The seeds for Modulim were planted in 2002, when UC Irvine Physics undergraduate, David Cuccia, was exploring ways to more accurately characterize tissue. With the help of his mentors at the Beckman Laser Institute, David invented a new optical imaging technique, which he named spatial frequency domain imaging, or SFDI.
Convinced of its value to the research and medical communities, David dug deeper into this research, earning a Ph.D. focused on this technique, then worked independently to develop and refine the technology. In 2008, he started Modulated Imaging to commercialize SFDI and make it more broadly available to help researchers and healthcare providers around the world improve patient care and reduce costs.
Over the next few years, David and Amaan Mazhar, Ph.D., our VP of Research and Development, secured over $11 million in SBIR and STTR grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD) to refine the technology and explore a variety of applications.