Brett is responsible for the company’s global product portfolio, which has launched offers across five crops and four countries to date. These products have consistently demonstrated more than 10% yield benefits, and have created significant value for growers.

Brett was one of Indigo’s first employees, having joined in the summer of 2014. Before taking on his role as Head of Crop Product Management, he was responsible for Indigo’s project portfolio as our Head of Project Management, driving numerous initiatives such as academic research collaborations, product launch efforts, and commercial deployments. Brett was also responsible for the global facilities footprint and numerous capital projects as our Head of Facilities from the beginning of 2017 through mid-2018. 

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 methods for the production of novel drugs using microbes.

Brett holds a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University. He completed a Ph.D. in just 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 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 almost 400 people, undergo commercial buildout, and launch numerous products in less than five 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."