Regenerative Medicine: Bryan Brown

February 18, 2020

In 2001, Bryan Brown came to Pittsburgh to study mechanical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh where he would go on to obtain his PhD in bioengineering and become a faculty member at the university.    From winning multiple awards to co-founding a company, Bryan is well on his way to making an impact on health care innovation. 

About Brown

Bryan Brown, PhD is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering with secondary appointments in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences as well as Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  He’s a core faculty member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine where he serves as Director of Educational Outreach.   He is a two time Pitt Innovation Challenge awardee and serves as Chief Technology Officer of Renerva, LLC, a Pitt start-up company that he co-founded.  Brown received both his B.S. and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.  


Key Highlights

  • 1:30 Moving around every three to four years since his father was in the Navy
  • 3:00 Early interest in race cars and rocket ships
  • 4:30 Studying bioengineering at Pitt and his internship experience
  • 5:15 Working as a visiting researcher in China and then later in Japan 
  • 8:00 Completed his Ph.D. and started a postdoc studying cartilage tissue engineering
  • 10:15 Studying how the body’s immune system interacts with implantable biomaterials
  • 12:45 Developed a novel material for nerve repair
  • 15:00 Pitching the concept and moving towards commercial translation
  • 16:45 Bryan and his team partner with ophthalmologist to create a novel contact lens for dry eye 
  • 18:30 Rock climbing, espresso, and spending time with kids
  • 19:20 How Pitt has changed from when he was a student to now as a professor
  • 21:30 One word to describe himself