David Lucchino serves as the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Entrega, a biotechnology company based in Kendall Square that was co-founded by Robert Langer and PureTech Ventures. He also holds an Entrepreneur in Residence position at PureTech Ventures, a science and technology commercialization company.
Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Semprus BioSciences until its acquisition by Teleflex Medical, Inc. (NYSE: TFX). He then served as a Vice President executing the post-M&A integration plan for eighteen months. David co-founded Semprus BioSciences while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., the David H. Koch Institute Professor.
Under his stewardship, Semprus BioSciences grew from two to 50 employees, secured $28.5 million in venture capital financing as well as $8.4 million in federal funding and received approval from the FDA and European regulators for its first medical device product within five years of the company founding.
Prior to co-founding Semprus, David was a Senior Associate at Polaris Venture Partners, a multibillion dollar venture capital fund based in Boston. Previously, David co-founded and served as Managing Director of LaunchCyte, an investment firm that specializes in acquiring and developing biomedical intellectual property.
David began his career as a technology marketing executive. He earned his MBA as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University.
David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (Mass Bio), where he serves on the executive committee. He is a Trustee of Mt. Auburn Hospital, a Harvard Medical School facility, where is Chairman of the Audit Committee, Babson College and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Outside the office, David is active with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), where he was part of an expedition that climbed Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain, and spent 95 days living in the Rocky Mountains as part of a leadership training program. He most recently rafted down Idaho’s “River of No Return,” the Salmon River, with NOLS. David has participated as part of the Boston Red Sox “Team 9” in the Pan-Mass Challenge, the annual two-day bike ride that raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.