Dr David Lawrence
Dr David Lawrence

Dr David Lawrence

David Lawrence graduated in chemistry from Oxford University with an MA and DPhil in chemical pharmacology. He joined ICI in 1974, where he worked as a chemist and biochemist and, unusually, across the span of chemistry, seeds and biological control. He held a variety of people and project management roles, culminating in his position as Head of International R&D Projects in Zeneca Agrochemicals, prior to the Syngenta merger in 2000. Became Head of R&D in Syngenta (2002-2009), with responsibility across chemistry, biotechnology, biological control and plant breeding.On retirement from Syngenta in April 2009, after 35 years in the industry, he was elected as a non-executive director of Syngenta AG, and chair of the Syngenta Science & Technology Advisory Board. He is currently a member of the Audit Committee. He was a Member of the Lead Expert Group on Food & Farming, which produced a comprehensive Foresight Report in early 2011, and continues to be a member of the UK Industrial Biotechnology Leadership Forum and the UK Agrifood-tech Strategy Leadership Council. He is currently the Chair of the UK Knowledge Transfer Network, and a member of the Rainbow Venture Fund Board. He is also a member of the Nuffield Council for Bioethics. In addition, he consults for a number of universities and biotechnology companies in the Europe and the USA.




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