Accolades & Honors

Gerald J. Vardzel Jr. Named CEO of LifeX Labs

LifeX Labs, a life sciences startup incubator focused on providing early-stage companies with the support, resources and ecosystem to be successful, recently appointed Gerald J. Vardzel Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer in early January. The labs are supported in part by the University of Pittsburgh.

Vardzel has extensive corporate expertise, with over 30 years of general management and commercial leadership from a broad spectrum of healthcare companies, including Fortune 500 market leaders. Over the past 20 years, he has assisted startups as well as midsize and large life science companies in developing and implementing new commercialization strategies and models for technology launches. 

“We are delighted to have Gerald as our new CEO of LifeX Labs. He brings both the experience and vision to attract domain expertise and outside capital to drive our strategy in the life sciences sector,” said Rob A. Rutenbar, Senior Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh and chairman of the board of LifeX Labs. “We also thank Evan Facher, whose work as interim CEO built the strong foundation allowing us to attract top-notch leadership in our national search for this role.”