No. 341: Farming out east, divesting at Applied DNA and skipping the most important meal of the day (plus … Super Lawyers!)

Unchained: With a career spanning nearly six decades, William Thomas Medley -- a Grammy Award-winner and the silky baritone soul of the Righteous Brothers -- turns 78 today.

Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, friends, and the midpoint of another busy workweek on beautiful Long Island.

It’s Sept. 19 out there – Day 730 of the bitter Brangelina divorce proceedings, which kicked off when Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt two years ago today. Stay tuned.

Shofar, so good: It started at sundown Tuesday and lasts through sundown today, when they’ll be blowing the ceremonial ram’s horn at synagogues around the world. To our readers who observe the Day of Atonement – Judaism’s holiest day of the year – g’mar hatimah tovah.

Shiver me timbers: This Sept. 19 also marks the 23rd annual (!) International Talk Like a Pirate Day. What started as a gag between two friends has grown into a bona fide phenomenon, complete with retail specials, parties and costumes. Please pillage responsibly.

Did they previously just roll to a stop? New Jersey inventor Ephraim Morris earned a U.S. patent for the first railroad brake on Sept. 19, 1838.

In unrelated railroad-invention news, American tinkerer Henry Meyer landed a patent for the railroad “sleeper car” on this date in 1854.

Inventing in a vacuum: “Electric suction cleaners” and steam-powered rug doctors would come later, but Michigan inventor Melville Bissell patented the world’s first carpet sweeper on Sept. 19, 1876.

But did it have a baseball card in the spokes? It was this date in 2015 when the Aerovelo, an aerodynamic, fully enclosed bicycle known technically as a “speedbike” reached a top speed of 86.65 MPH on a flat Nevada highway – the world record for a human-powered vehicle.

POTUS inks CODIS: And happy birthday to the national DNA database, which became a thing when President Bill Clinton signed the U.S. DNA Identification Act on Sept. 19, 1994.

Joyeux anniversaire: Actual biological birthdays on this date include influential French mathematician and astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre (1749-1822), who wrote “The History of Astronomy” (history has changed since then).

Also born on Sept. 19 were “Lord of the Flies” author William Golding (1911-1993); Canadian-American pathologist Elizabeth Stern Shankman (1915-1980), whose groundbreaking work on cancerous cells turned cervical cancer from a death sentence to one of the most treatable forms of the disease; and beloved “Batman” Adam West (1928-2017).

That loving feeling: And take a bow, Bill Medley – the Righteous Brother turns 78 today.

Wish them all well at editor@innovateli.com – and be our Soul and Inspiration with a story tip or calendar suggestion.

 

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BUT FIRST, THIS

Farm fresh: The Southampton-based Amagansett Food Institute, an advocate for local food and local food producers, has cooked up a fresh batch of Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training Tours.

The CRAFT Tours – designed to help early-stage farmers learn from experienced agriculturists, experience different business models and otherwise get a feel for working the land – resumed this month with explorations of grass-fed cattle at Middle Island’s Acabonac Farms and biodynamic farming practices at KK’s the FARM in Southold.

Future CRAFT Tours will dive into sustainable aquaculture (Sept. 25 at Manna Fish Farms, Southampton), small-scale dairy production (Oct. 2 at Mecox Bay Dairy, Bridgehampton) and certified organic farming (Oct. 15 at Margene Farms, Mattituck). Email heather@amagansettfoodinstitute.org for registration and more information.

Charged up: A new $5 million state rebate program will help with the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations at office buildings, apartment buildings, theaters, malls, parks and other public places and workplaces around the state.

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the new Charge Ready NY rebate initiative provides a $4,000 rebate per charging port for public or private employers, building owners, municipalities and nonprofit organizations that install Level 2 charging stations, which provide up to 25 miles of “electric range” per charging hour.

Depending on the model and make of the charging station and other variable installation costs, the rebates could save installers up to 80 percent of a typical installation price tag – making it “more affordable for New Yorkers to make the switch to an environmentally friendly electric vehicle,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, adding, “New York continues to lead the nation in reducing our carbon footprint.”

 

TOP OF THE SITE

Able to leap temporary injunctions in a single bound: Look, up in the court! It’s a brief … it’s a plaintiff … it’s Super Lawyers! And Long Island has a bunch.

Vertical spin: Stony Brook biotech Applied DNA Sciences has announced a new spinoff business, focused exclusively on the sale of large-scale DNA sequences to researchers.

Stop, or my warehouse manager will shoot: Woodbury-based Janam Technologies has locked and loaded a new arsenal of gun-shaped, super-tough mobile computers.

 

STUFF WE’RE READING

Close watch: The new Apple Watch comes closer than ever to being an actual medical device – but can you deduct it as a healthcare expense? MarketWatch considers.

Hear them roar: Fast Company’s first-ever survey of women entrepreneurs pulls no punches on funding inequities, sexism, President Trump and other titanic challenges.

Robo-uh-oh: Bad news (for humans) from the World Economic Forum, which says machines will handle more than half of all workplace tasks within seven years.

 

RECENT FUNDINGS

+ Miach Orthopaedics, a Massachusetts-based company developing bio-engineered surgical implants for connective tissue repair, raised $22.5 million in Series A financing co-led by Amzak Health Investors and DSM Venturing, with participation from the NFL Players Association and additional investors.

+ Saykara, a Washington State-based voice- and AI-powered virtual assistant for physicians, raised $5 million in funding led by SpringRock Ventures, with participation from New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Elevate Innovation Partners and existing investor Madrona Venture Group.

+ Atrium, a California-based business-law startup with 110 employees, raised $65 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from General Catalyst, YC Continuity Fund and Sound Ventures.

+ Apprentice.io, a New Jersey-based creator of a “conversational augmented reality and artificial intelligence platform” focused on the pharma and biotech industries, raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital, with participation from Silverton Partners and Hemi Ventures and new backer The Venture Reality Fund.

+ UiPath, a New York City-based enterprise Robotic Process Automation software company, closed a $225 million Series C funding round co-led by existing investor CapitalG, Accel and new investor Sequoia Capital.

+ Endotronix, an Illinois-based medtech company dedicated to advancing the treatment of heart failure, closed a $45 million Series D financing round led by LSP (investing from its LSP Health Economics Fund 2), with participation from Aperture Venture Partners, BioVentures Investors, Lumira Ventures, OSF Ventures and Seroba Life Sciences, among others.

 

BELOW THE FOLD

Park it right here: How do you squeeze a 407-acre state park – New York City’s largest to date – into the overcrowded Borough of Brooklyn?

Second thoughts: Entrepreneur presents 10 instinctive decisions you’ll regret forever – and what you should do instead.

Not fast enough: Citing time constraints, nearly half of us skip breakfast – just one of the interesting tidbits in Herbalife Nutrition’s global Healthy Breakfast Survey.

In search of: Still no sign of this so-called “free news.” While we chase down some new leads, please continue to support the innovative companies that support Innovate LI – including Webair, where Dedicated Private Clouds and Hybrid IT Management are just two of the amazing tech services.