David Wood is an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. He received his undergraduate degree from Caltech in 1990 with a double major in Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biology, and has worked in commodity-scale fermentation development at CP Kelco, manufacturing of Neupogen® at Amgen, and downstream biologics process development at Bristol Myers Squibb. He completed his PhD in 2001 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and held a previous faculty position at Princeton, where he received the NSF Career Award. He holds two patents on intein-based technologies, one of which forms the core of his current work on disruptive innovations in downstream bioprocessing. Overall, he is considered an expert in protein purification using self-cleaving tag methods, and plasmids based on his work have been requested by close to 250 laboratories worldwide.