Suzanne Ildstad, MD is the Chief Scientific Officer and serves on the Board of Directors. Her seminal discovery of tolerogenic graft facilitating cells became Talaris Therapeutics, and she served as founding CEO until November 2018. She has spent her career developing allogeneic cellular therapies for transplantation immunology and transitioning novel discoveries from the bench to the clinic. She has served as the sponsor on over 10 IDE and INDs. Dr. Ildstad is also the founding director of the Institute for Cellular Therapeutics. Dr. Ildstad obtained her M.D. from Mayo Clinic Medical School, completed her surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, an immunology fellowship at NIH, and a pediatric surgery/transplant fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She has received numerous awards and honors, including election to the National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Inventors as well as the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumnus Award. She has authored over 230 manuscripts and is a named inventor or co-inventor on over 100 patents.