Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

No. 300: Anniversary edition, starring Shakespeare, Dutch Reagan and Academy Award-winner Jessica Lange (and introducing Vengo)

An imperfect 300: Welcome, friends, to your latest Innovate LI newsletter, and not just any Innovate LI newsletter, but the 300th since founder John Kominicki e-blasted the first more than three years ago. That’s a lot of historical anecdotes, celebrity birthdays, regional shout-outs, hyperlinks, funding reports and Stuff We’re Reading. And we wanted to do something truly spectacular to recognize our tercentenary edition. So, we came up with… Suggested serving: These foods/serving sizes all contain…


No. 299: On ‘natural marijuana,’ (unrelated) reef madness, the patient experience and the myth of the innovation lab

Turning point: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another productive week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. A special hello to freshly minted newsletter subscribers David, Nina, Mark, Pam and Franco. Welcome to the show, please keep your safety belt fastened at all times. It’s April 18 out there: And happy anniversary to Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper – and one-time home of an eager young cub named Kominicki – that…


Debrief: CSHL’s Whiteley fills shoes, answers needs

A seasoned veteran of scientific- and medical-research commercialization, Andrew Whiteley stepped up this month to take over Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s technology-transfer operations from Teri Willey, who served five years as CSHL’s vice president of business development and technology transfer and is off to her next adventure, running an Indiana-based VC fund. Whiteley, who in 2015 was named the laboratory’s first-ever Executive in Residence, assumes control of a dedicated team focused on licensing, business formation,…


CSHL podcast up for a Webby Award (or two)

A Long Island-based podcast is in the running for a top Internet honor – two, actually. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s “Base Pairs” podcast, hosted by Andrea Alfano and Brian Stallard, has been selected as a finalist for the Webby Awards People’s Voice Prize and as a finalist for a Webby Award for Best Science and Education Podcast. Presented annually by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the Webby Awards denote excellence on the…


No. 296: Welcoming Whiteley, smartening schools, terminating data thieves and seeing the ‘forest bathing’ for the trees

And down the stretch they come: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, with the finish line and another well-deserved weekend in sight. Happy Chakri Day, commemorating the establishment of the Chakri dynasty, to our readers in Thailand. In Indonesia, have a very happy National Fisherman’s Day. Congress is now in session: Happy anniversary to the U.S. Congress, which held its first-ever regular session on April 6, 1789, in New York City’s Federal Hall. Film at 11:…


Willey walks, Whiteley takes on CSHL tech transfer

By GREGORY ZELLER // A seasoned veteran of scientific- and medical-research commercialization has taken over Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s technology-transfer operations. The laboratory announced Tuesday that life sciences business leader Andrew Whiteley has succeeded Teri Willey as vice president of business development and technology transfer. Willey, who took the reins of CSHL’s Business Development & Technology Transfer Office in late 2013, stepped down March 12 to oversee a new philanthropic venture fund based in Indiana….


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…


Matching state grants boost regional SBIR innovators

A Stony Brook University-based small-biz booster program is doubling down on federal Small Business Innovation Research award winners. Through a $1.2 million Empire State Development Corp. incentives package administered by the university’s Small Business Development Center and the Research Foundation for SUNY, SBU has released the first set of matching grant funds to SBIR awardees in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Four regional companies benefited from a total of $50,000 released this round, including Farmingdale-based vaccination…


No. 290: A gift for Adelphi, a world leader for Old Westbury, achieving Orbit and learning Klingon

Marching on: That’s another workweek in the books, dear readers, and just four days to go until the official start of spring (the 2018 Spring Equinox occurs at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in our Northern Hemisphere). Pay no attention to that talk of another nor’easter bringing snow to Long Island Tuesday night. Not going to happen. Nope. Proper introductions: It’s March 16 out there, a big date for historical launches – the U.S. Military Academy at…


Northwell taps MSK veteran to head cancer programs

By GREGORY ZELLER // After a three-decade career at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an internationally renowned surgeon will take the reins of Northwell Health’s vast network of cancer services and research. Following a national search and recruitment effort, the New Hyde Park-based health system has appointed Richard Barakat physician-in-chief and director of the Northwell Health Cancer Institute and senior vice president of Northwell’s Cancer Service Line. Barakat, who also becomes a professor of…


Debrief: Red flags, high hopes from Master Faltischek

When Innovate LI last debriefed Long Island Angel Network Chairman Michael Faltischek in May 2015, the LIAN already boasted a significant legacy: 600-plus financing applications reviewed, in excess of $5 million in investments brokered. Less than three years later, the network – which arranges investments but doesn’t make them – has reviewed another hundred-plus applications and negotiated upwards of $30 million in private investments. Meanwhile, at the senior partner’s Uniondale-based law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek,…


No. 265: Santa snickers, the Manufacturing Task Force Awakens and the Golden Globes go to…

Gut Yontiff: “Good holiday,” for our non-Yiddish speaking readers, and a Happy Hanukkah to all. Adam Sandler’s “eight crazy nights” – the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the circa-160 B.C. Maccabean Revolt – commenced Tuesday evening. A big date for breakthroughs: The dry dock (1816), the ice cream cone (1903), the first fully automated photographic film developer (1928) and the fathometer (also 1928), which measures underwater…


CSHL conference lands a bull’s eye on Lyme detection

By GREGORY ZELLER // A gaggle of academic, public health and commercial-healthcare specialists gathered under Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s mighty banner have published findings that could rewrite the book on Lyme disease detection. When the laboratory-diagnostics experts convened for a 2016 Banbury Center meeting – such gatherings, held at CSHL’s on-campus think tank, are generally regarded among the best international scientific workshops – they focused on Lyme, and specifically, earlier detection of a disease that…


No. 263: Siemens smarties, lucrative leads, hanging with Chad and singing the socioeconomic blues

Welcome to Dec. 6: A red-letter date in history known best for the ratification of the slavery-abolishing 13th Amendment (1865) and the first recording of a human voice (Thomas Edison’s rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” 1877). Happy birthday: Joyce Kilmer, Ira Gershwin, Agnes “Endora” Moorehead, Dave Brubeck, Wally “Mr. Peepers” Cox, Otto Graham, Larry Bowa, JoBeth Williams, Charles Bronson, Craig “Craigslist” Newmark, Will Shriner, Steven Wright, Judd Apatow and Zeller, yes, Innovate’s Zeller,…


No. 261: Diamonds, Riptides, origami skeletons and Comtech, in an emergency

And you were there: Congratulations, dear readers (including new subscribers Sue, Rod, Jessie and Sergio), on surviving Thanksgiving with the family, Black Friday at the mall and Cyber Monday on the ’net – the largest online-shopping day in U.S. history, it turns out, with some $6.59 billion in digital transactions counted by our friends at Adobe. Tell us all about your contribution to the record – and any story tips, calendar items or eggnog recipes…