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Nina Tandon speaker

Nina Tandon

New York, USA

Pioneering tissue engineering researcher

CEO and co-founder, EpiBone (2013-present)

Co-author, "Super Cells: Building with Biology" (2014)

Nina Tandon studies electrical signalling in the context of tissue engineering, with the goal of creating “spare parts” for human implantation and/or disease models. Leading biology’s new industrial revolution, she is the CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction.

A pioneer in this field, Nina is the co-author of “Super Cells: Building with Biology” (2014), a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She is a TED Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union and a former Staff Associate Postdoctoral Researcher in the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Columbia University.

Nina spent her early career in telecom at Avaya Labs and transitioned into biomedical engineering via her Fulbright Scholarship in Italy, where she worked on an electronic nose used to “smell” lung cancer. After completing her PhD, she consulted at McKinsey and Company, but since 2010 she has continued her work in tissue engineering. Nina has published 10 journal articles (cited > 300 times), and six book chapters, and she has three patents. She’s been published in Nature Protocols and Lab on a Chip, has spoken three times at TED, and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

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"Nina Tandon is on the cutting edge of science: where sci-fi meets reality. With the help of manufacturing and information technology, we are on the verge of being able to grow human tissue; Nina is here to walk you through this unbelievably exciting era, and discuss the future of healthcare and technology."

TEDtalk: Could tissue engineering mean personalised medicine? (2012)

[youtube http://www.ted.com/talks/nina_tandon_could_tissue_engineering_mean_personalized_medicine?language=en]

TEDtalk: Caring for engineered tissue (2011)

[youtube http://www.ted.com/talks/nina_tandon_caring_for_cells?language=en]

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