Biotechnology Resource Program FundingLate 1970s
Dr. Michael Berns applies and receives funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to launch a Biotechnology Resource Program that later becomes the Laser Microbeam and Medical Program (LAMMP). The award is renewed multiple times until Congress sunsets the grant in 2017.
Visit from Dr. Arnold O. BeckmanJanuary 1979
Dr. Berns hosts his first open house for industry leaders to demonstrate the power and promise of a new technology – lasers. On this rainy day in January, Drs. Arnold O. Beckman, founder of Beckman Instruments Inc. and Richard Nesbit, chief technology officer of Beckman Instruments Inc., attend.
Small Business Innovation Research ProgramJanuary 1980
The Small Business Innovation Research Program launches in the Bayh-Dole Bill. The program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization.
Beckman FundingJanuary 1982
Dr. Beckman, through Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation, provides the original financial gift to establish UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic. Dr. Beckman funds half of the $5 million needed to build what is now the Institute with the agreement that the remaining funds will be raised through private support.
Department of Defense FundingJanuary 1985
A Department of Defense grant brings fundraising to within $200,000 of the total needed to finish construction of UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic.
Construction CompleteJune 1986
Construction on UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic is complete. The building houses basic research with a medical clinic, designed to speed innovations to a clinical setting.
Doors OpenSeptember 1986
UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medial Clinic opens as one of five national Beckman Institutes supported by Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation with others at: California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and City of Hope Hospital and Medical Center.
Lasers to Manipulate CellsApril 1988
“Laser Scissors and Tweezers,” publishes in Scientific American. This article authored by Dr. Berns describes the promise of laser technology to, “grasp single cells and tinier components in vises of light…offer[ing] new ways to investigate and manipulate cells.” This technology is still in use today.
New Course in BiophotonicsSeptember 1988
Dr. Berns teaches a course on biophotonics with 10-15 students enrolled each quarter. Ten years later, approximately 100 students enroll in the class per quarter.
Erasing TattoosEarly 1990’s
UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic partners with the Orange County justice system to launch a program that helps rehabilitate former gang members by removing their tattoos.
Laser SurgeryJune 1991
“Laser Surgery” publishes in Scientific American. In the article, Dr. Berns discusses the potential for the use of lasers in surgical procedures for: urinary tract calcification, vascular birthmarks, diabetic retinopathy and photodynamic therapies for cancer.
Dr. Beckman Makes a StatementSeptember 1992
In an address to UCI’s Chief Executive Roundtable, Dr. Beckman shares his passion for funding “risky ventures,” or those that government agencies do not typically fund.
Laser Microbeam and Medical ProgramJanuary 1994
In renewing the Laser Microbeam Program (LAMP) grant funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, a second “M” is added to LAMP to indicate the Institute’s further specialization in medical applications. The Laser Microbeam Program (LAMP) was established in the late 1970’s by Dr. Berns with the goal of developing tools for selectively altering small regions of living cells to study cell and organelle function.
Photonic Incubator LaunchJanuary 1996
The Photonic Incubator opens as one of the first incubators in the UC system for technology commercialization. This industrial initiatives program supports start-up companies and fosters a collaborative environment between Institute researchers and affiliated professionals.
Dynamic Cooling Device PatentSeptember 1998
Dr. J. Stuart Nelson, UCI professor of surgery and biomedical engineering, patents the Dynamic Cooling Device and the technology is licensed to industry. It has become the standard-of-care for the treatment of port wine stains, hemangiomas and other vascular birthmarks in infants and young children. Today, the technology is available on more than 25,000 medical lasers worldwide, has been used on millions of patients and has generated more than $59 million in royalty revenue.
Institute ExpansionJanuary 1999
Spurred by the $1 million U.S. Department of Commerce grant, UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic constructs a $3 million addition to the existing facility, adding a second operating and recovery room and ample space for the Photonic Incubator.
New LeadershipNovember 2003
Dr. Bruce Tromberg is appointed as the second director of Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic and Dr. J. Stuart Nelson is appointed as the medical director.
Lifetime AchievementJanuary 2006
Dr. Berns receives the lifetime achievement award from the biomedical optics arm of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
OCT Medical ImagingJanuary 2006
OCT Medical Imaging, a company hosted in the Photonic Incubator, licenses its state-of-the-art cardiovascular imaging technology.
Dr. Michael Berns HonoredJune 2012
Dr. Berns is honored at SPIE for his outstanding achievements in the field of biomedical engineering.
30th AnniversaryJune 2014
The Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary and the Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative (COSI) is announced. The Initiative is a campus-wide effort to drive the creation, clinical translation and commercialization of cutting-edge optics and photonics technologies that will transform human health.
Vascular Birthmark Foundation PartnershipMarch 2017
Vascular Birthmark Foundation hosts its first comprehensive clinic at the Institute, providing much needed treatment for children with vascular birthmarks.
Foundation Matching FundsDecember 2017
Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation and UCI team up to offer a $3.5 million matching fund in support of COSI and the UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic building renovation and expansion.
Michael W. Berns RecognizedMarch 2018
The Michael W. Berns Laser Microbeam Program Lab is established in recognition of a donation from Beckman Laser Institute, Inc. non-profit corporation.