No. 444: In which supernovas explode, Northwell’s blood flows and Nikola Tesla goes Hollywood

To Hellboy and back: Award-winning director Guillermo del Toro -- one of the "Three Amigos of Cinema," along with fellow Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro Iñárritu -- turns 55 today.


It all adds up: It’s addition by subtraction, dear readers, as we count off the days of this latest busy workweek and multiply our chances for socioeconomic success.

All four you: This is the luckiest newsletter you will read all day.

Welcome to your Wednesday newsletter, which according to Innovate LI’s mystifying numbering system (Kominicki didn’t count the first half-dozen or so, and we kinda forgot to number the Monday calendar newsletters) is No. 444 – a blessing, according to numerologists.

On your Marc: It’s Oct. 9 out there, and before we dive in, a shout-out to old friend Marc Alessi, the hardest-working man in Long Island innovation, who radioed in after Friday’s CB-themed newsletter to suggest that Nikola Tesla invented CB radio.

We read you, good buddy, though innovators Al Gross and Guglielmo Marconi may have a beef. Anyway, more below on the Serbian sensation (a central character in the forthcoming big-screen drama “The Current War”).

Flame out: Smack dab in the middle of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 is also National Fire Prevention Day.

And for the extremely small-minded, National Nanotechnology Day.

Let it be written: Happy anniversary to the Hangul alphabet, the Korean-language character set hailed as one of the world’s most efficient, which was proclaimed by 15th century Korean monarch Sejong the Great on Oct. 9, 1446, give or take a .

Bright lights, big mystery: Known colloquially as “Kepler’s Supernova” – but observed by many astronomers of the day, including Galileo – Supernova 1604 first baffled skywatchers on Oct. 9, 1604.

Electrifying performance: Nicholas Hoult as Tesla in “The Current War.”

Spoiler warning: Tesla, the aforementioned silver screen star, scored two key U.S. patents on this date in 1888 – one for a “Dynamo Electric Machine” related directly to his alternate-current technology and one for a current-motor regulator designed to improve transmission systems.

Other patents issued on Oct. 9 include one in 1855 for a sewing machine motor by stich-in-time innovator Isaac Singer.

Long distance rates may apply: Speaking of names you know, Alexander Graham Bell (in Cambridge) and Thomas Watson (about four miles away, in Boston) demonstrated the first two-way phone conversation carried over outdoor wires on Oct. 9, 1876.

Fender benders from spaaace: And it was this date in 1992 when witnesses from Kentucky to New York reported a brilliant meteor streaking above the Eastern Seaboard.

The space stone – a 12-kilogram chunk of chondrite that later fetched $50,000 from collectors – crashed into a 1980 Chevy Malibu parked in Peekskill.

In my life: Lennon as he might appear today, according to the 2019 film “Yesterday.”

Imagine: John Lennon (1940-1980) would be 79 years old today.

Also born on Oct. 9 were French chemist Pierre-Joseph Macquer (1718-1784), who wrote the first dictionary of general chemistry; Swiss physicist Auguste-Arthur de La Rive (1801-1873), who was instrumental in early battery electrochemistry; American-Canadian anti-slavery campaigner Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893), the first African-American newspaper publisher; and German internal-combustion pioneer Eugen Langen (1833-1895).

Labyrinthian: And take a bow, Guillermo del Toro – the celebrated Mexican filmmaker, known best for his character creations and visionary fantasy flicks, turns 55 today.

Send well wishes for the Academy Award-winner, the eternal Beatle and all Oct. 9 innovators to, and generate some instant karma with a story tip or calendar suggestion. Operators are standing by.


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Value added: Concorde and Northwell think alike, according to Concorde President Paula Marchetta.

The Concorde has landed: New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, already the state’s largest private employer, has reinforced its Manhattan presence with the addition of a new multispecialty practice group.

Concorde Medical Group, which includes 23 physicians and some 75 total staffers across seven Big Apple locations, now flies under the Northwell Health banner. Concorde adds its clinical expertise in internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, rheumatic diseases, gynecology and a host of other practice areas to the Northwell mothership, which already boasts 86 Manhattan-based outpatient facilities and three NYC hospitals: Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village.

Concorde Medical Group President Paula Marchetta, a rheumatologist by trade, will continue as group president while assuming new duties as director of Northwell Health’s strategic initiatives in Manhattan and western Queens. “Northwell shares [our] values and provides us the unique opportunity to remain as Concorde while being a part of a much larger organization,” Marchetta said Tuesday.

Money talks: Jovia Financial Credit Union has awarded Adelphi University a $135,000 grant to support a financial literacy program with a pay-it-forward spin.

The program provides on-campus training for students, faculty and other members of the university community designed to “strengthen their short-term and long-term financial security,” according to Adelphi. Representatives of Jovia Financial (formerly NEFCU) were expected to be on campus today to conduct their first workshops.

Through the program, participating Adelphi students will have subsequent opportunities to provide financial-literacy training to Long Island high school students – a “partnership with our neighbors at Adelphi (that) underscores our commitment to not only expanding the financial literacy of area students and faculty, but ultimately will help strengthen their financial security,” according to Jovia Financial President and CEO John Deieso.



Convenience by the pint: Northwell Health’s new “concierge healthcare app” helps patients schedule blood tests at home.

Dock and load: Step one of Albany’s two-part port-upgrade plan is a qualifying round, with the offshore wind industry – and a $200 million stipend – floating closer.

Get your own: Please forward this informative and enlightening newsletter to your fellow innovators – and encourage them to subscribe for free, because you’re not, like, the messenger boy.



Ya gotta believe: To achieve in high school, college and the workforce, underprivileged students must be conditioned to aim for higher education, advises 21st century schoolmaster Harry Aurora.

Check out Harry’s latest insightful Voices column right here. And be sure to browse our educational and entertaining Voices library, packed with expert opinions from across the Long Island innovation economy.



Funny business: Forbes explains why comedy drives innovation better than market research.

The play’s the thing: Harvard Business Review clarifies the differences between innovation and “innovation theater.”

Vapor block: Newsday checks in with the Three Village Central School District, one of three national districts suing vaping giant Juul.



+ Nātalist, a New York City-based women’s-health startup focused on conception, secured $5 million in seed funding led by Cowboy Ventures, along with Collaborative Fund, Fuel Capital, Rock Health and xFund, and angel investors Julia Cheek, Christine Lemke, John Doerr, Malay Gandhi, David Vivero and R. Martin Chavez.

+ Relativity Space, a California-based autonomous-rocket factory and launch service for private satellites, raised $140 million in Series C funding led by Bond and Tribe Capital, with participation from Lee Fixel, Michael Ovitz, Spencer Rascoff, Republic Labs, Jared Leto, Playground Global, Y Combinator, Social Capital and Mark Cuban.

+ Endotronix, an Illinois-based cardiovascular monitoring platform, raised $70 million in Series D funding led by LSP, with participation from Aperture Venture Partners, BioVentures Investors, Lumira Ventures, OSF Ventures, Seroba Life Sciences, Skydeck, SV Health Investors and Wanxiang Healthcare Investments.

+ ControlRad, a Georgia-based radiation-exposure reduction platform for fluoroscopic procedures, raised $15 million in Series B funding led by Questa Capital.

+ Geneoscopy, a Missouri-based developer of diagnostic tests for gastrointestinal health, raised $6.9 million in Series A funding led by Cultivation Capital and NT Investments, with participation from Lightchain Capital and the family office of Rodger Riney.

+ Mon Ami, a California-based platform pairing students and seniors to combat aging-based loneliness, raised $3.4 million in seed funding led by Freestyle Ventures and Cowboy Ventures, with participation from Maverick Ventures, Felicis Ventures and Bruce Dunlevie.



Last laugh: Clown prince of the box office.

Why so serious? How a nihilistic supervillain with a hard-R rating overcame the Department of Homeland Security and busted open the box office.

Put on a hoppy face: As society sobers up, Brooklyn Brewery effects a slick rebranding of its nonalcoholic beer.

No laughing matter: Why you can’t tickle yourself – and why that’s a good thing.

All smiles: Innovation grins ear to ear at Hofstra University, one of the amazing institutions that support Innovate LI, and its bustling Center for Entrepreneurship, heart of the university’s economic-development machine. Check it out.