David Bolinsky



David Bolinsky is an accomplished and award-winning medical illustrator, animator, director, producer and scriptwriter whose pioneering career in medical and scientific multimedia spans 50 years.

After holding the position of Senior Medical Illustrator at the Yale School of Medicine for 3 years, David founded Advanced Imaging, Inc. (1984), the world’s first digital medical animation company and in 2000 co-founded XVIVO Scientific Animation.

David was Medical Director of the groundbreaking, award-winning film series ‘The Inner Life of the Cell’ for Harvard’s Molecular and Cellular Biology Department before founding e.mersion studios, LLC, in 2012 for educational and commercial work and Emersionist, LLC for partnership projects with broadcasters, universities, institutes and researchers.

David is a widely sought lecturer and presenter on visualization in science. A three-time TED Speaker, David presented on TED’s main stage in Monterey, CA in 2007, the main stage at TED India in 2009 and most recently a side talk at TED Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2019. He is passionate about bringing the power of visual learning to science education through advances in interactive technologies and innovations in publishing.

Major clients include global pharmaceutical corporations such as Merck, Genentech, Novartis and Pfizer; cosmetics powerhouses Estée Lauder Int’l and Unilever; museums such as the Smithsonian and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry; DARPA; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and universities such as Yale, Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Oxford.

Collaborating with content specialists, we travel with our clients from script to screen. We are engaged with our partners to study how students best learn information in highly complex scientific topics. We build best-in-class coherent storytelling; whether for kids attending a museum or medical students learning the complex pathways to blood coagulation, we treat the aesthetic and scientific content with equal reverence, and always respect the viewers’ intelligence.