History

Our dedicated team of neuroscientists and biomedical engineers is committed to tackling critical problems in pharmaceutical research. Utilizing technology originally developed in the lab of Dr. Michael J. Moore at Tulane University, we have commercialized a unique benchtop model of the human nervous system as a more accurate, less expensive, and faster alternative to animal testing.

Our offices and lab are located in the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, the city's first LEED Gold-certified laboratory building. This world-class facility in the heart of the bio-medical district positions us to stay at the forefront of emerging technology and research.

AxoSim Team

Lowry Curley, PhD
Lowry Curley, PhD
Chief Executive Officer

Lowry is the founding CEO of AxoSim. He drives the vision...

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Lowry is the founding CEO of AxoSim. He drives the vision and implementation for product development and industry adoption of AxoSim’s Nerve-on-a-Chip, with the goal of making a significant global impact on healthcare and medicine. Lowry received his PhD at Tulane University in biomedical engineering, focusing on tissue engineering and neuroscience. Following several postdocs, including a stint in Belgium, Lowry realized the only way to translate research breakthroughs outside of the lab was through commercialization, which drove him to return to New Orleans and begin AxoSim’s efforts.

Michael Moore, PhD.
Michael Moore, PhD.
Chief Science Officer

Michael is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane...

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Michael is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, with nearly 20 years of experience in biomaterials, neuroscience, and regenerative medicine, and leads AxoSim’s R&D efforts. He received his PhD from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and has experience commercializing laboratory-based technology from there as well as from his postdoc with Prof. Robert Langer at MIT. AxoSim is one of three startups to begin in Michael’s lab, though it is the only company he maintains direct involvement.

Ben Cappiello
Ben Cappiello
Director of Business & Partnership Development

Ben was an advisor to AxoSim before taking an operational role heading up...

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Ben was an advisor to AxoSim before taking an operational role heading up the commercial side of the business this year. He is an entrepreneur and biomedical engineer. After graduating from Tulane’s biomedical engineering program, he founded Bioceptive, a women’s health company that raised venture and grant capital, received an FDA clearance on one product, and another currently in clinical trials. Ben remains the CEO of Bioceptive, while he takes an increasingly active role at AxoSim. His entrepreneurial experience and fun, problem-solving attitude are utilized to poise AxoSim for significant growth.

Lauren Pace
Lauren Pace
Senior Scientist

Lauren leads new product R&D and validation efforts...

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Lauren leads new product R&D and validation efforts, working closely with AxoSim’s team to both design and test new applications for the Nerve-on-a-Chip. She worked in the biotech and pharma industries before obtaining a PhD in neuroscience from Wake Forest University, focusing on neural tissue engineering at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Following graduate school, Lauren worked in technology transfer, helped to establish the neurosurgery research program at Tulane University, and ultimately, her interest in technology commercialization brought her to AxoSim.

Jordan Behn
Jordan Behn
R&D Engineer

Jordan’s current efforts are optimizing 3D culture techniques...

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Jordan’s current efforts are optimizing 3D culture techniques for an expanding variety of neural cell types. His work with a variety of neuronal and glial cells has increased the range of available disease models for AxoSim's Nerve-on-a-Chip platform. Jordan received his BS from the University of Illinois in biomedical engineering with concentrations in neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease, focusing on translational projects. Jordan first began with AxoSim as an intern in 2015, and has grown along with the company into his current role.

Anup Sharma, PhD.
Anup Sharma, PhD.
Research Scientist

Anup heads AxoSim’s early product development...

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Anup heads AxoSim’s early product development, standardizing novel techniques to translate across the Nerve-on-a-Chip platform. He graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and worked in tech before pursuing his PhD in Chemical and Bio Engineering from Iowa State under Dr. Surya Mallapragada and Dr. Donald Sakaguchi. Anup’s interests focus on synergistically combining engineering methods with biological processes to develop products with implications in drug testing, drug delivery, regenerative medicine, and artificial organs. Anup joined AxoSim to apply his expertise to commercial translation.

Elizabeth Jacobs
Elizabeth Jacobs
Lab Tech

Elizabeth is currently a Senior in the Neuroscience Program...

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Elizabeth is currently a Senior in the Neuroscience Program at Tulane University. Some of her educational highlights include coursework in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and studying abroad in the biotechnology industry hotbed of Copenhagen, Denmark. These experiences sparked her interest in the intersection of biotech, stem cell biology, and neurodegenerative disease. Elizabeth is thrilled to explore these interests with AxoSim. Long term, she plans to pursue either an MD, Ph.D. or maybe even an MD/Ph.D!

We are actively seeking new team members
We are actively seeking new team members

AxoSim is growing rapidly and looking to fill several exciting positions. Applicants must have experience in cell culture and a background in neuroscience and/or electrophysiology. If you would be a good fit with the AxoSim team, please submit your resume.

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