SMSbiotech Leadership Team

Abdulkader Rahmo, PhD
Co-Founder, President, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientific Officer

Bachelor in biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich; Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and postdoc at a major clinical laboratory in Munich Germany. As a former associate professor, he has over 30 years of experience in basic and applied research; 11 years primarily focused on SMS cell discovery, development, and technology. Experienced in clinical laboratory medicine, GXP compliance, and biomanufacturing. Co-Founded and lead several private and public entities including the National Commission for Biotechnology where he became the head of the medical Biotechnology section.

Harry Friedman
Chief Financial Officer

Seasoned Businessman, Investor, and Consultant Experienced Board Member. Self-financed a high-growth technology company which successfully sold, 20-plus years later, to a large conglomerate. Started and participated in growing and selling several technology companies. Was a long-time member of Tech Coast Angels.


Prof. James Sherley, MD

Former Associate professor at MIT (nine years), founder and former director of the Adult Stem Cell Technology Center at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute (five years); currently founder and Director of Asymmetrex, LLC, Adjunct Associate Professor, Hematology-Oncology Department, Rhode Island Hospital Brown University.

Prof. Peter Wagner, MD

Emeritus Prof. at UCSD, leader in Respiratory Physiology, served as the Pres. of the American Thoracic Society, Pres. of the American Physiological Society, and Division Chief of both Physiology and Pulmonary Critical Care at UCSD School of Medicine, and as both member and chair of National Institutes of Health study sections.

Roger Schechter, MD

FACEP, FCCWS, UHM-ABEM, Medical Director for Wound Management at Palomar Health San Diego, Chief Medical Officer at Synergy Wound Technology, trained in Emergency Medicine, practices full time as a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Physician, a national level speaker on wound care, advanced wound care modalities, and non-invasive vascular testing.

Mazen Shihabi, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) (eight years), a world expert in industrial digital communication experienced in medical device engineering graduate-level lecturer at UCI.

Board of Directors

Joe Kiani
Co-founder and CEO of Masimo Corp.

Mohamed Diab
Cofounder and Sr Research Scientist of Masimo Corp.

Harry Friedman
Serial Entrepreneur, Investor

Susan Nichols
Director, Alliance for Regenerative

Ghassan Kassab, PhD
Founder/President/CSO of California Medical Innovations Institute

Abdulkader Rahmo, PhD.
Co-Founder, President, CSO of SMSbiotech