Robin L. Smith, MD, MBA, President and Chairman of the Board
Robin L. Smith, M.D., MBA, is a business leader, entrepreneur, medical doctor and philanthropist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and her M.D. degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Smith holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business and completed the Stanford University Directors Program. In 2019, Dr. Smith received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College. She is a trailblazer in the fields of regenerative medicine and predictive analytics and has focused on turnarounds, M&A and disruptive innovations driving interest and growth.
Dr. Smith is the founder, president and chairman of the board of the Cura Foundation and Stem for Life since 2007. She is also vice president and director of the Science and Faith (STOQ) Foundation at the Vatican. Dr. Smith is a member of the board of trustees of Sanford Health, the board of overseers of the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York, and a board member of the Alliance for Cell Therapy Now and OPA Health and is active in the NFL Alumni Association’s Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy initiative. Dr. Smith previously served on the Sanford Health’s International Board, the board of trustees of the New York University Langone Medical Center, was chairman of the board of directors of the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases and served on the board of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) Foundation.
Dr. Smith also has extensive experience serving on the boards of directors and board committees of multiple public companies. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Celularity Inc (NASDAQ: CELU), a Celgene spin-out focused on cancer and regenerative medicine, the newly formed SPAC Western Acquisition Ventures Corp. (NASDAQ: WAVS), as well as private companies Spiritus Therapeutics and Vcinity Inc.
Dr. Smith co-authored “Cells Are the New Cure” (2017) and “The Healing Cell: How the Greatest Revolution in Medical History Is Changing Your Life” (2013). She was appointed as clinical associate professor, Department of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 2017. She has also been widely recognized for her leadership in health care and as a female entrepreneur.