Andrew Brown, PhD

Andrew Brown

Assistant Director, Commercial Translation Programs

Leads all projects for sciVelo’s initiatives in Cell Therapy, Immunotherapy, and Regenerative Medicine areas to facilitate commercial translational outcomes.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Periodontics and Preventative Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Research focus on the development of new medical devices for dental bone grafting.

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Education & Experience

Andrew is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Preventative Medicine and at the Center for Craniofacial Regeneration (CCR) in the School of Dental Medicine. His research focuses on the development of new medical devices for dental bone grafting. As a result of his projects at the CCR, Andrew has become very interested in medical device development, translational research and entrepreneurship. Andrew also works part-time as a biomedical engineer with the UPMC Artificial Heart Program caring for patients on ventricular assist devices and artificial heart pumps at UPMC Presbyterian and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He has additional experience in orthopedic biomechanics and medical simulation through undergraduate research at the Musculoskeletal Research Center and Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research. Andrew was also a Patient Safety Fellow with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation applying Lean principles to hospital pharmacy workflow improvements. In his spare time he can be found running, swimming or traveling.


PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
BS, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2009

Research Experience

Graduate Research, Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Charles Sfeir, DDS, PhD

Undergraduate Research,  Musculoskeletal Research Center,  University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Richard Debski, PhD

Commercial Translation Experience

Translation Experience

Undergraduate Senior Design Project
Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research – University of Pittsburgh – Advisor: Joseph Samosky, PhD

Graduate Research
Developed magnesium/polymer biomaterial platform for initial uses in dental bone grafting

  • Awarded $250,000 in research and commercialization funding from:
    • Coulter Translational Research Partners at Pitt
    • National Science Foundation I-Corps
    • McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine – Commonwealth of Pennsyvlania
    • Center for Medical Innovation Pilot Award
    • Innovation Works – Technology Commercialization Consortium
    • Innovation Institute Second Gear Award
    • Benchtop to Bedside Award

Commercialization Experience

Filed four invention disclosures at various stages of patent protection

Biomedical Engineer – Artificial Heart Program – UPMC