Nanotechnologies aim to modify macroscopic properties through observation, control, and manipulation of individual atoms and molecules. It has begun to have profound implications for science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, computing and engineering. Santa Barbara is a hub for research and development of nanoscience including quantum computing.

The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCSB serves as a national research and education center, and houses the CNSI Technology Incubator, created to promote technology translation and local economic development by providing physical lab space to technology-based startups.

This program showcases companies that are already leveraging nanotechnology in their product, as well as those companies looking to new applications and new research in the field. Companies that are represented on the panel are from start-up, to mid-stage, to Google!


Craig Prater, CTO, Anasys Instruments

Evan Strenk, CEO Milo Sensors, Inc.

Luke Theogarajan, CTO and co-founder, Laxmi Therapeutic Devices

John Martinis, joint appointment at Google and the Department of Physics at UCSB

Moderator: Tal Margalith, Executive Director of Technology California NanoSystems Institute, UCSB


About the Speakers


Craig Prater, CTO, Anasys Instruments

Craig Prater has served as  CTO of Anasys Instruments (Santa Barbara, CA) since 2007. Anasys Instruments is the world leader in IR spectroscopy on the sub-micron and nanometer length scales.  These instruments measure spatially varying physical and chemical properties with spatial resolution down to the nanometer scale and serving in a diverse range of fields, including polymers, 2D materials, materials science, life science and micro-electronics industry.  Prior to Anasys, Craig was Chief Technologist of Veeco Metrology (previously Digital Instruments, now Bruker). Craig has coauthored more than 50 publications and more than 30 patents with more than 6000 citations in the fields of atomic force microscopy and nanoscale infrared spectroscopy.


Evan Strenk, CEO Milo Sensors, Inc.

Milo Sensors is an early-stage, privately-funded company developing wearable sensors for continuous, non-invasive detection of molecules that naturally diffuse through the skin. These small molecules are byproducts of body and organ function and can provide dozens of health-related biomarkers, without needing a blood sample. Wearable technology has long held the broad promise of biometric data gathering and analysis, yet it has been limited to step-counting and heart rate. Milo Sensors is tapping into the skin’s superhighway of molecules to read biometrics that may revolutionize the industry. Through ground-breaking development, Milo Sensors’ technology has received recognition from the National Institutes of Health, winning a $100,000 “Wearable Alcohol Biosensor” Challenge Prize and receiving a $223,000 “Small Business Innovation Research” grant. Their first commercial product, PROOF™, a Fitbit-like wearable for reading blood alcohol content, has garnered media attention from the likes of TechCrunch, Mashable, Digital Trends and BBC.

Evan Strenk is the President and CEO at Milo Sensors, Inc. Mr. Strenk graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has held positions in the consumer electronic, music technology, and footwear industries with a background in product development, project management, and marketing strategy.

Luke Theogarajan, CTO and co-founder, Laxmi Therapeutic Devices

Laxmi Therapeutic Devices is  an early stage privately funded company aiming to build a painless patch with ~300 integrated microneedles that can allow for daily continuous glucose monitoring and enable automatic insulin control to treat diabetes. The applications of such a device will extend beyond diabetes to the measurement of other biomarkers to significantly improve the way we understand and mange human health in general.

Luke Theogarajan, is the CTO and co-founder of Laxmi Therapeutic Devices and a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He has been awarded the NIH New Innovator award, the NSF Career award and does research in the field of Biosensors, Neuroscience and High-Speed Circuit Design. Prior to his Ph. D. he worked at Intel where he was part of the Pentium 4 Design Team.

John Martinis, joint appointment at Google and the Department of Physics at UCSB

John Martinis pioneered research on superconducting quantum-bits as a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley.  He has worked at CEA France, NIST Boulder, and UC Santa Barbara.  In 2014 he was awarded the London Prize for low-temperature physics research on superconducting qubits.  In 2014 he joined the Google quantum-AI team, and now heads an effort to build a useful quantum computer.

Google is a multinational, publicly-traded organization built around the company’s hugely popular search engine. Google’s other enterprises include Internet analytics, cloud computing, advertising technologies, and Web app, browser and operating system development.



Tal Margalith, Executive Director of Technology, California NanoSystems Institute, UCSB

Tal Margalith received his PhD in Materials from UCSB in 2002, in the field of Gallium Nitride optoelectronics. After graduating, he spent 10 years in the LED industry: first at Philips Lumileds Lighting, then at UCSB-spinoff Soraa as the Director of Process Engineering. Tal currently serves as the Executive Director for Technology of the Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC) and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), where he works to facilitate technology translation from academia to industry and promote new multi-PI and multi-campus initiatives for science and engineering at UCSB.


Event Registration

When:  Wednesday, February 21, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 670 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105


  • Student: $15.00
  • General-Early-Bird (online only): $30.00
    Sign up now & save $10 off general walk-in rate. Offer ends Tuesday, February 20 at 6 p.m.
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  • Parking: FREE


  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Online Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

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If you miss the Online Early-Bird Offer, we welcome guests on the day of the event at the Walk-in rate. (Online rate not applicable.) 

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