Rich Giersch became the director of Health Sciences Innovation Center in September 2015. After graduating from WVU, he attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Prior to directing HSIC, Rich worked as a director at two venture capital firms, the chief operating officer of a biotech company in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and chief science officer for the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials. While working in venture capital, Rich helped evaluate, value, and launch new products and businesses. In addition, he helped portfolio companies develop and implement alternative funding streams.
Rich is the founder and CEO of Valtari Bio, a company developing blood tests to triage suspected stroke patients in hospital emergency departments and in EMT care while in the back of an ambulance. Valtari licensed technology developed at WVU.