Donald Lombardi is founder and CEO of the Institute for Pediatric Innovation. The idea for the Institute stemmed from Don’s passion for helping children and from the realization that the needs of pediatric patients were not being sufficiently met. In the seven years since founding IPI, he has led the Institute in organizing a Consortium of leading pediatric institutions to develop medical devices and technologies to meet critical needs in pediatric care. He has also helped form an Alliance of leading pharmaceutical companies to develop best practices for pediatric drug development. Additionally, Don serves as consultant in intellectual property management to healthcare and research organizations and is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Don developed the plan for the Institute based on his experience piloting innovative practices for commercializing pediatric products at Boston Children’s Hospital. Don established the hospital’s Intellectual Property Office and grew it over 15 years into a highly successful technology transfer organization. The department generated tens of millions of dollars in license revenue from six licensed medical products now on the market and twelve more in clinical development.
Prior to his position at Children’s, Don founded Chitin Company, Inc. to develop marine biopolymer applications. He later sold the company to Ducon, a Du Pont ConAgra joint venture. Before his work in the biomedical technology industry, Don had an entrepreneurial career in education. After developing innovative science programs at MIT, he founded a nonprofit outdoor education center on a Boston Harbor island that became a leading community resource for curriculum improvement and aided in the desegregation of Boston public schools.