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Jonathan Fay, Ph.D.

Hub Director, NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes Region


Jonathan currently manages the nationally acclaimed NSF Innovation-Corps program (NSF I-Corps) in the Midwest region. Jonathan is committed to increasing the diversity of future innovators. Many of the programs designed under Jonathan’s leadership at the CFE have the explicit goal of providing on-ramps into entrepreneurial ecosystems for those that come from non-traditional innovation backgrounds.

Prior to U-M, Jonathan had senior operating roles in several medical device startups in Silicon Valley. The companies ranged from infant hearing screenings, to asthma diagnostics, to hearing devices. Most recently, Jonathan was the COO/CTO of EarLens Corporation. In addition to his responsibilities as the operational head of the company, he raised capital from a variety of sources including SBIRs, angels, strategic partners, and VCs. Jonathan has over 20 patents and received his PhD in Biomechanics from Stanford.