Where did you get the training and
experience needed for this job?
During graduate school at the
University of Virginia, I knew I didn’t
want to become a professor, but I was
interested in staying close to science.
I started working as an intern in the
university’s technology transfer office to
help translate research discoveries into
businesses that could create products to
For example, I identified potential
licensing partners for medical device
Stanley King II, PhD, is enior director of busi- ness development at Emulate, a life sciences tart-up that has created “Organs-on-Chips”
technology. It’s a clear, plastic chip the
size of an AA battery that can recreate the biochemistry and movements of
tissue in organs such as the lung, liver,
intestine and skin. The plastic vessels on
the Organ-Chips are lined with living
cells that are cultured under continuous
blood flow and mechanical forces. The
cells on the chip and the chip itself work
together to perform biological functions that mimic the human body. The
Monitor asked King about his job and
how he got it.
What do you do at Emulate?
My job is to work with researchers in
academia and industry who want to partner with us. The technology is attractive
to researchers because it is designed to
predict human response more accurately
than animal testing or cell cultures in a
petri dish. This can improve the testing of
new drugs or understanding of diseases.
Once we partner with an organiza-
tion, my job is to outline the scope of the
project. I also determine who is respon-
sible for which tasks, and the rights
involved in new discoveries. For example,
if we work with a drug company, new
findings about the drug are owned by
the drug company, while Emulate owns
discoveries related to new uses or innova-
tions of the Organ-Chips.
What are some of the businesses
you’re partnering with?
Johnson & Johnson is using our Organ-Chips to study drug side effects, such
as thrombosis. Merck is using them to
better develop new medicines for respiratory diseases of the lung, including
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
and asthma. We’re also partnering with
organizations like the Michael J. Fox
Foundation to research methods of
reducing the side effects of promising
new drugs for Parkinson’s disease.
How do you use your psychology
My graduate training in neuroscience
and behavior taught me how to use rigor
and the scientific method in my critical
thinking, and I rely on these skills when
I’m facing a particular challenge, such
as determining who Emulate should
collaborate with. I form a hypothesis about who may be a good partner,
then test my hypothesis by asking good
questions and gathering information. I
research the potential partner’s past drug
research, their relationships with experts
in a disease area and their track record
with other business collaborations. I
use this information to guide Emulate’s
How Did You Get That Job?
FOSTERING THE USE
OF NEW TECHNOLOGY
At Emulate Inc., a life sciences company in Boston,
Stanley King II works out partnerships with researchers
who want to use their groundbreaking “Organ-Chips”
BY HEATHER STRINGER
Dr. Stanley King II
thrives on the
dynamism of his job.