About Us

Holomic LLC was formed in 2011 to commercialize advanced BioPhotonics technologies invented at the world-renowned research laboratory of Professor Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA www.innovate.ee.ucla.edu (http://www NULL.innovate NULL.ee NULL.ucla NULL.edu). Among the many applications that have emerged from the lab is the cellphone-based Holomic Rapid Diagnostic Reader (HRDR). In Holomic’s portfolio and launched in 2012, the HRDR is an economical handheld reader enabling more reliable lateral flow immunoassay tests, instant access to electronic health records, and real-time, wide-area diagnostic data collection. Ideal for point-of-care, telemedicine, and public health monitoring.

Holomic’s LUCAS technology (Lensfree Ultra wide-field Cell Monitoring Array Platform based on Shadow Imaging), invented by Professor Aydogan Ozcan at UCLA and his research group, is based on a brilliant insight that light passing through translucent objects like biological samples interferes with itself and creates a hologram which can be used to mathematically reconstruct the microscopic image of the object- without any lenses. The result: an inexpensive, small, and robust portable microscope that can be used anywhere.

Holomic believes that microscopes should be small and light enough to be used wherever you need them, in the lab or in the field. Portable, inexpensive, and high quality microscopes will find widespread applications in:

  • Scientific Research (cytometry, high throughput imaging, rare cell search)
  • Point-of-Care Diagnostics (blood analysis, HIV monitoring)
  • Diagnostics for Global Health (sickle cell anemia, malaria)
  • Pathology labs (hematopathology, histopathology)
  • Telemedicine and Mobile Health
  • Water quality testing

Holomic LLC is a spinoff from UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, with offices in nearby Westwood, Los Angeles, and a laboratory in UCLA’s California Nanosystems Institute’s Incubator. Our mission is to commercialize LUCAS and other advanced photonics to benefit societies in the US and other developed countries as well as resource-limited countries globally.

Gilbert Hakim, Founder & Chairman, Holomic LLC

Mr. Gilbert Hakim is also founder and CEO of SCC Soft Computer.  He graduated from Stony Brook University, New York, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. Prior to forming SCC in 1979, Mr. Hakim held several technical and management positions in the telecommunications industry with Periphonics, Inc. Driven to provide innovative and practical technological solutions to the allied healthcare industry, Mr. Hakim founded SCC and focused on providing custom software programming to healthcare customers, primarily in the clinical laboratory.

Over the years, as SCC has grown to a company of nearly 1,300 employees worldwide, Mr. Hakim has been actively involved in all aspects of the Company and, through his intimate knowledge of advances in information technology and the needs of the hospital laboratory, provides the driving vision to ongoing product development. Mr. Hakim’s understanding of the healthcare industry’s intense regulatory environment and rapidly changing markets, combined with his expert knowledge of software development, keeps SCC’s products at the leading edge of industry demand.

Mr. Hakim’s selection of the technological platform on which all SCC products are based is very important in today’s era of HIPAA compliance concerns and as healthcare decision makers look for enterprise wide software solutions. The open system architecture and CORBA technology supporting all SCC software products assures our customers that their products are easily integrated and broaden the marketing appeal of the company’s flagship product, SoftLab. In addition, standardized technology helps keeps new product development on schedule and within budget.

For those active within the LIS community, it becomes evident that Mr. Hakim is a major force in the world of LIS. Year after year, Mr. Hakim’s image and message can be found within industry publications and journals, and the world of academia. From the earliest iterations of what has evolved into the modern LIS in the late 1970s, to leading the way in genetics-based LIS and workflow automation, Mr. Hakim is more than just a corporate CEO. Mr. Hakim is often found at client sites, and is considered the most hands-on CEO in the business.

He learns from laboratorians and medical professionals alike by speaking to them and then absorbs and transforms this knowledge into SCC’s vision. Through his contributions towards the modernization of the LIS and laboratory medicine, as well as profound generosity to SCC employees, the underprivileged, and countless other charitable contributions, Mr. Gilbert Hakim plays a positive role in society, and most certainly, is considered a valuable part of what makes SCC special in the world of LIS.

Neven Karlovac, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Holomic LLC

Neven Karlovac has over thirty years of experience in technology and business management for companies ranging from early-stage startups to Global 500 corporations.  Prior to Holomic he was a Senior Technology Strategist  with UCLA Institute for Technology Advancement,   a privately funded organization with a mission to foster and accelerate commercialization of UCLA research.   He met Professor Ozcan through his activities to identify and shape promising inventions for commercialization and they spun off Microskia, Inc., the predecessor company of Holomic LLC, in 2009.

Neven Karlovac is also  a Principal Advisor  for Larta Institute, a leading “innovation hub” based in Los Angeles with the mission of vastly improving the transition of scientific and technological breakthroughs from the lab to the marketplace, where they can solve pressing issues, enhance economic opportunities and better people’s lives. He is the immediate past Vice President, Technology Commercialization Programs at Larta, in which capacity he built and led the NIH-CAP programthat provided strategic business advice to over 300 companies in its first three years. He is also  President of Palitek Consulting, a firm providing strategic business advice and management services to emerging growth companies.

Neven started his career designing instrumentation for nuclear radiation measurement and life sciences at EG&G ORTEC, an early developer of electrophoresis systems and PET imaging equipment. Recognizing early the potential of optical fibers, he switched to this new field, and led the commercialization of fiber optic and optoelectronics technologies in positions of increasing responsibility at Rockwell International and Alcatel, reaching the positions of President & COO of Alcatel Network Systems, the US subsidiary of Alcatel SA (now Alcatel Lucent).  At Alcatel he managed over 3,000 employees and a $515 million budget.

Neven came to California in 1994 as the CEO of Accuwave Corporation, an early-stage venture-funded startup, where he commercialized a new technology for volume holography and launched in the market a pioneering laser frequency control product. Accuwave also achieved success in obtaining many research grants including SBIR, BAA, and ATP. Since then, he has been involved with a number of startups (including Authentix, Fiberspace, Aprisa, Litropy, and LuxN Corporation,) as a founder, executive, or consultant. His consulting activity has focused on technology commercialization and product development management

Neven holds BS & MS degrees from the University of Zagreb in Croatia, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has attended executive business courses at Stanford and Oxford Universities.

Aydogan Ozcan, Founder & Director, Holomic LLC

Dr. Aydogan Ozcan received his Ph.D. degree at Stanford University Electrical Engineering Department in 2005. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he is appointed as a Research Faculty Member at Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine in 2006. Dr. Ozcan joined UCLA in the summer of 2007, where he is currently an Associate Professor leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments.

Dr. Ozcan holds 17 issued patents and another 12 pending patent applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, lensfree imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography. Dr. Ozcan is also the author of one book and the co-author of more than 200 peer reviewed research articles in major scientific journals and conferences. In addition, Dr. Ozcan is the founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Microskia Inc.( now Holomic LLC), and is a member of the program committee of SPIE Photonics West Conference, SPIE International Symposium on Defense, Security and Sensing, as well as the IEEE Photonics Society Annual Meeting. He also serves as a panelist and a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, NIH and for the Harvard-MIT Innovative Technology for Medicine Program. Prof. Ozcan also served as the General co-Chair of the 2010 IEEE Winter Topical Meeting on Advanced Imaging in BioPhotonics.

Prof. Ozcan received several major awards including the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (http://www NULL.whitehouse NULL.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/26/president-obama-honors-outstanding-early-career-scientists), which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Ozcan received this prestigious award for developing innovative optical technologies and signal processing approaches that have the potential to make a significant impact in biological science and medicine; addressing public health needs in less developed countries; and service to the optical science community including mentoring and support for underserved minority undergraduate and graduate students. Furthermore, Dr. Ozcan also received the 2011 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award (http://spie NULL.org/x7066 NULL.xml), the 2011 Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award (http://www NULL.arl NULL.army NULL.mil/www/default NULL.cfm?page=29), the 2010 NSF CAREER Award (http://www NULL.nsf NULL.gov/funding/pgm_summ NULL.jsp?pims_id=503214), the 2009 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (http://nihroadmap NULL.nih NULL.gov/newinnovator/Recipients09 NULL.asp), the 2009 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award (http://www NULL.onr NULL.navy NULL.mil/sci_tech/3t/corporate/young-investigators-awardees-announced NULL.asp), the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society (LEOS) Young Investigator Award (http://www NULL.ieee NULL.org/organizations/pubs/newsletters/leos/feb09/2009awardozcan NULL.html), and the MIT’s Technology Review TR35 Award (http://www NULL.technologyreview NULL.com/TR35/Profile NULL.aspx?Cand=T&TRID=808) for his seminal contributions to near-field and on-chip imaging, and telemedicine based diagnostics.

Prof. Ozcan is also the recipient of the 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award (http://www NULL.nationalgeographic NULL.com/field/explorers/aydogan-ozcan/), the 2010 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award (http://www NULL.grandchallenges NULL.org/Explorations/Pages/GrantsAwarded NULL.aspx), the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (http://www NULL.popularmechanics NULL.com/science/health/breakthroughs/cellphone-enabled-healthcare), the 2010 Netexplorateur Award (http://www NULL.netexplorateur NULL.org/?q=en/top-10) given by the Netexplorateur Observatory & Forum in France, the 2011 Regional Health Care Innovation Challenge Award (http://www NULL.jacobsschool NULL.ucsd NULL.edu/news/news_releases/release NULL.sfe?id=1112) given by The von Liebig Center at UCSD, the 2010 PopTech Science and Public Leaders Fellowship (http://poptech NULL.org/aydogan_ozcan__science_fellow), the 2010 USC’s Body Computing Slam Prize, and the 2009 Wireless Innovation Award (http://www NULL.vodafone-us NULL.com/web%20innovation/about_winners_cellophone NULL.html) organized by the Vodafone Americas Foundation as well as the 2008 Okawa Foundation Award (http://www NULL.okawa-foundation NULL.or NULL.jp/e/ken/index NULL.html), given by the Okawa Foundation in Japan.

Prof. Ozcan was also selected as one of the top 10 innovators by the U.S. Department of State, USAID, NASA, and NIKE as part of the LAUNCH: Health Forum organized in October 2010.

Dr. Ozcan is a Senior Member of IEEE and SPIE, and a member of LEOS, EMBS, OSA, and BMES.