BioCrossroads new white paper highlights profiles of talented leaders

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Oct. 26, 2016 — To understand what powers Indiana’s life sciences success, the story must begin with the individuals who provide the vision, drive discovery, form and support new entities, and find the capital that sustains  activity every day.  BioCrossroads new white paper, Powering Indiana’s Life Sciences Community: Profiles of Money, Molecules and Management, details the leadership, innovation and economics of building the region’s life sciences entrepreneurial community.  John Ketzenberger, president of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, a not-for-profit government research organization, authored the paper. He has been covering business in Indiana as a reporter and editor for more than 25 years.

“Indiana has long benefited from a tradition of talented leaders who have turned innovations into thriving enterprises—such as the well-known examples of Colonel Eli Lilly and Eli and Lilly and Company; Bill Cook and Cook Group; Dane Miller and Biomet; and Bill Eason, whose discoveries in his garage led ultimately to Roche Diagnostics,” said David L. Johnson, president and CEO, BioCrossroads.

But there have been many more; and in fact, their numbers and contributions are increasing rapidly.  The examples within the paper demonstrate why our hopes are so high that Indiana’s tradition of life sciences talent is alive and well—and winning.”

The dozen profiles of people critical to the development of Indiana’s life sciences include the people who mind the money, the molecules and the management necessary to nurture the state’s important economic sector:

Michael Arpey, the managing director and head of investor relations for the Carlyle Group;

Joe Muldoon, chief executive officer, FAST BioMedical;

Bruce Molitoris, founder and medical director, FAST BioMedical, IU Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Integrated and Cellular Physiology, Director of Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy;

N. Clay Robbins, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lilly Endowment Inc.;

Claire Fiddian-Green, president and chief executive officer of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation;

Laura Lyons, vice president, compliance and respiratory care, SonarMed;

Kristin Sherman, Kristin Sherman, CFO VMS BioMarketing, formerly CFO Marcadia and Calibrium;

Mark Kelley, founder Apex, Betty and Earl Herr Professor in Pediatric Oncology Research and Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Pharmacology & Toxicology, Associate Director, Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Associate Director of Basic Science Research, Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, Director, Program in Pediatric Molecular Oncology & Experimental Therapeutics, Co-Director, Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research;

Anantha Shekhar, founder, Anagin, Director, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Associate VP for Research, Indiana University, Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs, August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research, Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Neurobiology, Indiana University School of Medicine;

Darren Carroll, senior vice president of corporate business development, Eli Lilly and Company;

Derek Small, chief executive officer, Assembly Biosciences;

Richard DiMarchi, Standiford H. Cox Professor of Chemistry and the Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences at Indiana University. Co-founder of Ambrx, Inc., Marcadia Biotech, Calibrium and MB2.

Powering Indiana’s Life Sciences Community: Profiles of Money, Molecules and Management is available on BioCrossroads’ market intelligence Web site,

About BioCrossroads
BioCrossroads ( is Indiana’s initiative to grow, advance and invest in the life sciences, a public-private collaboration that supports the region’s existing research and corporate strengths while encouraging new business development.  BioCrossroads provides money and support to life sciences businesses, launches new life sciences enterprises (AgriNovus Indiana, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Indiana Health Information Exchange, BioCrossroadsLINX, OrthoWorx and Datalys Center), expands collaboration and partnerships among Indiana’s life science institutions, promotes science education and markets Indiana’s life sciences industry.