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 for 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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Badawi Dweik

Chief Scientific Officer

Badawi is an experienced technical program manager 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 CFO 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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Greg Rutan

Vice president for business development

Greg has extensive experience in developing and executing sales strategies to build and sustain long-term client relationships and mutual benefit.  He has led teams focused on sales expansion, strategic partnerships, emerging markets, and commercialization efforts across a wide array of technology sectors.  Most recently Greg led a SaaS firm to over 500% revenue growth which culminated in a successful merger with a global technology company, and he helped a leader in study abroad pivot their business model to focus on partnerships.  Greg’s role is to expand and protect our various business interests, including new and emerging technologies, products, and IP.  Greg joined Giner in 2022 and is described as a problem solver, compassionate colleague, client advocate, office contrarian and occasionally “that guy”. He received his BA in Psychology from Yale 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. After the sale of Giner ELX to Plug Power in June 2020 for ~$80M Andy returned as President and CEO of Giner Labs.