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. After a short post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he is appointed as a research faculty at Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine in 2006. Dr. Ozcan joined UCLA in the summer of 2007 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate and Full Professor ranks in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He currently leads the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments at UCLA.

Dr. Ozcan holds 22 issued patents (all of which are licensed) and more than 15 pending patent applications for his inventions in nanoscopy, wide-field imaging, lensless imaging, nonlinear optics, fiber optics, and optical coherence tomography. Dr. Ozcan gave more than 140 invited talks and is also the author of one book, the co-author of more than 300 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 Holomic LLC.

Prof. Ozcan received several major awards including the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 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. Dr. Ozcan also received the 2013 SPIE BioPhotonics Technology Innovator Award, the 2011 Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Award, 2011 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, the 2010 NSF CAREER Award, the 2009 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the 2009 Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Award, the 2009 IEEE Photonics Society (LEOS) Young Investigator Award and the MIT’s Technology Review TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to near-field and on-chip imaging, and telemedicine based diagnostics.

Prof. Ozcan is also the recipient of the 2013 Microscopy Today Innovation Award, 2012 Popular Science Brilliant 10 Award, 2012 National Academy of Engineering (NAE) The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award, 2011 Innovators Challenge Award presented by the Rockefeller Foundation and mHealth Alliance, the 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, the 2010 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award, the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, the 2010 Netexplorateur Award given by the Netexplorateur Observatory & Forum in France, the 2011 Regional Health Care Innovation Challenge Award given by The von Liebig Center at UCSD, the 2010 PopTech Science and Public Leaders Fellowship, the 2009 Wireless Innovation Award organized by the Vodafone Americas Foundation as well as the 2008 Okawa Foundation Award, given by the Okawa Foundation in Japan.

Prof. Ozcan was 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 2010. He also received the 2012 World Technology Award on Health and Medicine, which is presented by the World Technology Network in association with TIME, CNN, AAAS, Science, Technology Review, Fortune, Kurzweil and Accelerosity.

Dr. Ozcan is elected Fellow of SPIE, and is a Senior Member of IEEE and OSA, a Member of AAAS and BMES.

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