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SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

LARRY COUTURE, PHD

Scientific Advisor, Gene Therapy

Dr. Couture’s recognized expertise–established over nearly three decades of work with experimental biologics, heavily focused on cell and gene therapies. Until recently he served as the Chair of FDA’s Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee at the time when the first gene therapies were approved. Dr. Couture was a key participant in numerous first-in-man clinical studies, including the first human gene therapy trials, the first direct administration to humans of a genetically engineered virus, and many other cell and gene therapy firsts. He currently serves as CEO of Orbsen Therapeutics, LTD, and Arrogene,Inc. Dr. Couture was the Founding Director and Senior Vice President of the Center for Applied Technology (CAT) at City of Hope where he established and oversaw the offices including Regulatory Affairs, Quality Systems, Technology Licensing and  GMP biologics manufacturing facilities, and directed the successful production of over 300 lots of clinical grade viral vectors, vaccines, plasmid DNA, monoclonal antibodies, and other biological products.  At COH, Dr. Couture oversaw a combined staff of approximately 60 scientists and technical staff and oversaw nearly 50 active INDs .He has also been an ad hoc analyst for venture capital firms and has mentored many start-up companies in the Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area.

CHRISTOPHER EVANS, PHD

Scientific Advisor, Gene Therapy, Tissue Repair

Professor Evans is a leading expert in the field of tissue repair and new treatment modalities, including gene therapy in arthritis. He is currently Director of the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, and Professor of Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He previously served as Director of Center for Advanced Orthopedic Studies, Beth Israel Deaconess  Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. and is Maurice Müller Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Emeritus, Harvard Medical School. Originally from Great Britain, Dr. Evans holds a bachelor's degree in genetics and microbiology, a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wales, a master's degree in history and philosophy of science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a D.Sc. from the University of Wales. He is the author of more than 300 peer reviewed scientific publications. He served as President Orthopedic Research Society 2004 -2005, and has served as the Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Journal of Orthopedic Research . In 2009 he won the Marshall R Urist MD Award, Orthopedic Research Society for excellence in tissue regeneration, and in 2010 the Arthur Steidler MD Award, Orthopedic Research Society for understanding of the musculoskeletal system. In 2016 he was elected an inaugural Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR)

DR. FOLKE SJOBERG, MD, PHD

Scientific Advisor, Burn Injuries and Tissue Repair

rofessor Sjoberg is a world-renowned, leading expert in the field of burn care/wound healing/tissue repair. He is Professor of Burn Surgery/Critical Care, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKE), Linköping University and the Burn Center, Depts. of Hand, Plastic Surgery and Intensive Care, Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden. Since 2005 he is member Executive Committee of International Society For Burn Injuries and Program Chair since 2011. From 2007 to 2009 he served as President of the European Burns Association and since 2011 he is a board member of the Verification Committee, American Burn Association. He is coauthor of more than 200 peer reviewed publications, eight books. He has supervised 40 PhD students, about 20 dissertations, and served as primary investigator of 150 clinical trials Phase 1-4. He received his MD in 1983, and PhD in 1990, both from Linkoping University. He is a prolific lecturer at conferences around the world, and serves on the editorial board of seven International Journals

DR. KENT PERSSON

Sr. Scientific Advisor, Molecular Biology

Dr. Persson is an experienced cell and molecular biologist with 20 years research expertise in genomics and molecular-cellular biology. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Umeå University in Sweden and did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in gene expression research at the University of California San Francisco. Currently, Dr. Persson is a Senior Scientist/Project Manager with the Biopharmaceutical Division of Octapharma AB, Stockholm, Sweden, where he oversees Cell and Molecular Biology and manages process analysis development, introducing new molecular biology techniques including development of technologies in cell culturing, recombinant protein production, and molecular biological IND filings. Previously, Dr. Persson was a Senior Scientist in the Gene Expression Division of Bio-Rad Laboratories in California, participated in research and development of gene expression tools and led technical training in genetic analysis

DR. MAGDA FORSBERG, PHD

Scientific Advisor, Orthopedic Devices

Dr. Forsberg obtained her Ph.D. in animal development and epigenetics from Uppsala University in Sweden, and did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Reprogramming and Neurobiology at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, and is the author of publications exploring fundamental aspects of cell biology. Dr. Forsberg, who became an Assistant Professor at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, has worked in the development of cell replacement therapy for neuro-degenerative diseases, focusing on stem cell biology, cell differentiation and clinical applications. Dr. Forsberg is currently President & CEO of DVL-op MEDICO Inc, based in Valencia, CA, involved in the production and commercialization of orthopedic and medical devices.