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New owner, CEO for top patient-recruitment firm

By GREGORY ZELLER // A company veteran with a history of breaking glass ceilings has taken control of a Jericho company leading the patient-recruitment pack. Clinical Trial Media, self-billed as “the industry leader” in global clinical-trial patient recruitment and retention, has named Cara Brant as its new CEO. More accurately, Brant has named herself: The new chief executive, who started at the Jericho firm as a project coordinator in 2001, also on Wednesday announced her…


Ten LI scientists earn prestigious AAAS fellowships

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ten Long Island scientists have received a prestigious peer-selected distinction, selected as 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The high honor, a members-only selection by other AAAS members, recognizes “scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications,” according to Stony Brook University, which led the Long Island region with six fellows placed among this year’s 416 total honorees. Two Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory…


Biomed effort takes hard look at vascular calcification

By GREGORY ZELLER // Researchers at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are hoping to break a common link between chronic kidney disease and heart disease. Armed with a fresh National Institutes of Health grant, the NYIT research team – led by Olga Savinova, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at NYITCOM – will take a closer look at vascular calcification, in which calcium salts jam up blood vessels and cause arteries to lose their elasticity….


Alessi: LI must work together on a 5G future

By MARC ALESSI // It’s no secret that Long Island has problems with cellphone service. More than 200 cellphone “dead zones” were identified in late 2016, as well as poor-quality network speed, reliability and performance. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has even urged carriers to improve coverage on the Island. As a longtime resident of the North Shore, I have witnessed firsthand what it means to not have reliable wireless connectivity with our mobile-enabled electronics….


Saving the planet from the ground up, literally

By GREGORY ZELLER // Allied Microbiata didn’t win 76West – but being a finalist in the innovative state-funded competition, which stimulates the clean-energy economy across the Southern Tier, wasn’t too shabby. A ground-level effort in more ways than one, the 2017 startup is an early-stage bootstrapper with ties to Stony Brook University and Columbia University, on a primary mission to remediate soils and sediments tainted by toxins. And the graduate of the PowerBridge NY program…


Amazon warrior Cuomo defends deal, crushes critics

By GOV. ANDREW CUOMO // Editor’s note: This article has been edited for length. The full text of the governor’s op-ed is available here.   The Amazon transaction is an historic transformative moment for the entire New York City region. I have done enough development work during my career to know there is no large development project that is accomplished without controversy, especially in a city like New York and especially in this polarized, hyper-political time. While…


For agriculture’s sake, NYIT is getting its sensors dirty

By GREGORY ZELLER // New methods for analyzing soil – a big potential boost for agricultural efficiency – may be coming soon from the New York Institute of Technology. Researchers at NYIT’s College of Engineering and Computing Sciences have snagged a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant supporting their development of new technologies comprising an in-ground, real-time soil-nutrient sensing system (with accompanying flying robots). Their goal: to sample soil and dig deep into its chemical composition,…


NIH to Feinstein: Stick out that chest (bioelectrically)

By GREGORY ZELLER // With new treatments for obesity, heart failure and a host of other conditions in sight, a Feinstein Institute researcher will zero in on specific abdominal targets in a new “precision bioelectronic medicine” study. North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center Chief of Gastroenterology Larry Miller, who also directs the Gastroenterology Laboratory at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, has received a $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant…


Solid Softheon spares Long Island from Fast 500 flop

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based software developer salvaged a weak Long Island showing among the 2018 Technology Fast 500, Deloitte’s annual review of the continent’s quickest-growing tech firms. Softheon, CEO Eugene Sayan’s healthcare-focused business-information specialist, recorded a 4,904 percent growth rate to finish a very respectable 23rd on Deloitte’s yearly list. Unfortunately, the software innovator was one of only three Long Island firms in Deloitte’s rundown. Bohemia-based digital microphone pioneer Andrea Electronics Corp….


20 years and still smartening up at Vision Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // Before downtown redevelopment was cool, there was Vision Long Island. Today, it seems, everyone is doing it: “Transit-oriented development” is in, Albany doles out $10 million checks to stir the pot and some 40 Long Island downtown districts are in some revivalist phase – a “coalition of the willing,” according to Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, who remembers a time not long ago when things were a little different. “When…


Feinstein researchers eye chronic post-storm despair

By GREGORY ZELLER // A team of Feinstein Institute for Medical Research investigators is digging deep into the mental toll natural disasters take on survivors. The team – led by Rebecca Schwartz, an associate investigator at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute, R&D division of the Northwell Health system – presented its findings during a roundtable discussion at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, held this week in California. According to the research, exposure to natural…


Cold start: With $25M round set, ThermoLift ices test

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based heat-pump innovator has completed a rigorous round of prototype testing – and, in the process, crushed a series of critical U.S. Department of Energy performance standards. ThermoLift, headquartered at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, announced Tuesday that it’s wrapped up testing of its innovative, refrigerant-free natural-gas air conditioner and cold-climate heat pump technology…


Partners pump $18M into Jones Beach education center

By GREGORY ZELLER // The comprehensive revitalization of Jones Beach State Park will continue with the construction of a multimillion-dollar conservation-and-sustainability educational facility. The Jones Beach Energy and Nature Education Center will be a public resource for all seasons, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, which announced this week that a public-private partnership would pour some $18 million into the creation of the new center – part of an effort designating the state park’s western…


Adelphi centers creativity around new innovation hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // With several university-based incubators and centers of excellence already bolstering the Long Island innovation economy, Adelphi University is working up its own innovation hub. Coming soon: The Adelphi Innovation Center, a 2,000-square-foot research laboratory planned for the Garden City school’s Swirbul Library. Scheduled for a September 2019 opening, the AIC will take its place among a number of advanced “innovation centers” on Long Island, including the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship,…


With Riverhead’s nod, CAT set to soar in Calverton

By GREGORY ZELLER // A development team with big plans for a reinvigorated Long Island aerospace industry spread its wings Wednesday night, soaring straight toward its long-desired nest. Calverton Aviation & Technology, a 2017 LLC formed by partners Luminati Aerospace and Triple Five Worldwide Group, was deemed “qualified and eligible” by the Riverhead Community Development Agency, clearing the runway for a $40 million, 1,643-acre purchase agreement previously negotiated by Luminati and the Town of Riverhead….