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Nina Tandon

Combining business & science, Nina has 10 years of experience in tissue engineering and over 8 years of bioreactor design experience. She completed Ph.D & post-doc on Stem Cells & Tissue Engineering, Executive MBA on healthcare entrepreneurship at Columbia University. Named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company. TED Senior Fellow, MIT & McKinsey alum. Enjoys yoga, rock climbing, skiing, surfing, marathon running, & playing with her nieces.


Sarindr “Ik” Bhumiratana

Born and raised in Thailand, Sarindr ( AKA Ick) moved to the USA to pursue his education. During his PhD and post-doc at Columbia University he focused on engineering bone, cartilage and osteochondral tissues from stem cells, and currently progressing the innovation toward clinical use here at EpiBone. He authored more than 15 journal articles related to bone and cartilage tissue engineering, 4 book chapters, and has 2 patents. Enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, & soccer.

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Michael Lamprecht

Michael has been studying life sciences for over 12 years, with experience ranging from cancer, traumatic brain injury, and currently bone tissue engineering with EpiBone. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2014 as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. While at Columbia, Michael also worked as a graduate fellow for Columbia Technology Ventures, which was his inspiration to join a startup. He enjoys watching the New York Jets (most of the time), running, and going to concerts.

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Elisa Cimetta

Expert in microfluidic technologies for biological systems, Elisa has completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering, and Post-doc on the design and development of advanced cell culture technologies for the production of human cardiac tissue. Before EpiBone she worked as a research scientist at Columbia University on stem cell differentiation, where she also completed Business Program. Elisa loves skiing, watching soccer games (Juventus!), and listening to music. What kind of music? Well, let’s keep it a mystery. :)

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Olivia Beane

Biomedical engineer with expertise in adult stem cells, Olivia is interested in musculoskeletal tissue engineering. She completed her Ph.D. at Brown University where she investigated the adverse effects of aging and chemotherapeutics on mesenchymal stem cell regenerative properties. Outside of lab, Olivia enjoys running, rooting for Syracuse athletics (go orange!), and spending time with her family.

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Napat Tandikul

Biochemist with experience in cell culture, Napat is originally from Thailand and holds Masters Degree in Chemistry, concentrated on Biological Chemistry from University of South Carolina. She has a passion for stem cell research, and has firsthand experience in culturing human adipose-derived stem cells. Outside of the lab, she loves taking pictures and doing yoga in her free time.

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Brian Mckellar

With research experience in bone culture bioreactors, Brian is currently pursuing a dual M.S./B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He is now a research technician at EpiBone, learning more about tissue engineering and startups. Brian enjoys watching and playing sports and is on the Penn State Men’s Rugby team.

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