The Debrief

Debrief: Bill Lindsay III is on a manufacturing mission

Lack of skilled workers and overregulation are among the issues undercutting Long Island manufacturers. And they’re in the crosshairs of the Long Island Manufacturing Task Force, unanimously approved this month by the Suffolk County Legislature. Legislator William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), who introduced the task force bill, will chair the pro-production panel, formed in response to 8,000-plus job openings at Long Island factories (as counted by the Long Island chapter of the Workforce Development Institute) and…


Debrief: Feinstein’s busy Bouton strengthens his grip

It’s been a busy two years since Chad Bouton left independent R&D giant Battelle and hitched his wagon to the Feinstein Center for Medical Research, joining forces with bioelectronics pioneer and Feinstein Center honcho Kevin Tracey. But perhaps no stretch has been busier than this last month, in which the director of Feinstein’s Center for Bioelectronic Medicine earned the top prize in Northwell Health’s Innovation Challenge (with his NeuroGuard device) and headlined a TEDxHofstraUniversity event…


Debrief: Ken White eyes tomorrow’s workforce, today

When last we chatted up Ken White, the manager of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Office of Educational Programs was jazzed about the progress the then-three-year-old Long Island STEM Hub was making on its mission to educate a high-tech next-gen workforce. Launched in 2012 as part of the community-driven Empire State STEM Learning Network, the science/technology/engineering/mathematics program – managed by BNL and the Northwell Health system – has hit its stride in the last two years, according…


Debrief: Developing, economically, with Regina Zara

Nice numbers from “Report on Effectiveness of Suffolk County IDA,” a 40-page Industrial Development Agency report card prepared by Suffolk’s Department of Economic Development and Planning: Between 2012 and 2016, the IDA granted $89.8 million in sales-tax exemptions on equipment purchases, plus similar breaks on mortgage and property taxes, to 86 projects, which have collectively generated $775 million in regional economic activity ($212 million spent on goods and services from 2,500 Long Island companies in…


Debrief: Happy landings with Daniel Preston

With the fate of Riverhead Town’s Enterprise Park at Calverton still very much in the air, Daniel Preston would like to throttle things back a bit. Half-truths and wild speculation have been part of the EPCAL story since Grumman pulled out a quarter-century ago, and CEO Preston’s Luminati Aerospace LLC, which is looking to purchase the storied property for $40 million and revive Long Island’s dormant aerospace industry, has not been spared: It’s already parted…


Debrief: LIU innovation chair, not in Kansas anymore

As the first person to occupy Long Island University-Post’s Vorzimer Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship – the “charter chair,” according to the school – Dane Stangler is all about breaking new ground. The visiting (and first-time) professor, who will also help drive LIU Post’s T. Denny Sanford Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will leverage lessons gleaned during an impressive rise to nationally renowned entrepreneurship expert, including a term as VP of research at the Ewing Marion…


Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

There’s never a dull moment when you’re Phil Rugile, who pulls double duty as director of the hyperactive LaunchPad Huntington and as “human capital strategist” at eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting/corporate prepaid solutions specialist that remains one of Long Island’s great innovation success stories. When Innovate LI last Debriefed the media-savvy entrepreneur, LaunchPad Huntington was barely a year old and still finding its way; two years hence, Rugile has honed the co-working space into a…


Debrief: Learning as we go with Imin Kao

On-the-job learning has never been a problem for Stony Brook University engineering professor Imin Kao, who directs the university’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and in January succeeded Jeffrey Saelens as executive director of the SBU-anchored Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium. Kao, who earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1991 and has been part of Stony Brook’s Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty since 1994, is still learning to juggle his myriad…


Debrief: Lenny Poveromo, living in a material world

The Composite Prototyping Center – a nonprofit manufacturing mecca specializing in carbon fibers, ceramics and other non-traditional building blocks – opened in Plainview in 2014 under the steadiest of hands. Executive Director Lenny Poveromo brought a quality education (a BS in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Hofstra), decades of cutting-edge manufacturing experience (he directed East Coast technology development for Northrop Grumman) and sterling connections (he’d served on the advisory boards of…


Debrief: Accelerating with Peter Donnelly

Not to be confused with the Accelerate Long Island Seed Fund is the Accelerate New York Seed Fund, an all-new endowment operating under the auspices of nonprofit regional-commercialization booster Accelerate Long Island. Boasting a $6 million war chest ($3 million from Albany and $3 million from private investors, primarily Topspin Partners of Syosset), the new fund takes a wider view, injecting capital into early-stage innovators across Downstate New York. Leading the way is new Accelerate…


Debrief: Circular thoughts with James Hayward

When last we Debriefed Applied DNA Sciences CEO James Hayward, the Stony Brook-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting, anti-theft and product-authentication company was forming a promising partnership with a national law-enforcement/security training organization and inching a toe into the Scandinavian auto theft prevention-and-recovery market. This week, as the biotech partners with textile manufacturer Loftex Home to launch the hot new CertainT platform, Hayward reports big gains in those maturing verticals and progress by Applied DNA’s all-star advisory board – two…


Debrief: Steve Israel, the next generation

Following eight U.S. House of Representative terms and a narrow escape from what could be the most contentious Congress in a generation (“I got out while the getting was good”), Steve Israel is hardly slowing down. As chairman of Long Island University’s Institute for Global Issues and the university’s latest Distinguished Writer in Residence, the former (as of Jan. 3) Third District rep will leverage his capitol résumé in pursuit of two key goals: developing…


Debrief: Edward Guiliano’s NYIT victory lap

Since the circa-1910 New York Technical Institute was rechristened the New York Institute of Technology in 1955, it’s had three presidents: Alexander Schure, his son Matthew Schure and Edward Guiliano, who took the helm in 2000. The Dix Hills native, who earned a doctorate in literature at Stony Brook University, was still an SBU graduate student when he joined NYIT in 1974 as an English instructor. When he retires as president – he’s announced his…


Debrief: Scientifically, Kevin Tracey is all business

Fresh off keynoting an international symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences, bioelectronic medicine pioneer Kevin Tracey is (as usual) busily overseeing operations at the groundbreaking Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. That includes bioelectronics R&D, though Tracey is adamant that science – not sales – is Feinstein’s focus (example: he claims no involvement with a spinoff company based on his nerve-stimulating expertise). For the Feinstein president, collaboration and discovery set the tone, and the…


The Debrief: Bob Catell’s newest application

Robert Catell has taken a board seat at Stony Brook-based anti-counterfeiting biotech Applied DNA Sciences, the latest addition to a résumé overflowing with executive accolades. A former chairman of KeySpan and National Grid’s U.S. operations, the current chair of the New York Smart Grid Consortium and SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center boasts decades of energy-related experience on all levels – knowledge that could prove key as Applied DNA eyes a lucrative new vertical….