World Economic Forum today announced its selection of the world’s 49 most promising Technology Pioneers 2015
Holomic LLC has been selected as a Technology Pioneer for its innovations in mobile diagnostics
US and UK-based companies make up 80% of awardees
The full list of recognized Technology Pioneers can be viewed here
Geneva, 5 August 2015 – Holomic LLC, spun out of Professor Aydogan Ozcan’s lab at UCLA is a young technology company dedicated to improving patient healthcare with the use of smartphones and biophotonics. The company’s first product is a suite of rapid diagnostic test readers for advancing diagnostic accuracy and access. Other products in development include a lens free holographic microscopes and handheld analyzers for blood count, allergens, and mercury contamination.
Holomic was chosen by a professional jury among hundreds of candidates as one of the 49 selected companies. Thanks to its selection, it will have access to the most influential and sought-after business and political network in the world, and be invited to the World Economic Forum’s “Summer Davos” in Dalian, China, this September, or the Annual Meeting in Davos in January.
“We’re glad to see Holomic make it to the selection,” says Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “Holomic is part of a group of entrepreneurs who are more aware of the crucial challenges of the world around them, and who are determined to do their part to solve those challenges with their company.”
As in previous years, American-based entrepreneurs continue to dominate the list of technology pioneers: they account for more than two-thirds of the recipients, followed by the United Kingdom (4), Israel and the Netherlands (2), and individual recipients of Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and Taiwan, China. France and Spain were among the countries not counting a recipient.
Dr. Neven Karlovac, CEO of Holomic, is delighted with the selection stating, “As a Technology Pioneer we now have a far reaching global platform to further showcase and commercialize our innovations. We simply want to make something as important as testing for health and the environment accurate, quick, easy and affordable and being a Technology Pioneer is an excellent opportunity to further our mission.”
The Technology Pioneers were selected from among hundreds of applicants by a selection committee of 68 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. Notable members of the committee include Arianna Huffington (founder, Huffington Post) and Henry Blodget (editor-in-chief, Business Insider). The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact, working prototype, viability and leadership.
Past recipients include Google (2001), Wikimedia (2007), Mozilla (2007), Kickstarter (2011) and Dropbox (2011). More information on past winners can be found here
For more information regarding this press release, please contact Peter Vanham, Media Lead, Technology Pioneers, at [email protected], or +41 79 620 91 29.
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Holomic LLC is a young technology company dedicated to improving patient healthcare with the use of smartphones and biophotonics. We are a licensee of UCLA and collaborate closely with Professor Aydogan Ozcan and his group at the university. Our first product is a suite of rapid diagnostic test readers for advancing diagnostic accuracy and access. Other products in development include a lens free holographic microscope, and handheld analyzers for blood count, allergens, and mercury contamination. Holomic is registered with the FDA as a Medical Device Manufacturer and is certified as an ISO 13485 supplier. The company was a finalist for the Katerva Award, Nokia Sensing X-Challenge Award, SPIE PRISM Award, and has won numerous government and corporate contracts. For more information, please contact Ketaki Sood at keta[email protected], 310-443-2070.