Dr. Robert Lanza joined ACT in 1999 and has over 30 years of research and industrial experience in the area of stem cells and regenerative medicine. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has several hundred of publications and inventions, and over two dozen scientific books: among them, “Essentials of Stem Cell Biology” and “Principles of Tissue Engineering” which are recognized as the definitive references in the field. Others include “Principles of Regenerative Medicine” and “One World: The Health & Survival of the Human Species in the 21st Century” (as editor, with forewords by C. Everett Koop and former President Jimmy Carter).
He is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied as a student in the laboratories of Richard Hynes (MIT), Jonas Salk (The Salk Institute) and Nobel laureates Gerald Edelman (Rockefeller University) and Rodney Porter (Oxford University). He also worked closely (and co-authored a series of papers) with the late Harvard psychologist B.F. Skinner and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. Dr. Lanza received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a University Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He has received numerous awards, including an NIH Director’s Award (2010) for “Translating Basic Science Discoveries into New and Better Treatments”; the 2010 “Movers and Shakers” Who Will Shape Biotech Over the Next 20 Years (BioWorld, along with Craig Venter and President Barack Obama); the 2005 Rave Award for Medicine (Wired magazine, “For eye-opening work on embryonic stem cells”) and the 2013 "Top 50 Global Stem Cell Influencers" from Terrapinn (Dr. Lanza was among the top four, alongside James Thomson and Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka).