A Perfect Fit

Class Day speaker and EpiBone CEO Nina Tandon PhD’09 returns to the Engineering School to catch up with mentor and University Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic. Find out how their longtime collaboration has evolved through the years and how their work on EpiBone is advancing personalized medicine.

May 12 2023 | Video Credit: Jane Nisselson | Interview: Beatrice V. Mhando


Credit: Jane Nisselson and Beatrice V. Mhando

Nina Tandon PhD’09 is set to take the Class Day stage on May 15 to address our graduating engineers as the Class of 2023’s keynote speaker.  But before the big day, Tandon stopped by the Morningside campus to reunite with University Professor and mentor, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic. Together the two collaborated on the launch of EpiBone, a biotech startup that Tandon started working on while at Columbia, and for which she now serves as CEO. Born out of the Vunjak-Novakovic lab, EpiBone is a revolutionary platform that grows bones from a patient’s own stem cells.

“Her lab is such a hotbed of innovation,” said Tandon. Find out more about these engineering entrepreneurs as they reconnect days ahead of Class Day and share the evolution of EpiBone, their continuing collaboration, and their joint commitment to changing the status quo of healthcare for good.

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