Long Island Bioscience Hub

‘Dormant’ biotech wakes on Alzheimer’s fast track

By GREGORY ZELLER // A pre-clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company is being fast-tracked toward a potential Alzheimer’s treatment, after taking a decidedly slow road. Stony Brook-based Avanti Biosciences Inc. actually launched in 2009, but was “dormant for a few years,” according to founder Gian Luca Araldi, “kind of an empty shell.” It was only in the last two years, when “I had some ideas I wanted to develop on my own,” that Araldi – a former senior…


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 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…


For med-tech innovators, everywhere is MIDI ground

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve been to bigger shows, but for partners Christopher and Gregory Montalbano – the road warriors of Long Island medical-product innovation – this was as good as it gets. Forget, for a moment, whatever you know about New York-Boston enmities. The Northeast archrivals may disagree on everything from sports teams to clam chowders, but when it comes to medical innovation, they’re kindred spirits – especially with Long Island emerging as a serious…


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…


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…


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…


Economic development with surgical precision

By GREGORY ZELLER // With design in its DNA, MIDI Medical Product Development has a long commercialization history. With its new Innovation Center, the veteran Smithtown maker is focused squarely on Long Island’s future. Two months after cutting the ribbon on its new 6,500-square-foot headquarters and Innovation Center – a buzzing design and manufacturing hub staffed by 30 MIDI engineers, software developers, industrial designers and user-interface experts – the 44-year-old company is expanding its own…


NYC exec named to bioentrepreneur program

A business-development expert with a biomedical background has been named the Long Island Bioscience Hub’s latest bioentrepreneur-in-residence. Derek Brand, who most recently served as vice president of business development at New York City-based biotech firm Enumeral Biomedical Corp., will be the eighth bioentrepreneur-in-residence since the program launched in 2013, according to the LIBH. He’s also the third to join the mission in less than a month, following the November appointments of Brian McCarthy and Lian…