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New licensing deal adds fresh buzz to joint venture

By GREGORY ZELLER // A partnership between a Stony Brook biotech and a Canadian pharmaceutical-solutions provider is growing like a weed. Less than a year since introducing the world’s first DNA-based cannabis-tagging system and just five months since they upgraded the system to accommodate large-scale growers, Applied DNA Sciences and Canadian/Panamanian cohort TheraCann International Benchmark Corp. have inked an exclusive licensing deal. The skinny: a long-term licensing agreement pairing Applied DNA’s proprietary CertainT supply chain…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  February 19 LISTnet Tech Showcase 6-8 p.m., Digital Ballpark, Plainview The Long Island Software and Technology Network presents its next technology-showcase networking event, featuring data-networking solutions provider Optel, WiFi specialist Intelibs and managed-hosting expert Webair. Registration and more information.  February 21 Selling to the Government/HUBZone and WOSB Certifications 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., FSC Conference Center Farmingdale State College’s Small Business Development Center and the New York Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration present a…


If the UV-decontaminated shoe fits, thank MIDI

By GREGORY ZELLER // After 30 years in the healthcare business, Rachel Dombrowsky understands very well the dangers of hospital-acquired infections. Also, shoes kind of gross her out. So Dombrowsky embarked on an ambitious “science project,” literally on the ground floor: Floors are the most “unappreciated pool of pathogens” in a hospital environment, she noted, “more contaminated than bedrails or even toilets” – and yet, little scientific progress has been made when it comes to…


Chips are down at Hain Celestial, but they have a plan

  HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP Headquarters: Lake Success Industry: Consumer non-durables NASDAQ: HAIN Reporting Date: Feb. 7, 2019 Reporting Quarter: 2Q FY2019 Quarter Ended: Dec. 31, 2018 Numbers: Second-quarter net sales were reported as $584.2 million, down 5 percent from the $614 million reported for the same quarter last fiscal year. The company reported a quarterly operational loss of $15.4 million, compared to an operating income of $31 million a year ago, and a loss per…


Loving the Drake (and other productions) at LG Studios

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re living it up in Edgewood, where “The Donna Drake Show” has a new name and a new home. The relentlessly optimistic, widely syndicated video magazine – featuring the eponymous host and a team of chipper correspondents serving up slices of life with studio guests and remote reports – has a new home base: LG Studios, a three-headed collaboration by Lorraine Gregory Communications, Hauppauge-based production studio Mirrorland Productions and the Drake…


Reality bites, MunchMoney pivots, tummies applaud

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Office of Sticktoitiveness comes Chris Kane and MunchMoney Inc., makers of a rewards-based group-purchasing app that whittled down an overdose of functionality to focus on one bright vertical – and has ridden that strategy to an impressive national launch. When last we left Kane, the James Madison University graduate and hungry entrepreneur was preparing for a pilot launch of MunchMoney, flagship app of the 2017 startup created by the…


For your best innovation ROI, look to the ‘regulars’

By ROSALIE DRAGO // From the technological advances of the Bronze Age to the evolution of Artificial Intelligence, innovation requires people. It follows then that the capital investment with the most innovation ROI is the investment in human capital. Businesses are eager to innovate, but more often than not this is approached with investments in departments or initiatives or a select cohort of innovation experts. Real innovation – the kind that enables us to sustain…


Tracey, global team unearth new bioelectronic clue

By GREGORY ZELLER // An international research team featuring one of Long Island’s great innovators has uncovered a potential key to fighting viral infections – a bioelectronic-medicine breakthrough with wide-ranging implications for a multitude of patients and conditions. Feinstein Institute for Medical Research President and CEO Kevin Tracey, a global electronic nerve-stimulation and bioelectronic medicine pioneer, joined with scientists from Canada, Europe and Asia to research and announce the new findings, detailed in an article…


Newfangled ‘radio’ show brings Zucker School home

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new radio show – take a moment to process, podcasters – is bringing the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell to the airwaves. Premiering Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. on WRHU (Radio Hofstra University, 88.7 on your FM dial and first in Hofstra’s hearts since 1959), “Well Said With Dr. Ira Nash” will feature a half-hour of weekly insights into health and wellness, with Nash – a…


Airlines rise to $13 billion heights in JFK terminal plan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two global air-travel stalwarts are doubling down on John F. Kennedy International Airport. Texas-based American Airlines and London-based British Airways will invest a combined $344 million in expansion and customer-focused improvements at the international travel hub, which ranks as the world’s 22nd busiest, the nation’s sixth busiest and the metropolitan area’s single-busiest airport. Marking a big forward step for his comprehensive, $13 billion modernization strategy for the Queens airport, Gov. Andrew…


South Nassau smartens up with Mudra lecture series

By GREGORY ZELLER // Strengthening its hand as a teaching hospital, South Nassau Communities Hospital will host an annual medical-education lecture series focused on research and innovation. The Mudra Foundation: Art for a Cause, which raises funds for nonprofit educational groups through dance and music programming, has agreed to underwrite the annual lecture series, which is designed specifically to further medical education at the Oceanside-based hospital. The inaugural lecture, “Bloodless Medicine and Surgery: An Introduction…


IPS enables startup’s next-gen fire-prevention tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you can’t stand the heat, alert the homeowner through an IoT-enabled remote app. That’s the basic thinking at St. James-based startup Eyetemp LLC – or, more precisely, inside EyeTemp, an Internet of Things-connected smart sensor designed to sniff out kitchen fires and sound the alarm. Officially introduced last summer, EyeTemp was brought to life by Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions, the award-winning product-design firm now operating as a subsidiary of Florida-based…


Globetrotting Applied DNA has it made in Taiwan

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look out, Asia – here comes Applied DNA Sciences. Picking up where it left off at the end of a hyper-busy 2018 – in which it expanded its DNA-based supply-chain-authentication portfolio to include pharmaceuticals manufacturing in Pennsylvania, legalized marijuana distribution in Canada and a host of other supply chains in domestic and international markets – the Stony Brook-based biotech is sending its product-traceability solutions deep into to “the heart of Asia’s…


Students have changed. Will 21st century education?

By HARRY AURORA // Close your eyes. Picture a classroom. What do you see? Chances are you see children seated in tidy rows of brown desks, a teacher standing in front of a large chalkboard, maybe a map of the United States hanging in the back. If you’re of a certain age, perhaps you even see Smart Boards and a sea of silver laptops. These are still familiar sights in the American classroom. This archetype,…


Shamash departs, SBU economic development realigns

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is bidding farewell to its longtime economic-development guru – and saying hello to a new innovation-and-commercialization protocol, starting with a union of its mighty research and economic-development offices. University President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced Thursday that effective April 1, SBU’s Office of Economic Development will be consolidated within the university’s Office of Research – creating the new Office of Industry-Research Partnerships & Business Services and the new Office of…