No. 270: Med-tech in China, shorter mastheads in Uniondale and New York’s front-line role in America’s ‘economic civil war’

The bomb cyclone brought bitter cold, whiteout conditions and whipping wind, closed area airports, made driving impossible and offered the perfect opportunity to be creative.

Any Kiowa Indians in the house? If so, have an especially peaceful and pleasant Jan. 5, known also as “The Night the Stars Fell” to the Kiowa and other Northern Plains tribes, in reference to an unusually intense meteor shower – the second such “storm” in six weeks – recorded on this date in 1834.

Speaking of bomb cyclones: Winter Storm Grayson lived up to its bitter billing this week, but take a bow (carefully) if you were around on Jan. 5, 1904, when state cold-temp records were set in New Jersey (minus 34 degrees Fahrenheit) and Pennsylvania (-42 F).

New York’s record (-32 F) was set just last week in upstate Watertown, making today’s post-blizzard single digits balmy by comparison.

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Fast starts: Before we dive into the week in Long Island innovation, three cheers for three Island stalwarts that finished 2017 strong – and have come flying out of 2018’s gate.

Hauppauge-based ULC Robotics has brought its robot handymen to New York City’s gas mains; Medford-based point-of-care specialist Chembio announced Dec. 19 it had earned a $2.9 million funding deal from AstraZeneca, focused on the development of a new POC diagnostic test; and the Westhampton Beach Brewing Co. has signed a lease for 4,800 square feet of industrial space in the Hamptons Business District development at Francis S. Gabreski Airport.


They’ve got Spurs that jingle jangle jingle: The Spur, the new co-working space and “entrepreneur’s club” created by East End networking group i-hamptons, hosts a special preview event Saturday evening before officially opening its doors Monday to media, tech and health & wellness startups, among others.

Bugged (or de-bugged?): Mineola’s NYU Winthrop Hospital announced this week that 99.3 percent of its 8,750 employees have been inoculated this season against influenza, after the 591-bed affiliate of the NYU Langone Medical Center became the first Nassau or Suffolk hospital in history to mandate flu vaccines for staffers.

Anyone feel like Chinese? East Asia is emerging as the planet’s hottest market for med-tech manufacturing (more on that below). Now, the U.S. Commercial Service – part of the federal Commerce Department – is offering regional small and medium-sized companies a chance to exhibit at this April’s China International Medical Equipment Fair through the service’s 2018 Corporate Executive Office Program.

The CEO Program includes a specific area on the CIMEF floor subdivided into meeting spaces for each participating U.S. company, plus pre-show promotion across China, travel/logistics assistance and more.

The U.S. Commercial Service lists the registration deadline as “rolling until filled,” but the good money is on acting fast. For more information, contact Susan Sadocha, the Commercial Service’s Long Island director, at (516) 427-9117 or by email at

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Asian influence: A recent trip to China and Hong Kong may prove the most profitable yet for the well-traveled Montalbano brothers of Smithtown’s MIDI Medical Product Development.

State of war: Gov. Andrew Cuomo pulled no punches in his 2018 State of the State Address, referencing “an economic civil war” and firing back against the “federal assault” on New York.

Short, but no cuts: It’s fewer syllables, more services for the Uniondale law firm now known as Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP.

Clean sweep: With an ambitious 2018 environmental agenda, the Empire State has emerged as a national ecological champion, according to watchdog Environment New York.


Long Island’s new cardiovascular age arrives, the year of virtual reality begins, a new day dawns for co-working environments and new inspirations offer hope to opioid addicts.


The end is nigh: Why the FCC’s net neutrality repeal – another Trump Administration “victory” that scrapped Obama-era rules preventing Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down legal content – is the beginning of the end of the Internet’s golden days.

Keep calm and carry on: Everything you need to know about “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” two particularly nasty computer viruses revealed this week – and now believed to be worming their way through just about every CPU on the planet.

Return of the real-world retailer: “Brick and mortar isn’t dead,” Marshal Cohen, retail analyst at the NPD Group, tells Fast Company. “It’s just going through a major evolution.”

Mirror, mirror: Virtual settings (and wardrobes) come alive in Amazon’s “blended-reality mirror.”


+ Davi Tserpelis is now a senior vice president-business banking manager at City National Bank. She formerly served as SVP-business banker at Astoria Bank until its acquisition by Sterling National Bank in December 2017.

+ Anthony Manetta now serves as a councilman in the Town of Babylon. Manetta is a consultant with HB Solutions.

+ Peter Davies now serves the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America on its medical, scientific and memory screening advisory board. Davies is the director of the Litwin-Zucker Center for Alzheimer’s Disease at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

+ A.J. Smith is now the creative director for Progressive Marketing Group, which recently moved to Huntington Station. Schmitz was previously an art director for HBO and The History Channel in Manhattan.

+ Janice Fanning-Colmone has joined Progressive Marketing Group as an account coordinator, after working as a marketing communications specialist for Honeywell/ADI Global Distribution in Melville.

+ Jennifer Murdock has been promoted to franchise development manager at Hampton Coffee Co., based in Southampton. She previously was district manager for company-owned espresso bars and cafes on the East End.

+ Edythe Collins now serves as marketing and public relations manager for Hampton Coffee Co.’s Franchise Ad Fund. She previously held a similar position in the firm’s corporate office.

+ Adam Clark has been added to the Assurance Services Division, as a partner in the Technical Review and Quality Control Group, at Marcum in Melville. Clark was previously associate director at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

+ Christine Malafi, a partner at Ronkonkoma-based Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, now serves on the board of directors of Family Service League in Huntington.

+ Peter Rooney of Ronkonkoma now serves as vice president and national practice lead for engineering and construction at VHB in Hauppauge. He was formerly a VP and market lead at AECOM in Manhattan.

+ Marc Perez of Northport is now the New York City/Long Island regional executive for consumer business at Bank of America in Melville.


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Long look: A Feinstein Institute for Medical Research scientist exploring new sepsis treatments has landed his fourth NIH research grant since 2002.

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