Brett joined Indigo in its infancy, bringing broad R&D and technical operations experience, as our Head of Project Management & Facilities.
As Head of Project Management, Brett is responsible for the management and oversight of Indigo’s project portfolio, spanning collaborations and early phase research through manufacturing and product launches, as well as other cross-functional initiatives in the organization. Brett is also responsible for the Facilities function, encompassing planning (real estate, architecture, engineering, and construction), as well as operational accountability of the facilities.
Brett is the longest-tenured member of the management team at Indigo, having joined in the summer of 2014. Prior to Indigo, Brett worked at Axcella Health, a Flagship Pioneering™ company, where he was part of the founding scientific team (with Indigo co-founder Geoffrey von Maltzahn) and a co-inventor on several key patents. His doctoral research focused on developing experimental and computational tools for the metabolic engineering of natural product drugs in heterologous hosts.
Brett holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA. He completed a Ph.D. in a record 3 years with 15 peer-reviewed publications. He is also co-inventor on numerous granted patents and 30+ patent applications in the US and internationally. Brett grew up in the suburbs of Boston, is an avid Boston sports fan, and enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle when not working. Brett borrows his project management philosophy from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick: "Do Your Job."
"I’ve studied the marvels of microorganisms since I was a teenager. In early 2014, I heard that Geoff von Maltzahn was starting a company to develop products from the plant microbiome, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Seeing this company grow from 8 to over 100 people, undergo commercial buildout, and launch its first two products in less than three years, has been truly awe-inspiring. I feel fortunate to be able to work on a worldwide problem which we need to address. At Indigo, we can create real impact, and I feel I have the ability to affect outcomes on a daily basis."