Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D. serves as a director of APDC and dean of the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was previously a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she held the Price Gilbert, Jr. Chair in Tissue Engineering. She was a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. In 1993, she co-founded OsteoBiologics, Inc. (San Antonio, Texas), which was acquired by Smith & Nephew in 2007. Boyan is also founder of Biomedical Development Corporation in San Antonio, as well as Orthonics, Inc. and SpherIngenics, Inc. in Atlanta. She sits on the Board of Directors of Arthrocare, Inc. (Austin, TX) and Carticept Medical, Inc. (Alpharetta, GA). The author of more than 370 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters, Boyan holds 13 U.S. patents.