Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) hires former Lilly leader as its new Chief Operating Officer

July 1, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is pleased to announce its hiring of Michelle Shwery, MS, MBA, former senior director at Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly), as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Michelle Shwery

Michelle Shwery, MS, MBA

Throughout Shwery’s more than 25-year career at Lilly she held a variety of global leadership roles in research and development, enterprise risk management, compliance, and operations. Her expertise has focused on working across organizational silos, disparate groups, and cultures to support success at collective and individual levels.  Shwery’s community engagement has included serving as Board President for Dress For Success Indianapolis and as a Steering Committee Member for Women United, United Way of Central Indiana.

Her background in taking external perspectives and incorporating them internally to create deeper satisfaction for all, will add an important capability to the Indiana CTSI.  Shwery’s outside-in perspective combined with her outcomes-focused approach will help enable and foster success.

“(Michelle) has a deep understanding of how to reconcile processes and goals across multiple programs, to unify approaches,” said Sharon Moe, MD, co-director of the Indiana CTSI. “This is very valuable experience to our Indiana CTSI which works through many programs across the translational research spectrum to enable therapeutic discovery, development and implementation for patients and the broader statewide population.”

“Michelle has deep operations experience that is also quite diverse,” said Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH, co-director of the Indiana CTSI. “She is also very personable and relatable with a thoughtful approach to work across a variety of stakeholders, which makes her a good fit within our Indiana CTSI culture.”

While working and travelling for Lilly, Shwery pursued a globally focused executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

Originally from Canada, Shwery, her husband and two adult sons all reside in Indiana.  Recently Shwery and her husband purchased a property in Morgan County with wooded acreage, trails and a couple of ponds.  They look forward to experiencing more of rural Indiana and over time creating a special place for family and friends to gather.

About the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) brings together the state’s brightest minds to solve Indiana’s most pressing health challenges through research. It is a statewide partnership among Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and numerous life sciences businesses, government entities, and community organizations. The Indiana CTSI engages with the public at every level of research—from basic science to patient care. It has been continuously funded by multimillion-dollar grants from the National Institutes of Health since the Indiana CTSI’s founding in 2008 and is housed at the Indiana University School of Medicine. For more information, visit

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