No. 168: New startups, IDP moves and six seconds in paradise

It’s Monday out there: A great start to the week, everybody, and welcome new readers Gil, Vincent, John and Elizabeth. And welcome back Hubert. Happy to have you all aboard. It’s Oct. 31, on which Doyle first published Holmes, Brooklyn ended streetcar service and Dunlop patented the pneumatic tire. No, wait. Tyre.

It’s also Halloween, in honor of which: The 100 greatest horror flicks of all time. (“The Omen” should be higher.)

Plus: The 20 worst Halloween candies to give out. (By someone who doesn’t understand the glory of Necco wafers.)

Happy birthday, Deidra Parrish Williams.

And put this in the calendar: The Innovator of the Year awards have a new date. March 21, at 8 a.m., Crest Hollow Country Club, winners names coming very soon. If you have a last minute nomination, we might be tempted.


Fresh off an international summit at the New York Academy of Sciences, Feinstein Institute chief Kevin Tracey is ready to deploy bioelectronic medicine against everything from rheumatoid arthritis to high blood pressure. The Debrief.

Cold Spring Harbor Lab spinout DepYmed closed a $2 million funding round with TopSpin Partners that will allow the biotech to expand development of inhibitors that can slow cancer, diabetes and a host of other conditions. CEO Andreas Grill sets the scene for Innovate’s Gregory Zeller here.

Start-Up NY adds 39 new companies, including Certerra – another CSHL spinoff – and eParel, a platform that specializes in the uniform trade. Certerra heads to the Bioscience Park at Farmingdale State College, while eParel sets up shop at LIU.

Boston was the big winner in Buffalo’s biz contest.

IDP makes the move from Jericho to Hauppauge.

More big doings in local innovation here.

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Shout out: Des Ryan was named the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society’s top achiever of the year.

Live from the Dennison Building: The Suffolk Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club hosts its annual invention showcase, Tuesday Nov. 15, more info here.

Opportunity knocking: Suffolk County, the Town of Huntington and assorted business leaders gather to discuss what government can do for you. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m., LaunchPad Huntington, free but register.

Plus: The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

Pop the cork: Wall Street had back-to-back good years for the first time since 2012, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli reports.

Big news: As AT&T attempts to buy Time Warner, a look at the ever-expanding media landscape – and the ever-fewer conglomerates that own it all.

Dig this: The White House is spending $28 million to retrain coal miners for next-gen jobs like drone operator.

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Tile one on: Tesla unveiled its much-ballyhooed solar-powered roofing systemthat mimics everything from French slate to Tuscan clay. Should hit the market next summer. (Have to admit, pretty pretty cool.)

Coming attractions: The 10 biggest next things in health care, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Fertilizing: MIT is raising as much as $150 million for seedlings at its new Engine incubator space.

Excluding the romance part: An adult website is offering to buy Twitter’s about-to-shutter Vine platform, to which users post video loops of up to six seconds in duration. “Six seconds is more than enough time for people to enjoy themselves,” a Pornhub vice president suggested in the offer letter.

Take that: SkunkLock bicycle security device releases a vomit-inducing gas when cut into. Its Indiegogo campaign hit $35K on a $20K goal with weeks to go.

Finally: The best places around the world to see bats. (Not counting my barn in France.)

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.