Dr. Xu Han
President and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Xu Han founded CryoCrate in 2012 to pursue the innovation of cryopreservation devices and related media. He is an internationally recognized cryobiologist, the Top Reviewer for the Journal of Cryobiology, and serves as an NIH SBIR proposal reviewer. He holds an undergraduate degree in thermal dynamics, PhD degree in mechanical engineering and cryobiology, and completed his post-doctoral training in cryopreservation associated with comparative medicine. He is current an adjunct faculty member of the School of Medicine at University of Missouri - Columbia and an Adjunct Member of the Vision Research Center at University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Based primarily on Dr. Han’s pioneering work, in 2015, CryoCrate received a National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award for cryopreservation device development. In 2016, CryoCrate received a FastTrack Award from the University of Missouri for cryopreservation media GMP production and a Coulter Partnership award for an innovative device for the cryopreservation of corneas. In 2018-2019, CryoCrate received awards from the USDA, Coulter Foundation, and NIH SBIR totaling $2M to further Dr. Han’s research in the areas of heart cryopreservation, embryo cryopreservation, and the preservation of biological or bioartificial tissues.