NSF Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation (EBI)

Building Sustainability

UC Davis was awarded a two-year, $800k grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation - Building Sustainability program at the Center for Biophotonics Science & Technology (CBST). The NSF funding is matched at least 1:1 by 3rd party investments from our partners.

The EBI program was created under a previous NSF grant, to facilitate translation of research results into marketable products, startup companies, and jobs. The new award, Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation – Building Sustainability (EBI-2), will build upon the successes and lessons of EBI to accelerate commercialization of technologies and ensure that the infrastructure of the ecosystem is sustainable into the future.

The goals of the EBI-2 program for its two year tenure are to:

  • Build upon and extend the biophotonics innovation ecosystem.
  • Test and optimize different concepts for the ecosystem by accelerating the commercialization of four identified technologies.
  • Continue and refine the EBI education and mentorship program (eFellows).
  • Stimulate new economic growth and job creation by training postdoctoral researchers and students in the process of technology commercialization, making them more suitable for jobs in the $53B/yr biophotonics industry. 

Click the image above to see a brief overview of the EBI and it's mission.  Click to advance through slides.  Click on the gear symbol in the player to open the notes for the slides.

Recent Announcements

  • Innovation Ecosystems Symposium On September 25, EBI hosted the Innovation Ecosystems Symposium in Sacramento at the Shriners Hospital for Children.  The Symposium featured panels on roles in innovation ecosystems and on the handling ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2013, 11:46 PM by Cherie Goodenough
  • Funding for EBI-2 officially awarded. The funding for the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation - Building Sustainability (EBI-2) program has officially been allocated by the NSF with a start date of October 1.  This second award ...
    Posted Sep 12, 2013, 11:49 AM by Cherie Goodenough
  • EBI All Hands Meeting There will be an All Hands Meeting for the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from noon until 4 pm.  The meeting will include updates from the ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2013, 10:01 AM by Cherie Goodenough
  • Symposium: Building and Sustaining an Innovation Ecosystem On September 25, 2013, the Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation will host a symposium on the building and sustaining of innovation ecosystems.  Innovation thought leaders from industry, government, and investing will ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2013, 3:41 PM by Cherie Goodenough
  • EBI Board of Directors Meeting 8/28/13 The EBI Board of Directors will meet from noon to 4 pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  This will be the final BOD meeting for the initial EBI grant.  On ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2013, 9:05 AM by Cherie Goodenough
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