Ginger Rothrock

Director, Emerging Technologies

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  • PhD, Analytical Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BS, Chemistry, Furman University

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Ginger Rothrock, Ph.D., is an expert in emerging technologies as well as the business and technical development of advanced materials and manufacturing for the commercial sector. Her specializations include nanotechnology, scalable manufacturing, polymer science, product development, commercialization, and market analysis; as well as oil and gas.

Dr. Rothrock is responsible for business development and leadership in the areas of advanced materials and manufacturing for commercial sectors, including upstream oil and gas, and medical devices. She has led multi-million dollar research efforts in emerging fields to develop new products and capabilities for her corporate partners. Additionally, she leads a cross-RTI team managing the institute’s commercialization portfolio, a role in which she vets RTI technologies for commercial impact and builds teams to accomplish early-stage market assessments and determine business models.  

The inventor of 28 patents, Dr. Rothrock has published in several peer-reviewed journals and publications, and she has made more than 75 presentations at invited talks and international conferences.

Dr. Rothrock also consults with government and private industry identifying potential risks and value of nano-enabled products through market research, intellectual property assessment, and technology evaluation. Prior to RTI, she was co-founder and principal technologist of Liquidia Technologies, a dynamic mid-stage nanobiotech firm. At Liquidia, she served as the project and technical manager for multiple product feasibility studies in the areas of nanotechnology-focused cleantech, including membranes, photovoltaics, displays, and solid-state lighting as well as for life science applications, including oncology, ocular delivery, agriculture, and inhaled therapeutics.

In addition to her technical and business contributions, Dr. Rothrock is a member of Women in Bio and is extremely passionate about mentoring women and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. In 2015, she was named to the Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, which highlights extremely successful up-and-coming professionals.