Sharon Semones

Vice President of Scientific Business Development

Joined the IBRI in January 2023

Sharon Semones

Sharon Semones serves as the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute's (IBRI) vice president of scientific business development. She is responsible for business development and strategic partnership activities for the Institute; developing and implementing strategies for the formation of sustaining collaborations with local, national and global biotechnology industries.

She spent almost 24 years at Eli Lilly and Company, starting a physical properties group in discovery research and then moving to various roles in external R&D ranging from global external R&D, open innovation, emerging technology, and innovation and venture science.  Her responsibilities ranged from developing and managing technology portfolios and strategy to partnering with academics, nonprofits, biotechs, startups and venture capital firms to foster and develop novel business models.

Semones has identified and executed more than 300 deals in her career ranging from sponsored research, material transfer agreements, grant funding, in-licensing, strategic collaborations, venture fund investments and direct investments.

Areas of Expertise

  • Academic partnerships
  • Business development
  • Contract negotiations
  • In-licensing
  • Pharmaceutical R&D
  • Search and evaluation
  • Start ups
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Venture investing
  • Venture science


  • Certificate of Business for Scientists, Northwestern University, 2012
  • Master of Science (Analytical Chemistry), Indiana University, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Chatham University, 1996

Honorary Societies

  • Association of University Technology Managers
  • BIO International Technology Transfer Office Committee


  • Indiana 4H Foundation Member, Board of Directors