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NanoMedicine from discovery to clinical reality: therapeutics, delivery and imaging


California NanoSystems Institute
570 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

CNSI, founded in 2000, is an independent research facility devoted exclusively to nanoscience and nanotechnology. It occupies a seven-story, 188,000 square-foot structure on the UCLA campus. Partial funding was provided by the State of California and the University of California. CNSI has 135 members who hold tenure or tenure track positions in the David Geffen School of Medicine, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the divisions of the physical and life sciences.

Research at CNSI is focused primarily on energy, the environment, medicine and health, and communications. Particular attention is given to biomedical topics, especially in the areas of diagnostics, targeted drug delivery, and nanotheranostics due to UCLAís strengths in having schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and public health, and two hospitals, on the Westwood campus.

Between the CNSIís six technology centers, users have available most of the instruments needed for nanoscale research. These include electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, scanning probe microscopes, X-ray diffraction microscopes, a variety of optical microscopes including a STED microscope, and other devices able to characterize and manipulate nanomaterials. Each technology center has its own world-class technical staff.

CNSI is a powerful and unique research facility with a second mission to commercialize discoveries and inventions derived from research done there. CNSIís expanding incubator space contains 17 start-up companies that utilize UCLA intellectual property and conduct research in the technology centers. The CNSI incubator provides all the tools and services required by new companies during the early stages of their development.

About UCLA

California's largest university, UCLA enrolls approximately 38,000 students per year and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the UCLA College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools in dozens of varied disciplines. UCLA consistently ranks among the top five universities and colleges nationally in total research-and-development spending, receiving more than $820 million a year in competitively awarded federal and state grants and contracts. For every $1 state taxpayers invest in UCLA, the university generates almost $9 in economic activity, resulting in an annual $6 billion economic impact on the Greater Los Angeles region. The university's health care network treats 450,000 patients per year. UCLA employs more than 27,000 faculty and staff, has more than 350,000 living alumni and has been home to five Nobel Prize recipients.