To kick off a month full of events, Connecting Things held a panel discussion at the Cove on June 1st about Creatives in Tech. The packed house came to hear panelist thoughts on creativity and innovation, as well as mingle and network before and after the event.
Brett Goldsmith, a UCI alumnus, and his partner, Ross Bundy, have revolutionized the medical field with their company, Nanomedical Diagnostics, or Nanomed.
Based out of San Diego, Nanomed created a graphene-based biosensor called AGILE technology that provides medical professionals with increased diagnostic accuracy and speed at a fraction of the current cost. Graphene, the invention that won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, is a single atom thick layer of bonded carbon.
UCI alumni Esosa Agbonwaneten, founder of Bulletin LLC, Kimberly Veliz and Nicole Mendoza, co-founders of Slapband Vitals, and Kathy Eiler, Director of Federal Relations for UCI, all were invited to the White House to participate in and explore the National Maker Faire.
Aspiring entrepreneurs from all over Orange County came together at the Cove on June 24th for Startup Weekend Orange County. The event is a competition that puts creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit to the test as teams compete to develop a business model over the span of a weekend. Startup Weekend is a fairly well-known competition, and regularly holds events in a number of different cities and counties in countries all over the world.
David Friedman is a tech-savvy marketing and operations executive with an expertise in bringing to market new technology particularly in wireless, software and the internet. He is currently a member of the TechCoastAngels. He writes a blog on business issues and has been a guest speaker at entrepreneurial meetings.
Kathleen McGrorty is CEO of NewView, which provides individual and group coaching, facilitation services and strategic advisory services to businesses and individuals. For over 30 years Kathleen has worked and consulted in a variety of business environments, including financial services, manufacturing, technology, retail, and global supply chain.
The 2nd Annual UCI Blackstone LaunchPad ANTrepreneur Awards honored dedicated UCI entrepreneurs for their hard work throughout the year.
The night began with opening remarks from David Ochi, Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad, who welcomed the audience and described the format of the ceremony. “We have structured this event like an Oscars; in other words, there is not one ANTrepreneur of the Year Award that we just honor one person for being the best ANTrepreneur of the Year,” Ochi explained. “There’s a Best Movie but there’s also a lot of other awards, and that’s really designed to help you to see what other ANTrepreneurs are doing that really are outstanding efforts in areas of entrepreneurship.”
The Medical Technology and Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) brought UCI Applied Innovation, the UCI Office of Research, and interested entrepreneurs together to learn about MTEC and opportunities to pursue consortium project funding.
The day began with a network lunch, where guests were able to meet and connect with others interested in the medical technology field, and then everyone gathered in the Beach to hear Kristen Pugh introduce the guests to MTEC and the presenters.
On June 9th, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, and material science students presented their senior designs at the BioENGINE Device Design Symposium, the culmination of several months of hard work and collaboration with UCI Applied Innovation. The event recognized the hard work of the seniors by providing them the opportunity to display their work and win the Capstone Design Awards and BioENGINE fellowships.
Brews & Brains celebrated its One Year Anniversary at the Cove with talks from UCI Professors, drinks, and science trivia. The night began with opening remarks from co-founder and Mechanical Science graduate student researcher Mike Bryant.
Bryant discussed the group’s origins and presented a video from Sandra Tsing Loh, the host of science radio program “The Loh Down on Science”. Loh and her science communications class inspired Bryant and Pharmacology graduate student researcher, Nayna Sanathara, to create Brews & Brains. Since March 2015, the organization brings together UCI graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to help them augment their communication and public speaking skills. Every other Tuesday, they discuss their innovative research and practice presenting it in TED style talks in front of a supportive audience.
A mixer at the Cove hosted by Tech Coast Angels and K5 Ventures, both Cove ecosystem residents, gave entrepreneurs the chance to network with investors on June 27th. The event focused on relationship-building, meeting and pitching investors.
David Cuccia is the CEO and CTO of Modulated Imaging, a start-up based in Irvine, CA that uses spatial frequency domain imaging (SFDI), an alternate method of viewing tissue, to make medical diagnoses.
As an undergraduate at UCI, Mr. Cuccia developed spatial frequency domain imaging, and decided to make this new technology the subject of his doctoral dissertation, which he published in 2006. He chose to pursue his graduate studies at UCI because of what he had begun researching at the Beckman Laser Institute.
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) hosted an Innovation Forum on June 30th which focused on technology transfers through local universities and how to apply them to commercial use.
The morning began with a presentation and an introduction of the AMP SoCal program from the moderator, Libby Williams, the Project Manager for AMP SoCal, located at the USC Center for Economic Development.
We visited Dr. Penner's Research Group to take a deep dive into their recent battery discovery and its commercial potential.
Imagine an iPhone that never dies—no more having to look at the battery percentage slowly decrease until that fatal 1%. That dream is on the horizon thanks to Penner Research Group team member and UCI doctoral candidate Mya Le Thai who recently discovered a crucial technology that could create a battery that lasts up to 400 times longer than the batteries currently in use.