Darren is co-founder and CEO of Elpiscience Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., chairman of board of directors. He also serves as Venture Partner of Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV). Prior to that Darren was Global Vice President of Roche Partnering for Asia and Emerging Markets, as well as a leadership team member of Roche Partnering, Roche’s deal-making body that manages the company’s business development across the board including licensing and M&A. In this role Darren was responsible for driving the strategy and execution of partnering activities in the territory of Asia and Emerging Markets encompassing over 100 countries. During his tenure Darren championed and oversaw the closing of many key transactions between Roche and partners worldwide. He managed a global team and established a strong business network in key countries like China, Japan, Korea, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Brazil.
A repeat entrepreneur himself, Darren spent a long career at the Procter & Gamble Company with increasing responsibilities in drug R&D and business development. He co-founded and managed as CEO of PharmaLegacy Laboratories in Shanghai in 2008, which became a premium CRO providing high-quality drug discovery services to a global clientele until today. Darren has been a highly respected leader in global life sciences and a sought-after speaker in various business forums. He was also an avid community builder exemplified by completing one of the longest services as a board member of the BayHelix Group.
Darren got his medical training at China Medical University, a PhD from University of Sheffield at UK, and a MBA from University of Chicago.
Dr. Hongtao Lu is currently co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Elpiscience Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Trained as an immunologist and a 20-year industry veteran, he has worked on several therapeutic areas (autoimmune diseases, oncology and neuroscience) using both small-molecule and biological approaches. Before Elpiscience, he had spent four years with Zai Lab, a NASDAQ-listed company, as co-founder and CSO and helped to build a robust pipeline focusing on oncology and autoimmune diseases. Prior to Zai Lab, he was with GlaxoSmithKline as the founding head and senior director of Neuroimmunology Discovery Performance Unit (NI-DPU), where he led about 70 biologists and chemists focusing on drug discovery in multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease and had successfully built the team and the pipeline from scratch in 5 years with three clinical assets and four pre-clinical programs.
Dr. Lu spent his early career with Berlex Biosciences and Bayer Schering Pharma, where he conducted target identification and validation in autoimmune inflammatory diseases and oncology. Dr. Lu holds a Ph.D. in Regulatory Biology and conducted his graduate research at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, focusing on MHC class II gene regulation followed by post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine under the guidance of Dr. Richard Flavell, working on T cell differentiation and signal transduction pathway.
Steve Chin is currently Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Elpiscience. Dr. Chin brings to the company many years of experience in medical oncology and clinical development in the pharmaceutical industry.
Prior to joining Elpiscience, Dr. Chin was a Senior Medical Director of immuno-oncology, Global Clinical Development at AstraZeneca. There, Dr. Chin provided leadership and expertise to enable new investment decisions in oncology therapeutic development, which involved the successful development of clinical strategy, determining the direction of regulatory interaction and coordination/execution of new clinical trials. Prior to his career at AstraZeneca, Dr. Chin was a Global GI Oncology Lead at Eli Lilly. He was involved in the transfer of cetuximab (Erbitux) full rights in North America from BMS to Lilly, led regulatory submission for Erbitux label updates, and fulfilled Erbitux post-marketing commitment. Dr. Chin started his career as a medical oncologist and served as an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He was a clinical investigator with a special interest in cancer therapeutic development and correlative studies. Over his career, Dr. Chin has served as PI or Co-I in >20 active clinical trials.
Dr. Robert H. Arch is currently head of research of Elpiscience Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Arch is a skilled drug hunter with a doctorate in immunology and cell biology with over 23 years of expertise with in vitro and in vivo models, pharmacology and biomarkers for small and large molecule approaches. He has strong expertise and a proven track record in disease areas such as cancer, inflammation, liver fibrosis and NASH, diabetes, asthma, COPD, and infectious disease. Prior to Elpisicience, Dr. Arch served as Executive Director of Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in China. Before Novartis, he was a Senior Director at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the U.S and held positions of increasing seniority at Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Arch earned his Ph.D. from the Julius Maximillian University of Wuerzburg, Germany, and received postdoctoral training at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, and the University of Chicago, USA. He went on to successfully establish his own research laboratory at Washington University, Saint Louis, USA. Dr. Arch has published extensively in the fields of T cell biology, cancer metastasis, and signal transduction in immune cells to delineate the role of the immune system in health and disease. This led him to pursue his passion of drug hunting in Research and Development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
Wayne is currently the Vice President of Corporate Development of Elpiscience (Suzhou) Biopharma, Limited. Prior to this Wayne was Vice General Manager of Xinjiang BaiHuaCun Co. Limited, a Shanghai Stock Exchange listed public company focused on pharmaceutical contract research and development. Prior to that Wayne served as an Investment Director at Morningside Technologies, a private Venture Capital firm focused on early-stage healthcare investment; meanwhile he was also acting as General Manager for Kunming Biomed International (KBI) and Harmonia (Tianjin) Biotechnology Company, jointly. Both KBI and Harmonia were invested by Morningside Technologies to provide CMC and preclinical services for healthcare industry, biopharmaceutical industry and research academies. Beyond those Wayne was also held director and manager level positions at Genelabs, Rigel and Covance Laboratories in US. He had more than 25 years of experience in biological and chemical pharmaceuticals, of which over 15 years were dedicated to drug discovery and development. His expertise was in novel drug preclinical development and healthcare investment. He had directly participated and supported drug discovery and development projects for licensing in and out; had successfully negotiated and executed R&D deals with multinational pharmaceutical companies. Wayne had more than 30 papers published in leading scientific journals and more than 50 presentations on national and international conferences and symposiums.
Wayne obtained his Master of Science Degree from the Research Center of Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and a PhD from Brigham Young University in USA. He did his post-doctoral research training at the Haskell Laboratory for Toxicology and Industrial Medicine at DuPont Company in US.
Peter has close to 20 years of Process Development and Manufacturing experience in the US, Taiwan, and China with innovator companies (KOSAN, Genentech, and Amgen), as well as CDMOs (WuXi Biologics, CMAB, and JHL). He has strong hands-on experience in manufacturing, process development, and business development. Most recently, he supported the design, build, commissioning, and operation of multiple GMP manufacturing facilities including Fed Batch and Perfusion processes utilizing Single-use and Hybrid technologies.
Peter graduated from University of British Columbia, with the bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering in 2000 and obtained his M.B.A. from University of Southern California in 2010.
Shirley Tu is currently head of operation. Prior to joining Elpiscience, Shirley was the financial manager of Precast Software Engineering Co., Ltd, where she was responsible for financial reporting and management. From 2014 to 2015, Shirley served as a consultant of PricewaterhouseCoopers Business Consulting Co., Ltd. Before returning to China, Shirley worked as a CPA in a private consulting firm in the United States.
Shirley received her master’s degree and graduated with high honors from Golden Gate University and received her B.S. in Accounting from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. Shirley is a member of AICPA.
Ming Fang is currently head of business development at Elpiscience. Ming has more than 10 years oncology research and drug discovery experiences. Prior to joining Elpiscience, Ming worked at Zailab as project leader where she led Immuno-Oncology drug discovery projects and she was responsible for translational studies and biomarker strategies of clinical oncology programs. Before Zailab, Ming was with Novartis where she worked as biology lead of an ADC program and contributed to several epigenetic programs.
Dr. Kevin Wu currently severs as VP of Process Development at Elpiscience Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., He has more than 20 years of broad experience in biotech industry to develop therapeutic protein and antibody drugs. His expertise spans from process development, technology transfer to cGMP production. He is a CMC leader with global regulatory experience to develop both biosimilar and innovative drugs, and played a key role to bring multiple biologic products to markets. Prior to this position, Kevin was also held technical and management positions at Amgen, US Henlius, Livzon and Zelgen etc..
Kevin obtained his PhD of molecular biology from Simon Fraser University at Canada, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University.
Taoran Wang is currently the general counsel of Elpiscience, who is responsible for legal and compliance matters. Prior to joining Elpiscience, Taoran was a partner in Han Kun Law Offices. She has been working there for many years, providing legal service in venture capital and private equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, foreign direct investment and general corporate matters.
Taoran received an LL.B. degree and an LL.M. degree from Southwest University of Political Science and Law, and also received a B.A. degree from Sichuan International Studies University. She also obtained PRC bar qualification.