Jonathan Rothberg

Jonathan Rothberg

4Catalyzer, founded by Jonathan Rothberg, is a startup accelerator based in Guilford, Connecticut, that is dedicated to maximizing societal impact by developing new types of sensors and pairing them with deep learning to get a new window into biology and medicine. Dr. Rothberg was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Obama for inventing massively parallel DNA sequencing (NextGen), bringing it to market first, sequencing the first personal genome (Jim Watson), inventing semiconductor sequencing, sequencing first on a semiconductor chip (Gordon Moore Genome), leading the team that sequenced Neanderthal Genome (with Svante Paabo), and elucidating the extent of individual human variation. The New England Journal described Dr. Rothberg’s sequencing innovation as enabling “The New Age of Molecular Diagnostics…” and he was recognized by Science magazine as one of the top 10 breakthroughs for 2007 & 2008. He also developed Glembatumumab Vedotin, a promising drug for Breast Cancer. As the founder of Butterfly Network, Dr. Rothberg invented the first ultrasound-on-a-chip and in 2017 received clearance from the FDA for the World’s first whole-body scanner, reducing the cost of medical imaging 50-fold and democratizing ultrasound.

Dr. Rothberg was born in 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and Ph.D. in biology from Yale University. He’s the winner of The Wall Street Journal’s Gold Medal for Innovation, and Nature Method’s first Method of the year award. Dr. Rothberg’s scientific work has been featured on the covers of Cell, Science, and Nature. He is the first person ever to be named four times as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, was named a Life Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, and is an Adjunct Professor of Genetics at Yale.