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 and implementation for product development and industry adoption of...

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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.

Lowry Curley, PhD
Michael Moore, PhD
Chief Science Officer

Michael is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, with nearly 20 years of experience in biomaterials, neuroscience,...

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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.

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Ben Cappiello
Director, Business & Partnership Development

Ben leads the commercial side of AxoSim and was a founding advisor to the company before taking an operational role...

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Ben leads the commercial side of AxoSim and was a founding advisor to the company before taking an operational role in early 2017. He is an entrepreneur and biomedical engineer. After graduating from Tulane’s biomedical engineering program, he founded Bioceptive, a women’s health company that has received an FDA clearance on its cervical engagement device, has a novel IUD insertion system in clinical trials now, and has raised venture, angel, and grant capital. Ben remains the CEO of Bioceptive, splitting his time with AxoSim. His entrepreneurial experience and fun, problem-solving attitude are utilized to poise AxoSim for significant growth.

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Anup Sharma, PhD
Research Scientist

Anup heads AxoSim’s early product development, standardizing novel techniques to translate across the Nerve-on-a-Chip platform. He graduated from Indian Institute...

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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 the tech industry before pursuing his PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Iowa St. University 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.

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Hannah Willey, MS
Research Associate

Hannah Willey focuses on Cell Culture and Nerve on a Chip fabrication. She received her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from...

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Hannah Willey focuses on Cell Culture and Nerve on a Chip fabrication. She received her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering from Rice University and a Masters of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from the Tulane School of Medicine.
 

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Hieu Nguyen, PhD
Research Scientist

Hieu leads new product R&D and validation efforts, working closely with AxoSim’s team to both design and test new applications...

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Hieu 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. He worked in the biotech industry before obtaining a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing on controlling Neural Cell growth using electric fields. Most recently, Hieu completed his postdoctoral training in neural electrode design and neural stimulation patterns with Dr. John Troy at Northwestern University. Hieu specializes in tissue engineering, bioengineering, and electrophysiology.
 

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Laurie McCoy, MSc
Research Associate

Laurie’s current efforts are working on the genetic expression of neurodegenerative diseases and image analysis. She received a master’s degree...

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Laurie’s current efforts are working on the genetic expression of neurodegenerative diseases and image analysis. She received a master’s degree in biomedical sciences and pharmaceuticals from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Laurie is a proud native of Louisiana and a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. 

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Quenton Stevenson
Operations Manager

Quenton came to AxoSim to help us streamline our operations with proven processes and gets involved in a variety of...

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Quenton came to AxoSim to help us streamline our operations with proven processes and gets involved in a variety of areas in the company, from marketing to project management. He is a 2017 Venture for America Fellow and is passionate about innovation and startups. He is a recent graduate of the Computer Engineering program at Vanderbilt University. He is steadfast in helping to bridge the gap between our scientific technology and accelerating its commercialization. His drive, creativity, and optimism are utilized to ignite AxoSim for success.

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Elizabeth Jacobs
Laboratory Technician

Elizabeth is currently a Senior in the Neuroscience Program at Tulane University. Some of her educational highlights include coursework in...

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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!

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Jeff Karlson
Accounting and Administration

Jeff manages accounting and administration functions at AxoSim. He comes to us from the nonprofit arena where he spent many...

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Jeff manages accounting and administration functions at AxoSim. He comes to us from the nonprofit arena where he spent many years working in project, grant, and financial management on a host of local and national efforts. Most recently he provided financial and grants management oversight for a local non-profit’s 5-year, $4 million contract under the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, part of a four-state project to expand health care access along the Gulf Coast.

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Jobs

AxoSim is growing rapidly and looking to fill several exciting positions. Applicants must have experience in cell culture and a...

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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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