Holomic, a company founded by Aydogan Ozcan at University of California, Los Angeles that turns cellphones into medical diagnostic tools, has been selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world's 49 most promising Technology Pioneers of 2015.
Technology Pioneers recognizes early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies that are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.
Holomic is being recognized in the category of health and life sciences for its innovative work in mobile diagnostics. Holomic has created smartphone device technology to test for diseases ranging from malaria to Ebola, or for the presence of alcohol or drugs. Anyone with access to a smartphone will be able to test for rapid and accurate results, making a complex and expensive diagnostic lab test portable and affordable.
Ozcan is an SPIE Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor, and the Chancellor's Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at UCLA where Holomic was spun out of his research lab.
Ozcan is scheduled to give a plenary talk at SPIE Optics + Photonics 11 August on the use of computational photonics for imaging, sensing, and diagnostic tools.
He is the recipient of the 2013 SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award for developing the smartphone-based microscopy platform and other contributions to computational imaging, sensing, and biophotonics technologies impacting telemedicine and global health challenges. He also received the 2011 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award for his pioneering contributions to non-destructive nonlinear material characterization techniques, nearfield and on-chip imaging and diagnostic systems.