David Lawson received his BSc. in Zoology from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a MSc, in Tropical Medicine from Salford University, England. He then went on tovcomplete a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Max-Planck Institute in Tuebingen, Germany. He started with Procter & Gamble in Schwalbach, Germany in 1992 with responsibility for regulatory affairs for food and beverage products in Europe before managing the product development activities for the Pringles snack food business within Europe. In 2001 he transferred to Procter & Gamble’s headquarters in Cincinnati, USA and was responsible for developing research partnership collaborations between P&G and other companies in the food and beverage area. From 2004, David was the Associate Director for Global Health Care Connect + Develop identifying new technologies and collaboration opportunities for P&G’s Health Care businesses with particular focus on research programs including prevention and intervention therapies for respiratory care, water purification, in-home diagnostics and new over-the- counter treatments for gastrointestinal ailments. In June 2011, David worked as Open Innovation Manager for all P&G’s R&D activities in Silicon Valley based out of San Francisco seeking collaborations and innovations is as diverse areas as renewable materials, life sciences, smart products and advanced materials among others. As of November 2013, he now manages Connect + Develop programs in Corporate R&D for all of North America.