Biorg Founders & Board of Directors

Biorg's Founders & Board of Directors help our leadership & team make sure our work is always grounded in our motivation, approach, & aspirations

Anthony Atala, MD

Founder & Chairman of the Board

Dr. Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, is Editor and Editorial Board Member of several journals, editor of thirteen books, and has received a long list of awards and recognition.

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Alan Hirsch, JD

Co-Founder & Board Member

Founder and CEO Alan Hirsch was formerly Deputy Attorney General of North Carolina, Policy Director of North Carolina and Chief Policy Advisor to the Governor of North Carolina, CEO of the NC Health Information Exchange and CEO of the NC Healthcare Quality Alliance. He has led dozens of initiatives to improve the lives of the people of North Carolina and nationally, and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on their behalf. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for more than two decades.

Shay Soker, PhD

Co-Founder & Board Member



Dr. Soker is a Professor at WFIRM who specializes in vascular biology and methods for neovascularization of bioengineered tissues. He has expertise in identification and isolation of stem cells from different sources, including adult and fetal stem cells from amniotic fluid and placenta and their directed differentiation to generate tissues in vitro and in vivo; advanced tissue and cell imaging technologies; and the use of tissue-derived extracellular matrices as scaffolds for whole organ bioengineering of liver, kidney, pancreas, intestine, cornea and more. 

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James Yoo, MD, PhD




Dr. Yoo is Associate Director and Chief Scientific Officer at WFIRM and Professor in the Departments of Urology, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Biomedical Engineering at Wake Forest. He has particular expertise the creation and clinical translation of tissue engineering technologies and cell-based therapies for the functional repair and replacement of diseased tissues and organs, including blood vessels, heart valves, kidney, cartilage, bone, muscle, bladder and urethra. Dr. Yoo is a world leader in the development of 3-D bioprinting.


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