David Lawrence

David is the Chair of the UK Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd and Agrimetrics Ltd. He is also Deputy Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Nottingham Synthetic Biology Centre, a Director of the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund and Tropic Biosciences, and a Trustee of the John Innes Foundation. He is a member of both the UK Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum and the Nuffield Council for Bioethics. In addition, he consults for a number of early stage start-up companies.

David is a former Non-Executive Director at Syngenta. Prior to that, he was Syngenta’s Head of Research & Development from 2002 to 2009. During his time at Syngenta, he was a member of the investment panel for the joint venture fund established with Life Science Partners, and was instrumental in the creation of Syngenta Ventures. Before joining Syngenta, David held a variety of scientific and management roles in ICI and Zeneca.