UCLA Engineering professor’s startup, Holomic, begins full-scale operations after receiving $2.5 million

Holomic is currently in the development stage and plans to introduce a product line of portable, cell phone or wireless based microscopes for a wide range of applications, including scientific research, point-of-care diagnostics, pathology labs, telemedicine and environmental monitoring. First product releases are planned for late 2012.

From UCLA:

“Aydogan Ozcan, associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has garnered a great deal of media attention and professional recognition in recent years for his work on lensless computational microscopy. Just this month, The Scientist, a magazine focusing on the life sciences, research and technology, declared Ozcan’s microscopy platform the top innovation of 2011, claiming the No. 1 spot in their Top 10 list.

Ozcan has been honored with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the National Health Institutes (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award as well as the Office of Naval Research and Army Research Office Young Investigator awards.

Last year, Ozcan was also the winner of the Innovation Challenge organized by the Rockefeller Foundation and mHealth Alliance. In 2009 and 2010, he was selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to receive a Grand Challenges Exploration Award, and named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

His group’s computational microscopy technology, with the help of UCLA Engineering’s Institute for Technology Advancement (ITA), has now led to a spinoff called Holomic LLC. Recently, Holomic officially announced its founding and start of full-scale operations in Los Angeles, after receiving $2.5 million in seed funding from a strategic investor as well as an NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant of $383,000…”

Holomic, Inc. [web]
The Ozcan Research Group [web]


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