Katherine Reuther, PhD, MBA is the Executive Director of Penn Health-Tech and a Practice Associate Professor in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. in Bioengineering), Columbia University (Executive MBA), and The College of New Jersey (BS in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering emphasis). Most recently, Dr. Reuther was a Senior Lecturer in Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, with additional appointments as the Director of the Columbia Biomedical Engineering Technology Accelerator Program (BiomedX) and the Director of Master’s Studies. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia's highest teaching honor.
Dr. Reuther has advised and educated numerous student and faculty teams and start-ups in developing and commercializing medical technologies. She serves as a consultant for Biocomx, a national organization that trains and supports researchers, professionals, and early-stage companies in commercializing medical technologies and in this role, has acted as a project manager for several NIH programs including the Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative. She is also a nationally trained NIH I-Corps instructor. She is a co-founder of Syntegrity Biomedical, an orthopedic medical device start-up.