Buddy D. Ratner is the co-inventor of STAR biomaterial. Dr. Ratner is the Michael L. and Myrna Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization, Professor of Bioengineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. (1972) in polymer chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Professor Ratner is a past president of the Society for Biomaterials, a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a fellow of AVS The Science and Technology Society and a Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE). He served as president of AIMBE, 2002-2003. He was vice president of the Tissue Engineering Society International (TESI) 2003-2005. In 2002, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA. Ratner is the author of more than 400 scholarly works. His research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, polymers, biocompatibility, surface analysis of organic materials, self-assembly, nanobiotechnology and RF-plasma thin film deposition. He has won the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Biomaterials Literature, the C.M.A. Stine Award in Materials Science (AIChE), the Medard W. Welch Award (AVS) and the 2005-6 C. William Hall Award of the Society for Biomaterials. Dr. Ratner was most recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).