IHIF Announces MOMENTUM Program Manager

Advances Regional Partnership with Kentucky Counterpart

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August 17, 2015 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN AND LOUISVILLE, KY) – The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) is pleased to announce that Andrew Steen will be serving as the Program Manager, Regional Innovation Services in a joint role with the Kentucky Life Sciences Council (KLSC), IHIF’s counterpart organization.  Steen will manage the first cycle of the MOMENTUM:Team Mentorship program, the leading piece of IHIF’s newly introduced mentorship initiative.  He will also be responsible for development of a one-year work plan for a joint state initiative to leverage the region’s life science academic, entrepreneurial, and commercial resources.

Steen has spent the past 15 years working within an academic medical center, principally focused on life science commercialization efforts. He was most recently the Interim President and CEO of MetaCyte Business Lab LLC, a subsidiary of the University of Louisville Foundation, Inc. During his time at MetaCyte Andy worked with scientists and clinicians to create companies, often functioning as part of the founding entrepreneurial team. Andy has built a significant industry network which he is able to leverage on behalf of MOMENTUM participants.

“We are incredibly lucky to have someone with Andy’s extensive background and experience leading this Cycle of MOMENTUM”, said Kristin Jones President and CEO of the Indiana Health Industry Forum.  “Having him on board with the program puts our mentors and entrepreneurs ahead of the game.  We are also delighted to be able to partner with the KLSC to build out a more cohesive regional strategy to better leverage and support entrepreneurs, academia, and industry.  MOMENTUM fits well with this broader strategy and this partnership should serve as a model to include other states as we go forward”.

Dr. Kyle Keeney, President and CEO of the KLSC said, ”this initiative is all about making it easier to connect ideas, people, and resources in the most efficient and effective ways possible.  The Kentucky-Indiana relationship is strong and both states can only benefit from greater knowledge of each other’s assets.  Andy Steen is now uniquely positioned to bring that vision to fruition. We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with IHIF on building a system that supports entrepreneurs in both states”.

The first 10-week Cycle of MOMENTUM:Team Mentorship will begin in September 2015 and features mentee companies B2S Labs, Sintact Medical Systems, and Reclaim Rx.  The program is being supported by CTSI, Barnes & Thornburg, The Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE)/ISBDC and the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech, Bloomington.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a MOMENTUM:Mentor or program sponsor, please visit http://www.ihif.org/pages/mentorship.

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About IHIF

The Indiana Health Industry Forum (IHIF) is a statewide trade association representing members of Indiana’s health science business community.  The diverse members of IHIF generate the collective voice of the state’s health and life science industry.  Our mission is to connect key stakeholders to: enhance business networks, advocate for member interests, develop workforce skills, and provide strategic vision in the interest of growing the state’s health industry economy and reputation.  For more information and to become a member, please visit www.ihif.org

About KLSC

The mission of the Kentucky Life Sciences Council is to provide advocacy and commercialization support that promote the life science community in Kentucky. For more information please see https://kysciencecouncil.org

About MOMENTUM

MOMENTUM:Mentor Networks is a comprehensive set of programs designed to support Indiana’s health science sector and better tie industry, our research community, and our entrepreneurs together.  The programs will encourage earlier interaction between industry and investigators, provide earlier feedback on ideas and company development, and encourage later stage entrepreneurial growth and development.  To learn more, please visit http://www.ihif.org/pages/mentorship

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