Asia Pharma R&D Leaders Summit 2017
March. 21 ( Tuesday ) to March 22 ( Wednesday ), 2017
Speaker Bio
Uwe Schoenbeck
Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, External R&D Innovation (ERDI)
Pfizer Worldwide R&D
Chief Scientific Officer Uwe Schoenbeck leads Pfizer’s Worldwide Research and Development (WRD) External R&D Innovation (ERDI) team which seeks to identify and establish partnerships with outstanding Pharma and Biotech companies and key academic centers to gain first access to cutting edge science and innovative disease targets, drug candidates as well as platform technologies. The function involves global scouting for and the integration of exploratory to clinical Proof of Concept drug candidates as well as technologies addressing high unmet medical needs and covers both small and large molecule approaches together with gene & cell therapies. His team works closely with colleagues across Pfizer, including all of WRD’s key therapeutic research units, as well as business development, business units, and Pfizer country organizations to harness these opportunities for the company. Uwe is also a member of the WRD Leadership Team and sits on Pfizer’s Senior Leadership Council.
Dongmin Chen
Dean, School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Director, Office of Science & Technology Development
Peking University
Dr. Chen is the Director of Office of Business Development for Science and Technology, and a tenured full professor in the Faculty of Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, since Sept of 2011.

Dr. Chen oversees the university licensing and corporate sponsored research programs, and is leading the development of University’s entrepreneur and innovation teaching curriculum, a globalized collaborative technology transfer hub, and an open university-industrial joint research platform, university innovation parks and spin-off incubators throughout China.

Dr. Chen is a general partner for several seed funds of ~ 25Million USD per year for early stage projects investment in China from spin-offs based on University IP and international partners’ IP. Dr. Chen is also an angel investor and a general partner of Lightup Capital.
Dr. Chen is a vocal advocate for a strong enforcement of the intellectual property law and tougher penalty on IP infringers in China. Dr. Chen was elected as the International Advisor for World Intellectual Property Organization on the Globalized Innovation Index Research.

Dr. Chen is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He is the Chief Scientist and the inventor of the Metal Oxide Heteorjunction RRAM device of 4DS Inc. in Silicon Valley. He also co-founded Miradia Inc. in Silicon Valley in 2003 where he raised 80M USD from tier-1 venture capitals and led the development of a platform technology for MEMS-CMOS 3D integration for applications in digital micro-mirror array and motion sensors. He was responsible for company’s IP development Strategy and have build an IP portfolio of more than 100 international patents. He successfully licensed company’s patent portfolio to a major foundry in Asia.
Dr. Chen is the Board of Director, Sr. Advisor and former Chairman & President, of Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA).
Tobias Gabriel
Global Head of External Drug Discovery at Global Discovery Chemistry
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Tobias Gabriel is the global head of external drug discovery at Global Discovery Chemistry, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Prior to his current role Tobias was head of oncology chemistry, Basel and Shanghai. Tobias joined Novartis six years ago from Roche where he held positions of increasing responsibility in medicinal chemistry in Palo Alto and most recently as Director of Research Strategy in Basel. Tobias studied chemistry in Berlin and completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in Munich, followed by postdoctoral studies in nanotechnology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Tom Kinzel
Head of Drug Discovery – Innovation Center China; Pharmaceuticals Division
Bayer
Tom received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Göttingen in 2008 where he studied reaction mechanism and selectivities using a combined computational and experimental approach. He then moved to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as postdoctoral fellow, working on Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. Tom joined Bayer in 2011 and worked for three years as lab head in medicinal chemistry in Wuppertal. In 2014, he moved to Berlin and became the assistent of the head of the Drug Discovery organization. Since January 2016, Tom is the head of the Innovation Center China, which identifies opportunities, aligns, and manages research collaboration projects between Bayer Drug Dicovery scientists and outstanding Chinese academic institutions as well as CROs. In 2001/2002, Tom spent one year in China, studying Chinese at Nanjing University and completing an internship in molecular biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai.
Timothy Low
Chief Executive Officer
Farrer Park Hospital, Singapore
Dr Timothy Low is CEO of Farrer Park Hospital, a private acute tertiary institution sited within Singapore’s first fully integrated healthcare and hospitality complex.
Prior to his current role, Dr Low served as CEO of Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore. Through his leadership, the hospital established itself as a 6-star private healthcare provider, clinching 14 local and regional awards including the prestigious Asian Hospital Management Award as well as the the ‘National Work Redesign Model Company’ by Spring Singapore (Governing agency for innovation in Singapore). Under him, revenues exceed 42% to over USD$100 million.
Having also served in senior management positions for pharmaceutical and medical device industries in the Asia Pacific region, Dr Low’s breath of exposure allowed him to pioneer the establishment of a global contract research organisation, validating Singapore as its regional headquarters.
Jason Liu
SVP/COO of Lab Testing Division
WuXi AppTec
Dr. Jason Liu is the Senior Vice President and head of Lab Testing Division at WuXi AppTec Inc, a global health care/CRO/biotech company. Dr. Liu is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in clinical diagnostic, medical device, and life science Previously he worked at Hologic-Gen Probe, Life Technologies- Applied Biosystems, and Bio-Rad as business unit general manager at US headquarter, global portfolio leader, and regional GM for APAC and China.
Dr. Jason Liu received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology & Human Genetics from Loma Linda University, MBA from Pepperdine University, and BA in Biochemistry from Shandong University.
Jim Li
Chief Executive Officer
Sundia
Dr. Jim Li is Chief Executive Officer at Sundia. In this role, Dr. Li is responsible for driving the company’s growth as one of China’s leading CROs.
Dr. Li has led a distinguished career in the pharmaceutical industry, having spent over 18 years at various companies including Henkel, Wyeth and Pfizer in the area of process research as well as medicinal chemistry. During his tenure, he was involved in a variety of drug discovery programs such as COPD, asthma, Rheumatoid/osteoarthritis, diabetes. Dr. Li also has co-authored more than 60 research articles and patents.
Dr. Li received his Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from University of Central Lancashire UK followed by a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago with Dr. Philip Eaton.
Jim Wang
SENIOR VP CARDIOVASCULAR AND METABOLIC DISEASES (CVMD) RESEARCH
CrownBio
Dr. Wang started his academic career as a postdoctoral researcher at Boston University in 1987. In 1992 he became an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee in Memphis where he worked until 1996. He has worked in several major Pharma (GSK, Roche, Schering/Bayer AG) as a Scientist, Senior Scientist, and Principle Scientist from 1990 to 2008 and in a start-up biotech (Arete Therapeutics, Inc.) as a Director of Pharmacology from 2008 to 2009.
In 2010, he joined CrownBio as the Head of CVMD Research. He has authored nearly 100 publications between research articles, invited reviewers, and book chapters, and has submitted patent applications in the areas of diabetes and metabolic diseases, heart and renal failure, hypertension, thrombosis, hemophilia, atherosclerosis and dyslipidemia, hemodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, safety pharmacology, etc. He has been involved in all stages of pharmaceutical R&D, from early stage target discovery and validation, to compound (large and small molecules) discovery, selection and profiling, IND filing, and clinical trials in Phase I & II.
Mike Dethick
Managing Director
R&D-Based Pharmaceutical Association Committee
Mike is an experienced business professional with a broad portfolio of skills gained through the management and growth of multi-disciplined companies.
His focus has been on international business development, membership and non-for-profit organisations achieving operational P&L success in China, Asia & West Africa.
A graduate in Law he has maintained senior government and European engagement with Chinese Ministry’s, The British Embassy, UK Trade & Investment, the European Union Delegation and associated trade partner organisations.
Bin Li
Director, Search & Evaluation, JAPAC
AbbVie China
Dr. Bin Li is currently Director, Search & Evaluation, JAPAC at AbbVie in Shanghai. Prior to joining global S&E team in July 2015, he was site head of AbbVie China R&D Center in Shanghai which focuses on pre-clinical drug discovery in several therapeutic disease areas including chronic kidney diseases. Dr. Li joined Abbott R&D Center, Shanghai in September of 2008 to head the center and carry out drug discovery research in several key therapeutic areas, and continued to head the center following separation of pharmaceutical business and formation of AbbVie. Prior to Abbott, Dr. Li was Vice President, Service Biology at ChemPartner to build and lead the service biology division. Before returning to Shanghai, he spent 16 years in US pharmaceutical and biotech companies, including Roche, Pfizer, Anadys, and Xceptor, with various titles from Research Scientist to Director to lead and support drug discovery research as well as drug screening and lead discovery technologies such as ATLAS, an affinity-based high throughput screening platform for protein ligand identification. Dr. Li received his B.S. from Lanzhou University in China in 1982, M.S. from Iowa State University in 1986, and Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1990. Dr. Li has more than 25 years of drug discovery experience in various therapeutic disease areas.
Caihui Li
Chief IP Officer, National Engineering Research Center On Antibody Medicine
3SGuojian Pharmaceutical (Shanghai) CO., Ltd
Li Caihui is Patent Attorney\ Senior Engineer\Licensed Pharmacist
√ Sept. 1988-July 1992, Bachelor, Department of Pharmacy, Shenyang College of Pharmacy
√ Aug.-Oct. 1993, Synthesis of peptides Beijing Medical University
√ Feb. 2002, Training on IPRs AOTS training center( Tokyo Japan)
√ 25 cases of patent invalidation /administrative petition with MNC on antibodies and cleared up the patent obstacles on antibody in China.
√ Invalidation on ZL20061008639.X is honored as one of 10 national cases on patents reexamination and invalidation in 2014.
Zhenkun Ma
Founder and CEO
TenNor Therapeutics Limited
Dr. Zhenkun Ma is the Founder and CEO of TenNor Therapeutics, a biotech company based in Suzhou, China, focused on research and development of new therapies in infectious diseases. Previously, he served as Group Leader and Fellow in the Volwiler Society at Abbott Laboratories, Director of Chemistry at Cumbre Pharmaceuticals and Chief Scientific Officer at the TB Alliance. He led the discovery and development of multiple new therapies for the treatment of community-acquired respiratory tract infections, prosthetic joint infections, serious hospital-acquired infections and tuberculosis. He is an inventor of more than 60 patent applications and 35 issued patents. He is also an author of more than 100 research articles, book chapters and meeting presentations.
Min Li
SVP, Global Head of Neuroscience Therapy Area and General Manager
GSK R&D Center China
Dr. Min Li joined GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as Senior Vice President in 2014, to lead the Neurosciences Therapeutic Area Unit (NSTAU). As the Head of Neurosciences, he oversees an R&D organization responsible from target discovery to clinical proof of concept (PoC). NSTAU has a fully integrated functionality from discovery to development with a global footprint in Shanghai, Philadelphia and London. In addition, the R&D enterprise has established a number of strategic partnerships with academic institutions including recently, SBP-GSK Center for Translation Neuroscience. With drug discovery programs that are driven by foundation science, NSTAU focuses on discovering and developing medicines to treat diseases caused by hyper-excitatory responses and neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and as well as pains and epilepsy. Primarily based in Shanghai, Min also serves as General Manager of R&D China overseeing Neurosciences R&D, Medical China/Hong Kong, and most recently the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Public Health.
Prior to joining GSK, Min spent nearly 20 years as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore where he was a Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology. He first joined Johns Hopkins in 1986 as a Ph.D. student in Molecular Biology and Genetics after earning a degree in Biochemistry from Wuhan University, China. He went on to do his post-doc fellowship in Molecular Neurobiology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. After one year stint with Affymax Research Institute, in 1994, Min returned to Johns Hopkins as a faculty member, and rose in the ranks to a tenured Professor of Neuroscience in 2004. At Hopkins, his research focused on brain excitatory circuits and their roles in neurological and psychiatric diseases. He is an expert of ion channel physiology and pharmacology.
David Shen
VP Legal, General Counsel
AstraZeneca China
Dr. David Shen is the General Counsel of AstraZeneca China. His primary responsibilities include advising the company on legal issues related to the commercial activities in China and support AZ’s IPR enforcement in China. Before re-joining AZ, Dr. Shen was the Asia regional patent counsel at Eli Lilly and worked as a patent attorney at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in the U.S.
Dr. Shen received his J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Cornell University. He is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
BENJAMIN SEET
Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council
Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore
Dr Benjamin Seet joined the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in 2011 and assumed the appointment of Executive Director, Biomedical Research Council, one year later. Prior to joining A*STAR, he served the Singapore Armed Forces for more than 20 years, before retiring as the Chief of the SAF Medical Corps at the rank of Brigadier General. In addition, Dr Seet served as Chief Medical Officer of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York from 2004 to 2006, where he oversaw medical support for UN personnel in 16 post-conflict countries.
Dr Seet was the founding Regional Secretary of the Asia Pacific Group of the International Committee of Military Medicine; co-chair of the ASEAN+8 Experts Working Group in Military Medicine; and led a UN Technical Advisory Group to Darfur, Sudan. He served as Visiting Consultant to the Ministry of Health; on the Boards of the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority, Health Promotion Board, and National Medical Research Council; on the Industrial Advisory Board of the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at the National Technological University; and was formerly, Chairman of InVivos Pte Ltd.
Zhuoxiao Cao
Director, Biologic drug development
Shanghai Hengrui Biopharmaceutical R&D
Dr. Zhuoxiao Cao is currently the director of biologic drug development at Shanghai Hengrui Biopharmaceutical R&D. She studied clinical medicine in China and got her PhD in Pharmacology in NY, followed by postdoc studies in Cardiology at Harvard Medical School. She has extensive experiences in biologic drug discovery and development in both international and domestic pharmaceutical companies. Prior to this role, she has been working in Novo Nordisk for five years focusing on inflammation drug development. She is now mainly responsible for mAb development projects in cancer immunotherapy and other disease areas and has led the team to achieve significant progresses. She was awarded as Shanghai Excellent Technology Leader and joint professor at Tongji University.
Mingde Xia
Senior Director
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center AP
Dr. Mingde Xia is currently a Senior Director of Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center AP, and a vice Chair of Asian Society for Innovation & Achievement (A.S.I.A.) in USA and Canada. He focuses on business development in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea etc. with universities, institutes, investors and innovative companies for J & J worldwide pharmaceuticals, medical device / diagnostic products and OTC / consumer business, through investment, incubation, co-development, license and other collaboration vehicles. He has been working with Johnson & Johnson for 16 years after career track at China Pharmaceutical University and Yale University, and has successfully led / executed over 50 projects external collaboration for Johnson & Johnson three sectors. He is a guest / adjunct professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a major inventor / author of over 60 patents / publications, a reviewer for a number of top quality international scientific journals, and an invited speaker for many international pharmaceutical conferences / forums. He received awards from American Chemical Society, Johnson & Johnson and different universities. He has actively involved in Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA President 2009, Board of Directors 2008-2016) and organized many international conferences in USA and Asia.
Samantha Du
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Zai Lab Limited
Dr. Du is a leading figure of China's biotech industry. She is the founder, Chairman and CEO of ZAI Lab, a premier innovative biopharmaceutical company in China. Prior to founding Zai Lab, Dr. Du was head of healthcare investments at Sequoia Capital China Fund and led the investments and served on the boards of Betapharma, BGI Tech, JHL Biotech, and Angel Healthcare, all of which made significant returns to the fund over her two years tenure there. Dr. Du is recognized as a pioneer of the China life sciences industry. As the CEO and founder of Hutchinson MediPharma, she spent ten years building a company with rich pipelines in oncology and autoimmune diseases. Under Dr. Du’s leadership, Hutchison MediPharma became the leader for innovative drug R&D in China, bringing five category 1.1 drugs into clinical trials - including the first drug into the CFDA green channel review process, and producing two global phase III ready programs. Dr. Du transformed the company into a global biotech company, and established unique collaboration partnerships with multinational companies including AstraZeneca, J&J, Lilly, Merck Serono and Nestle. Dr. Du was also the co-founder and CSO of Hutchison China Meditech, the first China based innovative drug company listed in overseas stock exchange with a current market cap of over $2 billion.
Prior to Hutchison, Dr. Du was responsible for Pfizer's global metabolic licensing program and was also involved in the development of multiple early and late stage products, of which two were approved by US FDA and launched globally. She received her Ph.D in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati.
Wen Luo
Founder and CEO
Denovo Biopharma
Dr. Wen Luo is the founder and CEO of a leading precision medicine company, Denovo Biopharma. Dr. Luo has 20 years of experience in biomedical research and industry including more than 10 years of experience in applying genomic technology in drug discovery and development. Prior to joining Denovo Biopharma, Dr. Luo managed the genomic group and provided bioinformatic supports to a broad range of research projects across a number of therapeutic areas including oncology, hematology, inflammation and metabolic diseases at Ligand Pharmaceuticals. He was also responsible for developing clinical biomarkers for drugs in various stages of clinical trials. Before joining Ligand, he was senior bioinformatician at Incyte Genomic, where he managed one of the largest proteomic databases at the time, LifePro. He was also involved in discovering novel human genes and splice variants, and he was the co-inventor of patents covering 100s of novel genes derived from these findings. Prior to Incyte Genomics, he was a research scientist at Sugen (acquired by Pharmacia and then by Pfizer) working on drug target identification and validation for a number of novel kinases discovered at Sugen. Dr. Luo was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute post-doc fellow at UCSF, and received his Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Luo received Pre-Med training at Peking University and medical training at Peking Union Medical College
Wu Jia-Rui
Professor
Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dr. Wu Jia-Rui, Professor of Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received a doctor degree from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1994. Now, his lab is working on the molecular mechanisms of the diabetes and cancer by systems biology approaches. He has published more than 100 research papers in international scientific journals.
Dr. Wu’s academic appointments at present are as follows: Director of Key Laboratory of Systems Biology, CAS; Vice-President of Chinese Association of Geriatric Research. Dr. Wu has positions of academic service as follows: Editor-in-Chief for “Journal of Molecular Cell Biology”; Associate Editors for “BMC Systems Biology”, “Frontiers in Systems Physiology”.
Yi Zhang
VP, Clinical R&D
Hua Medicine
Dr. Yi Zhang heads the clinical research & development team at Hua Medicine,a company leading clinical-stage, innovative drug development in China, focusing on novel therapies for the treatment of diabetes and CNS disorders.
Prior to Hua, Yi was the Associate Medical Director of Clinical Science at Roche Product Development group, Asia Pacific region, working on innovative drug development in the areas of cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases. Prior to Roche, Yi was a Physician and an Associate Professor at Shanghai Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine. She was also a team leader of the molecular genetics research group at Shanghai Institute of Hypertension and a principle investigator for several projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Shanghai Municipal Natural Science Foundation. She obtained MD and PhD from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, specialized in cardiology. She received training in molecular genetics, bioinformatics and epidemiology as a NIH/NHLBI visiting researcher. She has received Shanghai Subject Chief Scientist and 60 publications in journals such as Nat Genet, Circ Cardiovasc Genet, Hum Mol Genet and has 3 China patents.
James Huang
Managing Partner
KPCB China
James Huang joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers China as a managing partner in 2011 and focuses on the firm’s life sciences practice. His main investment interests are innovation around China’s growing healthcare markets and helping entrepreneurs build companies. James has made more than 15 investments in China since 2007.
Before coming to KPCB China, James was a managing partner at Vivo Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in life sciences investments. While at Vivo, James led numerous investments in China. Before joining Vivo in 2007, James was president of Anesiva, a biopharmaceutical company focused on pain-management treatments. During his 20-year career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, he also held senior roles in business development, sales, marketing and R&D with Tularik Inc. (acquired by Amgen), GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Bristol-Meyers Squibb and ALZA Corp. (acquired by Johnson & Johnson).
James is Chairman of Board at Kindstar Global, JHL Biotech and XW Laboratory and Director at GenScript, ChiralQuest, Zenesis, CVie Therapeutics, CASI and Omni Pharmaceuticals.
James received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan.
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