Joanne Minieri

United it stands, with help from the Suffolk IDA

A 33-year-old biotech will purchase and renovate its longtime Hauppauge home, thanks to tax breaks approved Thursday by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. Synthetic vaccine manufacturer United Biomedical Inc. will undertake an $8.4 million effort to purchase and renovate the 43,000-square-foot facility it has leased since 1992. The IDA’s incentive package will also help the company, which originally launched in Delaware and established its Hauppauge headquarters after seven years, to furnish its renovated facility…


Fougera Pharmaceuticals plans $88M Melville plant

Fougera Pharmaceuticals plans to consolidate its local operations into a new $88 million Melville plant that will retain almost 400 jobs and give the firm room for additional growth. Fougera, which currently operates from smaller buildings in Melville and Hicksville, manufactures more than 200 branded and generic semi-solid creams, ointments and lotions treating such dermatological ailments as eczema, acne and psoriasis. Its parent company, Sandoz, is a leader in the manufacture of generic dermatology medicines…


Suffolk IDA takes a shine to incubator project

To give spirits-focused startups a chance to properly ferment, two East End entrepreneurs have launched a “distillery incubator” – and the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency is picking up the first round. The Suffolk IDA has approved a 10-year, $120,860 tax break for the Matchbook Distilling Co., the brainchild of East Enders Leslie Merinoff and Brian Kwasnieski. Their plan: help regional beverage-makers break into the small-batch market through with a complete farm-to-bottle distillery incubator. “We…