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Debrief: Diane Fabel, Center for Biotechnology

As honcho of the 30-year-old Center for Biotechnology – a catalyst for the development of biomedical technologies and companies located on the Stony Brook University campus – Diane Fabel wears many important hats: facilitator, organizer, manager, sometimes even referee. And since the center is the lead administrative organization behind the three-headed Long Island Bioscience Hub, uniting SBU and the Cold Spring Harbor and Brookhaven National laboratories, she also plays a critical role in the development…


Biamonte bringing BNL data tech to market

By GREGORY ZELLER // The CEO of Green Sulfcrete, an environmentally friendly concrete alternative, is looking to cement himself in the big-data industry. Through Startup America – a White House initiative to celebrate, inspire and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation – Green Sulfcrete CEO William Biamonte has paid “a couple grand” for the option to license a proprietary Brookhaven National Laboratory technology developed to move massive amounts of data pouring out of the lab’s…


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The Inventors: Solomon Wasserman and the actually-keep-you-dry raincoat

By GREGORY ZELLER // If there’s one thing a raincoat should do, it’s keep you dry in the rain. But they don’t, actually, or at least not from about the knees down. As Solomon Wasserman discovered on his way to the synagogue one rainy Saturday morning, and again on the way home. “I got wet below my thigh, and my shoes were full of water,” said Wasserman, a Ukrainian immigrant, by way of Moldova, who now…


Qosina heading to Dr. Atkins’ former digs

Qosina Corp., an Edgewood-based distributor of components for the medical device and cosmetics industries, is moving its headquarters to a Rechler Equity Partners building near MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. The firm currently operates from two facilities totaling about 90,000 square feet in the Heartland Business Center in Edgewood. It will take 95,000 feet in a 206,000 Rechler facility on Orville Drive, once home to Atkins Nutritionals, the no-carb diet people. The relocation is expected to…


Bioscience Hub readies $8.4M funding effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Bioscience Hub has announced plans to award $8.4 million in grants to local startups bringing bio-medical breakthroughs to market. The hub is a coalition led by the state’s Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University and includes SBU, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Lab. It was launched in April with a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Since then, the group has added…


On the web? Zuznow has an app for that

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the world’s busiest mobile-app makers is on the move. Zuznow, an Israeli firm ranked by tech-industry watchdog Gartner Analysts as a Top 10 vendor in the mobile-app space, is relocating from Tel Aviv to Stony Brook, where it’s one of the newest residents of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. The Tel Aviv facility will remain open, continuing to perform R&D functions and serve Israeli and…


With beer buses, as with great brews, less is more

By GREGORY ZELLER // The wheels in Brad Darrohn’s head go round and round. Although the LI Brew Bus started rolling only three weeks ago, the guided tours of Long Island’s microbrew scene are “going very well,” according to Darrohn, a media specialist at Bohemia online marketing firm Fishbat and the Brew Bus creator. However, Darrohn and his team are already working to streamline operations and add new attractions – nothing worse, the thinking goes,…


At NYIT, LaunchPad gets back to basics

LaunchPad Long Island, the chain of independently operated co-working spaces, has wandered a little far afield from an original focus of tech-centric startups, but its latest space at NYIT Old Westbury’s campus will be hyper-focused on young companies working in Internet applications, bioengineering and other technology fields. “If you came to me with a consumer product like a new heel for a shoe, you might be able to get some desk space or help in Great…


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Henry Schein takes a bite of Danish

Henry Schein is going to Denmark. The Meville-based healthcare products distributor announced Tuesday it is acquiring a majority share of Jorgen Kruuse A/S, Scandinavia’s largest veterinary products distributor. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, by Henry Schein said it would acquire 85 percent of the company, which reported $90 million in 2014 sales. The Kruuse family will hold onto a 15 percent stake. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter…


The Inventors: J.J. Valenti and the J-Tray

By GREGORY ZELLER // Joseph “J.J.” Valenti understands the ups and downs of the contracting industry. As a 20-year veteran of painting and carpentry projects, the solopreneur has climbed and descended his trusty ladder more times than he can count. And he knows the importance of being steady on the top rung – and not just himself, but his trusty tools as well. The lesson was driven home about three years ago, when the flimsy…


Debrief: Kimberly Cline, Long Island University

As the 10th president in LIU history, Kimberly Cline heads a 90-year-old institution with Long Island and Brooklyn campuses, 20,000 students and over 500 distinct degree programs. Like her predecessors, she must safeguard the quality and reputation a large and comprehensive private university. But the first woman ever to serve as LIU president, now completing her second year in office, must do it in an era when collaboration with the surrounding business community has become…


FCC decides no mo’ stalling on robocalls

By J.L. KOMINICKI // In a decided victory for Port Jefferson-based startup Nomorobo, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules that give telephone companies wide latitude in blocking robocalls and spam text messages on landlines and wireless phones. Nomorobo, whose cloud-based, patent-pending technology has hung up on millions of unwanted telemarketing calls over the past two years, was among two dozen companies lobbying the FCC to block so-called robocalls, which the agency concedes is the…


Dan Simon is looking for a banner year

By GREGORY ZELLER // At the intersection of art, science and community, there is Signwave. Founder and President Dan Simon’s nine-month-old Islandia company designs and manufactures all shapes and sizes of custom commercial signs and vehicle wraps. But more than that, Signwave – fully cognizant of the influential role signage plays in society – promotes a sense of place. “Signs have always been the markers we use to identify neighborhoods and commerce,” Simon told Innovate…


The Inventors: Joe Ferraro, Smart ECO-Cap

As the veteran manager of a small manufacturing company with a long aerospace history, Joe Ferraro is accustomed to working with his hands. In particular, he works often with steel and other hard metals, giving him a workman’s grip that, at a minimum, should be able to easily puncture something as flimsy as the safety seal on a bottle of vitamins. Or so he thought. It was during a titanic struggle with such a safety…


In Suffolk, a call for an innovation connection

By GREGORY ZELLER // The ambitious master plan Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone unveiled Tuesday – new public transportation options linking Suffolk’s burgeoning downtowns and major research centers – has plenty of regional support. But even ardent backers can’t ignore the project’s estimated price tag. Bellone’s sweeping plan, dubbed the Long Island Innovation Zone, includes a dedicated rapid-transit bus lane running from Stony Brook University to the Village of Patchogue that parallels a new hiking/biking…