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Gabor Forgacs

Gabor Forgacs is a theoretical physicist turned biophysicist turned bioengineer turned
innovator and entrepreneur. His academic affiliations include the George Vineyard Chair in
Biophysics at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Chanderna-Stirkey Chair in
Theoretical Physics at Clarkson University, where he also served as the Scientific Director of
the Shipley Innovation Center. He is the scientific founder of Organovo, Inc., Modern
Meadow, Inc. and Fork & Goode, Inc. and is the Chief Scientific Officer of the latter. He was
trained as a physicist at the Roland Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary. He also has a
degree in biology.

His research interests and contributions span from topics in theoretical physics to physical
mechanisms in early embryonic development. He is the author of over 200 scientific
publications and 5 books, in particular the co-author of the celebrated text in the field,
“Biological Physics of the Developing Embryo” that discusses physical mechanisms that
guide embryonic development. He applies these mechanisms to build organ structures using
bioprinting, a technology he pioneered. Such structures are already used for drug
development and testing. The technology has also been adapted to engineer consumer
products of animal origin such as leather and meat in environmentally friendly and ethically
conscious manner.

Dr. Forgacs has been recognized by numerous prizes and awards. In particular, he is a
member of the United States’ National Academy of Innovators and was named as one of the
“100 most innovative people in business in 2010” by FastCompany.