Tech in Motion - Cyber Security Panel

On February 23rd, Tech in Motion hosted a panel at the Cove that shared its insights on cybersecurity at the Cove. The panel discussed the problems cybersecurity faces and its importance in every industry. Tech in Motion’s mission is to connect technology enthusiasts with other professionals, in order to discover new tech and trends. The panel discussion was led by some of Southern California’s top cyber security leaders.

Tech in Motion - Cyber Security Panel

UCI Startup Integra Devices' Manufacturing Technology Enables Efficient Production of Novel Microdevices to Transform Internet of Things and 5G wireless applications

Integra Devices enables the manufacture of integrated, microscopic 3D structures that sense things, move things, and modify radio waves to make possible new Internet of Things and 5G wireless applications. Integra’s patented manufacturing technique, called Amalga™, makes it possible to manufacture of complex 3D microstructures in laminates such as package substrates and printed circuit boards (PCB). Based on 15 years of research from the University of California Irvine, Amalga™ overcomes the limitations of existing silicon processes, providing multiple industries the ability to miniaturize electromechanical products (like radio frequency/microwave electromechanical relays that can transmit and or receive signals between devices) to an extent not possible before. "This is groundbreaking technology that offers designers another toolbox to considerably increase the performance of their products,” commented Sourabh Dhillon, business development manager for Integra Devices. “We are looking forward to working with our customers to help enable a new breed of solutions."

UCI Startup Integra Devices' Manufacturing Technology Enables Efficient Production of Novel Microdevices to Transform Internet of Things and 5G wireless applications

A Portable Synthetic Material For Treating Venom-Induced Tissue Necrosis

Of the 4.5 million snake bites that occur annually, 2.7 million are considered serious; over 100,000 people die, mostly in developing countries. Snake bites can lead to tissue necrosis, increasing damage and disability. Snakebites generally occur in rural areas that lack treatment facilities. Snakebites are currently treated by serotherapy, in which serum is administered from an immunized animal. This, however, depends on knowledge of the specific antibody required and access to a treatment facility.  

A Portable Synthetic Material For Treating Venom-Induced Tissue Necrosis

Phagetech, LLC

PhageTech aims to revolutionize and simplify disease diagnosis by providing actionable, molecular insight to physicians within minutes at the point-of-care.The company was cofounded by Richard Henson, and UCI chemistry professors Gregory Weiss and Reginald Penner.  PhageTech’s patented BioSensor™ technology was developed during 10 years of NIH and NSF-funded research at UCI. The company’s electrochemical biosensor platform can perform simple, low cost diagnostic testing directly from body fluids such as urine and blood without complex sample preparation or reagents, and can be used by minimally-trained medical staff.

Phagetech, LLC

Building a Better Bedbug Trap

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius), apple seed-sized insects that hide in cracks and come out at night to suck blood from sleeping humans, have experienced a resurgence in recent years. Assiduous hitchhikers on luggage, used clothes, and furniture, bedbugs are hard to get rid of. They can infest the best hotels and apartment buildings, and spread in schools, homeless shelters, movie theaters, nursing homes and hospitals. Bedbugs can be an underreported problem, because only one in 20 people have obvious reactions to their bites.

Building a Better Bedbug Trap

Communicating Innovation Workshop Helps Scientist-entrepreneurs Get Research From Lab to Bedside

Imagine you are in a strange city where you don’t speak the language, you have to make sense of directions, and find your way back home. But where are you, what do you do next, and how do you make sense of what people are telling you? This could be the dilemma of a newly diagnosed cancer patient, a bewildered parent trying to determine the best intervention for her child after being told contradictory things by different doctors, or this could be a policy maker confronted by multiple stakeholders.

Communicating Innovation Workshop Helps Scientist-entrepreneurs Get Research From Lab to Bedside

Beckman Laser Institute celebrates 30 years of invention: Technologies outdoing Hollywood’s imaginings

As Arnold Beckman’s friend and Beckman Laser Institute co-founder Michael W. Berns, professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, recalled, Dr. Beckman had several practical talents. After the Marines, Beckman supported himself on a cross-country trip to do his doctorate at CalTech by playing piano in silent movie houses. Beckman also liked to solve interesting problems. Which is how the chemical engineering professor developed a prototype pH meter, the first of many inventions that launched Beckman Instruments.

  Beckman Laser Institute celebrates 30 years of invention: Technologies outdoing Hollywood’s imaginings

Kaiser Permanente 20*20 Innovation Champions meet at Applied Innovation

The Kaiser Permanente 20*20 Innovation Champions met at the Cove on February 21st, 2017. The group was comprised of Kaiser Permanente Southern California physician and administrative leaders who meet on a monthly basis to explore new ideas, connect the organization, and accelerate change - with the goal of designing, piloting, and scaling innovations throughout the organization. They exist to make healthcare simple, personalized, and proactive - partnering with other organizations and industry leaders to build the future of healthcare.  Below are some of the exciting things they are working on which were covered at this event.
 

Kaiser Permanente 20*20 Innovation Champions meet at Applied Innovation

CADMIM Members meet on further microfluidics collaborations

On March 1, 2017, members of the Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) http://www.inrf.uci.edu/cadmim/ converged at the Cove for a student poster session and dinner reception, part of a two day semiannual Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting.

CADMIM Members meet on further microfluidics collaborations

NIH CAP – FeedForwardTM Sessions Irvine

On February 6 and 7, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) https://sbir.nih.gov/cap 2016-17 Feed Forward sessions took place for the first time at the Cove.Eighteen startups that received NIH Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants presented their business strategies.

NIH CAP – FeedForwardTM Sessions Irvine

FunBand Inc. Wins Best Presentation Award at Tech Coast Angels' Fast Pitch Competition

The Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa was brimming with energy on March 8th for the Tech Coast Angels' Celebration of Entrepreneurship Fast Pitch Competition. With over 160 startups who applied to compete, 12 teams advanced as finalists. The event was largely coordinated and orchestrated by Events Chair, Ora Villalobos, alongside a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Before this evening, teams participated in workshops with mentors from the entrepreneur and investor community in Orange County to refine their pitches. Comprised of seasoned experts, mentors devoted over 20 hours to the teams to prepare them for the competition. Available categories for startups to place included Best Presentation, Most Fundable, Best Overall, and Audience Favorite.  

FunBand Inc. Wins Best Presentation Award at Tech Coast Angels' Fast Pitch Competition

StartUpOC: Second Investor Showcase 2017

On February 22nd at the Cove, the second StartUpOC Investor Showcase sponsored by Applied Innovation, OCTANe, and the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. Attendees represented a diverse spectrum of venture capital firms, angel investors, and local ecosystem partners. Participating organizations included EvoNexus, FastStart.studio, and Launchlabs @ Chapman University. Companies that pitched included five established and eight emerging, representing $33.5 Million dollars raised in total. The program format consisted of a ten-minute pitch by each startup, followed by a Q&A afterward. 

StartUpOC: Second Investor Showcase 2017

Angel Capital Association: Western Regional Conference

On Thursday, February 9th, the Angel Capital Association in collaboration with Tech Coast Angels, held their Western Regional Forum at the Cove. The daylong event gathered angel investment groups from across the United States to discuss industry trends, best practices, and the current investment climate.

Angel Capital Association: Western Regional Conference

Executive Next Practices Institute

Cove Resident, multiple industry sector representative and community partner, the Executive Next Practices Institute (ENPI), now in their 9th year, is a nationwide organization comprised of middle to large market enterprise leaders (Board, CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, HR, key executives). They meet regularly in cross-sector, cross-functional, collaborative forums to explore emerging trends and share transformative strategies to keep them ahead of today’s fast-changing marketplace.

Executive Next Practices Institute

Exploring International Collaboration - City of Gumi Lunch & Learn

Exploring potential collaboration between companies in Irvine with the growing industry hub of Gumi, a city located in the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, a cross-section of Gumi city representatives, business leaders, and community leaders attended a lunch and learn at the Cove. Gumi industry representatives sought out Applied Innovation for the meeting to connect with medical device startups in the Irvine ecosystem seeking manufacturing partners that would help support the cost of getting an initial product to market.

Exploring International Collaboration - City of Gumi Lunch & Learn

Cove-based UCI startup BottleRocket Secures Over $200,000 in Recent Funding

Cove-based UCI startup BottleRocket has achieved a recent milestone, raising $240,000 from MuckerLab in Santa Monica and $20,000 from Dorm Room Fund. BottleRocket is the first on-demand pickup service that rewards users for recycling at home. Their team believes change starts with each person, which is why they created a simple way for households to redeem California Redemption Value recyclables at the push of a button. Comprised of UCI students and alumni, BottleRocket's team includes Arthur Avetisov, CEO and Co-Founder, Brian Leung, COO and Co-Founder, and Malik Ahmad Co-Founder, CMO. 

Cove-based UCI startup BottleRocket Secures Over $200,000 in Recent Funding

Syntr Health Technologies Advances to Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Finals

Cove-based UCI startup Syntr Health Technologies is making strides amidst the 2017 competition and pitch season. The UCI-based team has advanced to the Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Finals taking place on March 8th. Out of the numerous startups that have applied, Syntr will be competing with nine other teams and allotted 60-seconds to pitch to a panel of esteemed judges. Additionally, they have been invited to pitch at the LA BioMed Innovation Showcase on March 9th, an event gathering startups from prestigious research institutions throughout California. Organizations participating include LA BioMed, Biocom, California Life Sciences Institute, CalState LA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Lab Launch, Larta Institute, Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UCSD, USC, and more. 

Syntr Health Technologies Advances to Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Finals

UCI Global Innovators Experience & Showcase

The UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) collaborated with UCI Applied Innovation to host a group of nine students from both Kookmin and Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea for a residence program from January 30 to February 21, 2017. The program mission was to provide students with an immersive learning experience that exposed them to business principles, innovative practices, and culture in the United States.

UCI Global Innovators Experience & Showcase

UCI ANTrepreneur Center's: Girlboss Panel 2.0

On Monday evening, February 6th, UCI ANTrepreneur Center gathered a panel of female entrepreneurs together to share their startup experiences.  Focusing on shared challenges among entrepreneurs, attendees learned what it takes to be a “Girl Boss.”  Panelists included Amy Jo Pedone of Valenza Chocolatier, Cassandra Miller of See Jane Go, Esosa Agbonwaneten of Bulletin App, Josephine Lee of The Pointe Shoppe Inc., and Mamta Jain Valderrama, author of A Girl in Traffick.

UCI ANTrepreneur Center's: Girlboss Panel 2.0

Connecting Things: Freelance Panel

Connecting Things held their first event of the year, sponsored by Design, Inc., holding a panel to discuss freelancing from three different industry perspectives. Born from the idea that makers need a place where they can share, learn, and start collaborations that can feed their skills and passions, Connecting Things is a monthly event series in Orange County, CA and Brooklyn, NY with a goal that attendees leave with a new perspective or meet new people. 

Connecting Things: Freelance Panel