David’s interest in entrepreneurship began when he was recruited to form a product development group for cancer diagnostics at Dako Corporation, which culminated in the commercialization of over 100 products for cancer research and diagnosis. Dako subsequently was acquired by Agilent Technologies. He served as an executive in two life science startups: Stellar Biotechnologies, an NIH- and NSF-funded therapeutic vaccine platform company, and The Terosin Group, a UCSB spin-out that developed an anti-inflammatory marine natural product.
Dave’s consultancy, Spaulding Science Group, provides executive recruiting and consulting services to life science and medical device companies. He is a founding member of the Santa Barbara Angel Alliance and an active angel investor. Dave is a regular contributor to the local start-up community, including UCSB’s Technology Management Program, where he has served as a Course Instructor, and as a mentor and judge for the TMP’s annual New Venture Competition; as a mentor at the ImpactHub; and as a judge at StartUp Weekends.
David holds a BS degree in Aquatic Biology, and a PhD in Biology, both from the University of California, Santa Barbara.