David explores new ways of delivering human health and wellness, often through the air, in drug, vaccine, food and scent forms, and with environmental sustainability, as in his edible packaging. His inventions have led to several companies and nonprofits, including Advanced Inhalation Research (purchased by Alkermes in 1999), Pulmatrix, Medicine in Need, AeroDesigns, WikiFood (now Incredible Foods), Quantum Designs, LabStore, Cafe ArtScience, Le Laboratoire, Sensory Cloud and oNotes. He writes fiction and nonfiction in English and French. His new book Creating Things That Matter will appear in October 2018 with Henry Holt.
David’s ideas are often developed with artists, designers, chefs, perfumers, and students at Harvard University, where he teaches a special class How to Create Things & Have Them Matter in the Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences as Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation.
David is a founder of the World Frontiers Forum and the Frontier Art Prize. He has won many international awards including being honored as a Chevalier of Arts & Letters by the French Ministry of Culture, is a member of the National Academies of Engineering in the USA and France, and a member of the National Academy of Inventors (USA). His work has been covered in major international media including The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Le Figaro, Le Monde, The Times, The Independent, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, The New Yorker, and USA Today.