Joseph M. DeSimone has been appointed Director of PHIND

Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone

September 15, 2022

Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone, the Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine and Professor of Chemical Engineering, has been appointed Director of the Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center at Stanford (PHIND Center) effective October 1, 2022. In his new leadership role, Dr. DeSimone will continue building on the mission and goals for precision health at Stanford, elevating the vision and aspirations of Sam Gambhir and Lloyd Minor centered around predicting, preventing, detecting, diagnosing, and curing precisely. Indeed, precision health is a fundamental shift to more proactive and personalized health care that empowers people to lead healthy lives.

Dr. DeSimone has achieved global recognition as a scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is one of only 25 individuals elected to all three branches of the U.S. National Academies (Sciences, Medicine, Engineering). In 2016 DeSimone was recognized by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest U.S. honor for achievement and leadership in advancing technological progress. He has received numerous other major awards in his career, most recently the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment (2017); the Wilhelm Exner Medal (2019); the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2019 U.S. Overall National Winner); and the Harvey Prize in Science and Technology (2020).

The DeSimone lab has made significant scientific breakthroughs in green chemistry, medical devices, nanotechnology, and 3D printing. Before joining Stanford in 2020, Dr. DeSimone mentored over 80 students through Ph.D. completion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, half of whom were women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM. He is also Co-founder, Board Member, and former CEO (2014 - 2019) of the additive manufacturing company, Carbon. After inventing its core technology, he grew Carbon into an over 400-person global company that is defining the digital revolution in manufacturing. In 2019, Carbon was named the Company of the Year by Chemical & Engineering News.

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