Esmaiel Jabbari, Ph.D.

Regulatory Challenges in Commercialization of Novel Biologics for Tissue Regeneration

The revolutionary CortiaMic device is a spinal fusion solution that provides the strength and stability of current plastic and metal products and is ultimately displaced by the patient’s own bone tissue. The objective was to demonstrate feasibility for the transfer of CortiaMic technology from bench to commercial scale.


PICTURE Esmaiel JabbariDr. Jabbari is a Tenured Full Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and the Director of Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery at the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Chemical Engineering. He began his independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedic Research at Mayo Clinic upon completion of his post-doctoral training at Monsanto and Rice University. Jabbari’s research is focused on engineering 3D multi-cellular co-culture systems and the effect of spatiotemporal delivery of growth factors and physico-mechanical factors in the microenvironment on function and fate of stem cells in 3D co-culture systems for applications in skeletal tissue regeneration and cancer stem cell therapy. Jabbari’s research is supported by NIH, NSF, AO Orthopedic Foundation, and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation. He received the Berton Rahn Award from the AO Foundation in 2012 and the Stephen Milam Award from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation in 2008. He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2013. He has published >230 (102 peer-reviewed) books, book chapters, refereed journal articles (102 peer-reviewed), and conference proceedings, and presented >260 seminars at national and international conferences (67 plenary, keynote, and invited seminars). He currently serves as the Technical Chair as well as the Programming Chair for Bionanotechnology theme for the annual conference of Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS), Editor of International Journal of Biomaterials, special issue Editor of Gels, and North America Editor of Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Dr. Jabbari has mentored >130 visiting scholars, medical residents, post-doctoral scientists, and engineering students. He is a member of numerous scientific organizations including AIChE, BMES, ACS, EMBS, SFB, TERMIS, MRS, ACS, and AACR.