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Stony Brook research pioneers land major NAI honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University professors have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, among the highest honors bestowed upon academic innovators. Arie Kaufman, distinguished professor of computer science, and Clinton Rubin, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, are scheduled to be inducted as NAI fellows during the academy’s 2018 national meeting, slated for April 5 in Washington. The honor is reserved for inventors who demonstrate what SBU called “prolific innovation”…


NSUH earns $800K grant for family-focused HIV care

A Manhasset hospital has received more than $800,000 in federal monies to provide HIV care for women and children. North Shore University Hospital announced this week that it was one of 116 programs nationally to receive 2017-18 HIV program funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, in the form of a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grant. The $837,935 stipend will help the hospital provide HIV care and support services for women, infants, children…


Holiday sale: Henry Schein snags Georgia tech firm

The world’s largest distributor of animal-health products, among other thriving interspecies healthcare verticals, has acquired a new cloud-based weapon for its business-development arsenal. Melville-based Henry Schein announced Monday the acquisition of Atlanta-based eVetPractice, a 2011 startup focused on cloud-based practice-management solutions for veterinary clinics. eVetPractice becomes the newest addition to the expanding software portfolio offered by the Henry Schein Veterinary Solutions division, which has offices in Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania and is billed by the…


Missiles, cars, leather … finally, biotech pushes pills

By GREGORY ZELLER // A biotech with a penchant for leather, foreign automobiles, high-tech weaponry and next-gen digital imaging is finally getting around to pharmaceuticals. Actually, that’s not true – Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences has already this year announced multiple pharma-nutra-focused forays, including the production of DNA chains for in-vitro diagnostic and DNA-based therapeutic research purposes. But in announcing a technology license memorandum of understanding with Pennsylvania-based “hard dose” specialist Colorcon Inc., Applied DNA…


IDA’s numbers look right to Broadridge Investor Coms

By GREGORY ZELLER // An investor-communications specialist will upgrade and expand in Suffolk County, with a little help from the county’s Industrial Development Agency. The IDA on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a transaction that would help Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, a subsidiary of Lake Success-based Broadridge Financial Solutions, renovate two existing Suffolk County offices and make equipment upgrades at three of the subsidiary’s properties. Among the projects on Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions to-do list:…


With ‘Fellows’ effort, SBU podcasts a wider net

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a big week for podcast innovations on Long Island. Just days after the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell launched a serialized podcast following the real-life adventures of first-year medical students, Stony Brook Southampton – in partnership with Connecticut-based WSHU Public Radio – has announced a first-of-its-kind Audio Podcast Fellows program. Designed to train students in all aspects of podcasting, the new program – which also involves…


After decades of debate, $2B LIRR ‘third track’ is a go

By GREGORY ZELLER // All aboard – the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a roughly $2 billion deal to design and build the Long Island Rail Road’s long-debated “third track.” The contract approved Wednesday by the MTA Board of Directors with Lawrence-based 3rd Track Constructors – a joint venture uniting New York City-based Dragados USA Inc., Lawrence-based John P. Picone Inc., Nanuet-based Halmar International LLC and Brooklyn-based CCA Civil Inc. – officially weighed in at…


Long Island REDC rebounds with ‘Top’ $84.3M haul

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council is back on top, once again ranked as a “Top Performer” in Albany’s annual REDC sweepstakes with a hefty $84.3 million haul. That’s terrific news for the “priority” and “regionally significant” projects on the LIREDC’s 2017 wish list, which included funding for a waterfront revitalization effort in Greenport, a new technology-focused Digital Ballpark business incubator in the Wyandanch Village development and 31 other projects…


Debrief: Bill Lindsay III is on a manufacturing mission

Lack of skilled workers and overregulation are among the issues undercutting Long Island manufacturers. And they’re in the crosshairs of the Long Island Manufacturing Task Force, unanimously approved this month by the Suffolk County Legislature. Legislator William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), who introduced the task force bill, will chair the pro-production panel, formed in response to 8,000-plus job openings at Long Island factories (as counted by the Long Island chapter of the Workforce Development Institute) and…


Real-life drama paces new Hofstra/Northwell podcast

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s “Real World” meets “Grey’s Anatomy” in a new Zucker School of Medicine podcast, which dives deep into the lives of first-year medical students. Providing a “rare and intimate look into the daunting first year of medical school,” the 10-episode podcast “Making an MD: Year One” follows four students during their earliest days at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The free-subscription series is produced and narrated…


All dressed up, and somewhere to go at LIU Post

Christmas is coming early to Long Island University, which received not one but two special gifts this week. LIU Post’s College of Management has taken possession of 25 top-of-the-line mannequins created by Ralph Pucci International, a New York City designer known internationally for its furniture, fine art and distinctive, pliable, anatomically proportionate mannequins, among other top-drawer offerings. The mannequins, donated by the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Huntington, arrived Wednesday, the same day as 30…


Old St. Trick: Naughty Nomorobo traps telemarketers

By GREGORY ZELLER // ’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the land, robocalls haunted every woman and man – until Santa stepped in, and exacted a little robo-revenge. Welcome to A Very Nomorobo Christmas, a slightly offbeat holiday tale that spritzes pine-needle scent all over a somewhat brilliant marketing scheme that gives customers (and potential customers) an entertaining reason to come back and visit, while adding whole new dimensions to “jolly” St. Nick….


CSHL conference lands a bull’s eye on Lyme detection

By GREGORY ZELLER // A gaggle of academic, public health and commercial-healthcare specialists gathered under Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s mighty banner have published findings that could rewrite the book on Lyme disease detection. When the laboratory-diagnostics experts convened for a 2016 Banbury Center meeting – such gatherings, held at CSHL’s on-campus think tank, are generally regarded among the best international scientific workshops – they focused on Lyme, and specifically, earlier detection of a disease that…


Northwell, Cigna work it out, call off divorce

It turns out reports of Northwell Health’s split with the Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. have been somewhat exaggerated. That very nearly wasn’t so: The health system’s hospitals, physicians, laboratories, home-health providers and other facilities and services came this close to parting ways with Cigna. But all Northwell doctors and facilities will remain in the Cigna fold as of Jan. 1. With renewal negotiations at an impasse and the current contract between the New…


Clots (or not) to be thankful for in HeartMate advance

By GREGORY ZELLER // A cutting-edge Manhasset hospital is the first in the region to offer new hope to patients with advanced heart failure, in the form of a revolutionary implanted pump. North Shore University Hospital’s Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital has become the first on Long Island equipped to implant the Heartmate 3, the newest generation of a left ventricular assist device developed by Illinois-based medical-device maker Abbott Laboratories. Built to provide full heart…