Principal Investigators

Joe Abdo, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Joe Abdo has over a decade of experience in molecular oncology research, and R&D and business development in both private and public biotechnology organizations. Dr. Abdo has won several awards for his research and has published over a dozen articles and a text book in the fields of molecular oncology, proteomics, genomics, immunotherapy and gastrointestinal diseases, placing advancements in patient care at the forefront of his work. He earned a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science from Creighton University School of Medicine where he investigated biochemical mechanisms of Barrett's-related esophageal adenocarcinoma. He also received a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Georgetown University School of Medicine where he researched genomic and proteomic expression abnormalities in patients with gastro-intestinal diseases. Most recently, he was the Senior Director of Clinical and Translational Science at PolarityTE, MD Inc.


Devendra Agrawal, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Devendra K. Agrawal is the Senior Vice President for Research & Biotechnology and Professor of Translational Research at Western University of Health Sciences. He earned an MSc in Chemistry and PhD in Biochemistry from Lucknow University, India and earned an additional PhD in Medical Sciences from McMaster University in Ontario, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Agrawal has authored >400 original papers in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. In collaboration with clinical scientists and physicians, Dr. Agrawal has developed active and productive research projects in many fields, including bariatric surgery, esophageal diseases, malignant melanoma, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and lung cancer.


Sumeet Mittal, MD

Clinical Advisor

Dr. Sumeet Mittal is a board-certified general surgeon and Surgical Director of the Esophageal and Foregut Program at Norton Thoracic Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Mittal is an expert in many esophageal diseases, and his research interests include diseases of the esophagus and the foregut. Dr. Mittal completed a fellowship in thoracic and foregut surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Before he joined the team at Norton Thoracic Institute, he was the Director of Esophageal Surgery at CHI Health Bergan Mercy Medical Center.