About Us

About Us

Lead Entrepreneur


Founder, Inventor, & CEO
Dr. Derek C. Dashti
(BS, MS – Bioengineering;
PhD – Bioinnovation/Regenerative Medicine)
Executive MBA – Focused specializations: Healthcare, Digital Transformation, Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Dr. Dashti holds over 17 years of stem cell tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research experience. He is a doctoral NSF Fellow as well as a National University Innovation Fellow and has received core training of translating biomedical academic research from “benchside” to “bedside.” Dr. Dashti is also an honored 2020 Allergan Endowed Business Executive healthcare award fellow.

A patent document
A Golden Key certificate award


The team holds over 42 years of stem cell tissue engineering/regenerative medicine research experience and over 30 years of translational/regulatory biomedical business experience.

Joshua G. Ibarra
Data Strategist/ Operations

(BS - Biology & Entrepreneurship, MD Cand)

Dr. Karolina Kosakowska
Director of Strategy

(BS - Chemistry, PhD - Bioinnovation/Chemistry)

Dr. Nicholas Pashos
CTO/ Bioengineer

(BS - Biomedical Engineering, PhD - Bioinnovation/Regenerative Medicine)

Dhruv Sanghavi

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

Board of Advisors

Dr. Aline Betancourt (PhD)

Tulane University Adjunct Professor in immunology & the regenerative medicine departments.
Founder & CSO of Commence Bio, Inc.

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.

Dr. Ruth Waterman (MD)

UC San Diego School of Medicine Anesthesiologist faculty. Co-founder & CMO of Commence Bio.

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.

Dr. Solange Abdulnour-Nakhoul (PhD)

Tulane University Professor at the School of Medicine – Dept. of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Steven Lee (MD)

UC Los Angeles Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics. Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Harbor-UCLA

Dr. Michael Bouvet (MD)

UC San Diego Professor of Surgery – Division of Surgical Oncology

Jim Nelson (BA, MBA)

Managing Director at Knosys Investments

Abbas Dashti (BS)

Co-founder at D&P Bioinnovations, Inc. He has over 40 years of managerial experience in the aerospace industry/startup tech industry - engineering R&D, operations, project management, and contracts.