Dr. Matthew DowlingDr. Matthew Dowling, Ph.D., is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Medcura. Matt completed his graduate work at the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland in 2010 and has since pursued Medcura on a full-time basis. In 2005, after graduating in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, 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, which led to being granted the Dean’s Doctoral Research Award from the UMD A. James Clark School of Engineering for his work on chitosan-based self-assembled soft materials for use in wound treatment. Medcura has since successfully licensed the gel-e platform from UMD and has raised another $6 million in non-dilutive funding, which has been used to achieve five FDA clearances, a large and growing patent estate, and numerous peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals.

Emily P. English, Ph.D., is Director, Quality at Cartesian Therapeutics. Prior to this role, she served as a Venture Partner with Baltimore Venture Partners. Dr. English is a proven innovator with a passion for transitioning early-stage technologies to operational capabilities and commercial products. Prior to joining BVP, Dr. English was the CEO of Johns Hopkins University-spinout, Gemstone Biotherapeutics, and she spent eight years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where she was the Global Communications Program Manager and led a team of 35 scientists and engineers. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna cum laude, in chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Outside of work, Dr. English enjoys spending time with her family, and she is an avid curler.

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.

Woodie Kessel

Dr. Woodie Kessel, B.S.E.E., M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrician and child advocate with experience 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 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. Kessel is focused on applying public health science to implement community-based strategies to prevent gun violence, eliminate child poverty, stop e-cigarette use among teens; reduce childhood obesity; advance the science related to the care and cure of rare diseases.  He is engaged in teaching public health policy and advocacy, advancing prevention teaching and research, mentoring students in translating science into action, and improving community data systems to solve public health problems in the community.  He is the recipient of the C Everett Koop Courage Award, APTR Ambrose Scholars Award, the AMCHP Vince Hutchins Leadership Award, USPHS Surgeon General’s Medallion, and USPHS Distinguished Service Medal.  Dr. Kessel has delivered 456 invited lectures and scientific/policy presentations and authored 58 publications, chapters and reports.

Dr. Ivor KnightDr. Ivor Knight leads research and graduate programs in the Behrend College at Penn State University. Prior to joining Penn State 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 and, before that, 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 over 30 patents in the area of molecular 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.

Claudio KnizekAdvisory Board Chair

Dr. Ivor Knight leads research and graduate programs in the Behrend College at Penn State University. Prior to joining Penn State 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 and, before that, 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 over 30 patents in the area of molecular 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.

Steven LehrerSteven 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 US, 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.

David LindsayDr. 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.

Naresh MenonAs 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. Our Industrial Solutions portfolio includes bioinspired technologies in supply chain traceability, non-destructive testing, and neuromorphic algorithms. 

Dr. Susanna Naggie

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.

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 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 and 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 PhamDr. 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 Rowley

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 young 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. Reg SeetoDr. Seeto is an experienced leader and has held executive leadership roles in both biotech and large pharma and across a broad range of functions. 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. His responsibilities included leading corporate development and strategy, global strategic marketing and portfolio management for all therapeutic areas, as well as a country leadership role at AstraZeneca in Thailand. He started his career as a physician, during which time he performed a medical rotation in a renal transplant unit, before joining McKinsey and Company.

Dr. Peter SoltaniDr. 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, Lab Automation and Informatics businesses.

 Andy Steggles, a serial entrepreneur, has founded and advised multiple software startups. His most notable software success started with an idea he formed while operating as the head of technology for a New York-based association (RIMS), where he recognized the need for, and subsequently built, the next generation of large group collaboration software. After selling and delivering the software to several organizations, he then partnered with a friend and colleague to create what became Higher Logic. Over the next eight years, Andy helped grow this Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company into a “Community Platform.” In 2016, this small, bootstrapped company had grown to a $100 million+ enterprise. Andy and his business partner then decided to accept a $55 million growth equity investment, and once again hit the accelerator. One year later, they had acquired four adjacent software businesses and tripled the size and value of Higher Logic. In 2018, Andy decided to step out of his operating role to focus on his responsibilities as Co-Chair of the Board of Higher Logic as well as his other passions, which included completing his studies at Harvard Business School’s three-year Owner/President Management (OPM) leadership program. Today, in addition to being an author, speaker, investor and board member, Andy focuses his time as CEO of his small family business, where he is able to leverage that same passion – which helped shape Higher Logic into what it is today – by helping leaders of early stage SaaS companies maximize their enterprise value while continuing to scale and preparing to exit.

Dr. Diana Yoon 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.


Emeritus Members


Dr. Tim FischellDr. Fischell is Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Western Michigan University and Medical Director of the Department of Cardiovascular Research as well as Director of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program at the Borgess Heart Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has an active practice as an interventional cardiologist at the Heart Center For Excellence in Kalamazoo. After receiving his medical degree from Cornell University Medical Center in New York City, Dr. Fischell completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University in Boston, and then completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. He was on the faculty at Stanford for five years, and then director of the cardiac cath labs and interventional cardiology at Vanderbilt University from 1992-1996. Dr. Fischell is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. He is an active inventor and serial entrepreneur, with more than 100 medical device patents, founder or co-founder of 7 medical device companies, and recently was elected (2017) as a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Dr. Leonard PinchukDr. Leonard Pinchuk has 130 U.S. patents, over 100 publications and founded 10 companies. His major accomplishments include the invention of the Nylon 12 angioplasty balloon, the helical wire stent, the modular stent-graft, a drug-eluting stent (TAXUS®), several biomaterials (Bionate® and SIBS), a novel glaucoma tube (the PRESERFLO® MicroShunt ) and the next generation intraocular lens. His inventions are used in hundreds of millions of patients with a financial impact well over $100 billion. Dr. Pinchuk was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2012, was awarded the 2017 Society for Biomaterials Innovation and Technology Award, San Antonio’s BIOMED SA Award (2017) and the National Academy of Engineering 2019 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize. He received a B.Sc. in chemistry from McGill University (1976) and a Ph.D. interdisciplinary in engineering and chemistry from the University of Miami (1984). Dr. Pinchuk co-founded Corvita Corporation (1987) which went public in 1994, was acquired by Pfizer, Inc. (1996) and then sold to Boston Scientific (1998). He then founded Innovia LLC (2002), which spun-out InnFocus, Inc. (2004) which was acquired by Santen Pharmaceuticals in 2016. Dr. Pinchuk also enjoys an appointment as Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami.