• About Ralph Thurman

    An adjunct professor at Merrimack College, Ralph Thurman teaches postgraduate students about financial leadership. He also conducts his own endeavors in private equity, acquiring and managing companies in the health-care technology sphere. Since 2008, Ralph Thurman has helped guide more than $2 billion worth of acquisitions, equity investments, and debt transactions in industries ranging from information technology to life sciences. At present, he serves as the executive chairman of Outlook Therapeutics and the director of TFF Pharmaceuticals.

    Previously, Mr. Thurman worked for nearly a decade as the chairman and CEO of VIASYS Healthcare, Inc., a publicly traded private equity firm that he founded in the field of research-based medical technology. He led VIASYS to global revenues of more than $700 million before its sale to Cardinal Health. His other experience includes former posts as the CEO of Corning Life Sciences and the group president of Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceutical, Inc.one of the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical companies.

    Mr. Thurman spent the early years of his career in the United States Air Force as a combat pilot and instructor pilot. He earned several honors for his service, such as the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

  • Education

    Merrimack College


    Adjunct Professor of Financial Leadership

    University of Pennsylvania


    Corporate Governance

    Webster University

    MA (1975-1976)


    USAF Air Command and Staff College


    Aviation Leadership

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute

    BA (1967-1971)


    USAF Squadron Officer's School


    USAF Survival School (SERE)


  • Professional experience

    Private Equity Industry

    Aug 2008 - Present

    Operating Partner/Senior Advisor

    VIASYS Healthcare Inc

    Jul 1999 - Aug 2008

    Founder, Chairman and CEO

    Corning LIfe Sciences

    Jun 1993 - Jun 1998

    Chairman and CEO
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