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National Biophotonic Sensors and Systems Center announced
Date:3/22/2011

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) The Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology (CBST) at UC Davis and the Boston University Photonics Center have jointly received the newest National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center award. The new Center for Biophotonic Sensors and Systems (CBSS) is one of 50 such cooperative research center awards across the country and the only center focused on biophotonic sensors. The concept is a long-running NSF program designed to foster university-industry collaborations and is jointly supported by the foundation and industry.

Working at the intersection of photonics engineering and the life sciences, the center will focus on translational research where photonics provides the technologies for advances in methods to detect and identify biological properties, conditions or changes at the molecular, cellular and sub-cellular levels.

"We are pleased to have the confidence of NSF and the support of industry members as we launch this center," said Thomas Bifano of Boston University and the first director for the biophotonic sensors center. "The ultimate goal of the center is to use photonics as a driver for early disease detection, reduction of health care costs, speedier and more effective treatment through personalized care and better patient outcomes".

Dennis Matthews, director of the biophotonics center on the UC Davis Health System campus and UC Davis site director for the new center, added that it will be a national resource for biosensor research that draws from two top regions of technological and entrepreneurial innovation in the country.

"We are teaming two nationally renowned photonics research centers with a history of close collaboration with their respective medical campuses and clinical health-care experts -- elements that augur well for success," Matthews said.

Gabriela Lee, CBST's industry liaison, said the center's framework provides plenty of
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Contact: Dorsey Griffith
dorsey.griffith@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
916-734-9118
University of California - Davis Health System
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