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Irvine Standard

A mother’s medtech inspiration

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Michelle Khine’s latest medtech startup was inspired by one of the scariest moments of her life. In 2018, Khine, a UCI biomedical engineering professor and entrepreneur, was watching her newborn baby being treated for a collapsed lung when she noticed that doctors weren’t monitoring his breathing. As she soon discovered, respiration has long been a neglected vital sign. State-of-the-art monitors are often bulky and can be inaccurate. “I went back and told my students: ‘This is ridiculous!’” she recalls. Khine and one of her doctoral students, Michael Chu, went on to develop a new compact, wireless, noninvasive monitoring device. They launched a new company – the sixth Khine has founded since her grad-student days. Chu is now the CEO. The startup, Makani Science (Makani is Hawaiian for “wind”), has since made speedy progress, thanks to enthusiastic investors and local support from an Irvine accelerator and UCI incubator. Read More
Science News

With tools from Silicon Valley, Quinton Smith builds lab-made organs

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Today, [Assistant Professor Quinton Smith’s] lab at the University of California, Irvine uses tools often employed in fabricating tiny electronics to craft miniature, lab-grown organs that mimic their real-life counterparts. “Most of the time, when we study cells, we study them in a petri dish,” Smith says. “But that’s not their native form.” Prodding cells to assemble into these 3-D structures, called organoids, can give researchers a new way to study diseases and test potential treatments. Read More
Orange County Business Journal

Jaw Joint Implant Co. From UCI Awarded $6M

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Cartilage, Inc. a bio-medical start up from the University of California, Irvine is developing a product that seeks to avoid such a “catastrophic” outcome for people afflicted with TMJ disorders, co-founder Kyriacos A. Athanasiou told the Business Journal. Athanasiou, a professor of biomedical engineering at UCI, leads the research team developing the startup’s engineering neocartilage implant, Hyaleon. Cartilage officials hope that the implant will restore TMJ function by generating missing tissue and repairing defects in the jaw joint. UCI and Cartilage’s research team last month received a $6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to] Read More
Los Angeles Times

After landslide, an Orange County beach town finds itself between a bluff and a hard place

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“If you invest in the beach and the sand protects the railroad, then the railroad protects the toe of the slope at Casa Romantica,” said Brett Sanders, a UC Irvine professor of civil and environmental engineering. “But then you have to think about the instability of the slope itself. There are different risks that have to be managed, and engineers can help.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to] Read More

Squid Camouflage Inspires Human Invisibility: Is it Possible?

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Underneath the rubbery skin of a squid, you’ll find a community of cells and muscles that work together to create the color and texture changes these animals are known for. This buzzing cellular network is difficult to study, however, and marine biologists and other researchers failed to cultivate a squid’s skin cells in a laboratory setting for decades. Now, thanks to recent work done at the University of California, Irvine, a workaround for culturing similar skin cells has been achieved. … To [UCI associate] professor Alon Gorodetsky and his team, the reflectin proteins seemed the perfect biomolecule for forming similar particles in mammalian (human) cells. Read More  
Irvine Standard

Irvine innovators making an impact

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Tibor Juhasz, CEO and founder, Vialase. Juhasz helped develop LASIK cornea surgery using femtosecond (a quadrillionth of a second) lasers, a technique that has helped 30 million people. The UCI professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering has since developed femtosecond surgery for cataracts and now is conducting clinical trials to treat glaucoma with femtosecond beams. Read More  
Irvine Standard

Irvine innovators making an impact

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Rahim Esfandyar‑Pour, Assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biomedical engineering, UC Irvine. Esfandyar-Pour and his team have invented a health-monitoring wearable many times thinner than a human hair – that operates without a battery. Read More
Irvine Standard

Irvine innovators making an impact

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Iryna Zenyuk, Associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, UC Irvine. As director of UCI’s Zenyuk Lab, she pioneered a novel approach to convert and store electrochemical energy in an effort to reduce the world’s carbon footprint. Read More
Spectrum News

LADWP prepares for flooding in the Eastern Sierra

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Multimedia journalist Christian Galeno spoke with a UC Irvine professor of civil and environmental engineering [Brett Sanders] and assistant GM of LADWP’s water division [Anselmo Collins] about LA’s infrastructure issues. Read More

'We're Not Prepared': Experts Call for Doubling Levee Protections as California Faces Increasing Floods

As floodwaters recede, [Jeffery] Mount and Brett Sanders, his peer at UC Irvine, said this is the perfect time to rethink and update the state’s aging infrastructure to accommodate the future climate. Fewer than 10% of levees in the greater Bay Area have a federal risk rating, according to a KQED analysis of the National Levee Database. “The recent California storms showed us pretty clearly there’s a lot at risk and systems we think are there to protect us may not perform as we expect,” said Sanders, an engineering professor, of levees across the Central Valley and Central Coast that failed during winter storms. … “There will always be floods that are beyond the capacity of systems,” he said. “So, are we doing what we need to do to protect even those that aren’t protected?” Read More