Brenda Bratton joined BioCrossroads in January 2005 as Executive Assistant for David Johnson, President and CEO. Previously she worked at the law firm of Baker & Daniels for 15 years.
Brian Stemme is project director for BioCrossroads. He has a strong background in life sciences market development and research. He is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities for growth within Indiana’s life sciences sector, evaluating early-stage companies for investment by BioCrossroads’ seed funds and supporting the State’s efforts to attract and grow life sciences companies.
Prior to joining BioCrossroads, Brian was employed by Eli Lilly and Company in Corporate Affairs, where he ran the company’s political action committee. He also worked as a Senior Analyst in the company’s biotechnology unit and was a member of the team that established Lilly Systems Biology, Ltd. in Singapore. Previously, Brian was a manager in Arthur Andersen’s Assurance practice, providing audit and tax consulting to companies in the energy, software and healthcare industries.
Brian is a Butler University graduate and a member of its Board of Trustees.
Chris serves as project director for BioCrossroads. In this capacity, Chris focuses on promoting the entrepreneurial and institutional opportunities throughout Indiana’s life science community. He manages the BioCrossroads New Venture
Competition and supports the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, the 16 Tech Innovation District and OrthoWorx. Chris also serves as an advisor to the Indiana Seed Fund II and assists the fund manager in deal sourcing, diligence and
execution of portfolio investments. He currently serves on the board of the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention.
Prior to joining BioCrossroads, Chris spent several years as the Director of Life Sciences for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, where he led the state’s initiative to expand, attract, and retain life sciences corporations. He
served on the board of directors for Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. and the Indiana Cord Blood Bank. Previously, he also oversaw Indiana’s Health and Human Service agencies while at the Office of Management and Budget.
Chris earned a BS in Biology from Yale University, where he was a two-time Academic All-American, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University
Julie serves as the office manager for BioCrossroads, a role she has held since 2003. Prior to joining the organization, Julie worked at the Indy Partnership, the City of Indianapolis Mayor’s Office and the Indianapolis Zoo.
In addition, Julie serves as the membership manager and executive assistant to the COO for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. In her position as membership manager, Julie serves as the liaison to the members of CICP and handles
the coordination of meetings and events for the members.
She is a graduate of Trine University in Angola, Ind.
Lori LeRoy is the Vice President of Communications for BioCrossroads and also serves in the same role at the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, an organization that includes the chief executives of Central Indiana’s prominent
corporations and university presidents in a strategic and collaborative effort dedicated to the region’s continued prosperity and growth. BioCrossroads is CICP’s sector initiative for the life sciences. She leads all public relations,
marketing, advertising, and event development for both organizations.
LeRoy was previously marketing manager, communications for Roche Diagnostics Diabetes Care business area. She was also a public relations consultant at Roche where she managed product public relations for its laboratory, hospital,
physician’s office and research products. With a strong background in consumer PR, brand awareness campaigns and health care/technology PR, she has also held positions as senior manager, corporate communications at Philips Consumer
Electronics and corporate communications manager at AirTran Airways.
She earned a B.A. in English and Asian Studies from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, where she also served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Nora Doherty joined BioCrossroads in 2003 after working many years with entrepreneurial companies. She is Senior Vice President and Interim President for BioCrossroads and managing director for its Seed Funds. In this role, she directs
activities of nearly $24M assets under management for use in early stage investment in life sciences companies having completed investments in over two dozen companies including SonarMed, Calibrium, Assembly (ASMB), Anagin, and Scioto
Biosciences. Doherty has also overseen many BioCrossroads research and publications including Advancing Indiana’s Life Sciences Competitive and Strategic Collaborations; Impact of Talent on Innovation: Indy’s Talent Dynamics;
and Impact of Research Institutions on Regional Economies, among others.
Doherty has a history of working for entrepreneurial companies. She was vice president of Electronic Evolutions and a co-founder, vice president of Operations and vice president Legal, Human Resources and Administration, and corporate
secretary with Escient Technologies. Escient Technologies managed numerous consumer electronic and internet related businesses, including Gracenote® which was purchased by Sony in 2008.
Doherty received her BA and MBA from Indiana University, where she was a member of the honors program. She also received the “Excellence in Leadership” award as special recognition from the professors and administration of Indiana
University MBA-CIP for leadership and contribution to the program.