Rich Thayer, MBA
Mr. Thayer is Managing Partner of Halteres Associates, a bioscience consultancy, and serves as a business, market and strategy advisor in the biotechnology and life sciences sectors. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of The Catalysis Foundation for Health, an organization addressing gaps in global healthcare caused by inefficiencies in disease diagnosis and monitoring.
With more than 20 years’ experience in Biosciences, Mr. Thayer was previously Vice President and Head of Business Development at Roche Molecular Diagnostics, which included responsibility for strategic planning, and was Vice President, Head of their $260MM Global Blood Screening Business Unit. Prior to joining Roche, he co-founded and served as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Board of a medical diagnostics company called Praxsys Biosystems. While at Praxsys, Mr. Thayer oversaw finance, corporate and manufacturing operations and was an inventor on two issued patents. He was also Director of the Blood Screening and Infectious Disease Business Unit at Chiron Corporation where he managed product development and manufacturing programs involving over 60 products and 200 employees.
Mr. Thayer started his career at Chiron in the DNA sequencing laboratory where he was a member of the hepatitis C virus discovery team. He has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. Although he did not attend WSU, his daughter is currently a sophomore and Rich is a proud Coug Dad.