Author Bio

Merrill Biel, MD, PhD, MBA

Founder - Advanced Photodynamic Technologies

Dr. Biel is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota, Medical Director Head and Neck Oncology at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is Chancellor of the Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics Society in London, England. Dr. Biel has been involved in the preclinical and clinical applications of photodynamic therapy since 1987, and is considered one of the world's leading experts in the clinical use of photodynamic therapy. He is a founder of Advanced Photodynamic Technologies, which was acquired by Ondine Biomedical in 2009. Dr. Biel is a Founding Member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy and a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Society of Head and Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Triologic Society. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, including 30 manuscripts, 7 book chapters and edited a book on the pre-clinical and clinical applications of photodynamic therapy. He has been the recipient as Principal Investigator of 8 National Institute of Health grants and has served on numerous NIH grant peer review panels. Dr. Biel has received numerous honors and awards, including, among others, the prestigious National Research Service Award from the US National Institute of Health.

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