Jon Roberts is a senior director at Luminary Labs, a New York–based strategy and innovation consultancy, where he leads the company’s scientific discovery and infrastructure portfolios. In this role, Jon helps federal and nonprofit clients connect innovation dots and advance American competitiveness, equity, and prosperity. He has overseen a number of groundbreaking programs and prizes, including the NIH Neuromod Prize, DOD/NGA MagQuest, and HHS LymeX Diagnostics Prize. Before joining Luminary Labs, Jon spent over a decade advising Fortune 500 companies and NGOs in the agriculture, industrial manufacturing, financial services, and health sectors. He holds an A.B. in government from Harvard University.
Streamlined funding of open and cross-disciplinary research, prize and challenge mechanisms, and market shaping through innovative procurement have all proven highly effective in the face of market failures and applied technology gaps like those seen in our bioindustry.