Executive Committee

Richard Giersch - Chairman

CEO, Valtari Bio

Director, WVU Innovation Center

John Maher, Ph.D. – First Vice Chair

Vice President for Research, Marshall University

Executive Director, Marshall University Research Corporation

Melissa Watkins - Secretary
Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC

Deron Johnson – Assoc. Member Rep

Director, State Government Affairs



Anne Barth 

Executive Director

TechConnect West Virginia

John H. Brown, Jr.
Brown Communications LLC

Jeffrey P. Smith, Ph.D.
VP, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Mylan Laboratories, Inc.

Jagan Valluri

Chief Operating Officer


Allie Karshenas, Ph.D.

Associate VP of Clinical Operations & Institutional Advancement

West Virginia University

Todd Davies, Ph.D.

Director, Research Development & Translation

Marshall Clinical Research Center

Executive Director

Bryan Brown

About BioWV

The purpose of the Association is to promote the bioscience industry in West Virginia, expand the knowledge and expertise of West Virginia’s businesses concerning the life sciences through seminars, educational publications and to enhance public awareness of the biotechnology industry in West Virginia. BioWV represents the interests of the bioscience industry in West Virginia before federal, state and local legislators and regulators.

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