Center for Biotechnology

Forget something? NY’s life-sci panel (mostly) stiffs LI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Eyeing a “vibrant life-sciences ecosystem” across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the launch of a new Life Science Advisory Board – but the high-profile panel largely overlooks life-sciences-heavy Long Island. Although Albany would seem to consider the Island a hotbed of biotech and health-science research and commercialization, none of the region’s major research institutions or life-science enterprises are represented on the new LSAB. So, no one to share updates…


Long-lasting glaucoma fix? They can see it from here

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook biotech looking to carve a nanotech niche in the science of glaucoma treatment is eyeing some impressive laboratory results. Sustained Nano Systems, working closely with Stony Brook University’s Center for Biotechnology, has “achieved positive in-vitro results on long-term sustained delivery of Latanaprost for glaucoma treatment,” according to a company statement. Decoded: The biotech can keep the No. 1 glaucoma drug ticking for 159 days in in-vitro tests, which…


Stony Brook research pioneers land major NAI honors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Stony Brook University professors have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, among the highest honors bestowed upon academic innovators. Arie Kaufman, distinguished professor of computer science, and Clinton Rubin, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering, are scheduled to be inducted as NAI fellows during the academy’s 2018 national meeting, slated for April 5 in Washington. The honor is reserved for inventors who demonstrate what SBU called “prolific innovation”…


Familiar names abound in Center for Biotech awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several breakout research projects – and a few familiar faces from the cutting edge – scored funding this week through Stony Brook University’s annual biotechnology awards program. The Center for Biotechnology at SBU, an Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation Center for Advanced Technology, has announced the recipients of the 2017-18 Applied Research and Development awards. The awards, along with matching funds from the recipients and other stakeholders,…


An eye on changing (forever) how medicine is taken

By GREGORY ZELLER // As a writer of mystery novels, Barry Libin understands the creative process. (His “The Mystery of the Milton Manuscript,” in fact, may be the vanguard of an entirely new genre: historical-poetry adventure). As a successful entrepreneur, he understands the touch-and-go world of business formation (he sold off a prior startup, Manhasset-based BML Pharmaceuticals, for a “significant” sum back in 2005). And as a trained periodontist, the graduate of Stony Brook University’s…


An SBU sweep in Bioscience Hub’s latest round

By GREGORY ZELLER // Five research projects targeting advanced medical-imaging applications, computer-based drug discoveries and a range of new pharmaceutical treatments will be backed by the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University, on behalf of the LIBH, announced Tuesday the fourth funding round of the Hub’s technology-commercialization initiative. This time around, a total of $400,000 has been earmarked for two “feasibility” and three “proof of concept” awards, each backing biomedical…


Big investment, tiny particles and a giant leap for BNL

BY MICHAEL FAIRLIE // Brookhaven National Laboratory is stepping up its electromicroscopy game, in a big way. The fiscal year 2017 New York State budget includes $15 million for the Upton laboratory to purchase and install a cryo-electron microscope, which will work in tandem with the National Synchrotron Light Source II, the world’s brightest synchrotron light source. The Cryo-EM will be the backbone of BNL’s new Long Island Facility for Electromicroscopy, a national user facility…


Innovations, advice abound in SBU’s 2017 Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // These boots are made for talking – and now, several enterprising innovators have a firmer grasp on what to say, and how to say it, when it’s time to commercialize the Next Big Thing. Eight “idea champions” with entrepreneurial aspirations have completed Stony Brook University’s 2017 Innovation Boot Camp, a commercialization crash course that might not carry ideas directly to the promised land, but does give those inventors – mostly science…


Energy, life sciences pace 2017 Innovation Boot Camp

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several innovators sitting on potentially game-changing technologies have been selected for one of Long Island’s most effective commercialization crash courses. Stony Brook University has announced the eight teams participating in the 10th annual Innovation Boot Camp, a three-day exercise that surrounds researchers, engineers and other rookie entrepreneurs with customized teams of commercialization experts to help them explore the rigors of business development. This year’s boot campers represent a diverse selection of…


At MIDI, taking the cutting edge on the road

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nearly a year after giving itself a massive home-field advantage, MIDI Medical Product Development is putting in some roadwork. Last week, it was Medical Device & Manufacturing West, a California showcase that annually attracts more than 20,000 medtech engineers and executives – a virtual mothership to the Smithtown-based medical maker. In May, it will be BIOMEDevice, an MD&M event in Boston promoted as “New England’s largest medtech event,” then MD&M East…


LI rainmakers applaud Albany’s life-science focus

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day before sharing his 2017 social and economic vision for Long Island, Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered some music for the Island’s ears. Cuomo, who on Monday delivered the Buffalo and New York City versions of his 2017 State of the State proposals, is scheduled to bring his annual SOTS tour east on Tuesday. But first, his office reaffirmed the governor’s plans to pump $650 million into the state’s burgeoning life-sciences…


Center for Biotechnology answers feds’ ‘Challenge’

A $500,000 U.S. Department of Commerce “challenge award” for the Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University is part of a $15 million round of federal economic-growth stipends – including nearly $2 million for New York-based initiatives. The Center for Biotechnology – designated a Center for Advanced Technology by NYSTAR, the science and innovation division of Empire State Development, Albany’s main economic-development engine – received the largest of the six federal awards announced Thursday. The…


LI Bioscience Hub backs 10 in new funding round

By GREGORY ZELLER // A fresh batch of commercially promising biomedical innovations has been funded by the Long Island Bioscience Hub. The LIBH’s third round of grant awards – bestowed upon 10 distinct applicants hailing from Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, three of the hub’s four partner institutions – totals $550,000. Stony Brook-based research earned seven of the awards, including the only $100,000 “proof of concept”…


Schumer: Biz-development funds big deal for SBU

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York’s two U.S. Senators, including the freshly minted Senate minority leader, are heralding a series of competitive U.S. Department of Commerce grants that will fund business-development initiatives around the nation – including formal mentoring and new training through Stony Brook University’s Center for Biotechnology. The SBU initiatives, including seminars for companies competing for National Institutes of Health funding, will be covered by a $500,000 grant from the Commerce Department’s Economic…


Clint Rubin: Even great research needs a Rolodex

By GREGORY ZELLER // The best science can’t commercialize itself. That’s the key lesson gleaned by Clinton Rubin through years of scientific research and the creation of three successful startups, though he argues a bit about “successful.” A distinguished professor who chairs Stony Brook University’s Biomedical Engineering Department, Rubin has been thrice bitten by the entrepreneurial bug – “a deep-seated pathology,” he explains – and while none of the biotech firms evolved exactly as he’d…