Jonathan Hennek

Venture Senior Associate

Jonathan is a venture senior associate at Flagship Pioneering, working as part of the Innovation Team at Indigo Agriculture. Embedded within Indigo, the team’s goal is to continually expand the innovation scope of Indigo to empower the company’s growers, consumers and the environment with a fundamentally better future for farming.

Before joining Flagship and Indigo, Jonathan served as a principal scientist and leader of the Functional Polymers Team at Nano Terra, a product development incubator. In this role, he grew a team of scientists to execute on multiple R&D programs, while also working as part of the business development group to reach customers and secure new business. Jonathan was awarded over $1.3 million in grants and contracts—in which he was principal investigator—from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health. He also launched a new division of the company dedicated to commercializing a cell separation platform. He was previously senior scientist at the firm.

Jonathan completed his post-doctoral research in the lab of Dr. George Whitesides at Harvard University, where he worked on a cross-functional team to develop technologies for diagnostics, therapeutics and manufacturing applications. He helped develop low-cost methods to perform point-of-care hematology and worked with Daktari Diagnostics, a startup company, to commercialize this technology platform. While working with Dr. Whitesides, Jonathan helped to invent a method to perform rapid quality control of plastic parts using magnetic levitation. Jonathan’s research has been published in more than 24 peer-reviewed publications—including articles in top-tier journals such as Nature Materials and PNAS—and has several patents pending.

Jonathan received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University under the guidance of Dr. Tobin Marks and his B.S. in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas.

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Jonathan Hennek