Mitchell is a chemist and innovator with 25 years of experience in R&D for defense and medical needs. He is currently Executive Vice President, Government Development and Innovation, at Nano Terra, Inc., a development-stage firm that translates academic inventions into commercial products in partnership with large multinational corporations. He is also the co-founder of Soft Robotics, Inc., which develops soft surgical devices, and CellBridge, which creates tools to support 3D tissue growth. Zakin was formerly a Program Manager at DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), where he created and managed a $100M+ project portfolio of groundbreaking inventions, built on the core concept of InfoChemistry, the fusion of information technology and material science. This included Fracture Putty, a fully load-bearing material that rapidly restores ambulatory function to patients with severe orthopedic injury and dissolves over time as normal bone regenerates; and Chemical Robots (ChemBots), soft robots that move, morph, and squeeze through openings. Zakin received a Ph.D. and AM in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University and a BS in Chemistry (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the City College of New York.