NSF Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation (EBI)
In 2011, the Center for Biophotonics Science & Technology
(CBST) was awarded a two-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop an Ecosystem for Biophotonics Innovation (EBI). NSF funding was matched dollar-for-dollar by 3rd party investments
from industry. The goals of the EBI program for its two year tenure were to:
- Formalize an innovation ecosystem framework to accelerate the commercialization of academic research technology into end-user validated biomedical technologies and devices.
- Kick-start the ecosystem by accelerating the commercialization of specific technologies, which have been developed by CBST in collaboration with end-users from medical and life sciences communities.
- Develop a training and mentorship program for early-career scientists, focused on product development, entrepreneurship and commercialization (eFellows).
- Stimulate new economic growth and job creation by training postdoctoral researchers and students in the process of commercialization, making them more suitable for jobs in the $53B/yr biophotonics industry.