Katie Farraro, PhD, MS

Katie Ferraro

Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Stryker Endoscopy
Katie Fararro, PhD, MS is responsible for premarket regulatory support and submissions during new medical device product development, as well as creation and maintenance of domestic and international regulatory deliverables for sustaining products.

Innovation Associate (Biotechnology), Project Manager

At sciVelo, Katie was primarily responsible for working with multi-disciplinary teams of academic researchers, physicians, and other stakeholders to achieve technical and business milestones associated with translational research grants.

Education and Experience

Katie Farraro, PhD, MS earned her BS and MS Degrees at the University of California, Davis, in Biological Systems Engineering. With a passion for biomechanics and sports medicine, she joined the Musculoskeletal Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. Her doctoral research focused on developing a novel tissue engineering approach for regeneration of an injured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Throughout her graduate training, she gained an interest in commercial translation of academic research and participated in numerous entrepreneurial competitions and programs. Following completion of her PhD in 2015, she continued at the University of Pittsburgh as a post-doctoral researcher and Innovation Associate at sciVelo. In 2016, she transitioned to industry in premarket regulatory affairs at Stryker Endoscopy’s Sports Medicine Business Unit in San Jose, CA.

As an Innovation Associate/Project Manager at sciVelo, Katie worked closely with academic teams seeking commercial translation of novel technologies in the Biotech space through funding from the Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data (CCA) at the University of Pittsburgh. Her major project was working with Spatial Pathology Powers Cancer Diagnosis (SPDx), a fledgling Pitt spin-off to develop a viable commercialization strategy and business plan. This project ultimately culminated in completion of technical and business milestones for CCA funding and an investor pitch to leadership at UPMC Enterprises.

Katie reflects on her time at sciVelo as “a great learning opportunity for me to gain practical experience in commercial translation, exploring areas, such as viable market size/economic opportunity, regulatory pathways, business models and value propositions, and reimbursement. In addition, it also provided valuable project management experience, as I worked with diverse multidisciplinary project teams. Overall, this position was an excellent supplement to my academic background prior to my transition to an industry role, and was a valuable asset to my current role as a regulatory affairs professional.”


PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2015
MS, Biological Systems Engineering, University of California, 2010
BS, Biological Systems Engineering, University of California, 2008

Research Experience

Doctoral Research
University of Pittsburgh, Musculoskeletal Research Center, Advisor: Dr. Savio L-Y. Woo
  • PhD Thesis: “Regeneration of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament using Resorbable Metallic and Extracellular Matrix Bioscaffolds”
  • Graduate Research
    UC Davis Department of Biological System Engineering, Advisors: Dr. Suzaynn Schick and Dr. Bryan Jenkins
  • MS Thesis: “Analyzing Deposition and Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamine Formation in a Sidestream Smoke Aging System”
  • Commercial Translation Experience

    During Katie's time in the Bioengineering Graduate Program at Pitt, her doctoral work focused on translational research. Through this experience, she became very interested in commercial translation of academic technologies. Katie was an active participant in the Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Biomaterials and successfully led efforts to obtain >$100K funding and commercial translation support from the Coulter Translational Research Partners II Program. In addition to taking entrepreneurial and medical product development courses, she also participated in several business/pitch competitions, including the Randall Family Big Idea, Health 2.0 The Winner’s Circle Elevator Pitch, McGowan Institute Elevator Pitch, Termis-AM Business Plan, and Lynn Preston Perfect Pitch Competitions. Finally, Katie served as Director of Communications in the Biomedical Innovation and Commercialization Program and was a Project Consultant in 4th River Solutions prior to joining sciVelo as an Innovation Associate (Biotechnology).
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