OCTANe - Coffee @ The Cove

On Tuesday, January 7th, OCTANe held its inaugural Coffee @ The Cove event, bringing the entrepreneur community together to network and explore new opportunities to collaborate with one another. Focused on driving innovation by connecting ideas and people with resources and capital, OCTANe provides numerous resources and programs through their Connect, Launchpad, Growth Services, and Capital initiatives. 

OCTANe - Coffee @ The Cove

Fast Forward Competition

From October 5th through November 30th at the Cove, the UCI ANTrepreneur Center and the MORE Foundation brought the Orange County entrepreneur ecosystem together to participate in the inaugural Fast Forward Business Competition. The competition provided students at UCI and anyone from the local startup community a chance to form a team, develop a business plan using existing non-UCI intellectual property, and pitch to a panel of judges. The grand prize included an opportunity to negotiate a licensing agreement for use of the patent as well as a formed business entity. The judges for the competition included long-time entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and a representative from Nantworks which provided the IP.

Fast Forward Competition

Ken Fairbanks, Tom Mattoon, Robin Beck

Ken Fairbanks began his career with Hewlett-Packard in a variety of senior sales and business development positions. Most recently, Ken worked for the Duchossis Group, a $2B privately held family holding company located in Chicago. Serving as Sr. Director of Business Development, Ken was responsible for developing and exploring growth strategies across their diverse portfolio of companies.  Ken retired from the Duchossois Group in 2014 and now consults with companies regarding IoT and business development.

Ken Fairbanks, Tom Mattoon, Robin Beck

UCI Career Center - Diversity & Recruiting in the 21st Century

On Friday, December 2nd, Applied Innovation hosted the UCI Career Center at the Cove for their event, Diversity and Recruiting in the 21st Century. The programming for the day centered on providing recruiters a chance to learn how to reach students with employment opportunities in light of the quickly changing recruitment landscape on college campuses.

UCI Career Center - Diversity & Recruiting in the 21st Century

GPS-BIOMED Pitch Competition

GPS-BIOMED, an NIH-funded program for UCI graduate students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences, hosted their annual elevator pitch competition at the Cove on November 21st. The purpose of the event was to teach graduate students how to: communicate the broad implication of their work, publicize their cutting-edge research to the public, and tell their story in an authentic and engaging way. The competition also served the larger mission of the UCI Graduate Professional Success (UCI-GPS) Initiative which strives to help scientists for a variety of careers within the biomedical research workforce. 

GPS-BIOMED Pitch Competition

Tech Surge

The Tech Surge Awards, sponsored by UCI Applied Innovation, is a separate and parallel track of the 2017 New Venture Competition (NVC) the encourages the translation of UCI-generated innovations. To qualify for the Tech Surge Track, participating teams must use UCI intellectual property (IP) as a core element of the venture it is entering into the NVC. Teams in this track will be competing for over $20,000 across four awards as well as for coveted automatic entry into a summer incubator program at The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation to pursue post-competition commercialization activity. Teams wishing to enter the Tech Surge Track must register with UCI Applied Innovation by no later than January 23, 2017, one week ahead of the Concept Paper submission deadline of January 30. Tech Surge teams will be giving separate pitches at a to-be-determined date in May. Winners will be announced at the NVC Awards Ceremony on May 12. Throughout the competition process, Tech Surge teams have an opportunity to work closely with UCI Applied Innovation staff to progress their venture and hone their competition materials. Also, Tech Surge teams will also have access to tailored mentorship experiences, special workshops, and other enrichment opportunities will be made available exclusively for Tech Surge participants.

 

Tech Surge

Tech Coast Angels - Inaugural Medical Device & Life Sciences Mixer

On Wednesday evening, November 16th, Tech Coast Angels (TCA) gathered the Medical Technology (Med-Tech) and Medical Device communities together to engage, network, and collaborate with the larger goal of elevating the medical device and technology ecosystem. The event included presentations from UCI's BioENGINE program, an overview of the current Med-Tech and Medical Device industry, along with pitches from emerging startups building traction within the Orange County ecosystem.

Tech Coast Angels - Inaugural Medical Device & Life Sciences Mixer

Velox Biosystems

Velox Biosystems, a Cove Share startup founded on technology developed at UCI, is solving the problem of detecting bacteria in blood with a simple, fast, and unique approach. A UCI startup at its core, the innovative testing system was developed by Dr. Weian Zhao, a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, in collaboration with the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics (LFD) on campus. News of the breakthrough included a feature in Nature Communications, a prominent science journal. The community responded favorably to the news, encouraging Dr. Zhao along with Dr. Chris Heylman, a postdoc working at the LFD, and Neto Sosa, a Ph.D. graduate student working in the Zhao Lab, to form a company and develop the technology further.

Velox Biosystems

Glaukos Corporation

Glaucoma is a general grouping of eye diseases that impact the optic nerve, resulting in progressive vision loss. According to the NIH National Eye Institute, currently, over 2.7 million Americans suffer from glaucoma, and approximately 11 million are projected to be afflicted by 2050. For many years, clinicians have struggled to find an efficacious treatment for glaucoma. To date, first-line drugs have had limited effectiveness due to progression of the disease or low patient compliance, and conventional surgical methods lacked the efficacy to produce a long-term cure. In the late 1990s, researchers began thinking about non-traditional approaches for

Glaukos Corporation

Aimee Edinger

Professor Aimee Edinger and her lab’s researchers, while unpinning the fundamental mechanisms of tumor biology, are designing out-of-the-box therapies to fight cancer. In collaboration with medicinal chemist, Prof. Stephen Hanessian of UCI and University of Montréal, they are taking unprecedented steps in understanding and designing a treatment that targets a universal hallmark of all cancers, the high metabolic demand that sustains rapid, uncontrolled growth. 

Aimee Edinger

ZAP! Training Program

ZAP! is a training program designed for university researchers interested in translating their research into the marketplace. It is a compressed version of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. The aims of ZAP! are to broaden the focus of scientists and engineers outside of the laboratory and facilitate the advancement of their research towards commercial products and entrepreneurial pursuits. As lead trainer of the two-day seminar, Farzin Samadani of the Innovation Node at Los Angeles pointed out early on that “we’re not here to pick winners.” Participants were taught the fundamentals of market research, including how to conduct, gather, and analyze industry and customer research to facilitate their technology development process and

ZAP! Training Program

UCI CAI Medical Device Retreat

The UC Center for Accelerated Innovation (CAI) is a collaborative group comprised of five of the UC medical campuses. The mission of the group is to improve health care and address unmet medical needs through translation of biomedical discoveries at the universities. The collective applies business and product development practices from industry to advance promising technologies toward commercialization. The focus of the Medical Device Retreat, moderated by UCI Professor and CAI Site Leader, Elliot Botvinick, was to educate biomedical researchers on the essentials of starting a business and building intellectual property. The purpose of this training was to give researchers the foundational understanding of developing products and starting a business, for which they could apply elements into their research project pipelines, as well as help strengthen their

UCI CAI Medical Device Retreat

3rd Annual SoCal Micro and Nano Symposium

This year’s annual Micro and Nanofluidics Symposium, hosted at UCI, was opened and closed with remarks from UCSB Prof. Sumita Pennathur. She emphasized that the goal of this closed-door symposium series is for researchers to freely share their innovative ideas and latest discoveries to inspire and help each other. Over the course of the two day symposium, researchers from UCI, UCLA, and UCSB Schools of Engineering gathered to attend presentations from invited speakers, UCI Prof. Elliot Botvinick and UCSB Prof. Luke Theogarajan, as well as other faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. 

3rd Annual SoCal Micro and Nano Symposium