AXIS is a new mentoring program focused on developing Indiana’s life sciences entrepreneurial talent.

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.

Mentoring works best in a conflict-free, confidential, trusted environment.

Mentoring works best in a conflict-free, confidential, trusted environment.


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

Interested in Being a Mentee?

Interested in Being a Mentee?

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Are you interested in learning from others and expanding your entrepreneurial knowledge?

Would you benefit from working with someone who has tackled hurdles and knows how to navigate the challenges of building a start-up?

Could you and your idea or company benefit from focused team mentoring discussions?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, click apply below to tap in to the experience that is in your backyard and could be transformative for your idea.

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Interested in Mentoring?

Interested in Mentoring?

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Are you interested in sharing your time and talent and being part of the axis for Indiana’s life sciences community?

Are you interested in sharing your experience to develop the next generation of entrepreneurial talent, while maintaining engagement in the local ecosystem and collaborating with peers?

Learn more about team mentoring to promote talent development and increase the success rate of local life sciences entrepreneurs.

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Founding Partners

Dr. Vanessa Barth

Vanessa Barth, PhD

Lilly Loaned Executive,
Chief Scientific Officer

Diana Caldwell

Diana Caldwell

Entrepreneur in Residence,
Chief Executive Officer,
Amplified Sciences LLC

Purdue Foundry
Mr. Bob Coy

Bob Coy

President & Chief Executive Officer

16 Tech
Dr. Andrew Dahlem

Andrew Dahlem, DVM

Sr. Research Professor of Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Jay McGill

Jay McGill, PhD

Chief Operations Officer

Indiana Biosciences Research Institute
Mr. Jason Whitney

Jason Whitney

Associate Vice President,
Strategic Partnerships

IU Ventures
Mr. James Thompson

James Thompson

Associate Vice President for Innovation & the Executive Director of the Commercialization Engine Team

University of Notre Dame