Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction as well as the co-author of Super Cells: Building with Biology, which explores the new frontier of biotech. “We’re just mimicking a natural process, using the cells that grow the bones every day in our body to do it [outside]. Being able to use your own cells means you’re empowered to heal yourself as well,” says Tandon. EpiBone is a leader in the growing field of biomedical engineering that harnesses the organic healing abilities of the human body, used in everything from cardiac care to cancer.
A TED Senior Fellow (she’s spoken at three different TED conferences) and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union, Tandon has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union, a Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering from MIT, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University. Her PhD research focused on studying electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering, and has worked with cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissue.