August 9, 2010 – Executive search firm Lonergan Partners has recruited Jim Flatt as chief technical officer at Synthetic Genomics, Inc. The search was led by Dotty Schaffer. Dr. Flatt previously served as executive vice president of R&D and Operations for Mascoma Corporation, and was its acting president since August 2009. “Jim's background in biofuels and food science is uniquely suited for the important work that Craig Venter and Synthetic Genomics is doing to turn science into practical solutions,” said Ms. Schaffer. Synthetic Genomics develops and commercializes genomic-driven solutions to address global energy and environmental challenges. Lonergan Partners was founded in 2001 and focuses on the recruitment of top executives for technology companies.