UCLA Engineering Spinoff Holomic named World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer
By UCLA Samueli Newsroom
The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer program was started in 2000 to recognize early-stage companies from around the world that are “involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.” Previous recipients of the honor include Google, Kickstarter; Twitter; SoundCloud and Airbnb. Forty-nine companies out of hundreds of applicants around the globe were selected for the honor this year.
Holomic’s first product is a suite of rapid diagnostic test readers for advancing accuracy and access of in-home healthcare test results. Other products in development include a lens free holographic microscopes and handheld analyzers for blood cell count and allergens.
World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers are companies from the life sciences and healthcare; energy and environment; and information technologies and new media. An external selection committee composed of technology experts reviews the candidates. The companies are selected based on five criteria, including a truly innovative product; the potential for substantial and long-term impact; the development of a working prototype or product; smart plans for future development; and a visionary leadership team.
Image: The smartphone display and portable albumin tester created by the Ozcan Research Group at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.