What will you print? Pluripotent stem cell derived cells for discovery and therapy
Chief Scientific Officer, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine
Toronto, ON, Canada
Peter Zandstra is a Professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, with a cross appointment in the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research and Chemical Engineering. In 2016, Dr. Zandstra was appointed University Professor, the highest academic rank at the University of Toronto. His research integrates engineering and biological approaches and in the last several years, work in his lab has focused on using computer modelling and strict control of the microenvironment (niche engineering) to develop a deeper understanding of the regulatory networks that determine stem cell fate. He has an h-index of 56 having published 215 papers that have been cited 10,863 times (Data from Web of Science – 03/10/2017).
Zandstra also serves as the Executive Director of Medicine by Design (MbD), and has co-founded three biotech companies. He is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), a Toronto-based regenerative medicine translation centre. In addition, Zandstra serves as the Scientific Founder and Chief Technology Officer for ExCellThera. This Canadian clinical stage cell therapy company focuses on development, manufacturing and distribution of expanded and genetically engineered hematopoietic stem cells for therapeutics treating blood diseases. Dr. Zandstra is the Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Bioengineering and is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships including: the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2002), the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship (2006), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2007), the McLean Award (2009), and the Till and McCulloch Award (2013). Most recently Zandstra was the recipient of the 2017 Scale-Up and Manufacturing of Cell-Based Therapies Award from Engineering Conferences International. This prestigious award recognizes his outstanding contributions to the development and commercialization of stem cell-based therapies.