Dr. Kyriacos A. Athanasiou
Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, the Child Family Professor of Engineering, and the immediate past Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Davis. His research interests include healing of musculoskeletal defects with particular emphasis on hyaline articular cartilage and fibrocartilage. Central to his group’s efforts is a scaffold-free tissue engineering approach, termed the self-assembling process, for fabricating large sections of articular cartilage. He has served as President of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Additionally, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, the flagship journal of BMES. His list of awards includes the Nemitsas Prize (Cyprus’ largest award presented by the President of Cyprus), HR Lissner Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Distinguished Service Award from BMES, Wall Street Journal’s 2008 Innovation Award, Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from ASME, Hershel Rich Outstanding Invention Award, Marshal Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research from the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Van Mow Medal from ASME. He is a Fellow of BMES, AAAS, AIMBE, and ASME; recently he was elected to the National Academy of Inventors. In addition to his academic interests, he has been involved with effecting the translation of devices and instruments into clinical use and commercialization. He obtained his Ph.D. in bioengineering (mechanical engineering) from Columbia University in 1989.
Dr. Lawrence Bonassar
Dr. Bonassar is a Professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Dr. Bonassar’s research focuses on cartilage biomechanics and tissue engineering. His work is aimed at understanding structure-property relationships in cartilage to elucidate mechanisms of disease and inform design of tissue replacements. His research focusing on tissue regeneration includes the development of tissue injection molding and 3D tissue printing aimed at scale-up and manufacturing of high fidelity living implants design based on medical imaging. He has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is an inventor on 11 patents. He has won several national and international awards including the Hansjorg Wyss Research Award at the World Forum for Spine Research and the 2013 World Technology Award in Health and Medicine.
Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, Dr. Bonassar was an Assistant Professor in the Center for Tissue Engineering at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He received both his masters and doctoral degrees from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Charles L. Cooney
Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical Engineering, Emeritus; MIT Department of Chemical Engineering. Faculty Director, Emeritus; Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. A consultant to multiple biotech and pharmaceutical companies, Cooney sits on the boards of Polypore International, Biocon, Ltd. (India) and multiple private companies (GreenLight Bioscience, Mitra Biotech, Pronutria Biosciences, Boyd Technologies, enEvolve, Inc., Levitronix). His research and teaching interests span many aspects of biochemical engineering and pharmaceutical manufacturing and accelerating technological innovation. Dr. Cooney received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and the S.M. and Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from MIT. After a short post-doc at the Squibb Institute for Medical Research, he joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor in 1970, becoming full professor in 1982.
Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff:
Jules Stein Professor; Wilmer Eye Institute and Biomedical Engineering, and Director; Translational Tissue Engineering Center, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Elisseeff was a Fellow at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Pharmacology Research Associate Program where she worked in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. In 2001, Dr. Elisseeff became an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, Dr. Elisseeff cofounded Cartilix, Inc., a startup that translated adhesive and biomaterial technologies for treating orthopedic disease, acquired by Biomet Inc. in 2009. In 2009, she also founded Aegeria Soft Tissue and Tissue Repair, new startups focused on soft tissue regeneration and wound healing. Dr. Elisseeff has received several awards including the Carnegie Mellon Young Alumni Award, Arthritis Investigator Award from the Arthritis Foundation, Yasuda Award from the Society of Physical Regulation in Medicine and Biology, and was named by Technology Review magazine as a top innovator under 35 in 2002 and top 10 technologies to change the future. In 2008, Dr. Elisseeff was elected a fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum. Dr. Elisseeff received a bachelors degree in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in medical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
Dr. Shuichi Mizuno
Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery; Harvard Medical School. Co-founder of Histogenics Corporation. His research interests has focused on dynamic roles of extracellular matrix in musculoskeletal system, encompassing development of functionally instructed cell constructs for promoting tissue repair and manipulation of chondrocyte behavior by changes in physicochemical factors. Dr. Mizuno provided technical leadership when Histogenics was in its infancy to develop the state-of-the-art NeoCart technology and to conduct preclinical studies. This technology provided the foundation for the NeoCart we use today in our phase III clinical trial. Dr. Mizuno is extending his research program to manipulate a lineage of stem cells for diverse applications of cell-based therapy, to model regeneration of articular cartilage in vitro and in silico, and to develop new diagnostic tools and treatments for post-traumatic early osteoarthritis. He earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Dr. Lonnie Shea
Professor and Chair; Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2014 bringing his active research group working at the interface of tissue engineering, gene therapy, and drug delivery. He received an NSF CAREER Award in 2000, which helped start the work on developing new technologies based on combining biomaterials and gene/drug delivery. The overall objective is to create controllable microenvironments for directing or molecularly dissecting tissue growth. These systems are being applied to clinical problems such as ovarian follicle maturation for treating infertility, islet transplantation for diabetes therapies, nerve regeneration for treating paralysis. More recently, his research has moved into cancer diagnostics, autoimmune disease, and systems biology applied to regenerative medicine. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Case Western Reserve University in chemical engineering. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering and scientific computing from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 1999 within the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and retains an appointment in that department as well as in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. R. Lane Smith
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery; Stanford University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the mechanisms of cartilage degradation in inflammation and sepsis and the stimulation of cartilage growth and repair by growth factors and hormones in serum-free culture. His research also focuses on the effects of adherence and deposition of glycocalyx on bacterial resistance to antibiotic treatment. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He conducted his postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine and Friedrich Miescher Institut, Basel, Switzerland.