Impossible Foods Lipman will become Chief Science Officer

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, May 15, 2017
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David J. Lipman


Impossible Foods announced the hiring of National Center for Biotechnology Information Director David J. Lipman, M.D., as Chief Science Officer at the food technology startup. This was reported by streetinsider.com.
Lipman, 63, has led the NCBI since its creation nearly three decades ago. NCBI, part of the National Institutes of Health, is used by more than 4 mill. people who download more than 100 Terabytes of data every day.

Under Lipman's leadership and open-access advocacy, the NCBI created and maintained a comprehensive suite of publicly accessible databases relevant to biotechnology and biomedicine, becoming one of the most trusted resources for doctors, patients, students and industry. Major NCBI databases include GenBank for DNA sequences and PubMed, one of the most heavily used sites in the world for the search and retrieval of biomedical information.

Lipman will be part of Impossible Foods' leadership team and oversee research and development, and information technology. He will take the newly created CSO position in late May and report directly to Impossible Foods CEO and Founder Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., a Stanford University biochemistry professor emeritus who has known Lipman since 1990.

Lipman, one of the most highly cited scientists in biomedical research, led the NBCI as it built a world-class research program in influenza evolution and molecular evolution of the genome and proteome. He has worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Food and Drug Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture. In particular, he helped develop a system for applying whole genome sequencing for the surveillance and detection of foodborne pathogens, significantly boosting the speed of detecting outbreaks of foodborne disease. Also, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, and a fellow of the International Society of Computational Biology, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American College of Medical Informatics. He received the Jim Gray eScience Award from Microsoft in 2013.

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