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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…


AEC focuses global attention on next-gen generation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The future is imminent for AEC 2018, the Advanced Energy Conference that will unite global energy leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs in New York City on a quest for cleaner and smarter energy solutions. Presented by Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a critical mass of major-league sponsors – leading corporations, regional utilities, top research institutions and more – the 10th annual AEC has adopted “The Future of…


Forget something? NY’s life-sci panel (mostly) stiffs LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Eyeing a “vibrant life-sciences ecosystem” across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the launch of a new Life Science Advisory Board – but the high-profile panel largely overlooks life-sciences-heavy Long Island. Although Albany would seem to consider the Island a hotbed of biotech and health-science research and commercialization, none of the region’s major research institutions or life-science enterprises are represented on the new LSAB. So, no one to share updates…


SBU rounds out the curriculum for some bio majors

Stony Brook University now offers a biology degree for students not necessarily enamored with gross anatomy. The university this week announced a new Bachelor of Arts in Biology program that delivers a more basic bio degree – that is, a bachelor’s degree with a wider selection of College of Arts and Sciences minors, but less focus on actual biology. Calling its traditional Bachelor of Science in Biology program – which it still offers – more…


At Marcum, food-biz buddy Biscotti eyes a new kitchen

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a name like Biscotti, he has to be good for the food industry. And Louis Biscotti has been just that, particularly during his five-year run at Woodbury-based accounting giant Mazars USA, where the partner headed up global and national Food and Beverage operations. In that role, Biscotti baked up several business-development programs that enhanced early-stage food and/or beverage enterprises via specialized tax knowhow and other industry-specific professional services. Now, the…


In Albany, an aggressive vertical lunge for Farrell Fritz

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island law firm has made a bold thrust into the Capital District. Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz this week announced the launch of its new Regulatory & Government Relations Practice Group, to be located in the firm’s new downtown Albany office – located just a few strides from the State Capitol and state legislative offices. The new team of key specialists has been assembled specifically to “represent the firm’s clients before…


Applied DNA won’t let the bed thugs bite

By GREGORY ZELLER // You’ll sleep better knowing your gorgeous new bedding comes from 100 percent source-verified recycled plastic. So say global textiles manufacturer GHCL Ltd. and Applied DNA Sciences, the Stony Brook-based biotech that’s infusing its proprietary CertainT platform into the India-based conglomerate’s new Rekoop brand of bedding products. The CertainT molecular tagging and tracking technology will authenticate recycled plastics being spun into metaphorical gold: GHCL’s Rekoop line of bedsheets, pillowcases and shams, debuting…


Matching state grants boost regional SBIR innovators

A Stony Brook University-based small-biz booster program is doubling down on federal Small Business Innovation Research award winners. Through a $1.2 million Empire State Development Corp. incentives package administered by the university’s Small Business Development Center and the Research Foundation for SUNY, SBU has released the first set of matching grant funds to SBIR awardees in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Four regional companies benefited from a total of $50,000 released this round, including Farmingdale-based vaccination…


With top advisors, SmartCoparent smartens up

By GREGORY ZELLER // Any parent will tell you the value of good advice, and of course that applies to SmartCoparent. The subsidiary of Hauppauge-based Aeonic Ventures – which recently launched its namesake app, an all-in-one digital platform for separated co-parents – has now announced the formation of its Independent Strategic Advisory Board, to be comprised of “leading experts in emerging technologies and family law.” SmartCoparent is the second product by Aeonic Ventures founder and…


Adelphi alum endows $1M to ‘Faculty Leadership’ effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // A $1 million endowment from a former student will help Adelphi University faculty members become the academic leaders of tomorrow. The Garden City-based university announced this week that 1995 graduate Lionel Viret, president of French bioscience company Stago, has “pledged $1 million to transform the lives of future leaders at Adelphi.” More specifically, Viret has gifted a cool mil to the university’s Faculty Leadership Fellows initiative, which has been rechristened the…


Ex-American Express CEO revives Old Westbury forum

By GREGORY ZELLER // The former head of American Express will help SUNY Old Westbury resuscitate its ambitious Executive Leadership Forum. The forum – SUNY-Old Westbury’s effort to bring national business icons to Long Island for informative presentations before regional business leaders – debuted in 2013 with JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon in the center seat. But it’s been dormant since then, with the school focused on “other priorities,” a spokesman said Thursday….


For Uber and NYS Dems, the great suburban showdown

By GREGORY ZELLER // Well, that’s a potential ouch upon our Uber. Long Islanders waited quite a while for Albany to decide ridesharing was legal in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Now, less than a year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation legalizing ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft on the Island, the New York State Assembly is looking to stick an additional $1 surcharge on every ridesharing trip outside New York City. And that’s on…


LI broker auctioning off ‘ImpeachTrump.com’ domain

By GREGORY ZELLER // With President Donald Trump girding his defenses, a clever Long Island digital-marketing firm might profit handsomely from the national impeachment debate. Holbrook-based Precision Marketing Solutions, which has virtually no web presence itself but brokers an extensive portfolio of domain names, is sitting on a doozy: ImpeachTrump.com. The premium domain name is now up for grabs in an online auction set to expire March 24. ImpeachTrump.com was registered through kingpin domain registry…


Northwell pumps $22M into LIJ emergency upgrade

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s busiest emergency rooms is getting a serious upgrade. Long Island Jewish Medical Center at Valley Stream, part of the Northwell Health system, announced Friday that it will begin a $22.3 million renovation of its emergency department this month. The 9,000-square-foot department, which currently treats about 40,000 patients annually, will be expanded to 12,000 square feet with the capacity to handle some 55,000 annual patients, according to New…


Makers unite: (Re-)inventor combines creative clubs

By GREGORY ZELLER // And then there was one. And that was the plan all along, according to founder Brian Fried, who has merged the Nassau and Suffolk county inventors clubs he created into a single entity – the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club, brought to you by the Farmingdale Small Business Development Center, located on the campus of Farmingdale State College. That’s where the new organization will hold its monthly meetings, beginning this…