Buddy Ratner co-invented STAR biomaterial and is the Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization, Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Washington. He received his PhD in polymer chemistry from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Professor Ratner has served as president of Society for Biomaterials, president of AIMBE, vice president of the Tissue Engineering Society International (TESI), and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA. He is a fellow of: American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), AVS Science and Technology Society, and Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE). Ratner has authored more than 400 scholarly works in biomaterials, tissue engineering, polymers, biocompatibility, surface analysis of organic materials, self-assembly, nanobiotechnology and RF-plasma thin film deposition. His awards include: Clemson Award for Contributions to Biomaterials Literature, Stine Award in Materials Science (AIChE), Welch Award (AVS), Hall Award from Society for Biomaterials. Dr. Ratner was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).