TGIF: A happy Friday everybody and welcome new readers. Janis Joplin, Moby Grape and the Grateful Dead gathered on this day in 1967 for the Krishna-organized Mantra Rock Dance in San Francisco. It would be remembered, by those who could, as “the ultimate high.” Lee Zeldin is 36 tomorrow.
Less drive time: LISTnet is moving out of LaunchPad Mineola and into space at 110 Terminal Drive in Plainview, also home to Raj Mehta’s Infosys International. Among other reasons: A shorter commute for execs Peter Goldsmith and Paul Trapani.
On the case: Biotech startup Codagenix, which uses a proprietary software platform to “re-code” viruses, has vowed to take on the Zika virus, which World Health Organization officials said yesterday is “spreading explosively” through the Americas. Cofounder J. Robert Coleman walks us through the science.
Legible doctor notes coming soon: Fred Dunwoody is putting his digital writing products into the hands of health providers, first via a deal with Community Care Companions but with additional big-time contracts rumored.
Attention Steve Austin: Northwell Ventures, the commercialization arm of LI’s largest employer, is moving into the medical 3D-printing business with hopes of producing replacement parts – bones, limbs, even organs – for local patients and, in the not so distant future, docs at other systems.
Charging ahead: The Feinstein Institute is poised to spin off its bioelectronic Neural Tourniquet research into a newco called Sanguistat, with a trio of Feinstein heavy-hitters as CSO, CMO and CTO. Assuming comp details are ironed out, Feinstein commercialization star Ronald Burch will serve as CEO.
“Actually getting to market is a very intricate thing,” notes co-inventor Chris Czura. “It’s something only for-profit companies can really do.”
Loose thoughts: Marvin Minsky, the father of artificial intelligence, has died. His brainchild, however, is just beginning to impact the labor markets. Thanks, Marvin, and welcome the rest of you to the age of the machine.
Marginally related: A Google AI program has knocked off Fan Hui, Europe’s top Go player, in a best-of-five matchup.
A damper on deals: It’s January, time for the governor’s annual end-run on local industrial development agencies.
Wolves, rising: Stony Brook University has unveiled its 2015 class of 40 Under 40 winners. Among the notables – not that any of them are slackers – are the unstoppable Brooke Ellison, Renaissance Technologies’ own Eugene Cheng, and J. Robert Coleman, see above.
Invention, the manual: Brian Fried, serial maker, licensing macher and the intrepid force behind the Nassau and Suffolk inventor clubs, has a new book out on Amazon. Inventing Secrets Revealed, a guide for what to do when ingenuity strikes, is $12.95 in paperback.
ICYMI: ExpertFlyer, the platform that helps frequent flyers fly more frequently on their rewards points, is beefing up, with new airlines, more B2B biz and some big data deals in the wings. Chris Lopinto tells almost all.
Don’t forget: Empire State Development chief Howard Zemsky will speak in Islip on Feb. 3 at the LIBDC’s first 2016 outing.
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Media move: Slate is abandoning its longtime West Village digs for Brooklyn.”We’re following our staff – New York’s creative class no longer lives in Manhattan,” a spokeswoman told Crain’s.
Much more to like: Facebook is rolling out its long-awaited upgrade to the “like” button in the next few weeks that includes a range of five reactions – love, haha, wow, sad and angry – plus associated animated images.
Didn’t make the cut: “Yay,” which FB execs thought would not be universally understood.
One way to say “yay” in Dutch: Joepie!
Can only imagine: How they say whoopee cushion.
Golden opportunity: JP Morgan, looking to better penetrate the Silicon Valley market, has agreed to a 20-year naming deal for the NBA’s Golden State Warrior stadium in San Francisco. The Chase Center is set for a 2019 opening, although ground is not yet broken.
Heading East, maybe? Residential sales in NYC topped $12 billion in Q4, a 3 percent increase year over year. Hottest boroughs: Queens (+6%) and the Bronx (+10%). The full REBNY report is here.
The coming wave: Flotation is the next big thing in energy production, including sea-borne solar arrays, even nuclear plants.
Dying to be green: The Stanford-developed Infinity Burial Suit is infused with mushroom spores that consume your body after internment, taking care of such contaminants as pesticides and heavy metals.
Back to the past: A company in Humble, Texas plans to build 300 “new” DeLoreans out of unused parts from the original automaker, which shut down in 1982. Around $100K when they go on sale next year.
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Pretty cool: More than 12,000 people have registered for Antarctican passports created by Lucy and Jorge Orta as part of their exhibit (Jane Lombard Gallery on West 19th through Feb. 20) featuring collages and other artwork from their 2007 expedition. Five-word review: Dr. Barnes would love it.
Barbie’s got back: Mattel has released new body shapes for its perennially best-selling – but recently flagging – Barbie doll, including tall, petite and curvy. The original, with a figure only Ken could love, is still available. New figures online only, though, as the toymaker negotiates extra space at retailers.
And no mimosas: A luncheon meeting between French President Francois Hollande and Iranian chieftain Hassan Rouhani was cancelled after the French declined Baghdad’s request to take wine off the menu. Iran later snubbed a counter-offer for breakfast.
Still on the table: Billions in business deals as the sanctions are lifted.
Tough like Leo: How to survive Revenant-quality storm conditions from our friends at Inside Hook.
Related: DiCaprio chatted with Pope Francis about saving the planet on Thursday.
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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.