SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 11, 2015) - Aelan Cell Technologies announced today the addition of Meenakshi Gaur, Ph.D. to their stem cell clinical program. Dr. Gaur will serve as the Director of Research and Development of the Stem Cell Program, leading a research team that will develop technology aimed at rejuvenation of human mesenchymal stem cells for clinical applications.
"Dr. Gaur is a terrific addition to the world-class scientific team we are building, one with the knowledge and experience to deepen our understanding of stem cells as well as expand and diversify our portfolio," said Dr. Victoria Lunyak, President and Chief Executive Officer at Aelan.
Chester Aldridge, CEO of US Equity Holdings and the Chair of Aelan's Board of Directors, added, "Meenakshi's extensive academic and biotechnology research background in the stem cell field will be invaluable to Aelan as we continue to advance our research and development pipeline."
Dr. Gaur most recently worked as the Director of Cell and Molecular Biology at MandalMed, Inc. in San Francisco, where she led complex research projects using primary cells and stem cells to create bioreactors and led product development in collaboration with stem cell researchers at Stanford University. Previous to that, she served in several different capacities as a senior scientist and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), studying human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). She worked alongside pioneers in the field and gained significant experience working with primary cells, bone marrow cells, platelets and hESCs, leading to her appointment to the cardiology division, Department of Medicine at UCSF.
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Meenakshi when she was in my collaborator's lab at UCSF, and subsequently working with her directly in a fruitful collaboration when she was at MandalMed," said Matthew L. Springer, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine at UCSF. "Her talent and tenacity were instrumental in her successes at UCSF with the development of human embryonic stem cell technologies for cardiac therapies. Bringing Meenakshi on board is definitely a great move for Aelan."
Dr. Gaur earned her Master's and Ph.D. in biochemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco.
About Aelan Cell Technologies:
Aelan Cell Technologies is a San Francisco startup engaged in the research, discovery, development and commercialization of innovative biomedical technologies for the advancement of human health and longevity. With a growing intellectual property portfolio of disruptive technologies and medical tools, Aelan has assembled an experienced team -- bringing together scientific and business expertise -- to successfully lead its products through each phase of development.