Yang (Carsten) Lu co-founded our group and serves as our chief executive officer and the chairman of our board of directors.
Mr. Lu has 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to founding our company, Mr. Lu worked at Hybio Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd from April 2003 to March 2004.
Mr. Lu obtained his bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Xiamen University in July 2002, and his EMBA-Executive Master of Business Administration from China Europe International Business School in September 2012.
Ping Ji serves as our director. She has over 25 years of experience in biopharmaceutical drug development.
Since July 2017, Dr. Ji served as the global safety leader at Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. in the United States. Before that, from August 2011 to July 2017, she served as the global safety leader at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. in the United States. Dr. Ji has also served as the medical safety lead at Taiho in the United States from December 2006 to July 2011, as a medical reviewer at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in the United States from June 2004 to December 2006, and as a clinical scientist at Sanofi S.A. in the United States from September 2002 to June 2004. Prior to that, from September 2000 to September 2002, she worked as a clinical scientist at Pfizer Corporation.
Dr. Ji obtained her master of medicine from the cell biology program offered jointly by Graduated School-New Brunswick at Rutgers, the state University of New Jersey and the UMDNJ-Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the United States in May 1993. She obtained her doctor of medicine from Capital Institute of Medicine in the PRC in August 1986.
Lars Erik Birgerson has served as the president and chief executive officer of Adlai Nortye USA INC since July 2018 and has served as our chief medical officer since July 2021. Dr. Birgerson has more than 32 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
Prior to joining us, Dr. Birgerson served as the vice president and head of global and US medical affairs at Roche Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland; the vice president of medical affairs at Genentech in California, the United States; and the senior vice president of medical affairs at BMS in New Jersey, the United States. From January 2016 to date, Dr. Birgerson has served as the president and senior advisor of The Birgerson Group in New Jersey, the United States. Since February 2016, Dr. Birgerson has also served as the global medical consultant of Delcath Systems Inc.
Dr. Birgerson received his Doctor of Medicine and doctorate of philosophy from Uppsala University at Uppsala, Sweden in June 1977 and June 1990 respectively. Dr. Birgerson has been a specialist of obstetrics and gynecology certified by the National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare since December 14, 1984. Further, he was certified as a licensed physician by the National Swedish Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden on February 19, 1980.
Shaorong Liu serves as our independent director. Mr. Liu has approximately 15 years of experience in business management and consulting. Mr. Liu has been serving as the managing partner and senior consultant of Shanghai Zhiyi Enterprise Management Consulting Co., Ltd. since April 2008. Further, Mr. Liu has also been an independent non-executive director of Jiangsu CoCreation Grass Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Stock Exchange stock code: 605099) since April 2018.
Ming Lun Alan Tse serves as our independent director. Mr. Tse has more than 20 years of experience in financial management and accounting.
Mr. Tse currently serves as a general manager at Jebsen Capital Ltd. and the independent non-executive director of Tian Ge Interactive Holdings Ltd. (HKEx: 1980). Previously, Mr. Tse has served as an accountant at KPMG from September 2002 to May 2005, a senior analyst at Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd from May 2005 to May 2007. Mr. Tse has also served as a senior manager of corporate planning and development, a senior manager of corporate planning and development at Next Horizon Company Limited from September 2007 to August 2009, and a project and business development manager of finance and administration department at Richemont Asia Pacific Limited from September 2009 to October 2011. Since November 2011, Mr. Tse has served as a general manager of JebsenAutomotive Technology Beijing Co., Ltd.
Mr. Tse obtained his bachelor of business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Hong Kong in December 2002. He has been a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) since December 2005.
Cheguo Cai serves as our independent director. He has more than 17 years of experience in the biology and immunology industries.
Dr. Cai has served as chief scientist at Shenzhen Beike Biotech Co., Ltd. since May 2021 and as professor at Hangzhou Institute for Advanced Study, UCAS since December 2022. From February 2017 to November 2022, Dr. Cai served as professor at the Medical Research Institute and Frontier Science Center for Immunology and Meta, Wuhan University. Dr. Cai served as associate professor and postdoctoral fellow at Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences since April 2015 to January 2017 and since October 2011 to March 2015, respectively. Before that, from October 2010 to September 2011, he served as postdoctoral fellow at Tulane University in the United States. From August 2005 to August 2007, he served as research assistant at Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Cai obtained his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in biology in Xiamen University in July 2002 and July 2005, respectively. He obtained his doctoral degree in microbiology in Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, Chinese Academy of Sciences in July 2010.