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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving aftermath are reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Hempstead CARES, and regional colleges love it…


Long Island’s helping hands need a hand, and a plan

By JEFFREY REYNOLDS // COVID-19 has driven Long Island’s economy into a deep recession, creating budget gaps of more than $750 million in each county and shuttering – perhaps permanently – thousands of “non-essential” small businesses: stores, iconic restaurants, gyms, hair salons and other enterprises. Most of our region’s health- and human service-focused nonprofit organizations, on the other hand, were deemed “essential.” They remained open and sprang into action, marshaling volunteers and resources and collaborating…


As confidence lags, LI tourism team finds perfect ‘Fit’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s top tourism agency is working hard to pep up lagging consumer confidence in the Age of Coronavirus. Discover Long Island, self-billed as “the official destination marketing and management organization” of Long Island’s $6.1 billion tourism economy, has taken a number of proactive steps to keep consumers assured, even as COVID-19 effectively devours the 2020 summer tourism season. Right at the top is the appointment of Michele Reed, a native…


Understanding executive orders (at least, trying to)

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // Federal and state governments have issued numerous emergency executive orders to cope with COVID-19. Simply keeping track of these orders is a full-time job; compliance poses unique challenges for individuals, businesses, industries, not-for-profit institutions, even local governments. Not all the orders have been consistent, or coherent. In many instances, contradictory orders have created confusion, discontent and, ultimately, a failure to achieve much of anything. In some cases, in some jurisdictions,…


Coghlan: Opportunity abounds, for the flexible

By HARRY COGHLAN // It is disorientating (to say the least) to think back on our original plans and goals for 2020, and realize how so many of them had to be revised or abandoned. But as Robert Burns (sort of) said, best-laid plans often go awry, and when they do, the organizations that prevail are the ones able and willing to adapt, react and produce. In short, flexible organizations stand the best chance. While…


With impressive speed, MachWall CONNECT has landed

By GREGORY ZELLER // If there’s one thing that’s going to bring society together again in the Age of Coronavirus, it’s building a wall. In fact, a whole bunch of them. That’s the ironic conclusion drawn by Bridgehampton-based MachWall LLC, which turned directly to science to figure out what the “new normal” would really require, applied what it learned to existing patents and is now way out in front when it comes to communal space…


Science, numbers back Applied DNA’s COVID-19 serums

By GREGORY ZELLER // With scientists around the world racing toward a COVID-19 vaccine, serums manufactured by a Long Island biotech are showing significant promise – both medically and economically. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences and its lab partner, Italian innovator Takis Biotech, said this week that five linear-DNA based COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by Takis and manufactured by Applied DNA “yielded strong antibody and T-cell responses” in laboratory mice, even at “very low doses”…


For employers, Direct answers to important questions

By TERRY LYNAM // Working in the medical field, you become accustomed to certain things in your social life. It’s a running joke that doctors are often asked to diagnose their friends and family or “take a look at something” during casual get-togethers. Now we’re hearing a new question: What will our world look like after the pandemic? It may feel like we’re finally on that other side. We have reached Phase Four on Long…


Citing scofflaws, state resets restaurant restrictions

By GREGORY ZELLER // You want fries with that? You better, if you plan to order a beer. A menu of new pandemic-flavored rules handed down from Albany on Thursday sucks some of the flavor from New York’s celebrated pandemic recovery, with all statewide bars and restaurants – including those enjoying Phase Four privileges, such as eateries on Long Island – now limited to serving alcohol only to patrons who order food and dine on…


As staycations soar, Jones Beach gets its game on

By GREGORY ZELLER // Let the games begin at Jones Beach State Park, where the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has officially completed a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the park’s outdoor West Games Area – the latest milestone in a nine-year, nine-digit upgrade of the historic beachfront. With concession stands at state parks officially reopening this week (under strict pandemic-induced guidelines), Jones Beach visitors have plenty of new options to work…


As summer sizzles, East End farmers make their stand

By KATE FULLAM // July on the East End of Long Island is magical (aside from the traffic). Foodies marvel at the local bounty, which starts trending now toward its peak in August and September. This is the time of year when cooking by stove or oven is traded for a chopped local veggie and herb salad … just perfect. Soon we’ll see heirloom tomatoes and baseball bat-sized zucchinis on farm stands, like the stand…


Applied DNA ups ante, again, with Clinical Labs spinoff

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of Long Island’s busiest biotechs has spun off another local startup, this time focused on testing its own potential breakthroughs. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences, which has quickly evolved from an upstart DNA-based supply-chain authenticator to a leader in unique DNA manufacturing, has launched Applied DNA Clinical Labs LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to the commercial development of two key verticals: Applied DNA’s virology tests, designed to quickly detect…


At Janam, taking the marketplace’s temperature

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Long Island innovator known for its tough-as-nails tech is displaying a soft touch as workplaces reopen in the Age of Coronavirus. Actually, no touch – behold, the GT2, a new slate of “temperature-sensing kiosks” from Woodbury-based Janam Technologies, designed to provide remote assessments of a person’s body temperature (and check for facemasks) before permitting entry. The touchless technology uses advanced thermal imaging to detect body temperatures from as far as…


Phase Four arrives on LI, with bombs bursting in air

By GREGORY ZELLER // Strap yourselves in, Long Island, but keep strapping on those facemasks. And batten the hatches for some political fallout, too – Phase Four has arrived, with fireworks. Governor Andrew Cuomo, one of President Donald Trump’s more vocal critics, pulled no punches in Monday’s daily briefing, in which the governor announced strong COVID-19 numbers across the state, confirmed that indoor dining in New York City is on hold indefinitely and essentially accused…


A smarter approach to pandemic-era research funding

By MITCH MAIMAN // It’s heartening to see both the business and charitable investments going into COVID-19 research. I’m certain that the institutions and individuals making these investments want to see the money create the greatest impact possible. But is it? Those who want their funding to have the most useful result should make sure they are funding an area where there is a unique need. I see money flowing into research in problem areas…