Deploying novel polymer-controlled drug delivery devices to treat orthopedic and other surgical bone infections.


Elute is an emerging leader in the development of novel, patented drug eluting devices designed for controlled and sustained release of a variety of therapeutics.  

At Elute, we have pioneered a controlled extended-release technology platform that is designed to be able to be engineered in a variety of form factors to deliver high initial burst release over the first 24 hours and sustained release over 8 weeks, in a targeted zone.

At Elute, we pioneered a controlled extended-release technology platform designed to be engineered in a variety of form factors to deliver high and regulated burst release over 8 weeks, in a targeted zone.


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Ashok Khandkar, PhD

CEO & President

David W. Grainger, Ph.D

Chief Scientific Officer

Leslee Ensminger

Clinical Coordinator

David Grainger, PhD

Co-founder & CSO

Dennis Farrar

Co-founder & Executive Chairman

Stephanie Sorensen


Jim Sanchez

Director of Operations

Mary Campos

Office Manager

Nathan Pace, MD, MS,

Principal Biostatistician

Eric Kawamoto, PhD

Principal Dev. Scientist

Eva Serio

Research & Development Engineer

Rai Chowdhary

VP Manufacturing & Quality

The Resident Experience

Provided lab space for our employees as we progress and grow this start-up biotech company

Jim Levison

Altitude is an enriching environment that provides countless opportunities for our company to grow, network, fundraise, and further develop our products.

Robert Williams

Lauryn and Chandana have been excellent. They consistently go above and beyond their duties to help my company and me be successful. They have been instrumental in getting us connected with vendors, equipment set up, lab issues resolved, and so much more. They are always more than willing to help with whatever questions I may have. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with them.

Liz Enrico

The lab space has been extremely helpful, having access to all the equipment has been crucial for company progression.

Luke Bennink

Residence allowed our company to begin running experiments and moving forward while we raised capital for our own equipment and space.

Andrea Mazzocchi

Being able to access the lab facilities has been amazing! As well as having access to a community of other scientists for help and to learn from.

Eva Serio

Altitude Lab has served us as a great launch pad. Before we started the company, we did not fully appreciate the logistical intensity of starting a biotech. Altitude lab has allowed us focus on our science while the rest of the lab needs and so much more were taken care of for us.

Trent Fowler

Lab space, and being able to move/work away from the university has been huge for us. From a technology standpoint as well as allowing us to work faster and more efficiently. Having a working environment (desks) where we can grow and collaborate has been useful too. The space allows us to be dynamic as we grow and our needs change

Susan Wojralewicz

The key thing is infrastructure for us. We've been able to navigate legal stuff and fundraising without a ton of outside help but having a physical space to receive shipments on our behalf and instrumentation for us to use has really helped. I expect that benefit to jump when we finally move our lab operations there!

Ian Quigley

Having an affordable place to set up our lab and do our initial work is beyond measurable value. Also, the ability to connect with others in the same space for advice and shared experience is also incredibly helpful.

Joshua Schiffman


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