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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

Now entering its final stages, the evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape 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 running journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Numbers getting ugly across…


With ambitious agenda, Cuomo goes even harder left

By GREGORY ZELLER // Online sports betting, legalized marijuana and a “fight” against the federal government for overdue COVID-19 compensation – against what figures to be a relatively friendly Congress – highlight Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans for 2021. In a typically shoot-for-the-moon State of the State address delivered Monday, the governor outlined an annual agenda overflowing with healthcare initiatives – including comprehensive telehealth legislation, the creation of the nation’s first “public health corps” and fair…


FDA: Applied DNA’s assay kit can detect UK mutant

By GREGORY ZELLER // Only two COVID-19 test kits earning U.S. Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization can detect the mutant “UK strain” – and one of them is produced on Long Island. Applied DNA Science’s Linea COVID-19 Assay Kit has been identified by the FDA as “potentially able to identify certain SARS-CoV-2 mutations, including a mutation found in the UK,” the company said this week. That’s a direct reference to B.1.1.7, the faster-spreading…


Hot start, icy pivot: A pizza man’s pandemic, on wheels

By KATE FULLAM // While large-scale manufacturers like General Mills produced huge mounds of Totino’s Pizza Rolls to feed homebound masses during the pandemic, a Long Island-based wood-fired frozen pizza business was growing also – in the kitchen, and the parking lot, of the East End Food Institute. Homeslice Pizza sold thousands of frozen pies as COVID-19 spread across the region, delivering directly to clients quarantined at home across the Hamptons. Many of these were…


Startup is a little misty, and very serious, about COVID

By GREGORY ZELLER // A common antiseptic applied to scrapes and burns swirls inside a new, food-safe disinfecting spray that, according to one Long Island startup, is virtually 100 percent effective against COVID-19. Meet AVAST (“for antiviral aerosolized sterilization technology”), the first anti-viral product by the fresh-out-of-the-oven Wela Group, a Huntington-based, R&D-focused enterprise applying new science and technologies to innovative sterilization systems. Developed directly “in response to the coronavirus pandemic,” AVAST combines hydrogen peroxide and…


After rocky 2020, Island startups set to rock in 2021

By DAVID HAMILTON // What a challenging and tumultuous year! If you’d told the December 2019 me what was going to transpire, I’d have called you crazy – and suggested you’d read one too many sci-fi novels by our favorite Innovate LI editor. There was no way to see this coming: a never-ending pandemic, an unprecedented economic collapse, social upheaval on a national scale, political turmoil unlike anything we’ve ever seen, endless Zoom calls, three…


As pandemic passes, expect tech to get back on track

By MITCH MAIMAN // To say the least, 2020 was an extremely unusual year. But the current disrupted environment – COVID has obviously had substantive impacts on our personal and professional lives – calls to mind the prescient words of Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher and military strategist who noted, “In chaos, there is opportunity.” The tech-innovation world has seen our ways of working totally disturbed. For longer than I’ve been in the workforce,…


LIMHOF clips art with the galas of Christmas past

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re not too busy New Year’s Eve, maybe you’d like to hang out with Billy Joel, LL Cool J and Joan Jett. Your seat is reserved, with the Long Island Music Hall of Fame hitting the pause button on its biannual induction ceremonies and presenting instead “The Long Island Music Hall of Fame Best of the Awards Galas,” a 90-minute highlight real of past induction ceremonies hosted by guitar master…


Northwell to lead Island vaccination plan, distribution

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State will establish Regional Vaccination Hubs to streamline the Phase 2 administration of more plentiful COVID-19 vaccines. Scheduled to commence in “early 2021,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, Phase 2 will involve the distribution of larger numbers of vaccines to more diverse communities, including essential workers and at-risk community members. In Phase 1, limited supplies of biopharma giant Pfizer’s freshly minted COVID-19 vaccine are primarily targeting frontline healthcare…


Targeting healthcare workers, LI vaccinations begin

By GREGORY ZELLER // Americans remain split about receiving a COVID-19 shot – but frontline healthcare workers are squarely in the vaccinate-me-now category. Pfizer’s hastily approved COVID-19 vaccine is now coursing through American bloodstreams, and as the earliest shipments arrived this week on Long Island, workers throughout Island hospitals and healthcare systems were gratefully rolling up their sleeves. Phase One of the State University of New York’s COVID-19 vaccine-distribution operation commenced Tuesday, with SUNY hospitals…


COVID’s tough, but climate change is the bigger threat

By MICHAEL H. SAHN // We are at a pivotal moment regarding environment protection, and just as we fast-tracked a COVID-19 vaccine, we must act swiftly – relying on science – to reverse global warming. Climate change, and its wide-ranging effects on our business environments and everyday lives, is no less a health risk than the coronavirus. And like COVID-19, it’s a crisis we cannot ignore. In a Dec. 2 speech on the ecological state…


Cold facts, with Dr. Fauci: Virus surging, but NYS ready

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re thinking outside the box at different points along the COVID-19 vaccine distribution lines, and that includes New York State – where the thinking is decidedly inside the box, actually, and “America’s doctor” approves. Behold, the COVID Cold Chain, the logistical blueprint of a temperature-controlled, time-sensitive national distribution network that’s anything but Point A-to-Point B. As Pfizer and Moderna begin distribution this month of their novel coronavirus vaccines – with other…


Vaccines soon, but don’t expect quick shot in the arm

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s first batch of COVID-19 vaccines is on its way – but don’t expect to feel their effects anytime soon. Assuming all safety, regulatory and efficacy metrics are satisfied in time – they should be – Albany anticipates receiving 170,000 individual doses of a Pfizer vaccine immunizing against the novel coronavirus on Dec. 15, distributed by the federal government. While this is certainly good news – “The goal line…


Applied DNA shoots, scores on multiple COVID fronts

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s been a big week for one of Long Island’s boldest biotechs. Applied DNA Sciences, a Stony Brook-based leader in polymerase chain reaction-based DNA manufacturing, has earned New York State approvals for the veterinary trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed in conjunction with Italian startup EvviVax, a spinoff of frequent Applied DNA partner Takis Biotech. The Stony Brook biotech – which focused primarily on DNA-based supply-chain authentication before its 2015 acquisition…


With election over, COVID is no longer a political issue

By TERRY LYNAM // As we move beyond what has to be counted among the most acrimonious election seasons in history, hopes for a new era of bipartisan collaboration hinge – at least in the short term – on whether elected leaders at all levels of government can stop politicizing the coronavirus. With the number of daily U.S. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations hitting all-time highs, it’s time for all elected leaders to set aside their…