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There is plenty of innovation centers located on Long Island from Hofstra University, to Stony Brook University, to the Cold Spring Harbor Research Laboratory. An extensive amount of R&D is being performed at these centers for scientific advancement. Researchers can be aided by the federal and state R&D credits.

Stony Brook Center of Excellence

At the forefront of innovation on Long Island is Stony Brook University. At their center for excellence Stony Brook researchers have been performing groundbreaking studies. Using computed tomography (CT) they have developed a virtual colonoscopy which is a common diagnostic technology that uses X-rays to record cross sectional, 2D images of the body's interior. The virtual colonoscopy outperforms optical colonoscopy in multiple ways.

On July 13, 2014 Stony Brook University received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build their Reality Deck which is a Gig-pixel display that rivals the performance of modern supercomputers. The Reality Deck will immerse users in 1.25 billion pixels of information which approaches the visual acuity of the human eye. It will provide incredibly detailed viewing for scans from the University Medical Center's new 320 slice computed tomography scanner. Additionally it can be used in the rapid diagnosis of acute chest pain patients. Additionally proposed projects include satellite imaging, nano electronics, climate modeling, micro tomography, survey telescopes for astronomical applications, detecting suspicious persons in a crowd, news and blog analyses.

Stony Brook's Lydia text analytics system builds relational models of people, places and things through natural language processing of news, blog and other web sources. The analysis of frequencies and collocations enables researchers to track temporal and spatial distribution of news entities. In the past 4 years they have developed 70,000 lines of software addressing all phases of news gathering, NLPbased analysis, database management and statistical analysis and visualization.

Stony Brook Neuro Science Innovation Center

Stony Brook Universities Neuro Science center is home of multiple researchers who are performing clinical trials. Stony Brook Universities Advanced Institute for Neurosciences is Long Island's only academic medical center. Researchers at this institution are leaders in innovations and research in neuroscience in the following sub topics:

Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis
: This program is one of six in the nation that has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Over 400 children have been evaluated since its inception. It is recognized as a founder of an international pediatric research program.

Spine: Spine surgeons at Stony Brook offer the latest surgical advances, such as alternative approaches to spine fusion surgery by using "bone morpogenetic proteins", a bone growth substance that avoids the need for painful hip bone grafts.

: Physicians at the university perform stereotactic radiosurgery, which is a non invasive procedure that allows for pin point precision of an area of the body such as a brain tumor. This procedure allows for reduced discomfort, complications and recovery time compared to those recovering from conventional surgery. Additionally these physicians are also pioneering the intra-arterial cerebral infusion of Avastin, a cancer medication, directly into a patients malignant brain tumor.

Stony Brook Calverton Incubator

Stony Brook University's Incubator at Calverton was conceived as an economic engine to enhance Eastern Long Island's agricultural, aquacultural and environmental industries in 2004. In 2012 the new Agriculture Consumer Science Center was completed. Calverton is helping to create new industries and higher paying jobs with the promotion of survival and growth in its companies. Tenants take full advantage of the vast amount of resources to accelerate in the research and development of products and services for introduction into the marketplace. Startups who have been helped by the incubator include the following:

Applied DNA
Applied DNA Sciences delivers counterfeit protection, brand authentication, combats product diversion, and offers its award winning programs against cash-in-transit crimes, all using the forensic power of DNA.

Goddard Labs, LLC.
Goddard Labs, LLC is committed to the development of novel molecular diagnostics and support products for improving existing molecular diagnostics. Our primary focus is improving agricultural and environmental testing for human pathogens. Currently a rapid, low cost, hand held sample preparation method for microbial pathogens in fresh produce is being developed.

Master Computer Systems, Inc.
Master Computer Systems (MCS) provides educational assessment software and scoring services for test publishers, state education departments, parochial and local school districts.

Long Island High-Technology Incubator(LIHTI)

The Long Island High Technology Incubator is a non-profit business incubator that helps to support in the early stages of high tech startups by offering an opportunity for development and growth. LIHTI is affiliated with Stony Brook University along with their medical center. They are a 501 (C)3 corporation consisting of two members: The Research Foundation of the State University of New York and the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc. Many companies including Apex Scientific Inc, Chroma Research Labs, Inc and Metastat, Inc have started at this incubator.

Apex Scientific
Apex Scientific is a business that serves the chemical needs of related industries that require rapid acquisition of raw material. With vast chemical manufacturing experience they provide an attractive cost structure. To accomplish their goals a kilo laboratory facility is located within SUNY Stony Brook

Chroma Research Labs Inc.
Chroma Research Labs can develop High pressure Liquid Chromatographic procedures in the analysis of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and cosmetic products. Their method development and validation capabilities include drug substances, oral dosages such as tablets and capsules, liquid dosages such as solutions and suspensions and topical dosages such as crèmes and ointments.


MetaStat is focused on the development and commercialization of best in class diagnostic products and therapeutics for the early prediction and treatment of systemic metastasis. Systemic metastasis is a cancer that spreads from a primary tumor through the bloodstream to other areas of the body. MetaStat focuses on breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers, where systemic metastasis is responsible for 90% of all solid tumor cancer related deaths.

Hofstra University

With the addition of both a school of engineering and a school of medicine Hofstra University, along with Columbia and NYU, became the third school in New York State to have law, engineering and medical programs.

Hofstra University School of Engineering
During the summer of 2011, Hofstra announced the establishment of a School of Engineering and Applied Science. The new school will expand on Hofstras Engineering and Computer Science schools in order to develop a curriculum with emphasis on high tech research, practical work experience and interdisciplinary study. A key feature of the new school will be a co-op program that partners with industry leaders and will offer students an opportunity to get a substantial amount of work experience before graduating. On June 14th, 2012 Dr. Simon Ben-Avi was appointed as the inaugural dean of Hofstra's School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Ben-Avi was an acting dean at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art which is one of the nation's top-ranked engineering schools. Hofstra invested $4.5 million to upgrade facilities for the engineering and applied science programs and $3 million to renovate labs, classrooms and offices in the programs current home located in the Weed and Adams halls . Furthermore the University is also building a new, $1 million biomedical engineering lab which is funded by the Empire State Development Corporation and supported by the Long Island Regional Economic Development council. Renovations are being partially funded by a New York State grant, ENGine, where Hofstra and Stony Brook University have partnered to increase the number of engineering students in the region.

Hofstra University School of Medicine
As of July 1, 2010, Hofstra began accepting applications for their new School of Medicine which received accreditation to recruit its first class of 40 medical students. The school will be the first allopathic medical school in nearly 40 years marking a monumental event in the history of the North Shore-LIJ Health System which will further elevate their national prominence. Hundreds of physicians, scholars, administrators and leaders from both Hofstra and the North Shore-LIJ Health System engaged in creating a cutting edge and scientifically rigorous curriculum. Since the foundation of the medical school many clinical trials have been performed.

Dr. Arlene Redner was the principal investigator on a study focusing on Acute Lymphblastic Leukemia. The goal of the study was to try to increase the cure rate of the disease without increasing side effects. The study used a chemotherapy regimen that has been very effective for treating children and adolescent.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory was founded in 1890 and has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education in the fields of cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Thomson Reuters ranks the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory number one in the world for the impact that its research in molecular biology and genetics have had. 8 Researchers from the laboratory have won Nobel Prizes.

James Simon, a mathematician and hedge fund found, was among the first in financial fields to use quantitative strategies in predicting market activity. He is one of the biggest philanthropists in the New York Area and recently announced a $50 million gift to the lab from his Simon foundation. The gift is aimed at the enlargement and institutionalization of the Simons Center for Quantitative Biology, which brings scientists working in math, physics, computer science, engineering and biology all together. In the Simons center researchers are studying areas including genomic analysis, population genetics, neurobiology, evolutionary biology and signal and image processing.

Recently in Cold Spring Harbor scientists identified a gene that controls the timing of precisely ordered events during maturation. Scientists at Cold Spring harbor Laboratory identified a key regulator of developmental timing which is the LIN-42 gene that is found in many animals and governs a range of events throughout development.

Brookhaven Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institute that is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's office of Science. Some common themes at the lab are energy security, photon sciences, QCD matter, physics of the universe, climate, env, and bioscience and lastly related expertise. In July of 2014, Brookhaven Lab won R&D's 100 award for a Novel Radiation Detector. The system provides detailed spectroscopic and imaging information about the presence and distribution of x-ray and gamma-ray radiation in a sample or area . The main advantage of the detector is that it offers high resolution spectroscopic data at room temperature. Typically instruments for detecting and imaging gamma-rays and hard x rays were largely confine to laboratory environments because previous detectors needed to be cryogenically cooled for use. R&D magazine issues 100 awards annually for technological achievement that transform basic science into useful products. Brookhaven, a Department of Energy national laboratory, is one of 10 DOE laboratories to win the award.

Long Island Defense Contracting

Telephonics, Corp.
Telephonics Co is a world leader in fully integrated, advance sensor and communication systems technology that serve Aerospace, Defense and Commercial markets. Their electronic equipment is on board to ensure the safety and security of thousands of military personnel and civilians worldwide. Located in Huntington, NY Telephonics is at the center of R&D for Radar Systems. Their radar systems are world leaders in aireborne multi-mode radar and IFF systems enabling the mission success of helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, shipboard and ground based systems in more than 25 countries worldwide. As of July of 2014 the Pentagon awarded $660 million in defense contracts. Telephonics Corp was awarded a $13.2 million contract for work on the U.S. Air Force's Enhanced Mode S-FAA Radar and Enhancement Mode 5 Radar and for procurement of log lead material related to these systems. Work under this contract will continue until November of 2017.

CPI Aero Inc.
In recent years the Long Island defense contracting industry has been on the decline but Edward Fred, the CEO of CPI Aero Inc., is determined to turn that around. The company's new 171,000 square foot facility moved 100 employees in during December of 2013 . The company who five years ago had 60 employees now employs more than 160 works with 65 added just last year. The facility currently is at about 55% capacity and the plan is to continue expanding. With a new facility and sights set at the sky the Long Island Defense contracting industry is back on the rise. In July of 2014 CPI Aero announced orders to manufacture Inlets Assemblies for a Brazilian company, Embraer S.A. The amendment is expected to generate incremental sales of approximately for several years and in total is estimated by CPI Aero to be worth over $50 million.


Long Island is a national center for innovation with millions of dollars putting put towards the advancement of multiple fields including engineering and medical science. The state and federal R&D tax credit can assist researchers on the island.

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