Gail K. Naughton, Ph.D. serves as Histogen’s Founder and Scientific Advisor. She previously served as our Chief Scientific Officer & Founder since the Merger in May 2020 to May 31, 2021. Dr. Naughton founded Private Histogen in 2007 and served as its Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Business Officer & Founder from 2007 until 2020.
She has spent more than 30 years extensively researching the tissue engineering process, holds more than 100 U.S. and foreign patents and has been extensively published in the field. She previously served as co-founder and co-inventor of Advanced Tissue Sciences, a manufacturer of human skin for wound healing and skin treatments. At ATS, Dr. Naughton held a variety of key management positions, including president, chief operating officer, chief scientific officer and principal scientist. While serving as an officer and director of the company, Dr. Naughton oversaw the design and development of the world’s first up-scaled manufacturing facility for tissue engineered products, established corporate development and marketing partnerships with companies including Smith & Nephew, Ltd., Medtronic and Inamed Corporation, was pivotal in raising over $350M from the public market and corporate partnerships, and brought four human cell-based products from concept through FDA approval and market launch. Following ATS, Dr. Naughton served as Dean of the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University from 2002 until 2011, where she helped to make SDSU the first US campus to establish a Ph.D./MBA in life sciences. In 2000, Dr. Naughton received the 27th Annual National Inventor of the Year award by the Intellectual Property Owners Association in honor of her pioneering work in the field of tissue engineering. Dr. Naughton received her Ph.D. and M.S. from NYU Medical, and an MBA from UCLA. She currently sits on several scientific advisory boards.