1) Dr. Aline Betancourt (PhD) – Tulane University Adjunct Professor in immunology & the regenerative medicine departments. Founder & CSO of Commence Bio, Inc.

2) Dr. Ruth Waterman (MD) – UC San Diego School of Medicine Anesthesiologist faculty. Co-founder & CMO of Commence Bio.

3) Tom Isett (BSc.) - CEO of Commence Bio & Senior Advisor at Popper and Co. [http://popperandco.com/] (advisory firm for mergers and acquisitions of medical technologies). He is an accomplished intrapreneur with 27 years of progressive management experience in start-up, integrative, growth, and turnaround situations.

3) Dr. Jed Johnson (PhD) – Material Science Eng. and founder & CTO of Nanofiber Solutions. Nanofiber Solutions developed the materials for the world’s first implantable trachea.

4) Dr. Solange Abdulnour-Nakhoul (PhD) – Tulane University Professor at the School of Medicine - Dept. of Gastroenterology.

5) Dr. Gail Naughton (PhD, MBA) - CEO of Histogen, Inc. & Chairman of the Board for the company. She has more than 25 years of tissue engineering research experience, holds more than 95 U.S. and foreign patents, and has been extensively published in the tissue-engineering field.  

6) Dr. Michael Bouvet (MD) - UC San Diego Professor of Surgery - Division of Surgical Oncology

7) Dr. Steven Lee (MD) - UC Los Angeles Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics. Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Harbor-UCLA 

8) Jim Nelson (BA, MBA) -  Managing Director at Knosys Investments

Data Strategist/


Joshua G. Ibarra

(BS - Biology & Entrepreneurship)

Board of Advisors



The team holds over 20 years of stem cell tissue engineering/regenerative medicine research experience and over 15 years of translational/regulatory biomedical business experience.


Nicholas Pashos

(BS - Biomedical Engineering; PhD Cand. - Bioinnovation/Regenerative Medicine)

Karolina Kosakowska

(BS - Chemistry; PhD Cand. - Bioinnovation/Chemistry)

Lead Entrepreneur

Regenerative Medicine

         Smart biomaterials for regenerating damaged organs

Repairing a damaged esophagus (organ providing food to the stomach)


Derek C. Dashti

(BS, MS - Bioengineering;  

PhD Cand. - Bioinnovation/Regenerative Medicine)

Derek holds over 11 years of stem cell tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research experience. He is a doctoral NSF Fellow and has received core training of translating biomedical academic research from “bench side” to “bed side."

Founder, CEO, & Inventor


Dhruv Sanghavi

(BS, MS Cand. - Reg. Affairs in Drugs, Biologics, & Devices @ Northeastern/MIT)

Director of Strategy