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David A. Edwards, Ph.D.

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David combines the logic of science with the creativity of art to develop technological advances, design solutions, and arts partnerships. He founded and directs Le Laboratoire in Paris, which brings artists and scientists together to develop new innovations. Inspired by the water efficiency of a cell, Le Laboratoire and the Wyss recently collaborated to create new ways to transport water. One result was the Pumpkin, a safe and ecologically sustainable way to carry water as Nature does, without harming the environment. The Pumpkin helps people carry water in multiple ways without undue physical stress, and it can shrink or expand to handle different amounts, even filtering water as needed. There is no waste. David’s research in Programmable Nanomaterials concerns the mathematical design of novel physical parameters that allow nanostructured materials to efficiently deliver drugs and vaccines to human organs. His laboratory is developing new antibiotic therapies for tuberculosis and a new delivery platform for needle-free childhood vaccines. He holds many patents in drug delivery and cofounded Medicine in Need (MEND) to translate his research into clinical practice. MEND develops and manufactures affordable and effective vaccines and therapies suitable for widespread use despite the logistical constraints of the developing world.

David is the Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a member of the American and French National Academies of Engineering, and a three-time recipient of the Ebert Prize of the American Pharmaceutical Association. In 2008, he was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. David is the author of two novels, inventor of the culinary innovation Le Whiff, and co-inventor of the ecological air filter Andrea.

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