Dr. Atala is the Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Chair of Urology at Wake Forest University. He is Editor in Chief of Stem Cells Translational Medicine and BioPrinting. Dr. Atala is a recipient of the US Congress funded Christopher Columbus Award, the World Technology Award in Medicine, the Samuel Gross Prize, the Innovation Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the Edison Science/Medical Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2011, and to the National Academy of Inventors in 2014. His work was listed twice in Time Magazine’s top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year. He was named by Scientific American as one of the world’s most influential people in biotechnology in 2015. He also received the Innovator of the Year Award from R & D Magazine in 2016. Dr. Atala has led several NIH working groups and was the Founder of the Regenerative Medicine Foundation. He heads a team of over 450 researchers, and twelve applications of technologies developed in his laboratory have been used clinically. He is editor of 14 books, has published over 500 articles and has applied for or received over 250 national and international patents.