Science Market Update

$1M in Biophotonic Sensors NSF Funding at UCDavis

Posted by BCI Staff on Fri, May 12, 2017

A $1M grant from the National Science Foundation, funds the Center for Biophotonic Sensors & Systems (CBSS) for future study on biosensors. This is a multi-site program between Boston University Photonics Center and the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology at UC Davis.

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Tags: June, Photonics, UC Davis - Medical Center, funding news, NSF funding, National Science Foundation, 2017, June 2017, Biophotonics

UCLA Research Team Unveils Wide-Field Optical Microscope on a Cell Phone

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Fri, Jan 25, 2013

You might expect the barrage of brilliant lab-on-a-cell-phone inventions that come out of the Ozcan Nano/Bio Photonics Lab at the University of California Los Angeles to eventually dwindle, or perhaps only leave us moderately impressed after a while, but that's not the case. Less than three weeks into 2013, the Ozcan Research Group published on their development of a new optical microscopy platform which uses liquid nanolenses that self-assemble around tiny objects (in the sub–100-nanometer range), allowing it to detect viruses and nanoparticles. That paper was published online in the journal Nature Photonics and was the subject of a recent UCLA research news release. Also this month, the Royal Society of Chemistry published the paper Cost-effective and Rapid Blood Analysis on a Cell-phone. And the international society for optics and photonics, SPIE, announced a new annual award for 2013: the Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award. One guess who its first recipient is? Not a shabby way to start the new year at all.

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Tags: 2014, CA, University of California Los Angeles, 2013, Photonics, Ozcan Nano/Bio Photonics Lab, Microscopy, Lab-on-a-chip Technology, Southwest, California, University of California, Los Angeles, LAVS, UCLA, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase

Irvine Biomedical Engineering Nets $3M NSF Grant for Biophotonics PhD Program

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Mon, Oct 29, 2012

One of the ways to measure how well a program or department at a university is doing is to look at their graduate programs. To be able to offer the PhD in a specialized area, you need qualified faculty willing and able to take on teaching and mentoring responsibilities; a strong reputation for excellence in the area; research opportunities (and RA funding) for those doctoral students; and equipment and laboratory facilities, to name just a few factors. So when you see an institution win a major grant to launch a PhD program, you know that's a hot area for research and facilities expansion as well.

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Tags: CA, biomedical research, Photonics, University of California Irvine, Southwest, California, 2012, BioResearch Product Faire Event, Funding, Irvine

Polymer Solar Cell Research Breakthrough at California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Sep 05, 2012

The big, shiny black solar panels you're used to seeing bolted onto south-facing rooftops may soon be obsolete, if researchers at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute continue to advance solar nanoscience at their current lightspeed pace. In fact, you not only won't recognize the new technology, you won't even be able to see it -- because it will be virtually transparent. And instead of being mounted to the roof, these thin plastic flexible sheets will cover your windows and skylights, as well as smaller surfaces like the face of your smartphone or tablet. What if the sun's not shining brightly? No problem, because these polymer solar cells (PSCs) absorb mostly ultra-violet and near-infrared (NIR) light, rather than the visible light that more traditional solar technology relies upon.

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Tags: CA, University of California Los Angeles, Photonics, Solar Energy, nanotechnology, California, 2012, Los Angeles, Biochemistry, Engineering, UCLA, scientists solutions, Biotechnology Vendor Showcase, Photonic Devices, scientist solutions

UCSF Research Lab Licenses Microscopy Technology to Zeiss

Posted by BCI Staff on Fri, Nov 04, 2011

Germany has a long and illustrious history in photo-optics and many of its young scientists come to the U.S., and specifically to the University of California, San Francisco, to do their doctoral and post-doc work involving microscopy.  Such was the case of Dr. Jan Huisken, who developed mSPIM technology while working in the UCSF biochemistry lab of Dr. Didier Stainier as a post-doc from 2005-2009. 

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Tags: University of California San Francisco, Photonics, cell biology, Microscopy, California, industry news

Biomedical Optics Research Breakthrough by Urbana-Champaign Scientists

Posted by BCI Staff on Wed, Nov 02, 2011

What happens when you bring together a pathologist with a group of computer scientists specializing in quantitative light imaging?  In the recent case of research colleagues at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), you get a very promising solution to the problem of analyzing large groups of red blood cells for abnormalities that may point to serious diseases such as sickle cell anemia and malaria.

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Tags: Midwest, University of Illinois, Photonics, Urbana-Champaign, cell biology, 2012, UIUrbana, BioResearch Product Faire Event, IL, scientific sales, 2011

Life Science Company in Boulder Wins $5.2M NIH Grant

Posted by BCI Staff on Fri, Sep 02, 2011

Recognizing a strong opportunity for productive public-private partnership in bioscience research to benefit public health, NIH has awarded a 5-year, $5.2M grant to Boulder, Colorado-based diagnostics firm MBio to produce a reasonably-priced, no-lab-required assay system for accurate identification of the influenza virus.  Their winning project proposal includes this description:

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Tags: Photonics, Translational Research, Southwest, 2011 Research Funding, NIH, Colorado, new research grants, Boulder, Science Suppliers

UCLA Bio-Photonics Researchers Design Lab-on-a-Chip Flow Cytometer

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Wed, Aug 17, 2011

The ubiquity of cell phone technology in today's world, even in developing nations, has opened a door for biomedical researchers to invent diagnostic devices that utilize the cell phone platform to perform analyses that otherwise would require prohibitively expensive equipment.  And that is just what the 32-year-old bioengineering prodigy Aydogan Ozcan is doing at UCLA's Biophotonics Lab (also known as the Ozcan Research Group Nano / Bio Photonics Lab, and contributor of the photo at right) in the Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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Tags: University of California Los Angeles, Photonics, Ozcan Nano/Bio Photonics Lab, Lab-on-a-chip Technology, flow cytometry, California, Southwest Region

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