AXIS Mentoring Program

A new mentoring program focused on developing Indiana’s life sciences entrepreneurial talent.

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With the support of the Innovation Offices of Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, and 16 Tech, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, and BioCrossroads, AXIS is creating an inclusive and supportive community of highly experienced mentors and promising entrepreneurs (“mentees”) based on a unique and proven mentoring model from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Venture Mentoring Service (MIT VMS).

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How does it work?

  • AXIS pairs a team of mentors who have significant industry, start-up, and academic institution knowledge with burgeoning innovators.
  • They meet at a regular cadence (every 4 to 6 weeks) to focus on immediate challenges facing the mentee.
  • The mentoring team provides a trusted, confidential environment to brainstorm and work through solutions, leveraging the diverse experiences of everyone around the table.

What differentiates the MIT VMS model from other mentoring frameworks:

  • Unique team mentoring methodology: a strict code of ethics to assure objective, conflict-free and confidential advice
  • Established best practices: for recruiting, training, and retaining a community of highly qualified and committed volunteer mentors
  • A singular focus on the entrepreneur: Interactions are face to face

Founding Partners

  • Vanessa  Barth
    Vanessa Barth
    Senior Advisor, External RNA Therapeutics, Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Diana  Caldwell
    Diana Caldwell
    Entrepreneur in Residence, Chief Executive Officer, Amplified Sciences LLC
    Purdue Foundry
  • Bob  Coy
    Bob Coy
    President & Chief Executive Officer
  • Andrew  Dahlem, DMV
    Andrew Dahlem, DMV
    Sr. Research Professor of Medicine
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • James  Thompson
    James Thompson
    Associate Vice President for Innovation & the Executive Director of Commercialization Engine Team
    University of Notre Dame
  • Jason  Whitney
    Jason Whitney
    Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
    IU Ventures