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For ClipFix, success is all about making connections

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s a make-or-break month for ClipFix. Peddling a tiny invention with enormous potential, the Commack-based startup embarks this week on two critical field tests. Best case: ClipFix’s ridiculously uncomplicated DIY fix for busted modular plugs is embraced by major corporate customers, propelling the company to stratospheric success. Considering the startup’s so-simple-it’s-brilliant pitch, this isn’t farfetched at all. At its heart is the RJ-45 modular plug – more specifically, the miniscule, depressible…


Cuomo touts boost to NY distillers

Bottoms up, New York. Not only does the state – and Long Island in particular – house a growing craft-beer scene, but liquor-, cider- and wine-producing distilleries are also pouring in, thanks in no small part to cost-savings policies implemented specifically to help these spirits-makers thrive. Policy changes since 2012 have saved New York distillers over $450,000 in labeling and licensing fees, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, and helped increase the number of statewide…


Debrief: Peter Donnelly, SBU technology licensing

Bridging the commercial world and SBU’s world-class faculty and student research, Peter Donnelly accepts a critical (but not impossible) mission: develop markets for science and technology commercialization. The tech-licensing director has made a career of translating research into innovative consumables, including stints as entrepreneur, corporate suit, academic and government staffer. Throw in his work at Intel and the Boston Consulting Group – and graduate degrees in biotech, business and economics from Johns Hopkins University and…


In the hunt for energy efficiency, Suffolk considers better blinds, even vertical wind

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a national pat on the back and upstate officials taking notes, Suffolk County’s long-term energy strategy is generating real buzz – loudest on Long Island, where Suffolk is becoming a proving ground for innovative energy tech. The honors first. Suffolk’s Energy Initiatives Working Group has received a 2015 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties, one of two the county received for resiliency, infrastructure and sustainability. The other went…


Nassau program offers job opportunities for vets

More than 300 jobs will be made available Thursday to Long Island-based U.S. armed forces veterans and their families. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the New York National Guard are teaming up for a Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, slated to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Farmingdale. Veterans, active National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses are invited to participate, according to a release from…


Melville credit firm gets power grant

A Long Island credit services company is among 15 statewide firms that will receive low-cost electrical power through the latest round of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ReChargeNY program. RUI Management Services, which is headquartered in Melville and claims regional offices throughout the nation, will share 10.4 megawatts of low-cost electrical power with 14 other New York State businesses, according to a statement from the governor’s office highlighting the 12th round of ReChargeNY allocations. Including the 10.4…


Suffolk establishes a beachhead in drone debate

By GREGORY ZELLER // Drone operators are not only looking over your shoulder, they’re looking over their own. A bill approved Tuesday by the Suffolk County Legislature outlawing drone flights over county beaches between May and September and requiring special licensing to operate drones over county parks isn’t likely to significantly impact commercial drone operators. But with the FAA formulating new drone regulations and unmanned aerial vehicle use steadily rising, commercial drone pioneers see a…


At Rotor Air Cam, hovering over the future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Ask any enthusiast: One of the best parts of flying a drone is the maneuverability. The typical remote-piloted UAV – that’s unmanned aerial vehicle – can stop on a dime, hover to get its bearings and then take off in a completely different direction. Much like the companies that fly them, actually. When veteran pilot David Sanders combined his aeronautical and video-production skills and launched Plainview-based Rotor Air Cam in March,…


Jim McCune: Pouring it on in Port Jefferson

By JIMMY MCCUNE // Port Jefferson’s LI Pour House is the first Long Island establishment to deploy iPourIt, an RFID-controlled tap system that allows customers to sample their favorite brews without help from a waitress or bartender. “You pour what you want, and pay for what you pour,” noted co-owner and manager Anthony Pallino. “No bartender, no wait.” The system was developed by a pair of California entrepreneurs – beer drinkers, of course – after…


Lyss Stern and the power of the ‘word of mom’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Lyss Stern was a decade ahead of her time. Twelve years ago, the Woodmere native was a new mom facing the issues new moms face: isolation, professional limitations, unprecedented responsibilities, the loss of self. Unlike today, online resources for rookie mothers were sparse, and Stern – a Syracuse University graduate with a master’s in communication from NYU – felt trapped. She also felt inspired. Sensing a meeting of need and opportunity,…


Schein shines but exchange rates hurt

Multiple acquisitions and healthier international markets helped Henry Schein post a record second quarter, according to an earnings report released Wednesday. Although the strength of the U.S. dollar against various foreign currencies once again shortchanged overall sales, the Melville-based provider of medical, dental and animal-health products and services recorded its second consecutive quarterly sales record. For the quarter ended June 27, Henry Schein reported $2.6 billion in net sales – a 0.5 percent increase over…


Cuomo unveils $4B LaGuardia redo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pitching an innovative $4 billion makeover of LaGuardia Airport that would consolidate its four terminals into one hub and reposition the facility closer to Grand Central Parkway. In addition, the airport would be connected to public transit via an AirTrain link and 24-hour ferry service. Delta Air Lines, which owns the current Terminals C and D, would be a “full partner” in the project with the Port Authority of New York…


Envisagenics gets $100K in seed funding

By GREGORY ZELLER // Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory spinoff Envisagenics has landed a $100,000 investment from Accelerate Long Island and the Long Island Emerging Technology Fund. Envisagenics, which uses proprietary algorithms to dramatically reduce the complexity of biological datasets resulting from ribonucleic acid sequencing, will use the funds “to create the most talented team possible for Envisagenics and Long Island,” CEO Maria Luisa Pineda told Innovate LI. Pineda founded the firm in 2013 with Chief Technology…


Rochester tapped for $610M photonics center

The Pentagon has selected a Rochester consortium to lead a $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to photonics — the use of light in technology — that will bring thousands of jobs to the region. Western New York already has about 100 companies working on optics and photonics, including firms focused on robotics, medical imaging, national security and other fields. Vice President Joe Biden joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the announcement, although the news…


Debrief: Bob Brill, Newlight Management

A former GM at Harris Corp. — where he revolutionized commercial microprocessors — and an IBM engineer, the accomplished and always busy Bob Brill was also CEO of tech companies Algorex Corp. and Sipex Corp., all of which put his PhD in physics (Brown University) and undergraduate engineering degrees (Lehigh) to good use. Brill’s also a leading Long Island investor: The managing partner of Jericho investment firm Newlight Management and former general partner at VC…