Stony Brook University

Solving the power puzzle, by land, sea and air

By GREGORY ZELLER // Wind energy won’t save the world. Neither will wave energy or other forms of hydroelectric generation. So says Daniel Farb, founder of Leviathan Energy, a startup that focuses, naturally, on wind, wave and hydroelectric generation. Individually, none of these alternative-energy mainstays can solve humanity’s power puzzle – but together, according to the CEO, they can form a supplementary backbone that redefines how humans turn on the lights. Farb – part inventor, part…


Jasmine Universe: Powering a more efficient world

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook-based startup is preparing a product launch that could change the way humans and their spaces consume energy. Launched in 2014, Jasmine Universe – a resident of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University – is currently beta testing at SUNY’s Farmingdale State College, trying out hardware and software combinations designed to maximize energy efficiency by automating systems and tracking consumption. Next up: a markets-spanning…


SBU, East End duck farm get state grants

Stony Brook University is in line for a $1 million grant to help renovate and purchase equipment for its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences as part of $18 million in economic development funding the state announced Thursday. A second $250,000 award was approved for private Aquebogue firm H.F. Corwin and Sons to help fund improvements to its state-of-the-art duck hatchery. All told, the winning projects are slated to create 403 new jobs and retain…


SBU officially opens $40M computer center

Stony Brook University is lifting the curtain on its new Computer Science Building. The $40.8 million center – designed to accelerate SBU’s collaborative research in bioinformatics, smart energy, cyber engineering, physical sciences and biomedicine – unofficially opened in May, but SBU will celebrate its arrival Wednesday with an open-house event featuring laboratory tours, faculty demonstrations and discussions led by SBU President Samuel Stanley and Department of Computer Science Chairman Arie Kaufman. Measuring over 70,000 square…


Bioscience Hub readies $8.4M funding effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Long Island Bioscience Hub has announced plans to award $8.4 million in grants to local startups bringing bio-medical breakthroughs to market. The hub is a coalition led by the state’s Center for Biotechnology at Stony Brook University and includes SBU, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Lab. It was launched in April with a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Since then, the group has added…


On the web? Zuznow has an app for that

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the world’s busiest mobile-app makers is on the move. Zuznow, an Israeli firm ranked by tech-industry watchdog Gartner Analysts as a Top 10 vendor in the mobile-app space, is relocating from Tel Aviv to Stony Brook, where it’s one of the newest residents of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. The Tel Aviv facility will remain open, continuing to perform R&D functions and serve Israeli and…


In tattoo removal, it’s all about thinking backwards

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’ve ever wanted a tattoo but balked at that whole, you know, forever thing, hang on. Joseph Miccio is back at the drawing board. In 2013, Miccio – then a freshman in Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine – took third place in SBU’s Dare to Risk Entrepreneurship competition with his invention of  Sonink, a tattoo ink that can be broken down by ultrasonic waves. Although he was bested by…


Traverse CEO Joseph Scaduto

Traverse readies the move to market

BY GREGORY ZELLER // Armed with a just-executed licensing agreement for a suite of anti-inflammatory drug therapies, two-year-old Traverse Biosciences is stepping up efforts to land the investors and strategic partners necessary for rapid product development. The licensing agreement with the SUNY Research Foundation gives Traverse rights to compounds developed by Stony Brook University faculty members Lorne Golub and Francis Johnson and known as — science alert — polyenolic zinc-binding agents. Their leading drug candidate,…


Sticking it to the Man

By GREGORY ZELLER // Katarzyna Sawicka has authority issues. Not that you can really blame her. Ever since she was an undergrad at Stony Brook University, she was told her cutting-edge ideas about chemistry wouldn’t fly, that the laws governing chemistry and physics were immutable. The “authorities” – a word she uses often in place of “experts” and “the guys signing the checks” – just didn’t think she had the goods. But Sawicka was pretty…


BNL Battery research

SBU, Brookhaven Lab scientists charging towards the future

BY GREGORY ZELLER Good news for the future of Long Island’s innovation economy: Batteries are included. Supercharged by a $10 million research grant and wielding next-level tools that provide unprecedented glimpses into the innards of energy storage, scientists from Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory are collaborating on high-tech, high-stakes efforts to redefine batteries as we know them. They’re not alone. Researchers from across Long Island and around the globe are involved, as is…


ALI director Mark lesko

Accelerate releases startups report

Accelerate Long Island released its much-anticipated technology startups report this week, taking the first comprehensive look at the region’s emerging innovation economy. Regional economic development officials have long supported technology as the anchor of a post-defense Long Island economy, but the effort has never fully taken hold. Now, with the Regional Economic  Development Council at the fore, and with such new programs as the state’s Start-Up NY effort, the dream of a future Tech Island…


Bioscience Park

Lights back on, finally, at Bioscience Park

Biotech firm Codagenix, a fixture at Stony Brook’s technology incubator for the past three years, is moving to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park at SUNY Farmingdale to qualify for the state’s Start-Up NY program. (Additional reason for the move: Robert Coleman, the Codagenix COO, is an assistant professor of biology at Farmingdale.) Codagenix uses proprietary software to genetically re-code viruses, which are then synthesized from scratch as treatment candidates – one is a promising flu…