Sharon Semones

Sharon Semones

Sharon Semones

Advisor, External Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company

Sharon received her B.S. in Chemistry from Chatham University and then studied under Dr. Ron Hites at Indiana University where she earned her M.S. in Analytical Chemistry. She joined Lilly Research Labs in 1999, building a Physical Properties group in Discovery Research. In 2004, Sharon transferred to Global External R&D where her responsibilities ranged from developing and managing technology portfolios and strategy to partnering with academic, alumni and external parties to foster novel business models and licensing opportunities. In May 2012, Sharon took on a newly formed role supporting the eternal environment for Eli Lilly’s Open Innovation Drug Discovery Program and Lilly’s Innovation Starts Here campaign, whose mission is to foster and align people, environment and technical innovation. In October 2016, Sharon’s role expanded to cover Search and Evaluate Opportunities within the Organization and novel partnership strategies.