INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., October 7, 2013 —  BioCrossroads announces that Len Betley, chairman, president and CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and Chairman of the Regenstrief Foundation and Walther Cancer Foundation, has been elected to BioCrossroads Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He succeeds Craig Brater, who remains on the BioCrossroads board, following his retirement as Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Betley has been on BioCrossroads’ board of directors since 2009.

“Len’s influence, through his various roles at local philanthropic foundations, has changed the landscape of our life sciences community.  His insight and leadership will help drive BioCrossroads’ mission to advance our state’s signature strengths in the life sciences,” said David L. Johnson, president and CEO of BioCrossroads.

In addition, four new member have been named to serve on BioCrossroads’ board:

  • Mitchell Daniels, president of Purdue University (represented by Dan Hasler, president, Purdue Research Foundation)
  • Jay Hess, M.D., Ph. D., M.H.S.A., vice president for University Clinical Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at Indiana University
  • Denny Oklak, chairman and CEO, Duke Realty, and chairman of the board of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
  • Ryan Streeter, senior policy director for Indiana Governor Mike Pence

About BioCrossroads

BioCrossroads ( advances Indiana’s signature strengths in the life sciences by connecting with corporate, academic and philanthropic partners; facilitating investments in promising start ups and building new enterprises; and educating through conferences, reports and market development knowledge.   The initiative supports the region’s existing research and corporate strengths while encouraging new business development and has formed several new nonprofit organizations, including Indiana Health Information ExchangeFairbanks Institute for Healthy CommunitiesBioCrossroadsLINXOrthoWorx,  and Datalys Center.