Dr. Harper joined MIMEDX as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Product Development in June 2021. Most recently, he served as a Senior Medical Scientist in the Medical Solutions Division of 3M Health Care and Chief Technology Officer for 3M affiliate KCI, where he was responsible for all early-stage research, innovation and technology development and the study of mechanism of action of the company’s negative pressure wound care technology. During his tenure at KCI, Dr. Harper also led the company’s Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs organization. Prior to KCI, he served as Vice President of Clinical Development and Clinical Sciences at the biotechnology company LifeCell Corporation, the previous Regenerative Medicine division of Acelity and the leader in acellular scaffold technology and makers of AlloDerm, Strattice, and GraftJacket Regenerative and Reconstructive Tissue Matrices.
Dr. Harper has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and his principal areas of research interest are extracellular matrix biochemistry, tissue regeneration, and wound healing. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Kent Imaging, Nanomedic Technologies, and American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair.
He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and completed post-doctoral fellowships in cancer biochemistry and cell biology at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California and the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.