CNSI Technology Incubator

The CNSI Technology Incubator is designed to promote CNSI’s mission of bringing scientific and technological innovation into the economy and society and enable greater ties between the CNSI academic community and industry. The Incubator sits at the heart of the CNSI research community in Elings Hall, in close proximity to the CNSI Core Labs and the Materials Characterization Facilities. As part of UCSB Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with financial support from California legislation AB2664, the Incubator has undergone a significant expansion. Up to 900 square feet of laboratory space, including chemical fume hoods, as well as separate office space, are available for lease by local technology-oriented start-ups. 

Incubator Members


bioProtonics Logo

BioProtonics magnetic resonance-based diagnostic paradigm, µTexture, dramatically extends the resolution limits of magnetic resonance imaging of biologic textures, enabling early stage clinical diagnoses.

C-Zero's technology pyrolyzes methane, the predominant component in natural gas, to pure hydrogen and carbon. The hydrogen produced is thus CO2 free and can be used for a variety of purposes including electricity, process heat, and industrial applications.

Fluency Lighting Technologies, Inc. is working to create next-generation, low-étendue light sources for highly efficient and flexible design illumination, using laser technology and materials design. 

Laxmi Therapeutic Devices Logo

The overarching goal for Laxmi Therapeutic Devices, Inc. is to develop a painless wearable continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that can be developed quickly, manufactured cost-effectively, and does not require calibration.

Mentium Technologies Logo

Mentium has the technology to bring ultra-fast AI to low power electronics, like cameras, sensors, microphones, wearable accessories, and bringing the performances of autonomous vehicles and AI cloud computing to a whole new level.

Milo Sensors Logo

Milo Sensors aims to positively impact the $12B Alcohol Use Disorder treatment industry with non-invasive wearable alcohol sensor technology.

Nexus Photonics is working to commercialize photonic integrated circuits and photonic systems-on-chip

Quintessent is commercializing scalable lasers and photonic integrated circuits to power the growing connectivity needs of the future


SciKare is developing a non-invasive diagnostic device for early detection of kidney disease in patients suffering from chronic diseases (such as diabetes and congestive heart failure).

ULL Technologies is developing ultra-low loss SiN-based photonic circuits for a range of sensor, LIDAR, and communication applications.


Apeel Sciences Logo

Apeel Sciences creates products from natural plant extracts that allow growers to reduce reliance on pesticides, increase produce quality, and provide superior shelf life without refrigeration. Apeel leadership includes a number of UCSB alums.

NEXT Energy Logo

NEXT’s mission is to transform windows and glass facades into producers of low-cost, on-suite, renewable energy for buildings. NEXT windows can help dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.