No. 27: Adams out, Biopreneurs in, plus a sip of 170-year-old bubbly

Ken Adams with Gov. CuomoFormer Empire State Development chief Ken Adams with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

ADAMS’ ALBANY ADIEU: Ken Adams, the former Empire State Development chief who was shuffled over to the finance department in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s post-election inner-sanctum makeover, will leave government service in June. His replacement, Jerry Boone, currently heads the Civil Service Commission. The posting requires Senate approval.

Mehul J. Patel, chief of staff at Empire State, adds COO duties there, while Axel Bernabe, a partner at Constantine Cannon, will serve as assistant counsel to the governor on health matters.

SEED INVESTMENT: Teams from Stony Brook University and Molloy College were recognized in New York’s statewide business plan competition but, alas, neither won the competition’s $100K top prize. That went to UMA Bioseed, a student company from Cornell that has developed an organic seed coating that protects against bacteria, fungi and virus during germination, the first to guard against all three. Albany’s Times Union with more:

THE DALY SHOW: WIND WORKS: PSEG LI Chief David Daly thinks offshore wind is “tantalizingly close” to being a cost-competitive alternative power source for the island’s energy needs. But it will require a little help from the government, Capital NY reports. Daly made the comments at the Regional Planning Association’s daylong 2015 Assembly.

And: PSEG dropped 21 points in a quarterly J.D. Power survey measuring customer satisfaction, Newsday’s Mark Harrington reports. Might have something to do with that rate hike, no?

CALL FOR ENTREPRENEURS: The Long Island Bioscience Hub is seeking experienced executives to launch new biotech ventures via its BioEntrepreneur in Residence program, which commercializes promising biomedical research at Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Lab. Those selected get a modest stipend, access to development funding, office space, support staff and introductions. More here:


ABOUT OUR SPONSOR: The Accelerate Long Island 2015 Startup Report and Survey is the most comprehensive look at the region’s growing innovation economy and the challenges we face for its success. Be sure to check out the 14 Hottest Startups section at the end of the report:


 NYPA NOD: The New York Power Authority received an honorable mention in the second running of the Grid Edge 20, which salutes the top companies and utilities disrupting the U.S. power industry. Disrupt, of course, in a good way.

 GLASS ACT: The switch to single-stream recycling in Brookhaven led to a 26 percent jump in the amount of materials residents put out for collection, according to an SBU study. That’s an additional 6,000 tons in the program’s first year, reversing a decade-long trend in which recycling totals had been flat or declined. Other Long Island towns have since followed the practice.

FUTURE SKILLS: Hofstra University is offering a pre-collegiate summer course called 21st Century Skills for Teens: Thriving in a Rapidly Changing, Hyper-Connected Global Economy. The focus is on collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, thinking outside-the-box, tech savvy, media literacy, flexibility, agility, open-mindedness, humor and creativity. Now if they’d only create a version for adults.

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CONGRATS, DR. WONG: Stanislaus Wong, a professor in the chemistry department at Stony Brook University, won the American Chemical Society’s Inorganic Nanoscience Award, which is cool.

HAUTE THERE SEARCHING: Google is using its deep reserves of search data to begin predicting fashion trends, summed up in two annual reports. The first suggests tulle skirts and emoji jogger pants are all the rage.

DIAL C FOR CONFUSED: What if you gave kids a relic to play with? You know, like a rotary telephone. Offered one 11-year-old: “Well, there’s really weird circles on it.” Business Insider:

WEBSTER UPDATE: Scientists at the Scripps Institute in Florida have come up with a new term, “senolytics,” which was first used last month to describe the emerging class of drugs that delay the aging process. The initial two are compounds that appear to “invigorate” elderly mice. From the latest issue of World Wide Words, which also has a short item on exploding head syndrome:

TRANSFORMERS, HERE NOW: Australian researchers have developed so-called 4D printing that can create objects that morph into new structures, post production. Imagine a valve, printed in one pass, that shuts down when water passing through it reaches a set temperature. The researchers expect the technology to usher in a new age of “soft” robotics that can mimic biological organisms. Tech Crunch:

GET YOUR VEUVE ON: Researchers studying a cache of 170-year-old champagne discovered in the remains of a Baltic Sea shipwreck say the bubbly was 200 times sweeter than today’s vintages and also contained higher levels of salt, which was used in the fermentation process. Wine experts who got a taste detected hints of grill, spice, smoke and leather, accompanied by fruity and floral notes. Smithsonian magazine:

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