Buddy Ratner is Director of the University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials (UWEB21) Engineering Research Center. He holds the Michael L. and Myrna Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization and is Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and has been at the University of Washington since 1972. From 1985-1996, he directed the National ESCA and Surface Analysis Center for Biomedical Problems funded by the National Institutes of Health. In 1996, he assumed the directorship of UWEB (now UWEB21). He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the AVS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Chemical Society, the International College of Fellows Biomaterials Science and Engineering, ACS POLY, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society. He is also a past president of the Society for Biomaterials and served as president of AIMBE (2002-2003). In 2003, he was elected President of the Tissue Engineering Society of North America. In 2002, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering, USA. He served on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Bioimaging and Bioengineering, NIH (2009-2013). Prof. Ratner has won numerous awards. A partial list includes the Medard W. Welch Award of the American Vacuum Society (2002), the Founders Award of the Society for Biomaterials (2004), the C. William Hall Award from the Society for Biomaterials (2006), the BMES Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer Award (2008), the Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal (2009), the Pierre Galletti Award from the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (2011), and the George Winter Award of the European Society for Biomaterials (2012-2013). In 2014, he received the Lifetime Inventor and Innovator Award from the University of Washington. Three honors were received in 2015, including the Distinguished Service Award, the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry, the Langmuir Lecture, the American Chemical Society (COLL Division), and the Most Cited Paper Award, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. He has authored over 400 scholarly works and has over 30 issued patents. He is on the advisory board of Biointerphases and serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals. He is the lead editor for Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine, a textbook that has sold over 35,000 copies. He has supervised the theses of more than 80 graduate students. His professional interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, polymers, biocompatibility, drug delivery, surface analysis, self-assembly, nanobiotechnology, RF-plasma thin film deposition, technology commercialization, and biomaterials education. He has participated in the launch of eight companies based on technologies from his laboratory and serves as a consultant for numerous other companies.