Inspired by Prellis
Milad Khorrami, Director of Chemistry
Milad Khorrami, Prellis' Director of Chemistry, sits down with Tess Remick, Prellis’ Marketing Associate, to give us a bit of insight into some of his thoughts, hopes, and dreams for our company’s future.
What initially sparked your interest in Prellis?
When I first learned about Prellis, I was immediately interested in learning more about a company working on 3D printing human tissues. The technology that Prellis was working on was very similar to my PhD thesis at the University of Houston, and I quickly found Prellis to be a very good match. I chose Prellis because of the fascinating technology they have and how well my background and experiences matched.
What would you say is unique about the team at Prellis?
The team members, my coworkers, are the most unique part about Prellis. What we are doing at Prellis is multi-disciplinary. It’s a startup company, and we have scientists from all different backgrounds. We have optical engineering, cell biology, and mechanical engineering. I’m here as a chemist and materials scientist. We have people from all different aspects, and we get together to solve one problem — how to fabricate a functional human organ. How top-notch scientists from such different fields are gathering together at Prellis is truly amazing. We are tackling one big challenge from many different angles. I really enjoy every day when I’m at work. I feel like with every day, every experiment, every meeting, every brainstorm, we are getting one step closer to fabricating that final functional human organ. I’m super happy to be contributing to this field.
How do you believe readily available tissues will change the world?
Tissue engineering and organ manufacturing; this is my dream job. As you may know, right now in the United States, there are 30,000 people in line for organ donations. That is a huge waiting list. So, fabricating functional human organs like kidneys, livers, and lungs — these can significantly change the world and meet the demands of those patients. I’m very positive that in the near future, scientists will be able to fabricate functional human organs. It’s going to change the world.