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Our Team

 
 

President / CEO

Michael Shuler, Ph.D

 

Dr. Shuler has over 25 years of experience in Body-on-a-Chip research and helped to define the field itself. He has made numerous technological improvements to the basic concept (e.g. use of 3-D tissue constructs and a pumpless system) that have made this more practical for adoption in pharmacological research and form the intellectual framework for Hesperos’ services.

Dr. Shuler is the founding chair for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, and has served as the James and Marsha McCormick Chair of Biomedical Engineering. Mike graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame. He has received numerous research related awards, among his honors is election to the National Academy of Engineering (1989) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1996) and he has published over 300 peer reviewed journal articles of which over 70 focus on in vitro toxicology and pharmacology (Body-on-a-Chip).  Dr. Shuler is the sole or co-inventor on multiple pending and issued U.S. and international patents.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Chief Scientist

James J. Hickman, PH.D.

The driving vision of Dr. James (“J”) Hickman is fundamental to Hesperos’ technological “Human-on-a-Chip” platform. He published the first serum-free, defined culture system for neuronal systems in 1995 (Schaffner, Barker et al. 1995) and has now extended this from rat to mouse, both embryonic and adult, as well as to human. J has also pioneered the establishment of functional in vitro systems and was one of the first to report toxicity studies from neurons on microelectrode arrays in a defined system back in the 90’s (Jung, Cuttino et al. 1998). He has extended these defined in vitro systems now to cardiac, muscle, glia, endothelial, hepatocytes bone marrow, cancer, and epithelial cells. In most cases, the cells have been shown to survive at least 2-3 months in this system while maintaining full functionality. His work developed a common media system, which supports a wide variety of cells, thus, establishing a common media system for multiple cell types with a high degree of test/retest reliability essential to commercial utility. J received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Chemistry), his M.S. and B.A. from Penn State, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE), the premier society for Biomedical Engineering of which he is a Fellow. Dr. Hickman is the sole or co-inventor on multiple pending and issued U.S. and international patents.

 
 
 

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE

Isabel Sonam

Isabel got her start working under Hugo Walters, Esq., director of the ABC Fashion Institute. She specializes in all things related to fashion law, whether that’s securing a trademark for a logo design or helping clients work through federal textile laws. Before joining Harris Ingram, she was an associate at fine arts practice Veronica Chin, PLLC. Isabel also represents fine artists, galleries, appraisers, and more on art litigation matters.

 

Education

EMPIRE LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2002

NAMELESS UNIVERSITY
B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

• ABCD Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• New York, California