Congressman Tom Suozzi recently hosted a Biotechnology and Life Sciences Conference at Long Island University’s Tilles Center to promote, grow and brand the region as the “495 Research Corridor on Hi-Tech Island.”
The conference brought together more than 70 experts in the fields of biotechnology and life sciences from Long Island and the greater New York region, as well as business leaders and entrepreneurs from already established startups and tech incubators on Long Island. The speakers and panelists discussed ways to work together to promote and grow biotechnology and life science businesses, creating a high-tech hub on Long Island.
“Our area is known for its world-class research facilities such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook, Hofstra and Long Island Universities, Cold Spring Harbor Labs, Feinstein Institute and Northwell,” said Suozzi. “We need to take our obvious brain power to the next level, encourage entrepreneurship, and get private investment capital right here to our ‘495 Research Corridor on Hi-Tech Island.’ It is one of the keys to good paying jobs and long-term sustainability in our region.”
The featured speaker of the conference was John Preston, founder, MIT Technology Licensing Office. Preston is a founder of TEM Capital as well as CEO of Continuum Energy Technologies LLC (CET) with expertise in energy, environment, technology, and entrepreneurship.
Other speakers and panelists included Kimberly Cline, president of LIU; James Hayward, Applied DNA Sciences; John Robert Coleman, Codagenix; Kara Cannon, Enzo Life Sciences; Joseph Swiezben, Pall Corporation; Kevin Law, Long Island Association; Andrew Whiteley, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Clint Rubin, Stony Brook University Center for Biotechnology; Joe Scaduto, Traverse Biosciences; Kathleen Otto, BioBAT; Michal Gilon-Yanai, NYU Biomedical Entrepreneurship Program and Prem Premsrirut, Mirimus, Inc.
This was Suozzi’s second conference on the biotechnology and life sciences industry. He has held two conferences on the aerospace and defense industry and will continue to host these conferences to advance and promote high-skilled, high-tech businesses on Long Island.