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David Berry, MD, PhD

Chief Innovation Officer, Axcella and General Partner, Flagship Pioneering

 

David Berry was founding CEO of Axcella and currently serves as CIO. He joined Flagship Pioneering in 2005 where he focuses on innovating, entrepreneuring and investing in new ventures in life sciences and sustainability. He is a founder of Flagship portfolio companies Joule Unlimited, Eleven Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ: EBIO), Seres Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MCRB), Axcella, LS9 (acquired by Renewable Energy Group) and Symbiota. He currently serves on the boards of Eleven, Axcella and Avedro. He was previously a Board member of CGI Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Gilead), Joule, Seres and Symbiota.

Prior to Flagship, Berry received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. from the MIT Biological Engineering Division, working in the laboratories of Professors Ram Sasisekharan and Bob Langer, completing the dual degree in just over five years.

Berry currently serves on the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is currently on the Boards of the Hackley School and the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and has served on the MIT Corporation, its Board of Trustees as well as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Berry was elected a 2014 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Previously, David was named the Innovator of the Year by Technology Review, and received the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for invention and innovation. He was also selected by the US State Department as 1 of 12 Innovators Helping to Reshape Reality.