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$533M in film activity for Nassau

A report commissioned by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency suggests the county has received a $533 million boost from film and television production work since 2013. The report is here: Nassau County Film Industry – Economic Analysis 2013-2014


Keith Cooper and Todd Brice of SlipFinder

SlipFinder: The nautical Airbnb

BY GREGORY ZELLER Keith Cooper’s goal is not immodest: He’s looking to forever change the recreational boating world as we know it. The way the Long Island native and his partner, Amityville High School chum Todd Brice, see it, boaters have plenty of options – digital included – for reserving transient boat slips away from their home ports. But they mostly involve advance planning, which according to Cooper sails in the face of recreational boating’s…


BNL Battery research

SBU, Brookhaven Lab scientists charging towards the future

BY GREGORY ZELLER Good news for the future of Long Island’s innovation economy: Batteries are included. Supercharged by a $10 million research grant and wielding next-level tools that provide unprecedented glimpses into the innards of energy storage, scientists from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory are collaborating on high-tech, high-stakes efforts to redefine batteries as we know them. They’re not alone. Researchers from across Long Island and around the globe are involved, as is…


CSHL's Bruce Stillman

North Shore-LIJ, CSHL in cancer partnership

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and North Shore-LIJ announced a joint cancer research and treatment effort that is designed to speed the region’s most-promising research to patients. The affiliation will better connect researchers at CSHL and North Shore’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and provide patients for clinical trials of the latest treatments, linking scieentists with more than 200 oncologists at North Shore-LIJ’s Cancer Institute. Cold Spring Harbor CEO Bruce Stillman called the paertnership a “transformative…


Army extends Comtech contract

Army exercises Comtech contract extension

The U.S. Army re-upped for another year of services from Melville’s Comtech Telecommunications Corp., exercising almost $20 million in contracts covering engineering and satellite communications and use of hush-hush Comtech intellectual property. The full contract, which began last year, has a not-to-exceed value of $68.5 million. The work, unfortunately, will be performed by Comtech’s Maryland subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. Comtech trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol CMTL. Shares are currently around $30, off…


Medical Arts Pavillion

In Long Beach, the art of medicine

BY GREGORY ZELLER Expect the “hospital without beds” coming soon to the site of the former Long Beach Medical Center to be a bastion of Long Island-based technology. While South Nassau Communities Hospital officials stress they’re in the earliest planning stages, the new Medical Arts Pavilion – to rise on the site of the defunct medical center, which was shuttered in 2012 by Hurricane Sandy – is likely to be stocked with state-of-the-art technologies, including…


DEBRIEF: Lee Cheatham, BNL’s prince of partnering

Go east, young man: While the bulk of his education and the entirety of his professional career have occurred in western locales, Lee Cheatham’s path has led him finally to Long Island. The director of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s new Strategic Partnerships Office packs a world-class education (B.S. from Oregon State, M.S. from Washington State, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon, all in electrical engineering) and abundant professional experience. Included: VP of product engineering for Ameritech Library Services,…


ALI director Mark lesko

Accelerate releases startups report

Accelerate Long Island released its much-anticipated technology startups report this week, taking the first comprehensive look at the region’s emerging innovation economy. Regional economic development officials have long supported technology as the anchor of a post-defense Long Island economy, but the effort has never fully taken hold. Now, with the Regional Economic  Development Council at the fore, and with such new programs as the state’s Start-Up NY effort, the dream of a future Tech Island…


Bioscience Park

Lights back on, finally, at Bioscience Park

Biotech firm Codagenix, a fixture at Stony Brook’s technology incubator for the past three years, is moving to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park at SUNY Farmingdale to qualify for the state’s Start-Up NY program. (Additional reason for the move: Robert Coleman, the Codagenix COO, is an assistant professor of biology at Farmingdale.) Codagenix uses proprietary software to genetically re-code viruses, which are then synthesized from scratch as treatment candidates – one is a promising flu…


Howard Zemsky

VIEWPOINT: Shuffling in from Buffalo

Howard Zemsky, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly minted economic development chief, was on Long Island recently to hob and nob with pols and local business leaders. In a speech to a smaller-than-we-would-have-expected crowd at the Long Island Association, Zemsky reminded listeners that he’s really one of us – born in Brooklyn but raised in Woodbury, which qualifies – and that Long Island and Western New York share much in common. OK, not much, but this: The…


Fuel bill clears Assembly committee

An Assembly bill voted out of committee last week would require all heating oil sold in New York State contain at least 2 percent biodiesel — that’s fuel derived from renewable agricultural products — by 2016. Long Island Assemblyman Steven Englebright, chair of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, said the bill would help improve air quality by cutting carbon dioxide and toxins emitted during the burning of traditional heating oil. Biofuel has been used in heating…


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Hofstra, NS-LIJ nursing school unveiled

Hofstra University and the North Shore-LIJ Health System unveiled plans for a School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions, with school officials saying the initial focus is on health care professionals already at work in the region. North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam told Innovate-LI that the expectation is the student population of the new Hempstead school – jointly announced this week by Hofstra University and the ever-expanding health system – will be largely comprised of…


DepYMed CEO Andreas Grill

Clinical trials for DepYMed

A joint venture between biotech stalwart Ohr Pharmaceutical and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is taking the fight to breast cancer – though a revolutionary treatment may still be a half-decade away at least. Cold Spring Harbor-based DepYMed, which incorporated just 10 months ago, is eyeing the first clinical trials of an enzyme inhibitor the company is proffering as a potential breakthrough for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer – a cancer that causes uncontrolled amplification in…


Henry Schein CEO Stanley Bergman as the firm joins the S&P 500 and is named to Forbes best companies list.

Health products giant Henry Schein added to S&P 500

Melville-based Henry Schein was added S&P 500 this week in recognition of the healthcare products distributor’s market capitalization, which now ranks among the 500 largest companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. The firm’s market capitalization was about $11.5 billion – the largest for a Long Island-based firm. Canon, whose U.S. operations are headquartered in Melville, has a $36 billion market capitalization while CA Technologies, which recently moved its headquarters to New York City but maintains…


Ryan, former Forest veep, named to CSHL post

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has added another major-league bat to its commercialization lineup. Charles Ryan, former senior vice president and chief intellectual property counsel at Forest Laboratories, is CSHL’s new general counsel, bringing a wealth of experience in patent law and partnering agreements to the cutting-edge R&D facility. “I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Ryan told Innovate-LI. “Long Island is an incredible place to do science and to do business, and there’s no place on…