David A. Edwards

David A. Edwards

  • Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation
  • Core Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
  • Founder and Director, Le Laboratoire in Paris, France
  • Faculty Associate, Center for Nanoscale Systems


David Edwards is Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and founding faculty of the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering. Founder of Le Laboratoire, a cultural center in Paris and Cambridge, where artists and designers perform experiments at frontiers of science, David works with contemporary artists, designers, chefs, perfumers, and other creators to pioneer research around ambiguous questions in human health, society and the environment.  Beyond his experimental art and design work at Le Laboratoire, David has invented ways of packaging foods with edible skins, called WikiFoods, which sell today in New England food stores under the Incredible brand (Perfectly Free, NuFruit), and digitizing scent (oNotes), a communications platform with ramifications to health diagnostics (www.davidideas.com).  His invention of porous particles for inhaled drug and vaccine delivery helped pioneer the development and commercialization of inhaled insulin and inhaled drugs and vaccines for tuberculosis (AIR, Civitis, Medicine in Need). Many of David's sensorial inventions appear in his future-of-food restaurant Cafe ArtScience in Cambridge's Kendall Square.  He is a member of the US and French National Academies of Engineering and the US National Academy of Inventors as well as a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Ministry of Culture.

Contact Information

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Assistant:Gladys Prins
Assistant Office:Pierce Hall 124
Assistant Phone:(617) 384-8069

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Positions & Employment

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering

Other Experience & Professional Membership

  • National Academy of Engineering, 2001
  • French National Academy of Engineering, 2008


  • Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Ministry of Culture (2008)
  • Ebert Prize of the American Pharmaceutical Association (1996, 1997, 1999)
  • Theodor Herzl Award of the Jersusalem Fund and the Municipality of Jerusalem
  • Smoluchowski Award of the European Aerosol Association
  • Professional Progress Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers