Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Cardiovascular Innovation and Research Center
The UCI Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, Cardiovascular Innovation and Research Center (CIRC) is an academic-based research and training center housed within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. We aim to accelerate advances in cardiovacular health and health equity.
The concept behind the CIRC originated in 2006 from discussions between the leadership at Edwards Lifesciences and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The goal was to create an academic focal point for cardiovascular research and training within the vibrant biomedical device sector of Orange County. This goal was consistent with the long-term ambition of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering to build meaningful relationships with local companies that could provide opportunities for technology transfer and employment of students, as well as that of Edwards Lifesciences to create a source of highly trained, skilled, and diverse local engineering talent.