Leanne Terese Labriola, DO

Co-Founder, President

Dr. Labriola matriculated from Duke University and received her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She specialized in ophthalmology with residency at the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute and a fellowship in medical retina at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California. She returned to Pittsburgh after her fellowship and was selected to be co-chair of the Imaging Department at the Eye Center of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before joining the eye department at Carle Foundation Hospital in 2013.  At Carle she developed the clinical trials program for the Eye Department and is the principal investigator on numerous national industry sponsored trials as well as investigator initiated studies. She has practiced in systems within major academic centers as well as private hospitals and has worked in different geographical locations. This practical experience in ophthalmology and how workflow is triaged in all of these setting has enabled her to identify problems and limitations of providing quality eye care to a wide population. Her research is supported by a private grant through Carle as well as national funding through the National Science Foundation.

Dipanjan Pan, PhD

Co-Founder, Vice President

Dr. Pan joined the University of Illinois faculty in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering. He is also an Assistant Professor of the Beckman Institute and a full research member of University of Illinois Cancer Center. Dr. Pan recently moved from Washington University, where he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Division of Cardiology, Washington University in St. Louis. He has authored over 80 original publications, numerous abstracts, and patents in the area of materials science and nanomedicine. He received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in 2002 and pursued a postdoctoral career in polymer science and technology at the Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis. In 2005, he joined General Electric and worked as a part of the global research team supporting the development of their biosciences initiatives. Dr. Pan joined the WU faculty in 2007. Subsequently, he co-invented several nanoparticle platforms for molecular imaging application with CT, MRI, optical and photoacoustic imaging. His research has been funded externally by the NIH, American Heart Association and other funding organizations. His laboratory is motivated at the understanding and developing novel lipid-based and polymeric nanoparticle platforms for molecular imaging, drug delivery and non viral gene delivery applications with a focus on structure, function and engineering processes.


Dr Deana McDonagh

Designer Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Deana McDonagh, is Professor of Industrial Design in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and faculty at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. She is an experienced design practitioner and entrepreneur. Prior to joining the University of Illinois she was a Reader in User-Centred Design at Loughborough University in the UK. She is an Empathic Design Research Strategist who focuses on enhancing quality of life for all through more intuitive and meaningful products, leading to emotional sustainability. Her research concentrates on emotional user-product relationships and how empathy can bring the designer closer to users’ authentic needs, ensuring both functional and emotional needs are met by products. She is a Research Fellow at Coventry University (UK) and Director of Research for Herbst Produkt design consultancy (USA). She is the Designer Entrepreneur-in-Residence (start-up incubator) at the Research Park where she provides design guidance.

Manas Gartia, PhD

Research Consultant

Santosh K. Misra, PhD

Research Consultant

David Kellner, MS

Development Consultant