin, Angels

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook energy firm ThermoLift has gotten a big VC lift. The company, a resident of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, announced today that it has closed on a $2.75 million VC round that includes funding from the Topspin Fund, the venture fund of Topspin Partners, and the Long Island Angel Network. The funding will allow ThermoLift – which is looking to redefine the energy…


They’ve come a long way, baby

No doubt about it: Stony Brook Medicine delivers. In fact, Stony Brook University Hospital is closing in on a monumental childbirth milestone: the 100,000th baby delivered since the hospital unwrapped its first bundle of joy way back in May 1980. With fewer than 400 deliveries to go, the benchmark birth – or births, should the magic moment involve a multiple delivery – should happen sometime in August, according to SBUH, which averages between 10 and…


Teq pushes into school security

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Huntington-based tech firm that makes its bones in the education arena is doing some extracurricular work on school security. Teq, a manufacturer and distributor of high-tech professional-development and educational tools, this week announced the launch of Spot, an “all-in-one mass emergency communication platform” that utilizes a mobile app to facilitate crisis-situation connections. Spot gives teachers and other staffers the ability to report emergency situations with the touch of a single…


Eye to eye with Tony the Tiger

By DAN BOWEN // It’s a fact: Kids love cereal. The sweet and satisfying crunch, paired perfectly with a large splash of milk, is enough to get even the laziest of children out of bed in the morning. Parents love cereal, too – the fiber and whole grains offering a fair compromise to the sugar content. And of course, marketers also love cereal – the $10 billion U.S. breakfast cereal market is an easy win for…


Debrief: Phil Rugile, LaunchPad Huntington

A longtime strategic consultant and successful entrepreneur in his own right, Phil Rugile is the perfect soldier to fight for Long Island’s innovation economy, and the right man to lead the energetic LaunchPad Huntington facility. Also an Entrepreneur in Residence for Accelerate Long Island, the human capital strategist at eGifter and founder of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs – a nonprofit mentoring program for inner-city startups – Rugile is media-savvy, highly creative and enthusiastic about the Island’s…


Eastern LI Hospital affiliates with SBU

The Eastern Long Island Hospital Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital – an important step toward advancing collaborations between the two institutions. The affiliation is subject to a host of regulatory approvals and the completion of a definitive agreement between Eastern Long Island and Stony Brook Medicine, which includes the university’s five Health Sciences schools and dozens of satellite facilities. Eastern Long Island, a 90-bed hospital…


Keren Gilbert’s incredible rise from overwhelmed mom to diet celeb and bagel queen

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a popular diet plan, a new book and a line of beneficial bagels – plus an extensive TV résumé flipping from the “Today” show to “Access Hollywood” – dietician Keren Gilbert is poised for Atkins-level stardom. Six years ago, she’d have laughed at the notion. Her husband and business partner, investment banker Jonathan Gilbert, would not have laughed. “I knew,” he said. “I always believed it. Keren is just too…


SBU, East End duck farm get state grants

Stony Brook University is in line for a $1 million grant to help renovate and purchase equipment for its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as part of $18 million in economic development funding the state announced Thursday. A second $250,000 award was approved for private Aquebogue firm H.F. Corwin and Sons to help fund improvements to its state-of-the-art duck hatchery. All told, the winning projects are slated to create 403 new jobs and retain…


Cooling team lands $2.5M in DOE help

Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab researchers have landed a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop ways to radically reduce the amount of water used to cool heating plants. While the ultimate goal is zero net water dissipation into the atmosphere, getting there will also enable next-generation power plants to operate in deserts or other arid conditions. Such technology would also appease environmentalists who have long…