Rusty Kruzelock became the West Virginia Regional Technology Park Corp.'s executive director and chief executive officer Nov. 1.
The Higher Education Policy Commission OK'd the hiring of Kruzelock following endorsement by the park's board of directors.
He will oversee all operations of the multi-tenant research, development and commercialization park located in South Charleston.
Kruzelock comes to West Virginia from Kyle, Texas. He has extensive experience in research and development, most recently as president of Cenovance, a biotechnology company he co-founded.
He has raised more than $100 million in research and development funding and built successful business programs in agriculture, science and medicine for academia, government entities, non-profit companies and start-up businesses.
Prior to Cenovance, Kruzelock held numerous research and development posts, including chief scientific officer at Bium Inc., head of the department of pharmacogenomics at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center — Institute for Drug Development at the Texas Research Park, scientific adviser for the Office of the Surgeon General and research assistant professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute.
The park is the newest research, education and technology campus in West Virginia's higher education system.
Donated to the state in late 2010 by The Dow Chemical Co. and deeded to the Higher Education Policy Commission, the park adds significant capacity to the state's academic, research and economic development missions.
The park has a more than 60-year history of research and technological contributions, starting in 1949 as Union Carbide Corp.'s primary research center.