POP Grant Round 1 Recipients

Six UCI professors are recipients of the first proof-of-product grants from Applied Innovation. These POP awards provide up to $125,000 each for innovators to move promising technologies closer to commercialization. More than 20 applications were submitted and reviewed by domain experts and industry advisers. The awardees and their projects are below. The POP grants program is part of UCI’s Bridging Innovation Gaps Initiative, which supports faculty and student entrepreneurs at critical stages along the path from research to commercialization.

Jeffrey Krichmar

Professor of cognitive sciences

Technology: an interactive robotic device used as therapy for children with developmental disorders


Kumar Wickramasinghe

Nicolaos G. and Sue Curtis Alexopoulos Presidential Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Henry Samueli Endowed Chair, Professor of electrical engineering & computer science, Professor of biomedical engineering, Professor of chemical engineering and material science; 

Technology: a smartphone-controlled rapid DNA test

Aimee Edinger

Associate professor of developmental & cell biology;

Technology: anti-cancer therapeutics

Elliot Botvinick

Associate professor of biomedical engineering, Associate professor of Surgery, Associate Professor of Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, Associate Professor of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology, Associate Professor of chemical engineering and materials sciences;

Technology: an integrated diagnostic device for acute middle-ear infection and a continuous analyte sensor device to improve healthcare (two projects funded)

Anand Ganesan

Associate professor of dermatology, Joint appointee biological chemistry

Technology: small-molecule drugs to inhibit growth of early-stage melanomas.

Kenneth Shea

Distinguished professor of chemistry;

Technology: a therapeutic bandage for treating venom-induced tissue necrosis.