L. Franklin Bost, MBA, IDSA, serves as the Director of Educational Programs for APDC. He is the Executive Associate Dean in Engineering and the Executive Director of the Translational Research Innovation Projects (TRIP) at VCU. Mr. Bost is also the president and chief executive officer of SpherIngenics Inc., an early stage device company focusing on enhancing the delivery and effectiveness of stem cell therapies. Previously, he was Professor of the Practice in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech when APDC was awarded its original P50 grant. In his industry career, Mr. Bost was president of Porex Surgical Inc., a developer, manufacturer and distributor of implantable biomaterial products for craniofacial reconstructive surgery and previously served in executive management and development positions with several large medical device companies.