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Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellows Alumni

James Ankrum

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JAMES ANKRUM, PhD (2013-2014)

James joined the 6th class of MDC Innovation fellows after completing his PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics at MIT. During his PhD, James worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from engineered cell-based therapies, to drug delivery, to bio-inspired medical adhesives, to medical devices

During his year at the MDC, James contributed to projects that generated multiple patent applications that are currently in various stages of licensing, development, and commercialization. James is now an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa. In addition to teaching Senior Design and Cell Biology, James runs a research lab in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center where he develops engineered cell-based therapies. James' career and research interest is focused on identifying unmet clinical needs and establishing collaborations between academia and industry to rapidly foster development of new technologies.


(Last updated January 2015)

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