Ying Luo, PhD
Dr. Luo received his doctorate in molecular biology/biomedical sciences from the University of Connecticut Health Center in 1991. He later studied HIV gene regulation in UCSF as a postdoctoral fellow. Prior to founding Shanghai Genomics in 2001, Dr. Luo held various positions at the San Francisco Bay Area biotech firms, including Aviron, Clonetech, and Rigel. Later Shanghai Genomics was acquired by GNI Group and became listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers Board in 2007. He is currently President and CEO of GNI Group. The pre-clinical, clinical, and regulatory teams recruited and supervised by him has successfully gained 6 IND approvals and conduct Phase I/II trials in China or US. Under his leadership, GNI Group had its first Class 1 drug Etuary® approved by China FDA in treating IPF in 2011 through expedited review process. Later he built a nationwide orphan drug sales network in China. Recently, he also engineered several acquistions for GNI, including Beijing Continent and Berkeley Advanced Biomaterials, and investments into other joint ventures. In his career of 30 years, Dr. Luo has co-authored more than 35 research publications and been inventors of more than 16 patents.
Thomas Eastling has over 30 years' experience in global finance, M&A and business development, with a substantial part of his career in Asia. He started on Wall Street at Nikko Securities Co. International, Inc., rising to the position of Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Investment Banking and Syndicate Divisions. In the late 1990's, he moved to Japan as Company Representative for Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Co. and subsequently worked as Managing Director for Softbank Corp. in strategic planning and investor relations. In 2009 he relocated to Hong Kong with American Appraisal where he served as Director of the firm's Transaction Advisory Services in Asia. In September of 2013, Mr. Eastling returned to Japan in his current role as Executive Officer of GNI Group Ltd. Mr. Eastling has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a Masters from the American Graduate School of International Management. He speaks Japanese and is pursuing Mandarin. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director for a Hong Kong private equity fund.
Yue Xiong, PhD
Dr. Xiong finished his undergraduate at Fudan University in 1982 and Ph.D from University of Rochester in 1989. After completing a Ph.D. Postdoctoral fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor Lab, from 1993 up to now, Dr. Xiong joined Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a William R. Kenan Professor. He was awarded Pew Scholar Award (1995), American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award (1995), AACR-Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Awards (1999), UNC Hettleman Award for Scholarly Achievement (1999), UNC Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award (2011), Elected Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (2012). To date, Dr. Xiong has published more than 160 research papers in peer-reviewed publication and granted two US patents.
Jian Jin, PhD
Dr. Jian Jin is a world-renowned medicinal chemist with more than 20 years of experience in small-molecule drug discovery. He is currently the Mount Sinai Endowed Professor in Therapeutics Discovery, a Professor in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences, a Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences, and the Director of the Mount Sinai Center for Therapeutics Discovery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Jin’s laboratory is a leader in discovering selective inhibitors of histone methyltransferases and biased ligands of G protein-coupled receptors, and a pioneer in developing novel degraders targeting oncogenic proteins. Dr. Jian Jin received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1991 and a PhD in organic chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997. After completing a post-doctoral training at the Ohio State University, Dr. Jin joined GlaxoSmithKline as a medicinal chemist in 1998 and had been a manager of medicinal chemistry from 2003 to 2008. In 2008, Dr. Jin joined the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) as an Associate Professor. He had also served as an Associate Director of Medicinal Chemistry in the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at UNC from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Jin was recruited to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as a professor with tenure in 2014. Dr. Jin has published well over 100 peer-reviewed original research papers and delivered over 100 invited talks. He is also an inventor of 10 issued U.S. patents and 40 published PCT patent applications.