Join us on UCI Giving Day as we unlock the potential of lasers and light to improve the lives of those in our community and around the world.
Translating Scientific Discoveries into Life-giving Technologies
Since its opening in 1986, UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic has become an internationally recognized leader at the forefront of optics and photonics in medicine. The field has exploded in recent years, with an estimated worldwide annual commercial impact of $80 billion.
The Institute’s visionary founders, Arnold O. Beckman, founder of Beckman Instruments, Inc., and Michael W. Berns, a UCI professor of cell biology, created an inspirational “laboratory benchtop to patient bedside” model. The model galvanized the scientists, engineers and clinicians who joined forces to advance a shared mission: bring advanced lasers, optical and related technologies into medicine to improve the lives of patients worldwide.
Working under one collaborative umbrella, interdisciplinary teams have conducted high-risk, high-reward research that has led to the development of new scientific disciplines — biophotonics and biomedical optics.
The Institute has also launched the Photonic Incubator, one of the first incubators in the UC system. The Incubator has fostered the commercialization of groundbreaking technologies that have become the standard in medical care.
One of the most successful medical devices developed in the UC system, the Dynamic Cooling Device, was invented by Director Thomas Milner and Medical Director J. Stuart Nelson. The device is used to treat infants and young children with disfiguring vascular birthmarks and has generated the second-highest UCI patent royalty income to date.
Today, UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic unites the UCI Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences and UCI Beall Applied Innovation to bring the enormous power of cutting-edge optics and biophotonics technologies together with pioneers from diverse backgrounds to radically change healthcare.
Together, we have the power to impact the future of medicine. Thank you for your generosity.
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