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Carol Dahl

Dr. Carol Dahl is the Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation. With a background in both discovery sciences and global health and development, Dr. Dahl leads the foundation’s work to use the power of invention to improve lives. The Foundation believes that invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time. The Foundation’s programs help the next generation of inventors acquire the education and support needed to turn their ideas into viable products and invention-based businesses that will take their ideas to impact.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dahl served as founding Director of the Global Health Discovery Program and Director of Staff for the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  During her tenure at the Gates Foundation, Dahl built the platform discovery innovation programs Grand Challenges in Global Health and Grand Challenges Explorations. 

Previous roles include Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Biospect Inc. (now Pathworks Diagnostics), founding Director of the Office of Technology and Industrial Relations at the National Cancer Institute and Program Director at the National Center for Human Genome Research.  Dahl also served on the faculty of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and University of Pittsburgh.

Dahl received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received postdoctoral training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and the Immunobiology Research Center at the University of Minnesota.