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Sam Lai, PhD

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Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Director

Sam is the founder, chief scientific officer and director of Inhalon Biopharma, with a research background in pioneering the nanoparticle-based delivery of bioactive molecules to mucosal tissues. His prior inventions formed the basis of multiple startup companies, and multiple FDA-approved drugs.


As professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sam has established a rigorous research program at the interface of engineering, immunology, biophysics and biomaterials. His lab pioneered Inhalon’s platform technology and has also spun off other companies.


He graduated with a B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Cornell and Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, and an NSF CAREER Award for his pioneering work on muco-trapping antibodies.

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