Executive in Residence Joseph Ruiz, Ph.D.
Dr. Ruiz has 30+ years of experience as an investigator in academia and industry in the areas of embryonic and adult stem cell biology, genome engineering, hepatic cell biology, cell transplantation, and histotechnology. He obtained his PhD at UC San Diego and completed post-doctoral work at Columbia and Harvard Universities. Dr. Ruiz held faculty positions at the Indiana University School of Medicine and at the Wistar Institute and has directed scientific development at several biotech startup companies. In particular, Dr. Ruiz established and directed stem cell and genome engineering research programs at several biotech startup ventures in addition to his efforts at Enzerna (Vesta Therapeutics, Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals and Epigenos Biosciences).
Dr. Ruiz also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill where he is active in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the biotech sector. Alongside his senior management roles, he founded Emerging Biotechnology Development Services, a consulting practice that guides entrepreneurs’ efforts to establish research operations and secure grant funding for their emerging startup ventures. His efforts helped over 50 startup ventures throughout the country to secure non-dilutive funds for their research operations. Dr. Ruiz has served as a reviewer and frequent chair for NIH Small Business Scientific Review Groups for 12+ years. Dr. Ruiz’s background in both academia and the biotech industry endowed him with a unique perspective on the importance of developing comprehensive research plans while also driving research toward clinical or commercial applications.