Dr David Lawrence is a former Non-Executive Director at Syngenta.

Prior to that, he was the Head of Research & Development in Syngenta from 2002 to 2009 after a variety of scientific and management roles in ICI and Zeneca.

Whilst at Syngenta he was a member of the investment panel for the joint venture fund established with Life Science Partners, and was then instrumental in the creation of Syngenta Ventures.

He graduated in Chemistry from Oxford University, where he was also awarded a D. Phil.

Past public-sector roles include:

  • Council membership and Chair of the BBSRC Industrial Biotechnology Strategy Advisory Panel
  • Directorship of Rothamsted Research
  • Membership of the Lead Expert Group for the ‘Global Future of Food and Farming’ Foresight project,
  • The AgriTech Food Council
  • The Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Council and
  • The Nuffield Council for Bioethics.

Currently David is Chair of the Knowledge Transfer Network Ltd, Chair of Agrimetrics Ltd, a Director of the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund, Tropic Biosciences and Moa Technology, a Trustee of the John Innes Foundation and Deputy Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Nottingham Synthetic Biology Centre. In addition he consults for a number of early stage start-up companies.

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