Science Advisory Board
Our Science Advisory Board comprises of highly venerable international thought leaders in regenerative medicine, neurosurgery, advanced biopolymers, nanotechnology and stem-cells based therapeutics.

The SAB acts as a veritable touchstone for validating our technical directions and also functions as the intellectual engine guiding next-generation breakthrough technologies.
Buddy Ratner, Ph.D.
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board


Webpage at University of Washington

Dr. Buddy D. Ratner is the Michael L. and Myrna Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization, Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. He is also the Director of the University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials. He received his Ph.D. (1972) in polymer chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Professor Ratner is a past president of the Society for Biomaterials, a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of AVS The Science and Technology Society, a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE), and was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association For the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He served as president of AIMBE, 2002-2003. He was vice president of the Tissue Engineering Society International (TESI) 2003-2005. In 2002 Dr. Ratner was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA. Dr. Ratner is the author of more than 400 scholarly works, has 18 issued patents and several more on the way. His research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, polymers, biocompatibility, surface analysis of organic materials, self-assembly, nanobiotechnology, and RF-plasma thin film deposition. He has won many awards including the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Biomaterials Literature, the C.M.A. Stine Award in Materials Science (AIChE), the Medard W. Welch Award (AVS) and the 2005-6 C. William Hall Award of the Society for Biomaterials. Recently, he was chosen for the Acta BioMaterialia Gold Medal Award 2009 for his seminal exploration of biosurfaces for tissue engineering.
Kam W. Leong, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisory Board Member


Webpage at Duke University

Dr. Leong is the James B. Duke Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke Univesity. Professor Leong's research interest focuses on biomaterials design, particularly for synthesis of nanoparticles for gene and immunotherapy, and nanofibers for regenerative medicine applications. He obtained his PhD (1987) from University of Pennsylvania and completed a PostDoc (1985) at MIT. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: 3M Pharmaceuticals Recognition Award, Controlled Release Society, 1996; Award for Recognition of Pioneering Contribution in Polymer chemistry and Bioomedical Engineering, Chinese-American Chemical Society, 1995; Capsugel Award on Innovative Aspects of Controlled Release Research, Controlled Release Society, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001; Cygnus Recognition Award, Controlled Release Society, 1997; Proctor and Gamble Recognition Award, Controlled Release Society, 1993; Jorge Heller Award, Journal of Controlled Release, 2007; etc. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
John D. Loeser, M.D.
Scientific Advisory Board Member


Webpage at University of Washington

Dr. Loeser holds professorship appointments in both the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, attaining emeritus status in July, 2008. His prior clinical appointments include attending neurosurgeon at the University, at Harborview Medical Center, and at the VA. He was an attending pediatric neurosurgeon at Children's Hospital Regional Medical Center from 1974-2003.fter receiving his undergraduate degree at Harvard, Dr. Loeser obtained his medical degree at New York University Medical School in 1961, going on to complete a surgery internship at UCSF and a five-year residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle. Dr. Loeser went on to serve as a surgeon in the military, and as Assistant Professor at University of California, Irvine, after which he was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington. He is internationally known for his work in the management of pain, with numerous book and journal publications to his credit. Dr. Loeser has been recognized as one of the �Best Doctors in America.� He remains active at the local, national and international level, and has several lecture series named in his honor.
Stephen Francis Badylak, DVM, Ph.D., M.D.
Scientific Advisory Board Member


Webpage at University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Stephen Badylak is a Professor in the Department of Surgery and director of the Center for Preclinical Testing at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1976, he received from Purdue University a D.V.M.; an M.S. in Clinical Pathology in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Anatomic Pathology (1981). Dr. Badylak graduated with highest honors (M.D.) from Indiana University Medical School in 1985. Dr. Badylak held a dual appointment as an Associate Professor within the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology and also practiced medicine as the Head Team Physician for the Athletic Department for 16 years. Dr. Badylak holds over 40 US patents and 200 patents worldwide and has authored more than 170 scientific publications and 12 book chapters.  Dr. Badylak has either chaired or been a member of the SAB to several major medical device companies.  Dr. Badylak is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; and a charter member and the North American delegate to the Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).  Dr. Badylak also holds an Adjunct Professorship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.  Dr. Badylak is Associate Editor for Tissue Engineering for the journal Cells, Tissues, Organs.  For contributions to the fields of Regenerative Medicine and Biomaterials, he has been the recipient of awards such as the Sigma Xi Scientific Society 2002 Research Award, the Clemson Award in 2005, the Pittsburgh Business Times Hero in Healthcare in 2005, and the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in 2005.
Allan Belzberg M.D.
Scientific Advisory Board Member


Webpage at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Allan Belzberg received his medical degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. After completing a medical/surgical internship at McGill University Teaching Hospitals, Dr. Belzberg returned to the University of Calgary Teaching Hospitals for his residency and fellowship in neurosurgery. Dr. Belzberg then joined Johns Hopkins, where he completed an advanced specialty training program in pain. Now an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Belzberg serves as Director of the Peripheral Nerve Center. His specialties include the surgical repair of injured nerves, removal of nerve tumors and decompression of nerve entrapments. Dr. Belzberg also focuses on spinal surgery, including the surgical management of degenerative spine problems, tumors and minimally invasive spinal surgery. Dr. Belzberg has additional expertise in treating most intracranial problems, including brain tumors. His certifications include FRCSC, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, Examination in Neurosurgery, and the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Hongjun Song, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisory Board Member


Webpage at Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Hongjun Song is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Institute of Cell Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on understanding functions of adult neural stem cells and underlying molecular mechanisms regulating adult neurogenesis in the mature central nervous system. His laboratory is using integrated approaches to study stem cells in animal models using technologies in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, epigenetics, virology, histology, in vivo multiphoton confocal imaging, electrophysiology, mouse genetics and animal behaviors.






Naweed Syed, Ph.D.
Scientific Advisory Board Member


Webpage at University of Calgary

Dr. Syed is the Head of the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Calgary. He also holds positions as the Research Director at Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and Special Advisor to VP on Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are in the cellular and molecular basis of rhythm generation and specific synapse formation, and in investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system development and plasticity.




James Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.
Scientific Advisory Board Member


Webpage at Case Western Reserve University

Dr. James Anderson received his Ph.D. at Oregon State University in 1967. In 1976, he graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with an M.D. degree and finished his Anatomic Pathology residency at the Institute of Pathology of University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1979. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Anderson joined the faculty of the Institute of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University. He has worked in the area of biomaterials, medical devices, and prostheses for the past 35 years and his current activities range from the clinical pathology evaluation of retrieved implants from humans to fundamental studies of cellular interactions with biomaterials. He is the recipient of a NIH MERIT (Method to Extend Research In Time) Award (1993 to 2003). He is a founding member of the Society for Biomaterials and the Controlled Release Society and serves as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health Artificial Heart Program, the FDA, and the International Standards Organization.He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.In 2005, Dr. Anderson received the Elsevier Biomaterials Gold Medal Award given to the individual who has made the most significant contributions to biomaterials science over the 25 year period from 1980 to 2005. He received this award at the Tissue Engineering Science International Conference held in Shanghai, China, in October of 2005. Dr. Anderson is the recipient of the 2006 Chugai Mentoring Award given by the American Society for Investigative Pathology to senior investigators who have distinguished their careers with a dedication to mentoring and education.