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NYIT’s Farajivadar lands NIH neural research grant

NYIT professor and neural-stimulation expert Aydin Farajivadar has won a federal grant to help fund development of a wireless, implantable system to study the human body’s gastric system. Early-stage work by Farajivadar at the NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Science’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center has earned a $457,000 National Institutes of Health grant. Ultimately ticketed to help track medical data inside human patients with stomach disorders, the tiny implant will first be tested…


The Debrief: Noel Goddard, doyenne of detection

No, she’s not related to rocketing pioneer Robert Goddard. Besides a surname, she has nothing in common with former OSI Pharmaceuticals CEO Colin Goddard (though she’s a fan). And her company is not the biz-tech support firm Goddard Labs of Oregon, another common mistake. But as chief executive of Calverton-based biotech enterprise Goddard Labs – where novel molecular diagnostics set the tone – Noel Goddard takes a scientific back seat to no one, and enjoys…


Daniel Preston, the thrust behind Luminati Aerospace

By GREGORY ZELLER // Daniel Preston, CEO of Luminati Aerospace, the Brooklyn startup with plans to build communication drones at Calverton, seems comfortable punching the throttle. Incorporated in Delaware in April and registered as a New York LLC in July, Luminati  is ready to fly. Company officials, including Preston, are already relocating to Riverhead, and the firm is pushing for speedy approvals of its plans, which include expanding a former skydiving school at Calverton and taking over…


Massachusetts solar chip maker inks Upstate deal

1366 Technologies, a Massachusetts developer of technology for the solar industry, plans a $700 million production facility in upstate Genesee County that will create 600 jobs over the next five years, with another 400 to follow. Headquartered in Bedford, Mass., 1366 Technologies develops and manufactures high performance silicon wafers, the building blocks of solar cells and the most expensive component of a solar panel. The company’s revolutionary Direct Wafer technology transforms how the wafers are made…


Battelle superstar to head bioelectronics center

Chad Bouton, an expert in decoding the brain waves that have allowed paralyzed patients to move or operate a wheel chair by thought alone, has been named managing director of the Feinstein Institute’s new Center for Bioelectronic Medicine. The $300 million center, planned for the Nassau Hub area in Uniondale, will bring together scientists and medical experts to research and commercialize non-drug treatments for such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, gastric conditions and others, including…


State promises $16M for craft beverage sector

Albany kicked in $16 million to support the state’s craft beverage industry on Wednesday, including $5 million for no-interest loans, plus stepped-up marketing and beverage-related tourism and grants for beverage entrepreneurs to attend educational events and showcases in other states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also promised to cut government red tape that has slowed craft beer, cider and other small manufacturers in the sector. “Our investments in the farm-based beverage industry have created a synergy of economic…


Lanier Mason scores with Gear Up Play Hard

By GREGORY ZELLER // Lanier Mason has his game face on. Yes, his elegant and community-minded solution to a common household problem – the accumulation of used sports equipment clogging closets from coast to coast – was really, technically, when you get down to it, his father’s idea. But it was Mason who ran with the ball, and thanks to his inventiveness and vision, a growing number of student-athletes are getting in the game. Mason,…


Chembio lands $2.1M grant from Microsoft’s Allen

Medford-based Chembio Diagnostics has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to develop a speedier test for fevers, including Ebola and malaria. The one-year grant, from a $100 million Allen-funded Ebola eradication program, will cover development costs of a one-shot blood test for malaria, dengue, Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and chikungunya. Chembio chief executive John J. Sperzel said the six illnesses are characterized by a high-grade fever and can be fatal when…


ULC Robotics wins industry game changer award

Hauppauge’s ULC Robotics has been recognized with a Game Changer Award for its unique cast iron joint sealing system, called CISBOT, which operates underground to repair and reinforce joints in cast iron pipelines, with little excavation and without having to turn off gas service. No surprise the system is a growing hit with gas utilities in the United States and abroad. Game Changer Awards are bestowed by Robotics Business Review, with help from Robotics Trends and the International…


Secretive drone firm to invest $50M+ at Calverton

By JOHN L. KOMINICKI // Calverton’s enterprise zone is near a deal with a Brooklyn aeronautical startup that plans to build giant, solar-powered aircraft that would fly high above commercial jet traffic and beam laser-powered communication signals to earth. The firm, Luminati Aerospace, has acquired the land and buildings of a skydiving school at the former Grumman test site and is set to invest $50 million and employ 40 to 50 people, according to Riverhead Supervisor…


Applied DNA Sciences inks mega security deal

A new partnership with a California-based training organization represents a big step toward realizing Applied DNA Sciences’ plans for the United States – starting with access to more than 12,000 U.S. police departments. Applied DNA Sciences, a Stony Brook-based biotech firm providing anti-theft and product-authentication solutions, announced a “collaboration agreement” Tuesday with Sacramento-based Security Marketing Resource, a security-focused marketing and online training organization. The agreement will allow more than 12,000 U.S. police departments to be trained…


State launches mentor program for at-risk kids

The state is seeking mentors to help provide career and life guidance to children who are at risk of failing in school or in foster care across the state. The mentoring program would identify, train, and match hundreds of business-based mentors with students in some of New York’s most challenging elementary and middle schools. Support for businesses and schools participating in the initiative will come from the state’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils, where a trained coordinator…


Farmingdale’s JFI Jets bulks up fleet

JFI Jets, a private jet charter, aircraft management and maintenance company with operations in Farmingdale, has acquired Florida-based ACP Jets, the operator of a fleet of Hawker, Citation and Gulfstream jets, as well as aircraft repair facilities. The combined firm will be able to offer aircraft management, hangar space, charter and maintenance services in the nation’s three busiest private jet markets:  New York Metro, Southern California and South Florida. Upon full FAA integration, it will operate and…


Can Styrofoam-munching mealworms save the planet?

Researchers from Stanford and China have discovered that mealworms can subsist solely on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene and excrete biodegraded material that could be used as soil. The worms, the larvae form of a common beetle, were fed pellets of the plastic for a month and remained as healthy as worms on normal diets, lead researcher Wei-Min Wu said. The worms also produced carbon gas, but no more than when…


College students: Reduce your school’s carbon footprint, get $1M

Student-led coalitions will develop million-dollar ideas in a new statewide competition to cut down greenhouse gas emissions on New York State college and university campuses and beyond. Calling climate change “one of the most defining issues of our time,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the competition on Friday, challenging students to “aggressively reduce” emissions and offering three $1 million prizes to help winning coalitions implement their ideas. “Our state’s college students have a pivotal role to…