Joseph DeSimone in conversation with Thomas R. Tritton

Joseph M. DeSimone

Joseph M. DeSimone

November 22, 2010
Research Triangle Park
Durham Country, North Carolina

Joseph M. DeSimone is the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. DeSimone is also the coprincipal investigator of the Carolina Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Author or coauthor of nearly 250 published scientific articles, DeSimone is listed as inventor on 115 patents, with 120 patents pending. Among his notable inventions is an environmentally friendly manufacturing process that relies on supercritical carbon dioxide for the creation of high-performance plastics.

In 2002 DeSimone cofounded Bioabsorbable Vascular Solutions to commercialize a fully bioabsorbable, drug-eluting stent. DeSimone’s current research focus is learning how to bring the precision, uniformity, and mass-production techniques associated with the fabrication of nanoscale features found in the microelectronics industry to the nanomedicine field for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. He recently launched Liquidia Technologies, which designs and manufactures precisely engineered particles and films for a variety of life- and materials-science applications.

DeSimone was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. He has received numerous major awards, including the Lemelson-MIT Prize for Invention and Innovation; the Collaboration Success Award, from the Council for Chemical Research; the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention; the Wallace H. Carothers Award, from the Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society; and was the 2009 Ullyot Public Affairs Lecturer.

He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Ursinus College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Thomas R. Tritton

Thomas R. Tritton is the president and CEO of CHF.

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