Yuwen Liu is a leading advocate for the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and medical technology industries, with over 20 years as an entrepreneur, advisor and investor.
For over nine years, Ms. Liu was Chair and CEO, followed by executive director, of Suzhou Industrial Park Biotech Development Co. Ltd. (BioBAY), building it into one of the fastest growing biotech clusters serving over 400 start-ups, including Innovent, BrightGene and Qiagen (Suzhou), where she also served on the boards of directors. As a strong supporter of innovation, she was also a founding partner of BOHE Angel Fund, one of the first angel funds in China focusing on healthcare start-ups, which invests in biologics, drug discovery and diagnostics. She was also a founding member of BioVENTURE Fund Investment committee. Ms. Liu previously served as the first Chief Representative to set up the China operation of Perrigo. Earlier in her career, she had various positions in quality and business development at Capsugel, a division of Warner-Lambert later acquired by Pfizer.
Ms. Liu graduated from China Pharmaceutical University with a master’s degree in pharmaceutics and Master of Management at Fudan University and Norwegian Management School BI. She is a licensed pharmacist.
Mr. Lefei Sun has served as our director since December 2019. Mr. Sun has been a non-executive director of Hong Kong Asia Medical Holding Limited, a leading hospital management group in Asia with hospital assets such as Wuhan Asia Heart Hospital, from November 2018. He is also a non-executive director of various biotech companies such as Ocumension Therapeutics (HKEx: 1477) and CANbridge Pharmaceuticals Inc. Mr. Sun has served as head of China healthcare at General Atlantic since May 2018, and has been a managing director since January 2020, in charge of private equity investment and portfolio management in healthcare and life sciences sectors. From December 2014 to April 2018, Mr. Sun was a founding partner and a member of investment committee of Beijing HuaTai Ruihe Investment Fund Management Company (LLP), also known as Huatai Healthcare Investment Fund. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Sun served as various investment roles at Hony Capital, Credit Suisse, OrbiMed, Orchid Asia, and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, all in the healthcare sector. Mr. Sun obtained his master’s degree in neurosciences from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2006, and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Tsinghua University in 2002.
Mr. Man Kin (Raymond) Tam has served as our Chief Financial Officer since September 2019 and our director since February 2021. Mr. Tam has over 20 years of management experience in finance and banking across Asia-Pacific. Prior to Adagene, Mr. Tam served as Chief Financial Officer of different corporations including AgenTus Therapeutics, Inc. and China Regenerative Medicine International Limited. Mr. Tam also served as Project Director of Mineralogy Pty Limited and Chief Financial Officer of Resourcehouse Limited. Further, he held various management positions with J.P. Morgan and HSBC from 1999 to 2010. Mr. Tam is a fellow of CPA Australia, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a CFA and FRM charter-holder.
Mr. Tam obtained an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 2005, a Master of Practising Accounting degree from the Monash University in Australia in 2001 and a Bachelor of Civil & Resources Engineering (with First Class Honors) degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand in 1998.
Mr. Andy (Yiu Leung) Cheung has served as our independent director since February 2021. Mr. Cheung has many years of auditing and accounting professional experience. Mr. Cheung was deputy area managing partner of Ernst & Young (“EY”) in Asia Pacific overseeing the business operations, finance, information technology and risk management functions from July 2018 to June 2020. Mr. Cheung was the assurance leader for EY in Greater China from July 2013 to June 2018. Mr. Cheung has served as an independent non-executive director of JW (Cayman) Therapeutics Co. Ltd (HKEX:2126) since October 2020. Mr. Cheung received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom in June 1982. He obtained a master’s degree in accounting and finance from London School of Economics in the United Kingdom in August 1983. Mr. Cheung is a member of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Dr. Min Li has served as our independent director since February 2021. Dr. Min Li is the founder, CEO and director of SciNeuro Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company headquartered in Shanghai focused on developing innovative therapeutics for CNS diseases. Dr. Li was formerly Senior Vice President, Global Head of Neuroscience R&D at GSK from 2013 to 2019. During his employment with GSK, he also served as General Manager of GSK R&D China, the highest-ranking officer at the country level. Before moving into industry, Dr. Li had served as a tenured Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for over 20 years. Dr. Li served on scientific advisory boards, non-profit and corporate boards that include multinational corporations (Corning, Pfizer and Merck), disease foundations (RYR-foundation, AHA) and biotech companies (Xencor, Affymax, Datavant, Icagen, and Coda Biotechnologies). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Li received his B.S. degree in biochemistry from Wuhan University in 1984 and his Ph.D. in molecular immunology from Johns Hopkins University in 1990. As a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow, he performed postdoctoral research at University of California San Francisco. With a Sloan Award, in 1994 he returned to Johns Hopkins to join the faculty as an Esther A & Joseph Klingenstein Neuroscience Fellow. Dr. Li has published more than 120 scientific articles and holds patents in biotechnologies. His research and scholarship were recognized internationally with awards including being a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science and an established fellow of American Heart Association.
Mr. Peter Luo is our Co-Founder and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since November 2011 and Chairman of the Board of the Directors since February 2018. Dr. Luo served as the first lead scientist in computational protein design and protein laboratory at Xencor (Nasdaq: XNCR) from July 1998 to August 2000. In September 2000, Dr. Luo founded Abmaxis Inc. and served as its Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, president, and director. In May 2006, Dr. Luo led the acquisition of Abmaxis Inc. by Merck & Co. (NYSE: MRK), after which Dr. Luo served as a director of Biologics Technology at Merck, and Chief Technology Officer of Abmaxis, the subsidiary of Merck & Co. Throughout his career, Dr. Luo also led the business development efforts in connection with collaborations and strategic partnerships with multiple global partners. Dr. Luo received his bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry in technical physics from Peking University in 1986, master’s degree in applied physics from The Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1989, and Ph.D. degree in chemistry from The University of Chicago in 1995. Dr. Luo also completed his postdoctoral research in protein folding at Stanford University in 1998.