Penn Center for Innovation

All PCI Ventures portfolio companies and Pennovation Center members are invited to take advantage of the Mentors-in-Residence Program. The Mentors are seasoned entrepreneurs who have demonstrated success managing startup and early-stage businesses. All Mentors operate under non-disclosure and non-compete agreements. To arrange a meeting with a Mentor, please email us or stop by during drop-in office hours so we can pair you with the best fit.

You can 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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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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