Matthew Dowling, Ph.D., is Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Medcura. Matt completed his graduate work at the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland (UMD), after completing his undergrad in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. At UMD, he was awarded the Fischell Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering for his innovative ideas in drug delivery systems. Matt then co-created gel-e, a novel biomaterial platform, raising several initial grants to develop the technology and to launch Medcura as a corporate entity. Matt was the recipient of the Dean’s Doctoral Research Award from the UMD Clark School of Engineering for his work on chitosan-based self-assembled soft materials for use in wound treatment. He has been the Principal Investigator on $6 million in non-dilutive grant awards to Medcura; these have been used to achieve 5 FDA clearances, 8 issued patents, 10+ peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals and a commercial partnership with one of the world's largest pharmacy retailers. Matt’s work has been featured on several US and international media outlets including the BBC TV program, Brave New World with Stephen Hawking.
Dr. Patricia Gonzales Hurtado is a Scientific Review Officer at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). In 2003, she received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) in 2009. She conducted her doctoral research at the Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism, part of the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the NIH. In 2009, she received the Ph.D. of the Year Award from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for her doctoral research, “Proteomic Analysis of Human Urinary Exosomes.” She conducted her postdoctoral fellowship at the Epithelial Systems Biology Laboratory at NHLBI.
Dr. Woodie Kessel, B.S.E.E., M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician and child advocate. He has had a long career as an educator, investigator, and practitioner in medicine, public health, bioengineering, community-based programming, and public policy. His research focuses on improving the health of children and families, with a special focus on preventing gun violence. Dr. Kessel is currently the CEK Senior Child Health Scholar in Residence at the C. Everett Koop Institute, Dartmouth College and Medical School; Professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College; and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. Kessel served in the U.S. Public Health Service as an Assistant Surgeon General and senior advisor on child and family health matters to the White House, Cabinet Secretaries, Surgeons General, and Health and Human Services officials spanning eight administrations.
Dr. Ivor Knight leads research and graduate programs in the Behrend College at Penn State University. Prior to this academic appointment he was senior VP and CTO at Canon U.S. Life Sciences and Canon BioMedical, Inc., where he oversaw the R&D functions of both companies. Prior to joining Canon, Dr. Knight was a professor at James Madison University, where he taught and conducted research in molecular genetics and microbiology. He has published widely in his field and is an inventor on numerous patents in the area of diagnostic instrumentation and chemistry. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Advisory Board Chair
Claudio Knizek joined EY Parthenon in September 2021 and is a Principal/Partner in EY’s McLean office. Over his 20 year career in management consulting, he has focused on a variety of operational and strategic issues within the Industrial and Consumer Goods sectors. The majority of Claudio’s work with clients has been focused on operational topics, particularly manufacturing and supply chain. Claudio currently serves as EY Parthenon's global lead for Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility. Prior to joining EY, Claudio worked at BCG for 15 years. Claudio has a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Steven Lehrer brings over 30 years of experience starting, growing and running life science-based businesses focused on commercializing new technology and expanding businesses globally. SBLehrer LLC works with life science companies to develop and introduce drugs worldwide. Steve has extensive experience in pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biosimilar R&D, regulatory, operations and commercialization. In addition, his companies and businesses have developed and commercialized new drug delivery approaches for pharmaceuticals, multiple molecular genetic diagnostic tests and developed outcomes databases for bioinformatics and healthcare econometric modeling. Steve has built and run businesses in the U.S., EU, Brazil, China, India, Japan and SEA. Steve previously served as Head of Biologicals at Cipla Ltd., CEO at Cipla BioTec, President at Glycominds, EVP at Adamas Pharma, CEO at GeneOs Ltd, CEO at DNA Sciences and division President at Monsanto. Prior to Monsanto, Steve worked for McKinsey & Co. and P&G. Steve has a master’s degree from The Graduate School of Business at Harvard University and a B.S.E. in chemical engineering as well as a B.A. in economics from the University of Maryland.
Dr. David A. Lindsay is Senior Vice President at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. His role is Director of the Vaccine Clinical Material Program (VCMP) and he sits on the Executive Leadership Team at the Frederick National Lab (FNL). David has oversight and accountability of all scientific/technical, facility, administrative and strategic operational aspects of a GMP vaccine pilot plant located in Frederick, Maryland. The mission of the VCMP at the FNL is to advance the development and clinical manufacture of biologicals/vaccine candidates for Phase I/II clinic studies in humans; all research, discovery and process/method development is led by principal investigators (PIs) at the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). David represents the VCMP on the VRC’s PI leadership
team. While significant focus has been focused on producing broadly neutralizing monoclonal antibodies for clinic evaluation in passive treatment of HIV-AIDS patients, the vaccine pilot plant is presently engaged in advancing a nanocage, universal flu vaccine and several novel subunit proteins and peptide conjugate candidate vaccines for active HIV prevention. The VCMP collaborates with NIAID/VRC, under contract through the National Cancer Institute (NCI), to address infectious disease agents of global significance, including coronavirus, ebola, influenza, and malaria.
As the founder of ChromoLogic, Dr. Menon is passionate about developing novel biomedical solutions that result in new biological insights and lead to superior patient outcomes while being cost-effective and affordable. Dr. Menon received his Ph.D. in physics from Purdue University, with an emphasis in sensor fabrication, instrumentation, and novel data analytic methods that were applied at multiple national and international laboratories towards fundamental physics discoveries. His early career was spent at Corning Incorporated and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, where he was groomed for leadership positions in multiple businesses. Founded in 2007, ChromoLogic is a boutique Innovation Center that partners with the Federal Government, academia and industry to develop breakthrough solutions that save lives and make the world secure. Our Biomedical Solutions product portfolio covers point-of-care solutions in wound care & infectious diseases, diagnostics/screening, drug delivery and telehealth.
Dr. Susanna Naggie completed her undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her medical education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She conducted her internal medicine and infectious diseases fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center, where she also served as Chief Resident. She joined the faculty in the Duke School of Medicine in 2009. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure and currently holds appointments at the Duke University School of Medicine, at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Naggie is a clinical investigator with a focus in clinical trials and translational science in HIV and HCV. Dr. Naggie is a current member of the NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines and DHHS Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Adults and Adolescents Living with HIV. She serves as the Duke SOM Vice Dean of Clinical Research.
Dr. Michael O’Connor is the Director, Strategy and Project Management with Medtronic, Plc. Medtronic is a global healthcare solutions company committed to improving the lives of people through their medical technologies, services, and solutions. O’Connor has over 30 years of professional experience in the Medical Device Industry developing products from idea to commercialization. He holds patents in the areas of medical catheters and stents. He holds Graduate degrees in Project Management, Technology Management and Business Administration. O'Connor earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, majoring in Project Management, from the University of Maryland A. James School of Engineering. He was selected as an American Society for Quality Fellow, Medtronic Technical Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society Fellow and Association for Project Management Fellow. He has volunteered his time with many professional societies and universities/colleges over many years. He is also an Adjunct and Community Faculty Member teaching graduate-level Project Management, Project Capstone, Project Procurement, and Culture/Organizational course(s). In addition to Medtronic, his corporate experience also includes 3M and Pfizer, as well as three startup medical device companies.
Dr. Brenda Ogle is Professor and Head of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota. Her research team investigates the impact of extracellular matrix proteins on stem cell behavior especially in the context of the cardiovascular system. Insights gleaned over the years established mechanistic links between integrin engagement and the activity of critical transcription factors and most recently led to the development of optimized, extracellular matrix-based bioinks for 3D printing of cardiac muscle mimics featured in Newsweek. The primary strength of her laboratory is the ability to span multiple subdisciplines within both basic science (i.e., stem cell biology, cell-cell fusion, and extracellular matrices) and engineering (cytometry, instrumentation, and 3D printing) fields. Her work received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the American Heart Association, the Coulter Foundation, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, and MnDRIVE. She has partnered on research projects with Becton Dickinson, iCyt and Medtronic. Professor Ogle is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society. She has served as co-chair of the Women’s Faculty Cabinet, UMN and is recipient of the Mullen-Spector-Truax Women’s Leadership Award.
John Page, Vice President of Engineering, BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions has over 35 years of product development experience for the Defense and Medical Diagnostics industries. John’s early career included embedded software development, (Lockheed Martin, 10 years), and medical device/data management systems, (Becton Dickinson 25+ years). John has many years of cross functional program management experience leading development teams from initial concepts to commercial launches of medical diagnostic products that consist of hardware, software, and reagents. John’s background includes running the BD Diagnostic Systems Program office in Sparks, MD, which serves the Point of Care, Women’s Health and Cancer, Molecular, and Microbiology businesses of BD Diagnostic Systems. John has been involved with early acquisitions, including the BD Kiestra line of laboratory automation equipment, for which John has led the R&D function for several years. Since the fall of 2019, John has been leading the engineering organization for BD’s Integrated Diagnostic Solutions business unit. John holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. in technical management from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Minh-Quan K. Pham is a patent attorney with over ten years of experience in protecting innovations and providing creative legal solutions through a unique combination of perspectives, including as an inventor, a scientist/engineer, an entrepreneur, an examiner, and an attorney. Dr. Pham is experienced in all aspects of intellectual property protection, including counseling, prosecution, litigation, licensing, and portfolio management. He has represented authors, artists, educators, engineers, physicians, and scientists, as well as universities, small companies, and international corporations. Prior to his legal practice, Dr. Pham was a patent examiner in group 1600, examining biotechnology patent applications. He was also a founder of Chesapeake PERL, a recombinant protein production company. Dr. Pham received his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Dr. Jon A. Rowley is the Founder & Chief Product Officer of RoosterBio Inc. Jon started RoosterBio in 2013 as part of his personal quest to have the biggest impact possible on the commercial translation of technologies that incorporate living cells, including cellular therapies, engineered tissues, and tomorrow’s medical devices. Jon holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Biomedical Engineering and has authored over 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 20 issued or pending patents related to biomaterials development, tissue engineering, and cellular therapy. Jon started his industry career at BD as a scientist and R&D manager in a Cell & Tissue Technologies group focused on applying high throughput screening technologies to cell therapy media development and tissue engineering. Jon then contributed to the clinical development of Aastrom Biosciences’ Tissue Repair Cell product, where he was Sr. Manager of Process Development responsible for manufacturing process improvements and cell delivery to the patient. Jon most recently spent five years as Director of Innovation and Process Development in Lonza’s Cell Therapy CMO business, and currently resides in Walkersville, MD, with his wonderful wife and their three children.
Bret Schreiber has worked for 20 years in the field of government and community relations, driving policy and economic development initiatives and developing strong ties to local, state and national legislators and policy leaders. Currently, Mr. Schreiber is Vice President for Life Sciences and Technology for Fulton Bank. Fulton Bank is a $26 billion financial institution based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Mr. Schreiber will be overseeing the development of a new division for Fulton Bank, creating disruptive, innovative initiatives to support and grow the life science and technology industries in Fulton’s five state footprint. Most recently, Mr. Schreiber led the Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences for the Maryland Department of Commerce, seeking to develop and build the State’s thriving Life Science ecosystem. Among other efforts, the Office developed innovation assets for the industry, created International Pipelines to bring companies into the State, and sought to provide fiscal and other support to companies already located in the State. Prior to leading the Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences, Schreiber was recruited to Commerce to start a new Division – Education and Innovation.
Dr. Seeto is the President and CEO of CareDx, a transplant focused company. He is an experienced leader and has held executive positions in both biotech and large pharma. Before joining CareDx, Dr. Seeto was Chief Operating Officer at Ardelyx leading pre-launch efforts for tenapanor and corporate development where he completed a series of partnerships. Prior to this, Dr. Seeto worked at AstraZeneca/MedImmune and was a member of the MedImmune Executive Team, where his roles included executive vice president of corporate development and strategy, vice president of global strategic marketing and portfolio management for all therapeutic areas, and a country leadership role as the general manager for AstraZeneca in Thailand. He started his career as a physician before joining McKinsey and Company.
Dr. Soltani is a native of greater Washington, D.C., and has been involved in the medical device and diagnostics space for nearly 20 years. Peter’s early career involved technology innovation involving semiconductor and optical materials for energy conversion and imaging. He joined Hologic, Inc., a women’s health focused medical device company, in 2000, where he led the company’s Women’s Health business segment. Notable accomplishments include helping develop Hologic’s digital mammography platform, and the development and commercialization of the first 3D digital mammography system for early cancer detection. Peter joined Siemens Medical Solutions between 2014-2016 to lead its North American Healthcare Services business, helping develop solutions to meet the changing and complex needs of the healthcare delivery market. Peter has been with Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, Inc. (a Danaher company) since early 2016, leading its Hematology, Urinalysis, and Digital Solutions businesses.
Dr. Diana Yoon has been working as a regulatory scientist in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2011. She started as a Commissioner’s Fellow working on a project evaluating standards for premarket review of bone regenerative medicine products. During her tenure at the FDA, she has conducted premarket regulatory review in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. She is currently a Senior Scientific Reviewer for product classification and jurisdiction in the Office of Combination Products. In 2003, she received a B.S. in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering (double major) from Carnegie Mellon University. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) for her Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering and graduated in 2008. During her time at UMD, she was awarded the Fischell Fellowship in 2006 for translational research in cartilage tissue engineering. She attended Rice University as a postdoctoral fellow to conduct bone tissue engineering research and was awarded the Gulf Coast Consortia Nanobiology Fellowship.