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 the SEED-SB program, 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.

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 is developing non-invasive biosensors for consumer and health applications. Milo’s first product, PROOF™, is a Fitbit-like wearable for reading blood alcohol content which has been featured in TechCrunch, Mashable, Digital Trends and BBC, and completely sold-out of units on Indiegogo.

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


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.