Penn Center for Innovation

The Mentor-in-Residence (MIR) program pairs startup companies with accomplished entrepreneurs and industry leaders who serve as informal advisors.  The Mentors participate in the development of PCI Ventures portfolio companies and Pennovation Works companies, providing advice on business strategy, market penetration, and fundraising.  The Mentors also bring with them a wide network of contacts that the companies will be able to leverage.

All Mentors operate under non-disclosure and non-compete agreements.  All PCI Ventures portfolio companies and Pennovation Center members are invited to take advantage of the MIR Program.

To arrange a meeting with a Mentor, please email us or sign-up for PCIV virtual office hours so we can pair you with the best fit.

Learn more about each Mentor’s background and expertise below.

Ruby Chandy

Ruby Chandy is currently the CEO of Lumina Advisory Services, providing consulting, panel/speaking, and advisory services to private equity and venture firms and their portfolio companies, and to C-level executives.

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Tom Crowley

Tom Crowley is a seasoned venture/private equity investor, entrepreneur, and corporate executive whose 40+ years of diverse business experience have spanned a broad array of consumer and commercial industries, with special concentrations in digital/online media, telecommunications, computer software/services, and information systems/technologies.

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Ann Cunningham

Ms. Cunningham currently serves as Managing Partner of i3 Strategy Partners where she guides pharmaceutical and biotechnology executives in planning and executing successful portfolio strategies and brand launches by evaluating key business questions and developing unique strategies to unlock the full potential of each organization served.

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Adam Dakin

Adam serves as the Managing Director of Dreamit Health, a leading venture-backed accelerator. His career has focused on building early-stage venture-backed health tech companies. Adam has held various senior management roles in sales, marketing, product development, clinical affairs, operations, and general management. He co-founded five health technology companies that have raised over $60M in early-stage capital.

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Sofija Jovic

Dr. Sofija Jovic is focused on applying research and digital health innovation to transform the life science and healthcare industries. As an entrepreneur and business executive, Sofija has developed a reputation for commercializing innovation and creating new market opportunities. 

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Jim Trichon

James L. Trichon has over 30 years of senior management experience,
specializing in strategic planning, marketing, relationship building,
reorganization issues, and general management. He has had extensive
experience in both start-up and turnaround situations.

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Lisa Wittmer

Lisa Wittmer, Ph.D. has more than 20 years’ experience and a demonstrated track record in leading development from early stages through to licensing, registration and commercialization of new therapeutics.

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