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Harvesting cash crops on a sprouting ‘urban farm’

By AMY ONORATO // Don DiLillo’s entrepreneurial journey doesn’t begin in a boardroom, but a basement – in his parents’ basement, on homemade shelves, in boxes of soil and seeds. In 2016, DiLillo was a 23-year-old working steadily for Empire LED Solutions in Farmingdale. But outside of the lighting-technology business, he was an agriculture enthusiast, a passion ignited over summers working the land at Ronkonkoma’s Thera Farms and cultivated at night, when DiLillo enjoyed YouTube…


Robocall terminator sets sights on data thieves

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bad news for data thieves: The Terminator is coming for you. Robocall-ridding, autodialer-assassinating, telemarketer-terminating Nomorobo is extending its shields beyond voice calls and spam texts. The popular call-blocker has released Version 2.5, a souped-up app that includes data-tracking protection and other defenses against nefarious forces deceptively using web advertising to track consumer behavior. Featuring an online ad blocker that “virtually eliminates all types of ads and privacy-invading trackers,” according to Port…


Memo to Applied DNA: It’s payday in Pennsylvania

By GREGORY ZELLER // Memorandums of understanding are swell and all, but for a scrappy enterprise forever waging a bottom-line battle, nothing beats getting paid. So, Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences should be very happy to receive the first of two “milestone payments” accompanying the March 31 signing of a new licensing deal with Pennsylvania manufacturer Colorcon Inc. Announced Thursday, the license and cooperation agreement grants Colorcon the exclusive worldwide right to add Applied DNA’s…


Stanford legend earns ‘Fame’ from alma mater SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // A global computer-science legend has received top honors from the Long Island college where he earned his highest academic degrees. Stanford University President Emeritus John Hennessy was inducted Thursday into the Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Hall of Fame. Hennessy, a longtime professor of electrical engineering and computer science, earned his master of science degree (computer science, 1975) and his PhD (1977) from the SBU engineering college….


Willey walks, Whiteley takes on CSHL tech transfer

By GREGORY ZELLER // A seasoned veteran of scientific- and medical-research commercialization has taken over Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s technology-transfer operations. The laboratory announced Tuesday that life sciences business leader Andrew Whiteley has succeeded Teri Willey as vice president of business development and technology transfer. Willey, who took the reins of CSHL’s Business Development & Technology Transfer Office in late 2013, stepped down March 12 to oversee a new philanthropic venture fund based in Indiana….


Canon USA earns EPA Energy Star recognition

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s largest private employers has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s nod as a public-health leader. Melville manufacturer Canon USA is one of 163 organizations – including Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, builders, commercial building owners and others – who will be honored as 2018 Energy Star Partners of the Year. The partners are recognized for outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. One of only…


Westbound Falconstor erases 4Q, fiscal year losses

  FALCONSTOR SOFTWARE INC. Headquarters: Austin, Texas Industry: Software OTC: FALC Reporting Date: March 22, 2018 Reporting Quarter: 4Q FY2017 Quarter Ended: Dec. 31, 2017 Numbers: Total revenues for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2017, were reported as $6.3 million, a 14.8 percent decrease from the $7.4 million reported for the same quarter last fiscal year. Net GAAP operating income was reported as $1.4 million, turning around a $1.2 million loss reported for 4Q…


Debrief: In San Diego, a socioeconomic blueprint for LI

From Innovate LI’s San Diego office… (no, just kidding, we wish). But indeed from San Diego comes a regional innovation saga with surprisingly familiar themes. You might not think it at first blush, but California’s San Diego County and Long Island have lots in common: a crippling 20th century departure by the aerospace industry, a strong university-based innovation pulse, healthy tourism numbers and more. The difference between the two economies is in the timing –…


Ten finalists to shoot for Hofstra-Digital Remedy gold

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten finalists – including eight solo acts and two team efforts – will square off for three top slots (and more than $70,000 in prizes and working capital) when the 2018 Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge hosts its final showdown April 20. The finalists were selected by a panel of esteemed judges during the semifinal round of the annual business plan pitch-a-thon, held this week at the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship’s…


Ready to roll, MunchMoney already tastes the big time

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several different fuses lit Chris Kane’s lightbulb moment, but if there’s a recurring theme in this origin story, it’s his own munchies. Kane, now the CEO of MunchMoney Inc., was following a fairly familiar arc – a finance and mathematics degree from James Madison University, a burgeoning career as an administrator with Hauppauge-based Gemini Hedge Fund Services. But his stomach was rumbling, literally and figuratively. “Entrepreneurism is something I always wanted…


In new Janam mobile, same strength, twice the input

By GREGORY ZELLER // The tough guys (and gals) at Janam Technologies are at it again, introducing another user-friendly upgrade to their rugged-computing mix. The Woodbury-based tech firm – which infuses its handheld computers, gun-shaped scanners and RFID readers with a break-it-if-you-can bravado – on Thursday announced “the newest and most powerful addition” to its family of XM mobile computers: the XM75, which offers both keypad and touchscreen functionality, a rarity in the bashable world…


With new ‘partner,’ it’s sun-for-all and all for SUNation

By GREGORY ZELLER // Trumpeting a “strategic partnership” benefitting a wider regional customer base, a Long Island-based solar-system installer has executed a non-hostile takeover of another Island solar firm. Ronkonkoma-based SUNation Solar Systems, self-billed as “the premier provider” of solar photovoltaic systems for residential and commercial customers across Long Island and New York City, has taken the reins of Northport-based solar-engineering contractor Energy By Choice. Terms of the takeover, which was completed Feb. 1, were…


NYSERDA, Israeli innovators ink clean-energy pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new collaboration between New York State’s advanced-energy gurus and Israel’s top innovation agency will look to speed clean-energy breakthroughs to global markets. Speaking Tuesday at Advanced Energy Conference 2018 in New York City, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Hochul announced a new Memorandum of Understanding between the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Israel Innovation Authority. The partnership will “accelerate the pace of innovation in the global (clean-energy)…


Hempstead, Southampton earn downtown-demo dollars

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island downtown-redevelopment efforts will be bolstered by a cool million, each, in state funds. Round Five of the Restore New York Communities Initiative doles out a total of $81 million to 71 statewide projects, including $1 million stipends for demolition projects in downtown Hempstead and downtown Southampton – both clearing the way for modern multi-use developments. The latest round of competitive RNYCI funding was dispersed in the FY2017 state…


At SNCH, a bellyful of practice with risky pregnancies

By GREGORY ZELLER // Expectant South Shore mothers enduring high-risk pregnancies have a new resource. South Nassau Communities Hospital has opened a new Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine adjacent to its Oceanside campus, self-billed as “the only dedicated center of its kind for high-risk pregnancies on the South Shore of Nassau County.” Staffed by obstetricians and “maternal fetal medicine sub-specialists,” the $3 million center is stocked with advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies designed specifically for the…