Dr. Devang Thakor. CEO/Founder Anioplex, LLC

Dr. Devang Thakor received his B.S. degree in Mathematics/Applied Science and Psychobiology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His Ph.D. research involved chronic pain and gene therapy. At UCLA, Dr. Thakor was a Master Teaching Fellow in the psychology department and also served as the Director of Corporate Outreach for the UCLA Biomedical Society, where he developed renewable funding and founded the UCLA Science Expo. Dr. Thakor was subsequently a research fellow of the Clinical Implant Society of Japan (CISJ) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences at Kyoto University, where he developed new technologies for biomaterials, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. He also studied stem cells and spinal cord injury as a senior fellow at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. Dr. Thakor has published his research findings as the first author in leading journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS), Molecular Therapy, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, and Molecular Pain, and he has contributed book chapters on gene therapy and stem cell transplantation to Translational Pain Research: From Mice to Man and the Methods in Bioengineering series. His work on gene therapy and stem cells has also been featured twice in the press book of the Society for Neuroscience. A recognition of the critical role of intellectual property in the commercialization of biotechnology subsequently brought Dr. Thakor to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he currently makes patentability decisions as a patent examiner in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical arts and has issued more than 20 patents. Dr. Thakor also founded, and is currently the principal consultant for, Anioplex, LLC, a consultancy focused on the biotechnology and life science sectors that advises clients on matters related to research design, publication, and funding. Dr. Thakor also serves as a peer reviewer for several journals including Brain Research, Tissue Engineering, Neuroscience Letters, Recent Patents on Regenerative Medicine, and the Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering. Dr. Thakor’s goal is to promote innovation at all levels and crystallize basic research concepts to real products that improve people’s lives.

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