No. 200: A med-tech summit, floating turbines and the microwave turns 50 (but careful, it’s listening)


It’s Tuesday out there: Hope your week is off to a great start. It’s March 21, the first day after the equinox, meaning today’s day will be longer than yesterday’s night. Which is nice.

Welcome new readers Paul, two Lauras, Linda, Jonathan, Clifford and Gil.

If you’re up early enough, we’re gathering at Crest Hollow for the Innovator of the Year awards breakfast. Record crowd, plus science jokes and sticky buns. Come if you can. (But we’re done by 10.)

Irrepressible ad man, “Tonight Show” scribe and wannabe music man Howard Blankman has passed, at 91. (Jimmy Breslin and Chuck Berry round out the threesome.)

Pro bono pros: Farrell Fritz has been named a top three law firm for access to justice by the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau Suffolk Law Services and The Safe Center. Attorneys Sarah BairdPaige BartholomewHeather HarrisonJohn McEntee and James Wicks are in line for individual kudos.

Stayin’ Alive: New York-Presbyterian hospital has created a Spotify playlist stacked with songs that run 100 beats per minute, the recommended rate for CPR chest compressions. (So Gloria Gaynor and Lynyrd Skynyrd actually do have something in common.)

Top guns: The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Bethpage-based Northrop Grumman a $68.8 million contract to produce gun modules for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships – fast, powerful, forward-deployed combatants designed for “intense naval conflict.”

Nursing care: Long Island Jewish Medical Center will receive $1.2 million from the New York State Department of Health for a five-year effort to promote and support breastfeeding in Nassau and Suffolk.

For Fortunistas: Esther Fortunoff sits down for an armchair tête-à-tête at LaunchPad Huntington, followed by a pitch night for fashion- and consumer products-related startups, April 24, 6 p.m., pizza and beverages included, free but please register.

On their meds: Stony Brook’s wireless technology center hosts a symposium on medical technology and health care innovation, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with Arie Kaufman, Eugene Sayan, Pete Donnelly, Satya Sharma, Diane Fabel and Henry Schein’s Bruce Lieberthal. More info and registration here.

Movin’ on up: The North Shore Animal League has been greenlighted to add a second floor to house Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. Legal work handled by Innovate pal Michael Sahn and firm partner Jason Horowitz.

Find out what condition our condition is in: The Real Estate Institute’s spring symposium on the state of real estate is April 28, Stony Brook Garden Inn, info and tickets here.

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Deeper shade of green: St. Patrick’s has turned on its new geothermal heating and cooling plant.

Not so lucky: Lucky Peach, the irreverent NYC food quarterly founded by Momofuku star David Chang and some writer pals, will shutter later this year, apparently over creative differences. Oh, and “financial strategies.”


+ NYIT and the LI Capital Alliance, entrepreneur education series, next up April 3, 5:30 to 8 p.m., registration here.

+ Attention foodtech entrepreneurs: Inside the coming storm in product labeling, April 19, 8 to 10 a.m., Kominicki, Russ Statman and more, register please.

+ The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.


Attention West Virginia: Germany is turning a former coal mine into a giant storage facility for unused wind and solar power.

Zuck likes this: More than 60% of advertisers said they plan to increase spending on Facebook this year.

The hot new thing: Floating wind turbines.

And we don’t mean routes: Lots of new openings at Uber.

They deserve a plug: Berlin-based Hubject has formed a network of 11 companies to offer electric car charging stations across Austria.

Panel discussion: Google’s Project Sunroof offers an instant assessment of annual sunlight, square footage and potential savings if you decided to go solar.

Preferred charges: Tesla is not the world’s top electric car maker. (But it’s close.)

Bowling Green was their second choice: Kellyanne Conway now rates Secret Service protection. (Code name: Blueberry, after a teen pageant she once won in New Jersey.)

Small thinking: DARPA is taking a day to re-imagine transistors and integrated circuits. You could be part.

The microwave at 50: From military tech to ubiquitous kitchen appliance to apparent listening device, all in a short five decades.

Related: The Roomba will be the next household machine to gather dirt on us, quips “Wait Wait” panelist Tom Bodett.

Siri, meet Bixby: Samsung is late to the virtual assistant game, but it says its new “intelligent interface” will prove to have been worth the wait.


NEXT Trucking, a digital platform that helps shippers find and use excess capacity on existing runs, raised a $5 million A round led by China Equity Group.

Milford, Mass.-based RenalGuard raised $14.5 million for its device to test for and treat kidney injuries.

Before Brands, which introduces tiny amounts of nuts, eggs and other items into baby food to help infants develop their own defenses against food allergies, has landed $35 million from Gurnet Point Capital.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading this far.