John M. Baust, PhD is the Founder, President, and Lead Scientist of CPSI Biotech. Dr. Baust has 15+ years’ experience in research & medical device development and is a co-inventor on over 40 patents. Dr. Baust is a recognized innovator and entrepreneur in cryomedicine and is a pioneer in the area of molecular mechanisms of cell death and low temperature stress. Dr. Baust has published over 100 papers, reviews, book chapters, abstracts, and patents in the area of low temperature biology and has been instrumental in the advancement of the field of cryobiology into the molecular biological era focusing on signal transduction and apoptosis. In this regard, Dr. Baust is credited with the discovery of cryopreservation-induced delayed-onset cell death. In the area of research and technology development, Dr. Baust has led the development of numerous medical devices, including the Supercritical Nitrogen (SCN) and Pressurized Nitrogen (PSN) cryoablation devices for the treatment of cancer and cardiac arrhythmias. This is in addition to spearheading the development of the SmartThaw and SmartFreeze devices for improved cell and tissue cryopreservation. Coupled with these technical engineering developments, he leads life science research programs focused on the cell-molecular actions of cryoablation. These efforts have resulted in the identification of a significant molecular stress response component to freezing injury which is responsible for the differential sensitivity of various cancers to thermal ablation. In addition to these activities, Dr. Baust serves on the editorial boards of Biopreservation and Biobanking as well as Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, and is a reviewer for several other scientific journals. Dr. Baust co-edited the book Advances in Biopreservation, is a past board member for the Society for Cryobiology, and currently serves on the Board and as Treasurer of the American College of Cryosurgery. Dr. Baust completed his studies at Cornell University, State University of New York at Binghamton, and Harvard Medical School.