Hai-Quan Mao, PhD, Founder, Scientific Advisory Board
Hai-Quan is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Associate Director of the Institute of NanoBioTechnology (INBT), and a co-founder of LifeSprout. He holds a joint appointment in the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Hai-Quan’s foundational work engineering novel biomaterials to support tissue restoration and regenerative cell therapy serves as the intellectual underpinning of LifeSprout. His laboratory has also established materials assembly platforms for controlled production of nanotherapeutics to deliver DNA, RNA and protein therapeutics. Hai-Quan currently serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Biomaterials. He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, currently holds 24 U.S. patents and is a co-inventor of a dozen US patent applications. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Justin Sacks, MD, MBA, Founder, Clinical Advisory Board
Justin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a co-founder of LifeSprout. Currently, he is the Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations and the Director of Oncological Reconstruction within the Department. A graduate in biology and society from Cornell University, Justin received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he also completed combined general surgery and plastic surgery residency followed by fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In 2016 he completed an MBA in medical service management at the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. At Johns Hopkins Justin maintains a robust clinical reconstructive practice while performing basic science and translational research. He has authored over 100 original publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 20 textbook chapters on plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is fellow member of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and Plastic Surgery Research Council. He is a founding member of the American Society of Reconstructive Transplantation. He is the recent past Chair of the Plastic Surgery Research Council.