David Pierson

Managing Director

David joined Syngenta Ventures in 2012. Prior to this he was a General Partner for seven years at Intersouth Partners, an independent venture capital firm in Durham, NC, which has invested in more than 100 private companies with $800 million under management. While at Intersouth, David focused on making venture capital investments in early stage pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, agbiotech and healthcare information technology companies. Prior to entering the venture capital business, David worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 14 years where he held numerous senior  positions in pharmaceutical marketing, sales, and new product commercialization at Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacia Corporation. David has extensive international business experience, having been responsible for business portfolios at the US, Europe and Latin America regional level in excess of $1 billion in annual revenue. He has extensive experience with licensing, mergers and acquisitions.

David has served on the boards of over 20 venture-backed companies and with several foundations and entrepreneurship organizations. Currently he is serving on the boards of Agrimetis, Agrofy, Metabolon, SoundAg, S4 AgTech, Vestaron, VoloAgri, and on the Limited Partner Advisory Board for São Paulo Ventures.

David holds a B.S. from The United States Military Academy at West Point and an M.B.A. from Duke University.  Before business school, David served as a lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina and as a Captain in the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea.