My journey with "Engineering in Translational Science" Group was remarkable with specialized conglomerate of cultural diversity, research background, and diverse capabilities. From hydrogel synthesis to artificial liver platforms and lipid bilayers; to complex liposomal formulations for therapeutic and innate immune response evaluations; spike tethered plant derived particulates for drug delivery systems, and more. Enormous efforts and strategic directions by Professor Namjoon Cho was evident by the committed progress in translating research into products. I had fantastic colleagues who were innovative, dynamic, and supportive in research and lab management activities. I realized the role of identification, micro-collaboration, andeffective management skills needed to lead toward successful research portfolios and eventually in translating science into products. Unique and boundless opportunity provided by Professor Cho helped me in setting and understanding next generation biomaterials for drug delivery, scaffolds, and sensor applications leading to process inventions and unique publications. The systematic platform in academics as well as commercial was ideal in preparing for my new leadership roles in academic and corporate world.