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Eye to eye with Tony the Tiger

By DAN BOWEN // It’s a fact: Kids love cereal. The sweet and satisfying crunch, paired perfectly with a large splash of milk, is enough to get even the laziest of children out of bed in the morning. Parents love cereal, too – the fiber and whole grains offering a fair compromise to the sugar content. And of course, marketers also love cereal – the $10 billion U.S. breakfast cereal market is an easy win for…


Debrief: Phil Rugile, LaunchPad Huntington

A longtime strategic consultant and successful entrepreneur in his own right, Phil Rugile is the perfect soldier to fight for Long Island’s innovation economy, and the right man to lead the energetic LaunchPad Huntington facility. Also an Entrepreneur in Residence for Accelerate Long Island, the human capital strategist at eGifter and founder of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs – a nonprofit mentoring program for inner-city startups – Rugile is media-savvy, highly creative and enthusiastic about the Island’s…


Eastern LI Hospital affiliates with SBU

The Eastern Long Island Hospital Board of Directors has voted unanimously to approve an affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital – an important step toward advancing collaborations between the two institutions. The affiliation is subject to a host of regulatory approvals and the completion of a definitive agreement between Eastern Long Island and Stony Brook Medicine, which includes the university’s five Health Sciences schools and dozens of satellite facilities. Eastern Long Island, a 90-bed hospital…


Keren Gilbert’s incredible rise from overwhelmed mom to diet celeb and bagel queen

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a popular diet plan, a new book and a line of beneficial bagels – plus an extensive TV résumé flipping from the “Today” show to “Access Hollywood” – dietician Keren Gilbert is poised for Atkins-level stardom. Six years ago, she’d have laughed at the notion. Her husband and business partner, investment banker Jonathan Gilbert, would not have laughed. “I knew,” he said. “I always believed it. Keren is just too…


SBU, East End duck farm get state grants

Stony Brook University is in line for a $1 million grant to help renovate and purchase equipment for its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as part of $18 million in economic development funding the state announced Thursday. A second $250,000 award was approved for private Aquebogue firm H.F. Corwin and Sons to help fund improvements to its state-of-the-art duck hatchery. All told, the winning projects are slated to create 403 new jobs and retain…


Cooling team lands $2.5M in DOE help

Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Lab researchers have landed a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop ways to radically reduce the amount of water used to cool heating plants. While the ultimate goal is zero net water dissipation into the atmosphere, getting there will also enable next-generation power plants to operate in deserts or other arid conditions. Such technology would also appease environmentalists who have long…


Triglia Technologies is lumbering into the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Its focus – drying wood – isn’t sexy. Its fundraising – while promising – is so far nonexistent. Its patents are pending and its commercialization strategy is the definition of deliberate, what its CEO calls a “realistic pathway into the marketplace.” But for everything it’s not yet, Triglia Technologies is a textbook case of how to win customers and influence investors, and one of Long Island’s best examples of diligence and…


14 LI communities win microgrid funding

Roughly $8.3 million in state awards were doled out today to support innovative “microgrid” projects across New York State – and for once, Long Island was in the thick of things. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 83 New York communities would receive approximately $100,000 each through Stage 1 of the NY Prize microgrid competition, part of Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy that is designed to inspire a new generation of community-based power. Among the…


The Inventors: Elaine Schroeck and the Lawn Buddy

By GREGORY ZELLER // Elaine Schroeck doesn’t mind caring for her lawn. She’s just bothered by having to do it twice. Every. Single. Time. Like most do-it-yourself home gardeners, Schroeck is trapped in a lawn maintenance time warp: She’ll haul out her push lawnmower, mow the grass surrounding her East Islip home, then put the mower away, break out the trimmer and head around the property again, neatening up the edges and corners the mower…


Buffalo biz plan contest attracts thousands

New York’s 43North business plan contest received a record 3,000 qualified entries seeking a shot at big bucks, free incubator space and mentorship. The downside: You have to set up shop in Buffalo. Nonetheless, more than 11,000 entrepreneurs signed up for the second running of the program, a 64 percent jump over 2014. Entrants came from all 50 states, nine of the 10 Canadian provinces and 117 countries. Sectors included software development, web and mobile technology,…


After 300 years of window opening, a way to finally tame steam heat

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a dose of modern engineering, a 300-year-old heating mechanism may prove to be one of the most energy-efficient of the 21st century. Stony Brook-based Bonded Energy Solutions is going back to the future with a high-tech method of controlling steam-heat distribution through single-family homes, apartment buildings and industrial spaces – a potential environmental and economic “game-changer,” according to CEO Jerritt Gluck. While modern structures are built with more efficient, more…


Live from Long Island: A cloud-based cure for Obamacare

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island hedge fund manager and a team of doctors are tackling the modern health-care provider’s big-data dilemma. Electronic record-keeping, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, voluminous Medicare-reimbursement reporting … there are mountains of virtual paperwork to handle. Throw in one of the most disputed components of the controversial Affordable Care Act – “patient satisfaction” provisions that tie physicians’ Medicare reimbursements to patient surveys – and it’s…


state support for solar

Long Island looks into the eyes of the sun

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State is lapping the nation in solar-power growth – but Long Island may be hitting its head on solar’s technological ceiling. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that solar power usage in New York increased by more than 300 percent between 2011 and 2014 – twice the U.S. growth rate, according to a press release from the governor’s office. That makes the Empire State “a leader in clean-energy technology,” noted…


A fresh take on getting energy from the sea

By GREGORY ZELLER // On its way to providing cheap, clean electricity for all mankind, Stony Brook startup Brimes Energy is making a quick detour to address another human inconvenience: Earth’s limited freshwater supply. Under the guiding hand of international industrialist Ramuel Maramara, Brimes Energy is working to reinvent the way oceanic energy is harvested, using gyroscopes inside an “artificial jellyfish” to capture the power inherent in undulating waves and crank out electricity. Turns out…


The inventors: Sharone Piontkowski knows every woman’s arch enemy

By GREGORY ZELLER // If the shoe fits, Sharone and Shlomo Piontkowski may soon deliver a medical breakthrough of fashionable proportions. Sharone, a Port Jefferson native and New York City-based architectural designer, and Shlomo, a retired surgeon who helped pioneer arthroscopy at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, are developing a special insert that could prevent chronic injuries caused by the most unnatural of human footwear: the high-heeled shoe. A final product is a year away at best,…