Joseph DeSimone

Joseph DeSimone
Professor (by courtesy), Operations, Information & Technology

Professor of Chemistry (by courtesy) and of Operations, Information & Technology (by courtesy)

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research Statement

I will be launching a webinar class entitled “Entrepreneurs Getting Coffee at Stanford” (a play on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”). The key is to interview fellow entrepreneurs to engage in frank discussions about lessons learned, team dynamics, pivotal moments and lessons for others.

Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Models
  • Supply Chain Disruption
  • Circular Economy
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on Teams and BODs
  • Peer Accountability
 (i.e. Business Plan Review)


Bio

Joseph DeSimone joined Stanford University in 2020 and is the Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine and Chemical Engineering. He holds appointments in the departments of radiology and chemical engineering with courtesy appointments at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the department of chemistry. Previously, DeSimone was a professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University. He is also cofounder, board chair, and former CEO (2014–2019) of the additive manufacturing company, Carbon.

DeSimone and his trainees have made significant scientific breakthroughs in green chemistry, medical devices, nanotechnology, and most recently in 3D printing. An author of over 370 scientific publications and a named inventor on >200 issued patents, DeSimone has cofounded several companies based on his research, including BVS (biodegradable stent; sold to Guidant, then Abbott); Liquidia Technologies(precision medicines for pulmonary diseases; NASDAQ: LQDA); Blue Current (solid-state batteries); Advanced Chemotherapy Technologies (interventional oncology targeting pancreatic cancer); and Carbon (3D printing that is taking the industry from a prototyping-only industry to digital manufacturing). Additionally, DeSimone has mentored over 80 students through PhD completion, half of whom are women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM.

DeSimone was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 U.S. Overall National Winner for his leadership at Carbon. Chemical & Engineering News also named Carbon their Company of the Year for 2019. DeSimone’s other major recognitions include the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment, the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, and the Harvey Prize in Science and Technology. He is one of only 25 individuals elected to all three branches of the U.S. National Academies (Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering). In 2016 President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest U.S. honor for achievement and leadership in advancing technological progress.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Polymer Chemistry, Virginia Tech, 1986–1990
  • BS in Chemistry, Ursinus College, 1982–1986

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Chemistry (by courtesy), Stanford University School of Humanities and Science, 2021
  • Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine, Department of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2020–present
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University School of Engineering, 2020–present
  • Professor of Operations, Information & Technology (by courtesy), Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2020–present
  • Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2008–2020
  • William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus, North Carolina State University, 2008–2020
  • William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina, 2008–2020
  • Faculty Member, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, 2005–2020
  • Founding Director, Institute for Nanomedicine at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2008–2014
  • Director, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Kenan Flagler Business School, 2012–2013
  • Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2003–2012
  • Director, National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes,1999–2009
  • William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1999–2008
  • William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, 1999–2008
  • Mary Ann Smith Professor of Chemistry at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1996–1999
  • Mary Ann Smith Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, 1996–1999
  • Mary Ann Smith Associate Professor of Chemistry at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1995
  • Mary Ann Smith Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, 1995
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990–1994

Awards and Honors

  • Member, the National Academy of Medicine, 2014
  • Member, the National Academy of Sciences, 2012
  • Member, the National Academy of Engineering, 2005
  • Member, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Tau of Pennsylvania Chapter at Ursinus College)
  • Harvey Prize in Science and Technology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 2020
  • Charles Goodyear Medal, American Chemical Society Rubber Division, 2020
  • Entrepreneur of the Year U.S. Overall National Winner, EY, 2019
  • Wilhelm Exner Medal, Austrian Industry Association, 2019
  • Award for Convergent Science, National Academy of Sciences, 2018
  • Heinz Award in the Technology, the Economy and Employment Category, 2017
  • Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing Leadership Award for Visionary Leadership, 2017
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation, presented by President Barack Obama, 2016
  • Kabiller Prize in Nanoscience and Nanomedicine, Northwestern University, 2015
  • IRI Medalist, Industrial Research Institute, 2014
  • Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success, American Chemical Society, 2014
  • ACS National Award, American Chemical Society, 2014
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
  • Harrison Howe Award, Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society, 2011
  • AAAS Mentor Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2010
  • Director’s Pioneer Award, National Institutes of Health, 2009
  • North Carolina Award, State of North Carolina, 2009
  • Lemelson-MIT Prize, Lemelson-MIT, 2008
  • One of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era,” American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2008
  • 2007/2008 Impact Entrepreneur of the Year for the Triangle, Business Leader Magazine, 2008
  • American Chemical Society Award for Creative Invention, American Chemical Society, 2005
  • John Scott Award, City Trusts, Philadelphia, 2002
  • Engineering Excellence Award, DuPont, 2002
  • Wallace H. Carothers Award, Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society, 2002
  • Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology (Carolinas), Ernst & Young, 2001
  • Inventor of the Year Award, Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association, 2001
  • Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest, Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, 2001
  • Oliver Max Gardner Award, University of North Carolina, 2000
  • Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1997
  • Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, National Science Foundation, 1993
  • National Science Foundation Young Investigator — Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation, 1992

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