Dr. G. Russell Reiss is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon with advanced training in interventional cardiology, immunology, and microbiology. He earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine. He completed his residencies in general surgery and thoracic surgery at the University of Utah and his interventional cardiology fellowship at NYP-Columbia University Medical Center. He completed his postdoctoral research in the Center for Gene Therapy and Institute for Cellular Therapeutics and has been an active surgeon and physician-scientist for over 27 years.
Dr. Reiss is currently the chief operating officer at SymbioCellTech, LLC, a biotechnology company in Salt Lake City that is developing a functional cure for diabetes by utilizing a novel cellular technology known as “Neo-Islets.” He is also a clinical advisor at SureCount Surgical, an advisor at OmegaPoint Partners, LLC, and the director of Park City Performance Medicine.
Dr. Reiss is recognized as an expert at bridging clinically meaningful medical innovations into commercially successful products within the life sciences. He leads strategic development and clinical support for companies and products from minimal viability through commercialization. He possesses the ability to leverage a broad academic and practical clinical experience across industry sectors including medical devices, biomaterials, cell and gene therapies, regenerative medicine, fitness, and health.
Dr. Reiss assists companies in identifying their optimal customer segments, clearing regulatory hurdles, and identifying collateral markets, convergent technologies, and strategic partners. He engages with the corporate, venture, and private equity firms for investment and due diligence and with academic institutions for new venture formation. He provides scientific advisory and BOD membership and has served as a chief medical officer and medical director for early-stage ventures.
Dr. Reiss’s interests revolve around cell therapy and regenerative medicine, biotechnology, medical device commercialization, sports science, and human performance. He has written book chapters, published research papers, and presented at various national and international conferences, lectures, and symposiums. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, and listening to music.