Nina Tandon

Entrepreneur Nina Tandon invites us into a world of bio-curiosity, and urges us to explore the range of possibilities that come alive when we use biology as a tool to innovate.

“What I think is more important than asking ‘What can we do with cells?’ is ‘What should we do with cells?’”
— Nina Tandon 


As a child, Nina Tandon had a passion for disassembling and rebuilding her vacuum tube TV. Nina’s initial foray into biomedical engineering involved the development of an electronic nose used to “smell” lung cancer. Today, she is a certified yoga instructor, MBA from Columbia University, and an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at Cooper Union. Nina is also CEO and co-founder of Epibone, the world’s first company to grow living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. As a tissue engineer, Nina’s goal is to create “spare parts” for human implantation/disease models. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, Nina already has two talks on and is also a TED Fellow. She is also a member of TEDMED’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Connect with Nina and Epibone: | | @GrowYourOwnBone | @ninatandon


Super Cells: Building with Biology. 
Tandon N & M Joachim. (TED Books, 2014).

Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?
Tandon N. TEDGlobal. June 2012.

Caring for engineered tissue.
Tandon N. TED. March 2011.

Electrical stimulation systems for cardiac tissue engineering.
Tandon N, et al. Nat Protoc (2009), 4,155–73.

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