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The future of heart surgery, in the palm of his hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook University biomedical engineering professor has been tasked with optimizing a cutting-edge treatment that brings new hope to patients suffering from a serious heart disorder. Aortic stenosis, wherein the valves of the heart don’t fully open, has long been a bane of the cardiology community, which has historically resorted to risky open-heart valve-replacement surgery or simply deemed aortic stenosis patients inoperable. But in recent years, transcatheter aortic valve replacement…


NCC to take long look at China, U.S. ‘iEconomy’ plans

By GREGORY ZELLER // A day-long event at Nassau Community College will dive deep into the different ways the United States and China approach the data-driven “iEconomy.” The Garden City-based school’s Confucius Institute of Business has scheduled Digital Leadership in the Data-Driven iEconomy: America’s FANG vs. China’s BAT, to run for 12 hours on Nov. 6, with in-person registration opening at 11 a.m. and a marathon program slated to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30…


Applied DNA makes its bed, U.S. retailers to jump in

By GREGORY ZELLER // Inspired by Applied DNA Sciences’ molecular-tagging technology, a global textiles manufacturer is climbing into bed with the “circular economy.” Actually, India-based GHCL Ltd. has already bedded the so-called circular economy (referencing a regenerative system in which waste and emissions are minimized by narrowing energy and material loops, mostly through recycling and manufacturing upgrades). The manufacturer is knee-deep in recycled materials, including entire linen lines formulated from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (you may…


Suffolk IDA delivers tax breaks for Deliver My Meds

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island patients, including the elderly, may acquire their home-delivered pharmaceuticals at a much faster clip, with the assistance of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA has issued preliminary approval of an economic-incentives package that will help the owner of a series of local pharmacies in Brooklyn and Long Island grow a new corporation designed specifically to receive, prepare and ship prescription orders, all from a new facility on…


Northwell backs California co.’s bloody good AI tech

By GREGORY ZELLER // Impressed by what it’s seen so far, Northwell Health is betting heavily on an artificial intelligence-fueled digital-imaging technology that monitors blood loss during surgical procedures. California-based Gauss Surgical, an AI-driven healthcare technology company, has raised $20 million in a Series C funding round led by the New Hyde Park-based health system and SoftBank Ventures Korea, the global early-stage venture-capital arm of SoftBank Group, a Japanese multinational holding conglomerate. The funding round…


Startup eyes quantum leap in ‘unhackable’ networking

By GREGORY ZELLER // Quantum-memory applications that can prevent hackers from accessing digital-communications networks? At room temperature? Pshaw, you say! Actually, you probably don’t say “pshaw” or make any other dismissive comment, because unless you’re a quantum-information expert with a PhD in nanotechnology – or you’re otherwise familiar with quantum-repeater nodes, single-photon wave packets and other niceties of quantum IT – this likely sounds like so much recycled “Star Trek” gobbledygook. But it’s hardly that….


Seeing the innovation economy in black and white

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a true first for the Long Island innovation economy, an historically underserved population of regional entrepreneurs will step up to the plate Thursday night at LaunchPad Huntington. In conjunction with the 501(c)3 organization Minority Millennials, LaunchPad Huntington Director Phil Rugile has scheduled Ideas Impacting Culture: Minority Millennial Pitch Night, a chance for several non-white innovators to pitch products and services to a panel of established business professionals, also comprised of…


The good sports at IPS, showing off their light touch

By GREGORY ZELLER // An isosceles triangle of innovation – stretching from Hollywood to Florida to Hauppauge – is bringing a new era of “smart lighting” to sports broadcasting. Long Island’s own Intelligent Product Solutions, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida-based manufacturer Forward Industries, has collaborated with Lighticians Inc. on a project that produced what IPS called the “first [Internet of Things]-connected lighting for live sporting-event broadcasts.” Lighticians, a Los Angeles-based 2014 startup, is…


Record enrollment keeps SUNY-Old Westbury buzzing

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re packing them in at SUNY College at Old Westbury. The public college, which boasts facilities in both Old Westbury and neighboring Jericho, has achieved a significant milestone this Fall 2018 semester: 5,077 students enrolled, marking the first time SUNY-Old Westbury has surpassed the 5,000-student plateau. Notching its largest-ever student body continues an impressive trend for Long Island’s only public liberal arts college, which increased enrollment more than 3 percent from…


At Stony Brook University Hospital, enter Sands man

By GREGORY ZELLER // An expert in high-risk medicine has been tapped as the new chief medical officer of Stony Brook University Hospital. Mark Sands, who most recently served as enterprise associate chief quality officer for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is SBUH’s new top doc, the hospital announced Monday. His appointment as chief medical officer officially kicks off Nov. 1. Sands – who earned his bachelor’s of science and medical degrees from Northwestern University and…


‘Post-election stress disorder?’ You’re not alone

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’ve had trouble dealing with the Trump presidency on an emotional level, you have plenty of company. And the Fall 2018 edition of Academic and Creative Research Magazine, Adelphi University’s faculty research publication, dives straight into this prevailing malaise, with a cover story titled “Trump in the Therapy Room.” Instead of psychoanalyzing the president, the article essentially puts the nation on the therapist’s couch, with professor and Dean Jacques Barber…


Albany also kicks in on Island storm-resiliency projects

By GREGORY ZELLER // The City of Long Beach isn’t the only Long Island location gearing up for the next big blow – or battening its hatches with non-local government assistance. Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that more than $20 million was being funneled into storm-preparedness projects in Long Beach, including $18 million-plus earmarked for final engineering and construction of a “critical infrastructure flood-protection system.” While New York State’s Division of…


At DG Sotheby’s, show me the Waze to go home

By GREGORY ZELLER // They do love their gizmos at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, which has added a host of mobile technologies to an already impressive techno-slate. Starting this month, Amazon Echo and Google Home users can say, “Alexa, open Long Island Real Estate” or “Hey Google, talk to Long Island Real Estate” to get instant information about the regional real estate market, courtesy of the Cold Spring Harbor-based agency, which has arranged exclusive…


Nassau IDA backs new rentals on Sandy-ravaged site

By GREGORY ZELLER // An Oceanside site ravaged by Superstorm Sandy will soon be remade into a new rental-apartment complex, with the help of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. The Nassau IDA has approved a tax-reducing economic-incentives package that will help The Feil Organization, a New York City-based development-management firm, rebuild the dilapidated site into a 230-unit, transit-oriented rental complex. The development agency first approved the tax-abatement deal in September and issued its final…


At LineaRX, putting the horsepower behind the CAR T

By GREGORY ZELLER // Marking a big step in the war against cancer, a Stony Brook-based startup has initiated pre-clinical development of a non-viral, plasmid-free chimeric antigen receptor modified T-cell manufacturing platform. In English: A novel platform designed to develop and manufacture new pharmaceutical treatments, including treatments for different forms of cancer. The tech comes from LineaRx Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary that officially spun off from Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences in September. Noting…