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  • July 15, 2015 3:34 PM | Carol Lane (Administrator)

    Keynote Speakers Include:

     Larry Dinkin, Long Island native, to discuss his Success Story in Founding, Building and Selling Marie Callender Retail Foods Which Led to Him Becoming Lead Investor in Waste-to-Energy Pioneer InEnTec Inc. 

    David Hamilton, Executive Director  for the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook University  


    Melville, NY – July 15, 2015 – The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, today announced the presenting companies and investor panelists for its Clean Energy Capital Forum to be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The capital forum is being held in collaboration with Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), and will feature presentations by clean technology companies from CEBIP or which have connections to the Long Island region.  

    At the forum, to be held on July 23, 2015, six clean energy companies will present to an audience that will include venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and high net worth investors.  Each of the companies selected by LICA for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique intellectual properties with catalysts for transforming the energy efficiency marketplace.  A panel of clean technology investment professionals will be on hand to review the presentations and offer their insights on the commercial viability and prospects for market success. 

    Clean Energy Capital Forum on July 23, 2015 -- Participants 


    Keynote Speakers

    Mr. Larry Dinkin has an extensive background in business startups and management and is one of the founders and a current member of the Board of Directors of InEnTec, a presenting company at LICA’s Clean Energy Capital Forum. He has been the key individual involved in the startup of three prior successful companies. The most recent, Marie Callender Retail Foods, grew during Mr. Dinkin's tenure from a startup in 1987 with $2 million of venture capital to a business with over $160 million in annual sales in 1994, which was sold in September 1994 to Con Agra. Mr. Dinkin has received several business awards, including Long Island Entrepreneur of the Year from Inc. Magazine and a Clio Award for his Marie Callender design work. He was featured in the June 26, 1995, issue of Advertising Age magazine in the "Marketing 100" (the 100 hottest marketing successes) for the Marie Callender concept. Prior to his startup and management career, Mr. Dinkin worked as a computer consultant at Univac and at Coopers and Lybrand.


    Mr. David C. Hamilton is currently the Executive Director  for the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program at Stony Brook University. He has a background and experience in business development, commercialization of engineering technologies, marketing and sales, with a focus in clean energy technologies. 

    Mr. Hamilton started his professional career with the Long Island Lighting Company managing independent power producers on Long Island. He has been involved in the design, development and implementation of Sirius Satellite Radio's terrestrial transmitters, developing sales and marketing plans for aerospace and IT companies, managed the sales and operation of hydrogen fuel cells for Plug Power, and most recently was responsible for the commercial sales and marketing of solar power for EmPower Solar, a leading Long Island turnkey solar provider. Mr. Hamilton is a trained and certified Lean LaunchPad Educator.

    Mr. Hamilton is devoted to bringing clean energy companies into the forefront of Long Island's energy consciousness.  Mr. Hamilton received a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University.

    Panel of Investors

    The following investment professionals will participate in the investor panel at the Clean Energy Capital Forum:

    Gabriel Kra:  Managing Director for Prelude Ventures, oversees Prelude's investments in alternative energy and cleantech companies. Gabriel currently sits on the Board of Directors of Renew Financial, PLANT PV, Sense Labs, and Project Frog and is active or a board observer with Prelude’s investments in Suniva, Yerdle, Citrine, and QuantumScape. Prior to founding Prelude, Gabriel was an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in its solar and semiconductor group in San Francisco.  Previously, Gabriel held positions in 3 venture-backed telecommunications and semiconductor startups.  Gabriel holds MBAs from the Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School, a master’s degree in atmospheric chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook, and a BA in Philosophy from Columbia College.

    Michael Lustig:  Recently retired from a 25+ year career on Wall Street, primarily at BlackRock where he led Structured Products & Derivatives trading.  He now devotes his time to philanthropy and Impact Investing, including an active Board of Directors seat at GigaWatt Global, which recently grid-connected the first industrial-sized solar field in all of East Africa (Rwanda).  Michael chairs a Task Force at UJA-Federation of NY (the largest local philanthropy) focusing on Impact Investing, and is overseeing their investments in this area.

    Ken Greene: Founder of Jericho Capital, which invests in public and private technology companies. He also is Chairman of Caliber Technologies, an office supply company with a social mission of supporting the U.S. military personnel; a director of Broadlook Technologies, a search engine automation company for sales, marketing and HR professionals, and a director of RingLead, a data quality company. In addition, Mr. Greene is a mentor at Launch Pad Long Island, a business accelerator, and LI Tech Comets, a start-up and tech incubator. 


    Clean Energy Companies to be Presented

    Bonded Energy: Lower cost, customizable steam heat technology through real control for every steam radiator.

    Brimes Energy:  Captures the constant movement of ocean waves and converts it into usable energy.

    InEnTec: World leader in advanced systems for waste gasification.      

    Monolayer Technologies: Cost effective production of platinum monolayer catalysts to improve performance and reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells.

    ThermoLift, Inc.:  The Ultimate Heat Pump combines natural gas air-conditioner and heating technology to reduce building HVAC costs by 30-50%.

    Triglia Technologies:  Combined Microwave and RF drying machine for the lumber industry that will drastically reduce energy and time required to dry wood.

    LICA is hosting the Clean Energy Capital Forum on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY, 11747.  The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for emerging technologies. 

    About Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.  

    About the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program at Stony Brook University

    Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook University has been in operation since October 2011 providing assistance and resources for developers of renewable and clean-energy technologies. Through the expertise, business acumen and technological resources of CEBIP’s management team, advisory board, researchers at Stony Brook University and other extensive partnerships, CEBIP helps bridge the gap between innovation and market with a full commitment to helping entrepreneurs develop and commercialize clean-energy technology. CEBIP provides resources for clean-energy innovators that include mentorship at various stages of entrepreneurial development, guidance for business and strategic plans, and assistance in preparing for and locating funding opportunities. CEBIP’s goal is to develop a successful clean-energy economy on Long Island, creating high-paying “cleantech” jobs and industry within Long Island and New York State.


  • February 20, 2015 4:56 PM | Carol Lane (Administrator)
    The Long Island Capital Alliance Showcases Technology Companies to Record Audience at Capital ForumRussell Artzt, Co-founder of CA Technologies, delivers keynote address describing the founding and growth of Computer AssociatesSave the Date: Brookhaven National Laboratory Forum on May 8, 2015Melville, NY – February 20, 2015 – The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, today announced the successful completion of its Technology Capital Forum held on Friday, January 30, 2015. The event brought together presenting companies, investors and business advisors to help accelerate the growth of technology businesses on Long Island.Six local technology products and services companies presented their business plans to an audience that included venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and individual accredited investors. Each of the companies LICA selected for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique intellectual properties with catalysts for significant growth. Corey Massella, President of LICA, moderated the panel of industry investors.“We are gratified that this event had one of our highest turnouts ever, for a strong group of some of the most exciting technology companies in the region, an impressive investor panel and a special keynote speaker,” said Neil Kaufman, Chairman of LICA. “The number of investors and other business leaders who attended the event was among the highest level in our history. We appreciate the growing investment community support for our mission of promoting business development on Long Island. We also would like to express our appreciation to Russell Artzt, co-founder of CA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA), who provided a keynote address at the forum. His discussion of the founding and growth of CA Technologies, then known as Computer Associates, and its current involvement in Big Data, which is impacting the entire technology ecosystem, was extremely relevant to the new generation of business executives and innovators presenting at and attending our event.”Commenting on the event, Robert Kwasnicki, Director of National Marketing Strategy for presenting company Win-Win Solutions, said, “Thank you for the invitation to present at the Technology Capital Forum. We enjoyed meeting many great people and the other presenting businesses, as well as the engaging keynote by Russell Artzt. We look forward to engaging with interested investment parties and future opportunities working with the Long Island Capital Alliance.”Robert Corbett, an investment officer from E Squared Asset Management and a panelist at the Technology Capital Forum, said, “It was a very worthwhile experience; we have already met with two of the companies. It was also helpful to meet the other panelists; we may work together in the future. I was glad to hear so many local Long Island entrepreneurs are doing great things and to have it showcased in this forum. Where else can you find out about these companies?”Peter J. Fiorillo, President and CEO of presenting company RiskBusiness, Inc., stated, “RiskBusiness found the capital forum to be a highly professional and beneficial event. We have already met with three investor groups that we met at the forum, and anticipate the possibility of raising growth capital from at least one of them that will enable us to effectuate our business plan. We thank LICA, and especially LICA’s chairman and our LICA ‘coach’, Neil Kaufman, for inviting us to participate and assisting us through the process of building a world-class technology company right here on Long Island.”Janet Dwyer, CEO for presenting company Talent Browser, said, “It was an excellent experience -- particularly the coaching aspect. This is what differentiates LICA from the others, the focused attention on us and what we are trying to say. The feedback from the LICA coaches on our pitch deck was invaluable. The mentoring is amazing. It was very organized and a great experience.”Technology Capital Forum Presenting CompaniesOpen Capital Exchange: OCX is an online lending platform for small businesses. The Company has created a local syndicate model that taps into existing networks for participants.Risk Business: Risk Business is an international risk advisory firm specializing in the design and the delivery of operational and enterprise risk management solutions including filtering unstructured data.Talent Browser: Talent Browser is a cloud-based recruiting efficiency tool for use in any company that processes a lot of jobs and candidates. It’s huge challenge to effectively filter incoming resumes and search in-house databases. Talent Browser solves this problem with ease, sophistication & elegance. Its job matching software allows companies and candidate to filter unstructured data such as resumes more effectively identify matches.UB Sports: UB Sports’ portal system and social media network is designed for athletes, their fans, families and coaches. The mission of UB Sports is to build a complete online sports community for all sports that will enable users to reach their own athletic goals, be surrounded by friends and teammates throughout the year, provide all the video and written content needed to win, and to really enjoy sports life, every day of the year.Urgent Consult: Urgent Consult has a cloud-based platform created by doctors for doctors that revolutionizes the referral process by bringing all aspects of a referral workflow to one easy-to-use system. The platform is unique and offers the ability to send, track, and manage referrals, safely and securely share patient information, expand referral networks, improve communication and efficiency, increase patient compliance and satisfaction, and grow healthcare practices.WinWin Solutions: WinWin has created a thriving online community of businesses who work and grow together through social media, improving the efficiency of business networking. Founded in 2011, WinWin is a company driven by an inspired group of creative entrepreneurial personalities who believe that by connecting and collaborating, the business owners, executives and managers of the United States can reclaim their independence, drive business and find success and balance in their lives. Technology Capital Forum Panel of Industry InvestorsThe following investment professionals participated in the panel discussion at the Long Island Capital Forum:Chuck Auster, Auster Capital Partners: Auster Capital Partners is a Venture Capital/Private Equity firm with a specialization in small and mid-tier companies in high growth markets. Mr. Auster has more than 30 years of experience creating value through entrepreneurship, large corporate executive management, and private equity investments and transactions. He has been a Partner and Managing Director at One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase.Robert Corbett, E Squared Asset Management: Mr. Corbett currently works at E Squared Asset Management where he oversees the firm’s public and private investment portfolio in the technology and consumer sectors. E Squared is a family run investment firm that invests in both public and private emerging growth companies.Robert Hussey, Private Equity Investor: Mr. Hussey is a digital media and marketing expert and private equity investor. Currently, he is CEO of NYC & Israel-based Goopi.tv, a ground breaking B-to-B SaaS platform enabling corporate Internet users with the ability to create HD digital video ads, capable of running on any medium/web or mobile device, at a fraction of the traditional time and cost. He is a former owner of investment bank and broker/dealer HC Wainwright and has held several C-level and public and privately held company Board of Director positions.Steve Perricone, Pilot Mountain Ventures: Pilot Mountain Ventures is a seed stage venture capital firm, based in New York City but investing globally. Mr. Perricone has been an active angel investor since 1999. In 2007, he co-founded Serrano Ventures, a private investment fund, where he remains a partner today. He has also served as a Managing Director and the Head of the Hedging and Monetization Group within the Equity Derivatives Division of Deutsche Bank. Next LICA Capital ForumLICA is hosting a Capital Forum in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY. The capital forum will showcase BNL’s revolutionary scientific breakthroughs, exposing the investment community to ground-breaking research being conducted on Long Island. For more information about the event, please contact LICA today or register.About Long Island Capital AllianceSince 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.* * *Contact:Jordan DarrowDarrow Associates, Inc.631-367-1866jdarrow@darrowir.com


  • November 25, 2014 12:29 PM | Deleted user

      

      

    The Long Island Capital Alliance Showcases Healthcare Companies at Capital Forum

    Save the Date: Technology Capital Forum on January 30, 2015

    Melville, NY –  November 20, 2014The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, today announced the successful completion of its Healthcare Capital Forum held on Friday, November 7, 2014.  The event provided an opportunity to bring together capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for healthcare businesses on Long Island.

    Five local healthcare products and services companies presented their business plans to an audience that included venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and individual investors.  Each of the companies LICA selected for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique intellectual properties with catalysts for significant growth.

    “The market for Long Island healthcare and life science companies is improving and we are proud to help bring these companies forward at our Capital Forums,” said Neil Kaufman, Chairman of LICA.  “Through our Healthcare and Biotechnology Capital Forums, we have now provided access to capital and business developments assistance for 22 companies.  We are pleased with the support that the local investment community is showing to many promising businesses that leverage the LICA platform.”

    “The presenters were very strong,” said David Calone, a panelist and CEO of Long Island-based venture capital and private equity firm Jove Equity Partners.  “I am focused on the Long Island eco-system. It was exciting to see a number of strong Long Island companies who are continuing to grow and seek additional capital on Long Island.”

    “I was very impressed by the caliber of the presenting companies and the caliber of the panel,” said fellow panelist Clayton Besch III, who also serves as Director of the Small Business Technology Investment Fund at Empire State Development.  “I was anxious to meet more local investors, both Angels and professional investors, to consider co-investment with.”  

    Joseph Scaduto, Founder and CEO of Traverse Biosciences, commented, “We sincerely appreciated the opportunity to present at the LICA Healthcare Forum, and we compliment the organization on attracting a number of exciting bioscience companies from the region with high-quality presentations.”  He added, “We are grateful for LICA’s ongoing efforts to identify and engage active members of the investment community to more seriously consider a growing deal-flow from Long Island across a range of high-technology industry sectors.”

    Healthcare Capital Forum Presenting Companies

    The following companies made presentations at the Long Island Capital Forum:

    AdMedDev:  Affiliated with Stony Brook University, AdMedDev provides advanced sensors and wireless medical electronic devices used in tracking and analyzing data associated with medical specimens.  The market size for this business is estimated at $3 billion and may service over 7,500 hospital and large health care providers.

     Anschel Technology: Founded in 2011, Anschel produces the SightSaver™, a patented FDA approved device for eliciting visual evoked physiological responses.  There are over 2 million operations performed annually that can cause post-operative visual loss.  SightSaver provides a hygienic, safe, comfortable, and effective alternative to current solutions.  

    PAXmed: As creator of four venture backed medical device companies, the company is a vehicle to accelerate the development of device start-ups utilizing capital efficiency strategies to enhance value creation and return on invested capital.

    Symbiotic Health: Develops powerful microbiome-based therapeutics to cure and prevent infection caused by the depletion of symbiotic microbes due to antibiotics, addressing a $4.8 billion market.

    Traverse Biosciences:  Based out of Stony Brook University’s Center for Biotechnology, Traverse is commercializing a proprietary pipeline of drug candidates to treat inflammatory diseases and agerelated conditions affecting humans and companion animals.  FDA approval is being sought for a lead drug intended to prevent canine periodontal disease.

    Healthcare Capital Forum Panel of Industry Investors

    The following investment professionals participated in the panel discussion at the Long Island Capital Forum:

    David Calone, Jove Equity Partners:  David Calone is the CEO of Jove Equity Partners, LLC, a firm that manages private equity and venture capital investments. He serves on the Board of Directors of eight privately-held companies. Mr. Calone previously served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Honors Program where he received a 2003 Attorney General’s Award for his work in fighting terrorism-related and corporate international crime. Mr. Calone also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office and was an associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York. He has a degree in economics from Princeton University and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

    William Ho, AlephPoint Capital:  William Ho founded AlephPoint Capital, a healthcare equity hedge fund, in 2014.  Prior to AlephPoint, in 2010 he joined New Leaf Venture Partners, a leading healthcare venture capital fund, to launch the firm’s efforts in the public equities markets. Previously, he has held senior positions on a derivatives trading desk of ICAP plc, as an equity research analyst covering the biotechnology industry at Bank of America, and at Piper Jaffray & Co. covering the biotechnology and life-sciences tools sectors.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Ho held an operational role at CuraGen Corporation, a genomics biotechnology company, where he twice restructured the company, and was an associate in the healthcare investment banking group at SG Cowen. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in Biochemistry from McMaster University in Canada.

    Antony E. Pfaffle, M.D., CorMedix Inc.:  Dr. Antony E. Pfaffle is Chief Scientific Officer of CorMedix, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. Dr. Pfaffle is the Advisory Chief Medical Officer at ParagonRx, which creates pharmaceutical safe programs. He has been the Director of Healthcare Research at Bearing Circle Capital, L.P., an investment fund, since May 2007.  He was a Managing Director at Paramount BioCapital, Inc. and Senior Vice-President of Business Development at Paramount BioSciences, LLC from December 2005 to May 2007.  Dr. Pfaffle was a Principal and Founder of Black Diamond Research, an investment research company, from July 2001 to December 2005.  He is an internist who practiced nephrology at New York Hospital, Lenox Hill and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College in 1989.

    Clayton Besch III, Empire State Development:  Clayton Besch is Director of the Small Business Technology Investment Fund (SBTIF) at Empire State Development. The SBTIF provides early stage high-tech companies throughout New York with a potential source of venture capital to promote new job creation and economic growth. Previously, Mr. Besch worked at the New York State (NYS) Department of Economic Development, where he ran the Asian Office, introducing NYS companies to sales opportunities in Japan and Korea and introducing Japanese companies to strategic opportunities in NYS. He also spent a number of years at SOFTBANK INC. as development advisor, working with SOFTBANK’s worldwide VC network, including GrandBanks Capital, Mobius Ventures and SOFTBANK Capital Partners. Mr. Besch is currently an observer on the boards of e2e Materials and Float Tech Inc. Mr. Besch holds a BS from Hamilton College in NYS, an MS from Nagasaki University and a PhD from Tokyo University.

    Next LICA Capital Forum

    LICA is hosting a Technology Capital Forum on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY.  The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for technology companies from the Long Island and the surrounding region.

    For more information about the event, please contact LICA today or register online.

                                                                                             

    About the Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island.  LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today’s markets.  LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers.  Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region’s business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA’s mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses.  LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations.  LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    (631) 367-1866

    jdarrow@darrowir.com

  • October 16, 2014 10:04 AM | Deleted user

     

    Melville, NY –  October 16, 2014 The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s  leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, today announced the presenting companies and investor panelists for its Healthcare Capital Forum to be held on Friday, November 7, 2014.  The capital forum will help accelerate the growth of healthcare businesses on Long Island.

    Five local healthcare products and services companies will present their business plans to an audience that will include venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and individual investors.  Each of the companies LICA selected for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique intellectual properties with catalysts for significant growth.

    Healthcare Capital Forum on November 7, 2014 – Participants

    Panel of Investors

    The following investment professionals will participate in the investor panel at the Healthcare Capital Forum:

    David Calone, Jove Equity Partners:  David Calone is the CEO of Jove Equity Partners, LLC, a firm that manages private equity and venture capital investments. He serves on the Board of Directors of eight privately-held companies. Mr. Calone previously served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Honors Program where he received a 2003 Attorney General’s Award for his work in fighting terrorism-related and corporate international crime. Mr. Calone also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office and was an associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York. He has a degree in economics from Princeton University and received a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

    William Ho, AlephPoint Capital:  William Ho founded AlephPoint Capital, a healthcare equity hedge fund, in 2014.  Prior to AlephPoint, in 2010 he joined New Leaf Venture Partners, a leading healthcare venture capital fund, to launch the firm’s efforts in the public equities markets. Previously, he has held senior positions on a derivatives trading desk of ICAP plc, as an equity research analyst covering the biotechnology industry at Bank of America, and at Piper Jaffray & Co. covering the biotechnology and life-sciences tools sectors.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Ho held an operational role at CuraGen Corporation, a genomics biotechnology company, where he twice restructured the company, and was an associate in the healthcare investment banking group at SG Cowen. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in Biochemistry from McMaster University in Canada.

    Antony E. Pfaffle, M.D., CorMedix Inc.:  Dr. Antony E. Pfaffle is Chief Scientific Officer of CorMedix, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company. Dr. Pfaffle is the Advisory Chief Medical Officer at ParagonRx, which creates pharmaceutical safe programs. He has been the Director of Healthcare Research at Bearing Circle Capital, L.P., an investment fund, since May 2007.  He was a Managing Director at Paramount BioCapital, Inc. and Senior Vice-President of Business Development at Paramount BioSciences, LLC from December 2005 to May 2007.  Dr. Pfaffle was a Principal and Founder of Black Diamond Research, an investment research company, from July 2001 to December 2005.  He is an internist who practiced nephrology at New York Hospital, Lenox Hill and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College in 1989.

    Clayton Besch III, Empire State Development:  Clayton Besch is Director of the Small Business Technology Investment Fund (SBTIF) at Empire State Development. The SBTIF provides early stage high-tech companies throughout New York with a potential source of venture capital to promote new job creation and economic growth. Previously, Mr. Besch worked at the New York State (NYS) Department of Economic Development, where he ran the Asian Office, introducing NYS companies to sales opportunities in Japan and Korea and introducing Japanese companies to strategic opportunities in NYS. He also spent a number of years at SOFTBANK INC. as development advisor, working with SOFTBANK’s worldwide VC network, including GrandBanks Capital, Mobius Ventures and SOFTBANK Capital Partners. Mr. Besch is currently an observer on the boards of e2e Materials and Float Tech Inc. Mr. Besch holds a BS from Hamilton College in NYS, an MS from Nagasaki University and a PhD from Tokyo University.

    Delphine Mendez de Leon, Huron Consulting:  Delphine Mendez de Leon is Managing Director of Wellspring+Stockamp for Huron Healthcare at Huron Consulting Group Inc.  She has extensive healthcare experience in operations, strategic and financial planning, and business development. Since 2001, she also has been a manager at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Inc., a healthcare strategy transformation consulting firm, where she manages healthcare system strategy transformation, ... span of control and overhead improvement efforts, and served in various capacities with The Brooklyn Hospital Center and Long Island-based American Medical Alert Corp.  Ms. Mendez de Leon holds an MBA from Columbia University School of Business and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University School of Public Health.

    Presenting Companies

    AdMedDev:  Affiliated with Stony Brook University, AdMedDev provides advanced sensors and wireless medical electronic devices used in tracking and analyzing data associated with medical specimens.  The market size for this business is estimated at $3 billion and may service over 7,500 hospital and large health care providers.

     Anschel Technology: Founded in 2011, Anschel produces the SightSaver™, a patented FDA approved device for eliciting visual evoked physiological responses.  There are over 2 million operations performed annually that can cause post-operative visual loss.  SightSaver provides a hygienic, safe, comfortable, and effective alternative to current solutions.  

    PAXmed: As creator of four venture backed medical device companies, the company is a vehicle to accelerate the development of device start-ups utilizing capital efficiency strategies to enhance value creation and return on invested capital.

    Symbiotic Health: Develops powerful microbiome-based therapeutics to cure and prevent infection caused by the depletion of symbiotic microbes due to antibiotics, addressing a $4.8 billion market.

    Traverse Biosciences:  Based out of Stony Brook University’s Center for Biotechnology, Traverse is commercializing a proprietary pipeline of drug candidates to treat inflammatory diseases and agerelated conditions affecting humans and companion animals.  FDA approval is being sought for a lead drug intended to prevent canine periodontal disease.

    LICA is hosting the Healthcare Capital Forum on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY.  The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for healthcare products and services companies.

    For more information about the event, please contact LICA today or register online.

    About the Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island.  LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today’s markets.  LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers.  Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region’s business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA’s mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses.  LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations.  LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.

     

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    (631) 367-1866

    jdarrow@darrowir.com

     

  • August 19, 2014 1:59 PM | Deleted user

      

    Save the Date: Health Care Capital Forum on November 7, 2014

    Melville, NY –  August 4, 2014 The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the successful completion of its Consumer Products Capital Forum held on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  The event provided an opportunity to bring together capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for consumer products businesses on Long Island which was moderated by LICA President and Board Member Corey Massella. 

    Five local consumer products companies presented their business plans to investors, including attendees from venture capital firms, early stage investors, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and other individual investors.  Each of the companies LICA selected for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique consumer and brand appeal with catalysts for significant growth which will be attractive to investors.

    “We are pleased to have showcased a strong group of companies for Long Island Capital Alliance’s second annual Consumer Products Capital Forum,” said Neil Kaufman, Chairman of LICA.  “Although held during the summer when attendance is typically reduced, we are pleased to continue to exceed our target attendance expectations.  This proves that our highly selective process for identifying attractive, growth-oriented businesses based in our region is attracting an audience.”

    “I enjoyed speaking to an interesting and engaging audience. A lot of people came up to talk to me afterwards with suggestions for follow up and ideas for business development in ways I hadn’t expected. I'd like to express my appreciation to Neil Kaufman for his valuable preparatory comments on my PowerPoint presentation,” said Dr. Daniel Farb, CEO and presenter for Flower Turbines.

    “As a presenting company at the July 24th LICA event, we found the process well worth the time and the people involved wonderful to work with. Each aspect, including the preparation process and the event, was well organized and provided useful feedback and advice. The panel of experts and the moderator Corey Massella provided specific direction that has already helped the company,” said Ellie Whalen, Founder/CEO and presenter for Sprayology.

    “I found each of the companies to be interesting in its own way. I liked the fact that the companies were each in different industry subsectors. The panel was helpful with its incisive questioning and perceptive opinions. The panel provided the managements with suggestions for making their respective presentations clearer and more effective,” commented Harris Berenholz, a panelist and portfolio manager with Carpe Diem Advisors.

    “A quality event.  Very well organized and very well run.  The panel and attendees were professional and knowledgeable and the feedback was helpful,” noted Bill Maier, CEO of Digital Impact Group.

    Consumer Products Capital Forum Presenting Companies

    The following companies made presentations at the Long Island Capital Forum:

    Admiral Tech:  SpaceMaker Outdoor Flooring extends your outdoor lifestyle by creating dry living areas and useful storage zones while protecting your foundation from water damage.

    Digital Beverages:  Digital Beverages’ revolutionary and eco-friendly product, MyFountain, is a digitally controlled beverage dispensing machine which allows users to create their own personal beverages and with one touch, dispensable at work, at home or commercially.  

    Digital Impact Group:  Digital Impact Group creates, produces and distributes digital content for all forms of media and specializes in seamlessly integrating branding and products with digital content to create “media brands.”

    Flower Turbines Flower Turbines has unique aerodynamic designs for small vertical axis wind turbines with advantages that facilitate mass production, a mass sales model and a growth model similar to solar.

    Sprayology:  Sprayology is a unique and modern health & wellness brand that develops and markets a broad range of FDA-regulated homeopathic & vitamin oral sprays.  

    Consumer Products Capital Forum Panel of Industry Investors

    The following investment professionals participated in the panel discussion at the Long Island Capital Forum:

    Harris Berenholz, Carpe Diem Advisors LLC:  Mr. Berenholz is the founder of investment management firm Carpe Diem Advisors LLC. Mr. Harris's career spans over 35 years on both the buy-side and sell-side, with significant experience in the consumer product and retail sectors. In addition to making investments in small public and private companies, Carpe Diem provides and markets investment ideas, research and analytical services primarily to independent investment managers, hedge fund managers and family offices. 

    Michael Felman, MSF Capital Advisors:  Michael Felman is President and CEO of MSF Capital Advisors, a global multi-family office/merchant bank. His firm represents family offices and high net worth individuals in their investing activities.    

    Mark I. Lev, Aracle Capital:  Mr. Lev is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Aracle Capital and has raised capital for emerging growth companies for over 30 years.

    Steve Warsaw, Miller Tabak:  Mr. Warsaw oversees the firm's investment banking efforts and has nearly 15 years of investment banking, private equity and corporate finance experience, concentrating in consumer products and retail businesses.

    Next LICA Capital Forum

     LICA is hosting a Health Care Companies Capital Forum on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY.  The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for health care companies from the Long Island and surrounding region.

    For more information about the event, please contact LICA today or register online.

    About the Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island.  LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today’s markets.  LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers.  Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region’s business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA’s mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses.  LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations.  LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    (631) 367-1866

    darrow@darrowir.com


  • July 18, 2014 10:55 AM | Deleted user

    Melville, NY –  July 17, 2014 The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the presenting companies and panelists for its Consumer Products Capital Forum to be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014.  The capital forum is being held in an effort to facilitate raising capital to accelerate the growth of consumer products businesses on Long Island.

    Six local consumer products companies will present their business plans to investors, including attendees from venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and other individual investors.  Each of the companies LICA selected for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique consumer and brand appeal with catalysts for significant growth which will be attractive to investors.

    Consumer Products Capital Forum on July 24, 2014 – Participants

    Panel of Investors

    The following investment professionals will participate in the investor panel at the Consumer Products Capital Forum:

    Harris Berenholz, Carpe Diem Advisors LLC:  Mr. Berenholz is the founder of investment management firm Carpe Diem Advisors LLC. Mr. Harris's career spans over 35 years on both the buy-side and sell-side, with significant experience in the consumer product and retail sectors. In addition to making investments in small public and private companies, Carpe Diem provides and markets investment ideas, research and analytical services primarily to independent investment managers, hedge fund managers and family offices. 

    Michael Felman, MSF Capital Advisors:  Michael Felman is President and CEO of MSF Capital Advisors, a global multi-family office/merchant bank. His firm represents family offices and high net worth individuals in their investing activities.    

    Mark I. Lev, Aracle Capital:  Mr. Lev is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Aracle Capital and has raised capital for emerging growth companies for over 30 years.

    Steve Warsaw, Miller Tabak:  Mr. Warsaw oversees the firm's investment banking efforts and has nearly 15 years of investment banking, private equity and corporate finance experience, concentrating in consumer products and retail businesses.

    Presenting Companies

    Admiral TechSpaceMaker Outdoor Flooring extends your outdoor lifestyle by creating dry living areas and useful storage zones while protecting your foundation from water damage.

    Digital Beverages: Digital Beverages’ revolutionary and eco-friendly product, MyFountain, is a digitally controlled beverage dispensing machine which allows users to create their own personal beverages and with one touch, dispensable at work, at home or commercially.  

    Digital Impact Group:  Digital Impact Group creates, produces and distributes digital content for all forms of media and specializes in seamlessly integrating branding and products with digital content to create “media brands.”

    Flower Turbines:  Flower Turbines has unique aerodynamic designs for small vertical axis wind turbines with advantages that facilitate mass production, a mass sales model and a growth model similar to solar.

    Kitchen Table Bakers:  Kitchen Table Bakers manufactures a line of 100% Baked Parmesan Crisps that are wheat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and low in carbs, which have become a staple of both the specialty food and health food market.

    SprayologySprayology is a unique and modern health & wellness brand that develops and markets a broad range of FDA-regulated homeopathic & vitamin oral sprays.                                                                                       

    LICA is hosting the Consumer Products Capital Forum on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY.  The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for consumer products companies.

    For more information about the event, please contact LICA today or register online.

     

    About the Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island.  LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today’s markets.  LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers.  Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region’s business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA’s mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses.  LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations.  LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.

     

    Contact:

     

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    (631) 367-1866

    jdarrow@darrowir.com

     

     

     

     

  • May 15, 2014 5:08 PM | Deleted user

    Save the Date: Consumer Products Capital Forum on July 24, 2014

    Melville, NY –  May 15, 2014 The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the successful completion of its Biotech Capital Forum held on Friday, May 9, 2014.  Held in collaboration with North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the event provided an opportunity to bring together capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for biotechnology companies on Long Island which was moderated by LICA Board Member Michael A. Lane. 

    Seven local biotechnology companies presented their business plans to investors, including attendees from venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and other individual investors.  Each of the companies LICA selected for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique technologies and catalysts for significant growth which are attractive to investors.

    “The Long Island Capital Alliance’s second annual Biotech Capital Forum was a resounding success on multiple fronts, and we thank North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for their contributions,” said Neil Kaufman, Chairman of LICA.  “Over 100 attendees joined us for the three hour event.  14 follow-up dialogues with potential investors have already been reported to us by five of the presenting companies, and we are confident that many more will follow.  Another benefit of the capital forum is the opportunity for networking, which in this case resulted in one of the presenting companies considering engaging a highly experienced business leader in attendance at the event for its CEO position.”

    “This was my first time at a LICA event. I found the presenting companies to be involved in breakthrough research, their presentations were engaging and the presenters well prepared. These companies are definitely worthy of funding. This is a real tribute to LICA,” said Doug Jamison, a panelist and Chief Executive Officer of biotech investment fund Harris & Harris Group.

    “The quality of the presenting companies was excellent, as was the quality of the discussions after the event.  It is clear that Long Island will continue to be a source of major innovation for a long time to come,” said James Ryan III, a panelist with seed investor and venture capital firm Scout Ventures.

    “The presentation at LICA was a great experience and I enjoyed meeting with a number of like-minded entrepreneurs,” said Pavel Osten, who presented for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Certerra, Inc.

    “As an early-stage company seeking to raise capital, CirrusHealth was pleased to be part of LICA's Capital Forum. The opportunity has led to a number of high-potential follow-up conversations and was an excellent networking opportunity,” commented Thomas Thornton, who presented for Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s CirrusHealth.

    “The LICA forum gave us a great opportunity to showcase our company and network with qualified investors. The forum provides start-up companies with an invaluable source of connections, promoting fruitful partnerships,” added Isabel Aznarez, Ph.D., who presented for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s ASOThera.

    Biotech Capital Forum Presenting Companies

    The following companies made presentations at the Long Island Capital Forum:

    ASOThera:  Developing new therapies for orphan diseases based on technology developed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and already proven by Big Pharma.

     

    Autoimmune Therapeutics, Inc.:  Developing orally-available drug candidates to treat autoimmune disease, with initial focus on rheumatoid arthritis, based on proprietary small molecule scaffolds and pharmaceutical leads that inhibit macrophage migration inhibitory factor.

     

    Certerra, Inc.:  Contract research organization specializing in central nervous system with technology based on single neuron-level monitoring of mammalian brains.

     

    CirrusHealth:  Electronic discharge system to improve doctor patient communications.

     

    DepYMed:  Joint venture between CSHL and Ohr Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OHRP) to develop a drug for obesity, diabetes and HER2 cancer based on trodusquemine and related analogs.

     Envisagenics, Inc.:  Big data software solution that significantly reduces uncertainty and time to market for drugs under development.  

     

    TheraSource, LLC:  Developing protein/peptide-based drugs based on MFG-E8 for inflammatory diseases, including sepsis, hemorrhagic shock, ischemia/reperfusion-induced injury, stroke, acute radiation syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

    Biotech Capital Forum Panel of Industry Investors

    The following investment professionals participated in the panel discussion at the Long Island Capital Forum:

    Doug Jamison, Harris & Harris Group Doug Jamison is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harris & Harris Group (NASDAQ: TINY), a leading early stage biotech investment fund.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ancora Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and a Board observer in ABS Materials, Inc., Mersana Therapeutics, Inc., Solazyme, Inc., Nextreme Thermal Solutions, Inc., and Metabolon, Inc.

    James Ryan III, Scout Ventures James Ryan is Controller at Scout Ventures, a technology seed and venture fund.  In addition, he is the Founder and CEO of The IllumiFi Group, an ‘Outsourced CFO’ for entrepreneurial firms.

    Joe Proto, Windham Venture Partners: Joe Proto is a founder and general partner of Windham Venture Partners, a leading life sciences technology venture capital firm.  He also is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Transactis Inc., sits on the Board of Directors of BillMyParents, and is a limited partner and advisor in Metamorphic Ventures.

    Steve Winick, Topspin Partners:  Steve Winick is a principal of Topspin Partners, one of Long Island’s leading venture capital firms.  He presently serves as a Director of Thermolift, Inc., Celmatix, Inc., Setpoint Medical, Inc., Mirimus, Inc., GenDX, Inc. and Certerra, Inc.

    Next LICA Capital Forum

    LICA is hosting aConsumer Products Capital Forum on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY.  The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for consumer products companies.

    For more information about the event, please contact LICA today or register online.

    About the Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island.  LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today’s markets.  LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers.  Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region’s business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA’s mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses.  LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations.  LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.

    About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

    Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in many areas including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry.  The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 6th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers.  For more information, visit www.FeinsteinInstitute.org.

    About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

    Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology.  CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics.  The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners.

    Today, CSHL’s multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 600 researchers and technicians strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year to its Long Island campus and its China center.  Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press.  The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers.  CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    (631) 367-1866

    jdarrow@darrowir.com

  • May 02, 2014 1:37 PM | Deleted user

    LICA Collaborates with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research on the Event

    Melville, NY –  May 1, 2014 The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the presenting companies and panelists for its Biotech Capital Forum to be held on Friday, May 9, 2014.  The capital forum is being held in collaboration with North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in an effort to facilitate raising capital to accelerate the growth of biotech businesses on Long Island.

    Seven local biotechnology companies will present their business plans to investors, including attendees from venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and other individual investors.  Each of the companies LICA selected for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique technologies and catalysts for significant growth which will be attractive to investors.

    “We are pleased to be collaborating for a second time with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and welcome The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in participating in our Biotech Capital Forum,” said Neil Kaufman, Chairman of LICA.  “These two world-class research institutions have developed seven very promising companies which will present at our Biotech Capital Forum.  The volume and magnitude of research being conducted there continues to produce compelling growth companies, enabling LICA to present its Biotech Capital Forum for the second consecutive year, and we hope to continue to do so annually.  We are also excited to have an extraordinarily accomplished investor panel provide their insight on these presenting companies and on biotech industry investment trends.”

    Biotech Capital Forum on May 9, 2014 – Participants

    Panel of Investors

    The following investment professionals will participate in the investor panel at the Biotech Capital Forum:

    Doug Jamison, Harris & Harris Group Doug Jamison is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harris & Harris Group (NASDAQ: TINY), a leading early stage biotech investment fund.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Ancora Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and a Board observer in ABS Materials, Inc., Mersana Therapeutics, Inc., Solazyme, Inc., Nextreme Thermal Solutions, Inc., and Metabolon, Inc.

    James Ryan III, Scout Ventures James Ryan is Controller at Scout Ventures, a technology seed and venture fund.  In addition, he is the Founder and CEO of The IllumiFi Group, an ‘Outsourced CFO’ for entrepreneurial firms.

    Joe Proto, Windham Venture Partners: Joe Proto is a founder and general partner of Windham Venture Partners, a leading life sciences technology venture capital firm.  He also is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Transactis Inc., sits on the Board of Directors of BillMyParents, and is a limited partner and advisor in Metamorphic Ventures.

    Steve Winick, Topspin Partners:  Steve Winick is a principal of Topspin Partners, one of Long Island’s leading venture capital firms.  He presently serves as a Director of Thermolift, Inc., Celmatix, Inc., Setpoint Medical, Inc., Mirimus, Inc., GenDX, Inc. and Certerra, Inc.

    Presenting Companies

    ASOThera:  Developing new therapies for orphan diseases based on technology developed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and already proven by Big Pharma.

     

    Autoimmune Therapeutics, Inc.:  Developing orally-available drug candidates to treat autoimmune disease, with initial focus on rheumatoid arthritis, based on proprietary small molecule scaffolds and pharmaceutical leads that inhibit macrophage migration inhibitory factor.

     

    Certerra, Inc.:  Contract research organization specializing in central nervous system with technology based on single neuron-level monitoring of mammalian brains.

     

    Cirrus Health:  Electronic discharge system to improve doctor patient communications.

     

    DepYMed:  Joint venture between CSHL and Ohr Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OHRP) to develop a drug for obesity, diabetes and HER2 cancer based on trodusquemine and related analogs.

     Envisagenics, Inc.:  Big data software solution that significantly reduces uncertainty and time to market for drugs under development.  

     

    TheraSource, LLC:  Developing protein/peptide-based drugs based on MFG-E8 for inflammatory diseases, including sepsis, hemorrhagic shock, ischemia/reperfusion-induced injury, stroke, acute radiation syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

                                                                                             

    LICA, in collaboration with The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is hosting the Biotech Capital Forum on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY.  The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for bio tech companies.

    For more information about the event, please contact LICA today or register online.

    About the Long Island Capital Alliance

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island.  LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today’s markets.  LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers.  Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region’s business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA’s mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses.  LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations.  LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please LICA today or register online.

    About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

    Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in many areas including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry.  The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 6th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers.  For more information, visit www.FeinsteinInstitute.org.

    About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

    Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology.  CSHL is ranked number one in the world by Thomson Reuters for impact of its research in molecular biology and genetics.  The Laboratory has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners.

    Today, CSHL’s multidisciplinary scientific community is more than 600 researchers and technicians strong and its Meetings & Courses program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year to its Long Island campus and its China center.  Tens of thousands more benefit from the research, reviews, and ideas published in journals and books distributed internationally by CSHL Press.  The Laboratory's education arm also includes a graduate school and programs for undergraduates as well as middle and high school students and teachers.  CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution on the north shore of Long Island. For  more information, visit www.cshl.edu.

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    (631) 367-1866

    jdarrow@darrowir.com

  • March 25, 2014 9:07 AM | Deleted user

    Save the Date: Biotech Company Capital Forum May 9, 2014

    in collaboration with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and

    Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical System

    Melville, NY – March 25, 2014 The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced the successful completion of its Technology Company Capital Forum held on March 7, 2014.  The capital forum provided an opportunity bring together capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for technology companies which was moderated by LICA President Corey Massella. 


    Each of the companies LICA selected for presentation at the capital forum possessed unique technologies and catalysts for significant growth which will be attractive to investors.  These investment opportunities include companies that offer cloud-based software-as-as-service solutions, internet applications, digital media services, online advertising, manufacturing technologies, and mobile device and healthcare IT platforms.


    “Our Long Island Capital Forum delivered an impressive lineup of exciting technology growth companies,” said Neil Kaufman, Chairman of LICA.  “These companies had an opportunity to present their business plans the highest number of investors we’ve had in attendance since LICA has begun this industry-focused series of capital forums, highlighted by an outstanding panel discussion among four leading technology investors. The entire LICA board is gratified that our presenters and investors were significantly interested in each other.”


    “As a presenter at the Long Island Capital Alliance Technology Company Capital Forum, I experienced a professionally managed forum with an opportunity to share our early stage company with a diverse group of potential investors,” said Douglas Schmohl, CEO of FlightPartner.  “With guidance from Neil Kaufman, we were able to refine our pitch and gain the interest of two capital management groups.”


    “I found the companies presenting at the LICA Technology Companies Capital Forum to be very interesting with tremendous potential.  A few could be IPO ready in just a few months, which would create high tech and high paying job opportunities right here on Long island,” said
    Steve Lichaw, an investment banker for Stern Aegis Group and a panelist at the event.


    “LICA was a great experience for me.  As a start-up CEO, I pitch at many Angel events, but it's not often that I have such a quality experience speaking with audience members after the event,” commented Jenna Dreher Fernandes.  “Everyone was excited about my company, CareBooker, and wanted to speak about how they could help and introductions they could make.  LICA proves that there is a vibrant investor hub on Long Island!  I look forward to attending again in the future.”

    Technology Company Capital Forum Presenting Companies

    The following companies made presentations at the Long Island Capital Forum:

    RingLead, Inc.: provides its clients with powerful, affordable, and easy-to-use data quality solutions to clean, protect and enhance their customer and prospect data, driving increased ROI in sales and marketing investments.

     

    Carebooker: A centralized platform to find, book, and pay for all types of in-home family care services, including child care, pet care, tutoring and lessons, sports and fitness, senior care, and more. 

     

    Dashbid: Increases publisher’s video advertising revenue using proprietary, data-driven, automated ad sales algorithms.    

     

    FlightPartner: A provider of a superior central reservations platform for the business and luxury travel industry that fully automates the booking method for private jet travel and facilitates the provisioning of travel services by its suppliers to its customers.

     

    Imcosys: Designs, builds, and markets smartphones, tablets and eReaders offering customers maximum value through open customized product platforms.

     

    Mobile Health One, Inc: Developer of a single sign-on system for securely accessing, consolidating and communicating healthcare information among care professionals, patients and data from unconnected locations.

     

    Technology Company Capital Forum Panel of Industry Investors:

    The following investment professionals participated in the panel discussion at the Long Island Capital Forum:

    Michael Taglich, a capital markets veteran with more than 27 years of financial industry experience. He is the Chairman and President of Taglich Brothers, Inc., a New York City and Huntington, Long Island, New York based securities and private equity firm.

     Swatick Majumdar, a Managing Director of Digital Entertainment Ventures, a startup and early stage capital investment firm focused on companies that transform media and entertainment.

    John Ason, a professional investor for over 16 years, specializing in early stage pre-revenue companies.

    Steve Lichaw, a Managing Director in the Stern Aegis Group of Aegis Capital, which focuses on assisting private growth companies to raise capital and eventually go public. 

    About the Long Island Capital Alliance:

    Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.

    LICA’s mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature middle market closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.

    For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.

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    Contact:

    Jordan Darrow

    Darrow Associates, Inc.

    (631) 367-1866

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