Inventor Spotlight: Dr. Naren Nyavahare

Dr. Naren Vyavahare is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University, with research and teaching interests focused in biomaterials, site-specific therapies, and extracellular-matrix remodeling in diseased tissues and in tissue regeneration. He is an active inventor with several technologies available for licensing through CURF.

Dr. Vyavahare earned his PhD in chemistry from the University of Pune, India in 1991. Prior to joining Clemson’s faculty, he was a Research Assistant Professor at both the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and the University of Michigan. In addition to his teaching and research roles at Clemson, Dr. Vyavahare is also the Director of Clemson’s SC BioCRAFT, one of South Carolina’s Centers of Biomedical Research (COBRE). SC BioCraft is funded by NIH’s COBRE program, which is dedicated to supporting a new generation of scientists and developing research infrastructure nationwide.  Just last month under Dr. Nyavahare’s leadership, the NIH awarded Clemson University $11 million to expand this bioengineering center; it is Clemson’s largest NIH grant to-date, which  brings total NIH funding for SC BioCRAFT to $20.3 million. The sizable grant will pay for maintaining and upgrading state-of-the-art facilities, as well as provide research funding for five junior faculty members.

In addition, Dr. Vyavahare has also garnered many awards at Clemson; among them are the McQueen Quattlebaum Award for Faculty Excellence, and the Clemson Alumni award for Outstanding Achievement in Research.

Outside of his Clemson University role, Dr. Vyavahare has also recently launched a company, ConnecTissLLC, with a business partner to actively help commercialization technology invented at the University.

Written by: Paige Urig, August 2014