An interview with Buddy Ratner, joint UW professor of bioengineering and chemical engineering and the Michael L. & Myrna Darland Chair of Technology Commercialization was recently published online in Future Science.

In the interview, Dr. Ratner talks about his move to the UW in 1972 after he earned his Ph.D. in polymer science at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn to work with Allan Hoffman, currently professor emeritus. He reflects on his career at UW, the evolution of biomaterials science and bioengineering over the decades, and the impact of UWEB (University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials, formerly an NSF Engineering Center), which he leads, on biomaterials research. He also talks about his current efforts to launch the Center for Dialysis Innovation, and how the center advances UW’s tradition of innovation in dialysis technology to improve the quality of life for people with kidney disease.