Connecting UCI and the Business Community

UCI Applied Innovation is a dynamic, innovative central platform for the UCI campus, entrepreneurs, inventors, the business community and investors to collaborate and move UCI research from lab to market.


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The Cove

The Cove is a vibrant gathering place of entrepreneurs and innovators in the Orange County community. From speaker panels to networking mixers, the Cove hosts a variety of events aimed at building ties between investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, industry members, and others excited about the rapidly growing innovation district in and around UCI.

UCI Applied Innovation’s connections between 
UCI researchers and the corporate community streamlined the commercialization process as they negotiated exclusive licenses for inventions developed by myself, and my colleagues here at UCI.” - Bruce Tromberg, Ph.D

Director, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (BLI) Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Surgery Professor, Samueli School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering Co-founder, Modulated Imaging, Inc

UCI Applied Innovation supports and protects our scholars' work, fosters their ongoing spirit of innovation, and connects their discoveries to markets where they have world-changing possibilities.” - Enrique J. Lavernia, M.S., Ph.D

Provost and Exective Vice Chancellor

My colleague and I came to UCI Applied Innovation when we had a little more than an idea and a vague game plan. At every step of the way I was amazed at how helpful and collaborative working with UCI was; you really get the feeling they're invested in your success.” - Joe Rinehart, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Vice-Chair for Research of Anesthesiology, Founder of Sironis

UCI Applied Innovation is envisioned to be an epicenter of innovation in Orange County, creating a vibrant, interconnected and self-sustaining community of students, scholars, industries, and entrepreneurs.” - Howard Gillman, Ph.D

Chancellor, UC Irvine

The ecosystem and entrepreneurial community being fostered at the Cove is playing a key part in the successes of UCI Faculty Innovators. For us, it has been indispensable. We connected with a few Cove residents and this resulted in seed funding that contributed to getting us off the ground.” - Michelle Khine, M.S., Ph.D

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Director of Faculty Innovation, Samueli School of Engineering, Director of BioEngine, UCI Applied Innovation, Founder, TinyKicks, Founder, Novoheart

I am grateful to start companies at this time at UCI because UCI Applied Innovation provides extensive services that allow me to navigate through this unfamiliar territory.” - Weian Zhao, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Founder of Velox Biosystems

UCI Applied Innovation and the Cove are incredible opportunities for current students and researchers to take advantage of all the resources UCI has to offer students under one roof, particularly the Invention Transfer Group and entrepreneurship training.” - David Cuccia, Ph.D

Founder, Modulated Imagining, UCI Alumnus

We are creating a microcosm of Orange County's entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof with incubators and accelerators, angel investors, and venture capitalists, mentors, and legal experts - all the resources and expertise new businesses need to succeed.” - Richard Sudek, Ph.D

Executive Director, UCI Applied Innovation

UCI has been a driving force in uncovering breakthroughs that have real-world impact. Together, we hope to bring these discoveries to life, benefiting students, faculty, business leaders, and the community and society as a whole.” - Donald R. Beall, M.B.A.

Chairman, Founders Advisory Board, UCI Applied Innovation Chairman Emeritus, and Retired Chariman/CEO Rockwell