An accomplished scientist and business executive with a deep background in the life science and consumer product industries, Jon oversees Indigo’s efforts to discover, launch, and accelerate the adoption of sustainable agriculture technologies.

Jon brings broad expertise in innovation management, early-stage research, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and business development to his position at the helm of Indigo’s Research and Development.

Previously, Jon led technology organizations at PepsiCo, most recently serving as the company’s Senior Vice President of Research and Development in the Global Snacks Category. In this role, he managed a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and culinary chefs in the development of healthier foods and sustainable packaging. Prior to PepsiCo, Jon held high-level leadership positions at pharmaceutical and food companies, playing an instrumental part in the conception and implementation of novel technology applications and global platform innovations. In addition to acting as Chief of Development and Operations for Auxeris Therapeutics, a discovery stage biotechnology start-up focused on drugs for bone diseases, Jon served as Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Solae, a food ingredient division of DuPont.

Jon got his start at Monsanto’s Searle Pharmaceutical Division, where he worked in cardiovascular & metabolic disease discovery research.  He then joined the Nutrasweet division as director of product development before being named Chief Scientist of Monsanto Protein Technologies, a plant biotechnology business.

Jon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Grove City College and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he also completed post-doctoral training.

"With its model of continuous innovation, Indigo is a clear leader in the microbial space. Indigo is unparalleled in the close partnerships it creates with growers, which enable the evaluation and application of a wide range of farm technologies, ultimately helping us to address the essential question of how we’ll feed the world."