Narrator: This is Science Today. A start-up company looking to commercialize a groundbreaking invention developed by UCLA is joining the campus's technology incubator program at the California NanoSystems Institute. Holomic LLC will be helping to speed up the commercialization of a cell phone that can turn into a powerful microscope with a simple attachment. UCLA engineer Aydogan Ozcan, who invented the technology, explains that it has the potential to bring better health care to underserved areas around the globe.
Ozcan: Detection of bacteria in pathogens, especially in drinking water and food, is a very important thing. We lose close to 2 million people globally for water-related diseases. So, it's very important to be able to sense, detect these pathogens or bacteria at low concentrations rapidly and sensitive enough using field portable devices because most of these outbreaks are happening in resource-poor countries.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.