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Virginia BioTechnology Research Park names interim executive director

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Richmond-based Virginia Bio∙Technology Park announced that Carrie Roth will serve as its interim executive director. Roth, Virginia’s deputy secretary of commerce and trade, begins the new role Dec. 4.

Virginia Bio∙Technology Park’s President and CEO Robert Skunda announced earlier this year he was stepping down from the role on Dec. 31. Skunda will then become the park’s president emeritus.

Roth has been Virginia’s deputy secretary of commerce and trade since 2010. She will serve on an interim basis while a national search is conducted to fill the permanent position.

As deputy secretary of commerce and trade for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration, Roth oversaw policy development and implementation and economic development project management.

The Virginia Bio∙Technology Research Park is home to more than 60 public and private bioscience companies, research institutes and medical laboratories.

Information on the progress of the search for the park’s next president and CEO will be published at as it becomes available.

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