Scientific Founder Arturo Vegas, Ph.D., provided fundamental contributions to the development of new materials for cell encapsulation and cell-based therapies as a post-doctoral fellow in the MIT laboratories of Robert Langer and Daniel G. Anderson. He is currently the Peter Paul Career Development Professor at Boston University. Appointed in the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Vegas has an affiliation with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and is a core faculty member of both the Boston University Center for Molecular Discovery as well as the Boston University Nanotechnology Innovation Center. Dr. Vegas received his B.A. from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University. His work has led to 10 patents both issued and pending. He was recently awarded a New Innovator Type 1 Diabetes Pathfinder Award by the NIH.