Giner currently employs approximately 65 people: an exceptional team of scientists and engineers with deep expertise in electrochemical technologies.  Fourteen team members hold Ph.D. degrees in the physical sciences or engineering and ten hold M.S. degrees. Giner employees have a proud record of technical innovation and commercial translation of our technologies.  Giner personnel publish extensively in leading journals and make significant presentations at technical meetings in the U.S. and abroad. They hold over 100 U.S. Patents in the field of electrochemistry. Key individuals have received awards for scientific excellence and solving difficult problems on time-demanding schedules for government and industry.

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The Giner Labs Management Team

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Castro Laicer

Vice President Battery Technologies

Dr. Laicer’s research focuses on novel battery technologies for next-generation energy storage applications including aerospace, defense, electric vehicles, electrified aircraft propulsion, and biomedical devices. He develops novel nanostructured and multi-functional materials and coatings for cathode and anode electrodes, as well as liquid and solid-state electrolytes for safe and reliable battery operation. His research addresses critical performance requirements for next-generation batteries including enhanced energy density, power density, cycle life, safety, and lower cost. Another major area of Castro’s research is development of rapid, point-of-care biological sensors for diagnosis of cancer and infectious diseases. Castro holds a PhD degree in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

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Avni Argun

vice president for advanced materials

Avni obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Florida, followed by his postdoctoral studies at MIT’s Chemical Engineering Department. Joining Giner in 2010, Avni has led a diverse portfolio of research programs including antibacterial textile coatings, synergistic antifungal formulations, electrochemical microbial sensors, biomarker sensor in healthcare monitoring, environmental toxin monitors, and electrochromic smart lenses. Avni has over fifteen years of experience in electrochemistry, biosensors, and polymer materials and authored over twenty research articles on various electrochemical device technologies.

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Meagan Rich-Emar

Vice president for aerospace and defense

Meagan leads the Aerospace and Defense technology engineering team and has over 10 years of experience at the frontiers of PEM fuel cell and electrolyzer technology. Current areas of focus include vapor feed electrolyzers ofr NASA life support and high energy density storage applications and regenerative fuel cell power systems for aerospace applications. She has been the Principal Investigator on several multiphase government and commercial electrolyzer and electrochemical oxygen concentration programs. Ms. Rich-Emar has also co-authored papers and reference materials exploring the commercial and technical viability of electrolysis for a range of market applications.

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Hui Xu

Chief Technology Officer

Hui joined Giner in 2010 and brings 20 years of experience in a variety of technologies including fuel cells, water electrolyzers, CO2 capture, green chemical production, and high energy and solid state batteries. Hui received the Jose Giner Innovation Award in 2016 and was named a "Top Ten Innovator" by the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum in 2018. In 2020 he was inducted into the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers. As Chief Technology Officer, Hui oversees strategic technology development and key stakeholder relationships. He has published more than forty peer-reviewed papers and filed seven patents. Dr. Xu earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from University of Connecticut, pursued his postdoctoral studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and worked for Fuel Cell Energy, Inc., prior to joining Giner.

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Badawi Dweik

Chief Scientific Officer

Badawi is an experienced technical program manageer and business development professional with over 25 years of experience and a broad background in chemical / electrochemical engineering. He has led a diverse portfolio of innovative research programs in sensors, fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries and super-capacitors. As Chief Scientific Officer Badawi is responsible for envisioning and developing research capabilities at Giner Labs and accelerating the path of emerging technologies into the commercial market. He is currently leading the effort to develop and commercialize sensors for rapid on-site quantification of THC from recent marijuana use, also for the continuous monitoring of alcohol use by wearable biosensors. Badawi holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

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Theresa Scavone

Chief Financial Officer

Theresa has over 12 years of Finance and Accounting experience in start-up and fast growth companies. She has held positions at Ulvac Technologies, FusionStorm, Open Mile, and ZipCar. As Giner’s Controller, she oversees, among other areas, strategic financial planning, organizational development, process definition and improvement, and project planning and execution. Theresa has a bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration from Fitchburg State University.

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Edward “Ed” J. Hogan

Vice President for Business Development

Ed joined Giner in May of 2017 and has over 20 years of experience in business development and marketing. He has worked with instrumentation, life science, high performance material, nano and medical technologies through roles with organizations such as Millipore, Waters, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Saint-Gobain, Aspen Aerogels and Energy Sciences. Over the course of his career he has helped commercialize new offerings with applications in life science instrumentation, aerospace, automotive, telecommunications and petrochemical processing markets. Since joining Giner, he has developed strategic partnerships leading to the sale of our continuous transdermal alcohol sensor. He is currently focused on the commercialization of our THC test technology. Ed holds a BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Suffolk University.

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Andy Belt

Chief Executive Officer

After receiving an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, Andy worked at Bain and Company in London for 5 years. He was a co-founder of an innovative packaged foods business in London and a consulting firm in Boston, where he focused on technology translation. Andy was appointed to the Giner Board in 2009 with responsibility for the commercial development of Giner’s technology portfolio. He became President and CEO of Giner Labs in 2014. On the formation of Giner ELX in April 2017 Andy became President and CEO of Giner ELX and Corky Mittelsteadt took over as CEO of Giner Labs.