NEP CEO Named to Regional List of Top Business Leaders

2009 40 Under Forty: Dave Robinson


Worcester Business Journal Online


August 31, 2009

Dave Robinson



New England Peptide

Company location:


Dartmouth College and Harvard University

Career highlights:
My current role is CEO of Gardner-based New England Peptide (NEP), which designs and produces custom peptides and polyclonal antibodies for drug, vaccine and diagnostic discovery organizations worldwide. In April 2006, along with my brother Ben (NEP’s COO), I led an acquisition of NEP at which point we both transitioned into full-time operating roles with the firm.

Community involvement:
I serve on the advisory board for the new biotech program at Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) and find it immensely gratifying to play a small role in helping the region reinvent itself to benefit from more promising economic opportunity. I also enjoy my role on NEP’s team for the annual American Cancer Society’s Walk for Life which occurs each June right here in Gardner.

Biggest professional success:
Staying the course and growing our business during the worst recession in recent history. We have an incredible team at NEP and I am thrilled to be connected with such talented and dedicated people.

Dream job:
My current position. To be part of a growing company in a dynamic industry that has such a deep impact on the lives of people throughout the world is really exciting and a ton of fun.

Businessperson he admires most and why:
My father, who’s a smart entrepreneur and has had success in a wide range of industries by recognizing opportunity and keeping a close eye on business fundamentals. He is a courageous, independent thinker who absolutely loves to compete. He’s fiercely loyal and listens well. And most importantly, in spite of his commitment to his work, he manages to strike a work-life balance that I constantly strive to emulate.


"THANKS AGAIN for all the intellectual support that NEP has provided to us over the last year. My colleagues have been overwhelmingly impressed with the quality of service and level of thought that you have put into researching and thinking about our particular peptide and antibody production needs. The level of scholarship went well beyond what we expected from any peptide and antibody company, and was crucial in shaping our decisions. It has truly been a pleasure corresponding with you."
Cliff N. PhD - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory