John Rice

Meridian Bioscience has appointed John Rice as an independent director. Rice joins Meridian from CincyTech, a firm that provides advice and capital to entrepreneurs and helps research institutions commercialize technology through startups. He has served as the director of life sciences since 2014. Rice is also the founder and, since 2003, managing partner of Triathlon Medical Ventures Partners, a venture capital firm that invests equity capital in early- and expansion-stage life science companies.

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