October 25, 2017 at 3:28 pm

Notable Alumni | Chemistry Alum Heads Global Regulatory Unit at Celgene Corp.

Graphic for College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni Award

Editor’s Note: The College of Arts & Sciences launches the Notable Alumni Awards, honoring 37 Notable Alumni in 2017 for broad accomplishments in their careers, a commitment to community service at Ohio University, and valuable contributions to Ohio University, the College of Arts & Sciences, and its students.

Richard Couch ’84 Chemistry

Ohio University alum Richard Couch is Vice President of Global Regulatory CMC (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls), responsible for a department of approximately 25 scientists covering small molecules, biologics, and cell therapies at Celgene Corp., a global biopharmaceutical corporation.

Richard Couch

Richard Couch

Couch graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1984 from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO.

He attended North Carolina State University for graduate work; additionally, he attended Lehigh University, where he earned an M.S. degree in Chemistry in 1996.

Couch began his professional career at Merck & Co. Inc. as an analytical chemist in 1988. He started working in regulatory affairs (Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls) in 1993.

Couch joined Celgene Corp. in 2005 as an associate director, where he was charged with developingA a CMC Writing organization. At Celgene, he has moved quickly through the ranks.

In 2008, he was promoted to director and placed in charge of the Global Regulatory CMC Department and CMC Writing organization. Couch was subsequently promoted to Vice President, Global Regulatory CMC in 2015, and he is currently responsible for a department of approximately 25 Regulatory CMC Scientists covering small molecules, biologics, and cell therapies.

Richard Couch celebrates commencement., shown in cap and gown with a woman in a blue dress.

Richard Couch celebrates commencement.

Connections to Ohio University

Couch’s son is currently a senior in Ohio University’s College of Business.

Couch during his OHIO days,shown standing against a brick wall in Clippinger.

Couch during his OHIO days

Favorite Bobcat Memory

Trivia night on Friday nights at the Ratskellar with chemistry professors and graduate students was a special memory for Couch.

“You won free drinks if you got the trivia question correct, and the professors always left early,” Couch recalls.



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