Passing the MCIRCC Baton

As you know, things are always evolving at the University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care (MCIRCC) and this announcement is no different. MCIRCC is at once saddened and delighted to announce the retirement of its Managing Director Janene Centurione and the hiring of her successor Phil Jacokes.

Over the past two-plus years, Janene has been a tremendous colleague and trailblazer in taking MCIRCC from vision to reality. Under her leadership, MCIRCC has established a strong commercialization-focused infrastructure to amplify innovation and prioritize research aimed at rapid translation from bench to bedside by focusing on:

  • Team science rooted in clinical and market relevance

  • Alignment with FDA regulatory considerations and commercialization pathways

  • Early integration strategies with industry, entrepreneurs and donors

  • Platform technologies for impact across the spectrum of care

The uniqueness, importance, and productivity of this new approach in promoting team science and providing end-to-end management of the research pipeline is difficult to overstate and a model that is being considered for promotion and adoption in other centers.

And so it is on this high note, as MCIRCC transitions out of startup phase, that Janene will be leaving the University to travel the world with her husband Dan as they pursue their entrepreneurial interest in food and travel.

Concurrently, MCIRCC is pleased to announce that Phil Jacokes has joined MCIRCC as the new Managing Director and is currently working alongside the entire MCIRCC Catalyst Team and scientific leadership.

Phil is a highly seasoned executive with a strong background in operations leadership and cutting-edge software/technology products, with first-hand experience in successfully starting, building and growing profitable organizations. A proven, collaborative leader and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience, Phil is ready to apply his expertise, skills and creative problem solving to help take MCIRCC to the next level. Phil earned his M.B.A. from Wayne State University and is a U-M alum where he received his B.A. in Communication.

Janene will be here until the end of September, working with Phil to support an orderly and smooth transition to maintain MCIRCC’s current momentum. Then, starting in October, Janene will support MCIRCC as a strategic advisor with Phil taking ownership of his new role to impact the delivery of new critical care solutions and products to improve patient outcomes at reduced costs, both here at U-M and in the broader world with our strategic partners.

MCIRCC wishes Janene the best in her new adventures and welcomes Phil to the team. As always, thank you for your continued support as we work together to change the face of critical care medicine.