History and Mission

The Beckman Laser Institute (BLI) Foundation is  a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation that was established in 1982 by Arnold O.Beckman Ph.D. and Michael W. Berns, Ph.D..  The mission of the  Foundation  is to support research programs and projects that develop and employ lasers and other optical systems  in biology, medicine, and engineering. Some areas of interest are:

  • Developing new, enabling biophotonic technologies for biology and medicine
  • Applying biophotonic technologies to important problems in biology and medicine at the nano, micro, and macro scale levels 
  • Development and application of laser-based microscopy tools  to study  cell structure and function


  Funding is not limited to any one particular institution or program.