Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative (COSI)

Although biophotonics medical devices barely existed when UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic was established, they now constitute approximately an $80 billion annual market.  Recognizing this enormous worldwide growth and as the demand for biological discovery and personalized health care increases, UCI has made an investment in optics and photonics through the UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic-led Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative (COSI). 

COSI is an interdisciplinary, campus-wide initiative to drive the creation, clinical translation and commercialization of novel optics and photonics technologies that will transform human health.  COSI partners UCI Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic with UCI Beall Applied Innovation and with the UCI Schools of Engineering, Physical Science, and Medicine. It has leveraged more than thirty years of world-leading expertise in biophotonics and biomedical optics at the Institute.

COSI is the vision for the future.  Over the next few years, new faculty members will be recruited through the Initiative.  These faculty members will have capabilities in optics and photonics to complement and expand on existing areas of research.  To allow for this growth, it is a priority of the Institute to renovate and expand the existing building to create a dedicated space for academic and industry collaboration and engagement. 

Donate today and join us in transforming the future.  With your help, we can preserve our uniquely balanced culture of basic research, technology development, clinical translation and commercialization – all under one collaborative umbrella – and continue to produce life-changing technologies and discoveries for generations to come.

The technologies that we create today will transform the future of human health.

Donate today or contact Gabrielle Comfort, director of development, at 949.824.8859 or