Dr. Donald Taylor is a translational development scientist and life sciences entrepreneur. He’s been a co-inventor on a stem-cell based therapeutic and has sold his startups to companies such as Hospira and IBM. Dr. Taylor is an Executive in Residence at the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse. He is also the CEO and Managing Director of bioStratica, LLC. Dr. Taylor’s academic appointments include Adjunct Professor of Information Systems in the Dietrich College and Heinz MISM Program at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He also is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering (School of Engineering) and Plastic Surgery (School of Medicine) at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Taylor is the Associate Director of Entrepreneurship in the Center for Medical Innovation at Pitt. Dr. Taylor holds a Courtesy Adjunct Assistant Professorship at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.
Dr. Taylor received a BS in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Taylor holds an MS in Bioengineering, MBA, and PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his post-graduate work in the Department of Pathology at Pitt under the guidance of Alan Wells, MD, DMS.
Dr. Taylor’s research interests include the intersection of biotechnology, healthcare information systems, and medicine. He is focused on a hybrid academic and translational CEO career whereby he will leverage his global life sciences commercial experience with his research training in order to:
Advance the most promising university technologies to commercialization
Establish academic/industry partnerships
Help train the next generation of world-class translational development, scientific researchers, and entrepreneurs
Dr. Taylor has won numerous translational development awards and honors, such as Pitt’s Big Idea Competition (2nd place, 2013 and 2014), McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Elevator Pitch Competition (2nd and 1st place, 2013 and 2014, respectively), Pitt’s Science 2013 Student Healthcare Entrepreneurship Competition (1st place), and Pitt’s Center for Medical Innovation Award for Cellular Bio-Bandage (2013).
View a list of Dr. Taylor’s publications here.