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20 years and still smartening up at Vision Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // Before downtown redevelopment was cool, there was Vision Long Island. Today, it seems, everyone is doing it: “Transit-oriented development” is in, Albany doles out $10 million checks to stir the pot and some 40 Long Island downtown districts are in some revivalist phase – a “coalition of the willing,” according to Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, who remembers a time not long ago when things were a little different. “When…


Feinstein researchers eye chronic post-storm despair

By GREGORY ZELLER // A team of Feinstein Institute for Medical Research investigators is digging deep into the mental toll natural disasters take on survivors. The team – led by Rebecca Schwartz, an associate investigator at the Manhasset-based Feinstein Institute, R&D division of the Northwell Health system – presented its findings during a roundtable discussion at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, held this week in California. According to the research, exposure to natural…


Cold start: With $25M round set, ThermoLift ices test

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based heat-pump innovator has completed a rigorous round of prototype testing – and, in the process, crushed a series of critical U.S. Department of Energy performance standards. ThermoLift, headquartered at Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, announced Tuesday that it’s wrapped up testing of its innovative, refrigerant-free natural-gas air conditioner and cold-climate heat pump technology…


Adelphi centers creativity around new innovation hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // With several university-based incubators and centers of excellence already bolstering the Long Island innovation economy, Adelphi University is working up its own innovation hub. Coming soon: The Adelphi Innovation Center, a 2,000-square-foot research laboratory planned for the Garden City school’s Swirbul Library. Scheduled for a September 2019 opening, the AIC will take its place among a number of advanced “innovation centers” on Long Island, including the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship,…


Experts engage at LI Metastatic Breast Cancer event

By GREGORY ZELLER // A gathering of top Long Island oncologists and other expert physicians will discuss the latest advances in the war against breast cancer this week at the Zucker School of Medicine. Northwell Health and the Susan G. Komen Greater New York City organization are joining with the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell to present the inaugural Long Island Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference, a daylong symposium slated for Saturday…


Researchers eye genetic factors in schizophrenia drugs

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new study by Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientists suggests that a patient’s response to antipsychotic pharmaceuticals can be predicted by genetic predispositions. Schizophrenia – characterized by delusions, hallucinations and disorganized thoughts – is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Antipsychotic pharmaceuticals are a common treatment option, but such therapies are often “given without guidance from lab tests to show effectiveness, as is common in…


Albany banks on Island Harvest consolidation, growth

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty New York State grant will help a Long Island food-insecurity charity secure a permanent warehouse and expand its operations. Island Harvest Food Bank, a leading regional hunger-relief organization, has secured a $1 million award from Albany’s State and Municipal Facilities Program, earmarked for the food bank’s ongoing capital campaign. Specifically, the grant will be used to purchase a permanent building to consolidate Island Harvest operations. The organization currently leases…


In next-gen cancer battle, the MART money’s on SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // For sure, this is no Kwik-E-Mart. After more than 3 million workhours packed into years of planning and construction, the future has arrived at Stony Brook University, in the shape of Stony Brook Medicine’s new 240,000-square-foot Medical and Research Translation Building. Going by MART, the cutting-edge medical facility – increasing Stony Brook Medicine’s cancer-patient capacity by 150 percent, while bringing to bear the latest and greatest cancer-fighting tools and techniques –…


The future of heart surgery, in the palm of his hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University biomedical engineering professor has been tasked with optimizing a cutting-edge treatment that brings new hope to patients suffering from a serious heart disorder. Aortic stenosis, wherein the valves of the heart don’t fully open, has long been a bane of the cardiology community, which has historically resorted to risky open-heart valve-replacement surgery or simply deemed aortic stenosis patients inoperable. But in recent years, transcatheter aortic valve replacement…


NCC to take long look at China, U.S. ‘iEconomy’ plans

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day-long event at Nassau Community College will dive deep into the different ways the United States and China approach the data-driven “iEconomy.” The Garden City-based school’s Confucius Institute of Business has scheduled Digital Leadership in the Data-Driven iEconomy: America’s FANG vs. China’s BAT, to run for 12 hours on Nov. 6, with in-person registration opening at 11 a.m. and a marathon program slated to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30…


Applied DNA makes its bed, U.S. retailers to jump in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Inspired by Applied DNA Sciences’ molecular-tagging technology, a global textiles manufacturer is climbing into bed with the “circular economy.” Actually, India-based GHCL Ltd. has already bedded the so-called circular economy (referencing a regenerative system in which waste and emissions are minimized by narrowing energy and material loops, mostly through recycling and manufacturing upgrades). The manufacturer is knee-deep in recycled materials, including entire linen lines formulated from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (you may…


Suffolk IDA delivers tax breaks for Deliver My Meds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island patients, including the elderly, may acquire their home-delivered pharmaceuticals at a much faster clip, with the assistance of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA has issued preliminary approval of an economic-incentives package that will help the owner of a series of local pharmacies in Brooklyn and Long Island grow a new corporation designed specifically to receive, prepare and ship prescription orders, all from a new facility on…


Northwell backs California co.’s bloody good AI tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // Impressed by what it’s seen so far, Northwell Health is betting heavily on an artificial intelligence-fueled digital-imaging technology that monitors blood loss during surgical procedures. California-based Gauss Surgical, an AI-driven healthcare technology company, has raised $20 million in a Series C funding round led by the New Hyde Park-based health system and SoftBank Ventures Korea, the global early-stage venture-capital arm of SoftBank Group, a Japanese multinational holding conglomerate. The funding round…


Startup eyes quantum leap in ‘unhackable’ networking

By GREGORY ZELLER // Quantum-memory applications that can prevent hackers from accessing digital-communications networks? At room temperature? Pshaw, you say! Actually, you probably don’t say “pshaw” or make any other dismissive comment, because unless you’re a quantum-information expert with a PhD in nanotechnology – or you’re otherwise familiar with quantum-repeater nodes, single-photon wave packets and other niceties of quantum IT – this likely sounds like so much recycled “Star Trek” gobbledygook. But it’s hardly that….


Seeing the innovation economy in black and white

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a true first for the Long Island innovation economy, an historically underserved population of regional entrepreneurs will step up to the plate Thursday night at LaunchPad Huntington. In conjunction with the 501(c)3 organization Minority Millennials, LaunchPad Huntington Director Phil Rugile has scheduled Ideas Impacting Culture: Minority Millennial Pitch Night, a chance for several non-white innovators to pitch products and services to a panel of established business professionals, also comprised of…