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Harriman Hall, retooled for innovation

By GREGORY ZELLER // The startups and products of the future are assembling now in the Stony Brook University business school. Specifically, they’re coming together in Room 210 of Harriman Hall, a.k.a. the school’s Innovation Lab: 1,200 square feet filled with 3D printers, green screens, video cameras, computers, vinyl cutters, a sewing machine and “more wires than you can imagine,” according to David Ecker, the university’s director of research, technologies and innovation and the lab’s…


Hofstra, LIFT, arts group win state funding

Hofstra’s medical school, LIFT’s composite program and the Long Island Arts Alliance were among the winners of the latest round of Albany economic development funding announced Tuesday. A total of $17 million in grants was awarded by the Empire State economic development arm. Long Island was honored with $438,000. The Hofstra award of $152,000 is earmarked for furniture, fixtures, computers, tablets and associated equipment to support the university’s Medical Scholar’s Pipeline Program. The program is…


At Sweigh, your opinion really does matter

By GREGORY ZELLER // Opinions are like … well, let’s just say everyone has one. And while the omnipresence of online opinions might lessen their individual value, they’re collective gold to anyone trying to keep a finger on society’s pulse. Which brings us to Sweigh, a real-time social sentiment platform that combines two favorite Internet features – the like/don’t like poll and the comments section – to determine what We the People are thinking. By…


The Inventors: Caryn Horsley helps women find Inner Peace

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not easy to discuss. Even Caryn Horsley hesitates over some of the intimate details. But incontinence is familiar to many Americans – 13 million of them, according to WebMD, with the loss of bladder control twice as prevalent among women. Horsley believes she has a subtle and graceful solution, and she’s happy to discuss it, even if the subject matter sometimes gives her or her audience pause. A self-described “jack…


Hofstra gets state OKs on nursing programs

The New York State Department of Education has approved license-qualifying nurse practitioner programs to be offered by the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. Beginning in September with an inaugural class of 30 students, the school will offer a three-year, part-time program leading to a master of science degree in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care and Family Nursing, with the goal of meeting the burgeoning need for nurse practitioners and physician…


New lottery promotion: Scratch for Long Island

The New York Lottery and the state’s tourism arm are launching a scratch-off game to promote tourism to five parts of the state. As per usual, Long Island not included. The $2 tickets offer 15 different vacation packages to New York City, Cooperstown, the Adirondacks, Niagara Falls and the Finger Lakes valued at $5,000 apiece, up to $25,000 in cash and $25 worth of “I Love NY” merchandise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new scratch-off game on Sunday as…


Debrief: Carrie Cottingham, LIU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

As director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and special counsel to the office of the university president, Long Island University’s Carrie Cottingham enjoys multiple perspectives on LI’s innovation economy. A lawyer by trade, she’s an innovator at heart: After obtaining her JD from Charleston School of Law, she earned a master’s in entrepreneurial law at Duke, completing a unique program for lawyers who want to advise startups or become entrepreneurs themselves. Cottingham, who signed…


FAA funding safety upgrades at Republic

Farmingdale’s Republic Airport is in line for more than $24 million in safety upgrades via funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and New York State. The enhancements include realigning runways, the relocation of a taxiway and nearby hangars, realigning the airport’s perimeter road, improved signage, runway markings and lighting and the installation of a security fence. Republic sits on 526 acres and features two asphalt runways, a two-story terminal, nine jet hangars and more than 460…


Alyssa Bossio is all about high intensity

By GREGORY ZELLER // Alyssa Bossio didn’t study nutrition. She’s not a trained physical therapist, or a medical doctor, or a doctor of any kind. And she’s absolutely not letting any of that stand in her way. Bossio plans to become a fitness icon for a new health-conscious generation – and over 2 million Instagram followers like her chances. Her biggest step yet comes this week, when she releases a series of diet and exercise…


Cuomo unveils community-based renewables program

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced a Shared Renewables Program on Thursday that aims to make clean and affordable energy available to millions of New Yorkers. The program, part of Cuomo’s State of Opportunity Agenda, provides financial assistance and other resources for homeowners, renters, schools and businesses looking to establish joint renewable-energy projects that cut costs and reinforce “clean” generation standards. Under the “community distributed generation” initiative, customers can join together to share power generated by…


From potatoes to chips, innovation got us here

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Long Island has always taken great pride in being its own place – as the Cradle of Aviation, as a World War II manufacturing hub and America’s first suburb. Over the years it’s bragged about its oysters and potatoes, about building the Apollo moon lander and producing wines so good the locals couldn’t afford them. For the most part, we still can’t. Most recently, Long Island has focused on becoming the nation’s…


Helping Big Pharma master Big Data

By GREGORY ZELLER // Medicine is making giant strides in the research of ribonucleic acid – RNA for short – a molecule that plays vital roles in the coding, decoding and regulation of genes. The stumbling block is the resulting data, which has been piling up from next-generation sequencing technology and will soon represent the largest collection of electronic bytes in the world, topping even the astronomical amounts of data collected on space. And even…


Jasmine Universe: Powering a more efficient world

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based startup is preparing a product launch that could change the way humans and their spaces consume energy. Launched in 2014, Jasmine Universe – a resident of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University – is currently beta testing at SUNY’s Farmingdale State College, trying out hardware and software combinations designed to maximize energy efficiency by automating systems and tracking consumption. Next up: a markets-spanning…


Symbiotoc Health CEO Gerard Honig

Symbiotic Health gets $100K in funding

By GREGORY ZELLER // A spinoff of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has snagged a critical $100,000 stake from Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund – good news for anyone suffering from the most prevalent hospital-based infection in the United States. Symbiotic Health, which does battle against the insidious Clostridium difficile infection, announced today that Accelerate Long Island has matched the $50,000 investment the LIETF fund made in June –…


ThermoLift lands $2.75M from Topspin, Angels

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook energy firm ThermoLift has gotten a big VC lift. The company, a resident of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, announced today that it has closed on a $2.75 million VC round that includes funding from the Topspin Fund, the venture fund of Topspin Partners, and the Long Island Angel Network. The funding will allow ThermoLift – which is looking to redefine the energy…