Danielle M. Minteer, PhD

Danielle Minteer

Commercial Translation Architect

Works one-on-one with academic teams delivering tailored approaches to solutions along the commercialization pathway

Project Manager

Adipose Stem Cell Center, Wound Research Alliance, and Stem Cell and Tissue Therapy
University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery and UPMC Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine (CIRM)

Manages 16 clinical trials within the Department of Plastic Surgery at Pitt. Trial foci range from pedal fat grafting to peripheral nerve repair.

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Education & Experience

A Pittsburgh native, Danielle earned both her BS and PhD in Bioengineering from Pitt. Following her PhD work, Danielle moved to New York City to work with the Biotechnology practice at executive search firm, Korn Ferry. Serving as a crash course into the biotech landscape, Danielle took her search expertise to Oystir, a small start-up company helping STEM PhD’s to find jobs. Once Oystir was acquired by Drop Out Club, she decided to start her own side project, Strik3, to continue empowering STEM PhD’s to launch great careers.

Danielle also serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Fourth River Solutions (4RS), an educational non-profit organization fueling the Pittsburgh startup community with STEM PhD trainee-based solutions.


Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Plastic Surgery, 2017
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering, 2015
BS, University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering, 2010

Research Experience

  • 5 years of clinical research coordination and electronic data management
  • 8 years of soft tissue regeneration (specifically adipose)
  • 8 years of peripheral nerve repair
  • 9 years of biomaterial development
  • 9 years of 2-dimensional cell culture
  • 5 years of 3-dimensional, dynamic perfusion bioreactor
  • 5 years of biodegradable metals.

Commercial Translation Experience

  • Launching and completing a clinical trial to validate sensors to detect patient repositioning in an effort to reduce pressure ulcers
  • Advancing large animal research and scale-up for a biodegradable guide for peripheral nerve repair.
  • Uniting engineering teams, basic science teams and clinical teams with funding sources to enhance progression of 6 University projects.