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2018 TEDxColumbus: On The Edge

Frederic Bertley

As President and CEO for the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Frederic Bertley is shepherding COSI, the leading Central Ohio science center, to its next great iteration in a legacy of success.  Prior to COSI, Dr. Bertley was the SVP for Science and Education at The Franklin Institute, where he oversaw a diverse portfolio of initiatives supporting innovation in STEM learning regionally, nationally and internationally. He also directed the storied 200 year-old Benjamin Franklin Awards Program.

After graduating from McGill University where he studied Physiology, Mathematics and earned a Ph.D. in Immunology, Dr. Bertley worked in preventative medicine and vaccines in Haiti, The Sudan, and the Canadian Arctic. He then joined a research group at Harvard Medical School focusing on the development of DNA vaccines for HIV/AIDS and later worked in IP at WilmerHale.

Dr. Bertley has been a speaker at several distinguished institutions including The UN, The White House, and the National Academy of Sciences.  He has received numerous honors including: Dell’s Inspire 100 World Changers, Harvard Medical School Dean’s Service Award, the George Washington Carver Award, a citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is a two time Mid-Atlantic EMMYTM winner. He received an Honorary Doctorate from Otterbein University.

Bertley serves on numerous Boards in Columbus, Philadelphia and Montreal, Canada.


Scientist, Educator, Evangelist