2018 Board, Officers, and Advisors

Board Members:

Dr. Susan Liang

Dr. Liang has been volunteering in CBA as sponsorship coordinator since March 2015. She got her BSc degree in Applied Chemistry from Sun Yat-sen University, and PhD degree in Organic Chemistry from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduation, Dr. Liang joined the Chemistry Department faculty as a Lecturer in Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2015, she moved to Bay Area and worked as a Project Manager at Sustainable Silicon Valley to promote on-site water recycling systems in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. She's now seeking project management opportunities in biotech/pharmaceutical industries.

Dr. Katherine Wang

Dr. Wang got her B.S. degree in Optics from Shandong University, and Ph.D. in Physics from Syracuse University. She worked as research scientist in Neurodegenerative Diseases Center of University of Virginia. She has years of Hands-on experiences in optical engineering, DNA sequencing, protein purification, drug-protein interactions and cell culture. Professionally trained as physicist, later she discovered that her real interest is in clinical data analysis. She is currently working as SDTM programmer in Gilead Sciences after her years’ experience in clinical and statistical programming. Previously she worked as certified advanced SAS programmer and data manager as well in clinical research organization.

Katherine volunteered her time for CBA in 2009 and soon took over the responsibility of treasurer. She wrote articles for CBA Annual Conference news release in Chinese in three years. She also worked as webmaster for www.cbasf.org during 2009 and 2010.

In her spare time, Katherine enjoys reading, writing, cuisine and other activities, such as yoga and Scottish Country Dancing.

Dr. Vivian Fu

Dr. Fu received her Master degree in Immunology from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and Ph.D from Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at the University of South Florida. After graduation, she joined Moffitt Cancer Center as a Postdoc and worked on drug discovery and drug development. In 2013, Dr. Fu joined Bio-Rad as a Data Scientist and built Bio-Rad business intelligence platform and helped R&D, marketing, and sales teams on Business Development strategy, New Product Development, OEM decision, and marketing campaign.

Dr. Thomas Wei

Dr. Wei is now a postdoctoral researcher in Stanford University School of Medicine. His research currently focuses on new drug discovery and cardiovascular disease modeling using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). He is the inventor of several International patents on new small molecule drugs. Dr. Wei was supported by Stanford SPARK Program and joined Biomedical-Innovation and Entrepreneurship training course in Australia, 2014. He is a licensed and registered pharmacist in Taiwan, who has solid backgrounds and professional experimental skills in pharmacy, pharmacology and new drug discovery. Dr. Wei has been a volunteer of CBA since 2017. He also served Public Relationship Officer and then Secretary for CBA in 2017

Dr. Mark Chen

Dr. Chen is an immunologist with expertise in antibody design for therapeutic use and new vaccine discovery for the treatment of human cancers and infectious disease. He completed his Ph.D. in Immunology from Texas A&M University and has a track record of successful leadership roles in R&D, business development, and the marketing of therapeutic antibodies. Dr. Chen has been an active contributing Chinese BioScience Association board member since 2014. He has enthusiastically served CBA in the capacities of Secretary (2014, 2015) and Vice President (2016, 2017).

Dr. Huifang Li

Dr. Li is a biotech entrepreneur on a mission to find new therapeutics for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. She received a Ph.D. degree in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas and completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University. After finishing her postdoctoral training, she stayed at Stanford University as a research scientist to further her interests in translational medicine. She has led several research projects targeting CNS diseases such as epilepsy, drug addiction, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Li has been a CBA board member since 2014 and in the past served as the Director of Public Relations and Vice President.

Dr. Wenyi Chen

Dr. Chen has been serving on CBA board for several terms since 2015. He helped organizing CBA workshop and annual conference. Wenyi currently works as Field Application Scientist at Nexcelom Bioscience and provides technical consultation in image cytometry, which has been widely used in immuno-oncology, 3D tumorspheroids and drug screening. Before joining Nexcelom in 2016, Wenyi conducted his research in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Wu at Stanford University where he studied the mechanism of cardiac differentiation from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and the efficacy of the cell therapy using cardiac cells derived from hESCs. He received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and his B.S. from National Taiwan University.


Mark Chen, President

Huifang Li, Vice President and Alliance Director
Fu-Ning Hsu, Vice President. Dr. Fu-Ning Hsu received her Ph.D. in Life Sciences from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. Upon graduation, Dr. Hsu had been a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M University Health Science Center from 2012 to 2016. Her research focused on the regulation of androgen receptor in prostate cancer and the drug screening for disorders of lipid metabolism. In 2017, Dr. Hsu joined a startup biotech company, Bionova Scientific, as a Scientist. Dr. Hsu has become a board member and volunteer of Chinese Bioscience Association (CBA) in 2017 as the lead in publications.
Katherine Wang, Treasurer
Vivian Fu, Membership Director
Susan Liang, Sponsorship Director
Yen-Chi Wu, Public Relations Director. Dr. Laurie Wu is a molecular and genetic scientist and has good tracking record on the study of miRNAs and normal and cancer neural stem cell proliferation regulation. Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. from Indiana University Bloomington with extensive training in the field of RNA on 2014. After graduation, Dr. Wu then started her postdoctoral researcher in Stanford to apply the microRNA technology in therapeutic discovery before she joined BioVision Inc. in 2017. Now her work capacity and interests is to offer novel therapeutic strategies to fight human cancers. In 2017, Dr. Wu joined CBA as volunteer and actively contributed to assist on organizing CBA 20thanniversary conference.
Dr. Keith Cheung, Secretary. Dr. Cheung is a biochemist with expertise in protein chemistry. He received his B.S. and M.S. from UCSD, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from UCLA. After he graduated, Dr. Cheung joined BioVision on 2016, and his research is focus on novel therapeutic discovery. Dr. Cheung has been actively contributing CBA since 2017.
Lindsey Xie, Publication. Ms. Xie is currently holding manager position in Biometrics Department of Gilead Sciences with expertise in project management and SAS programming for statistical analysis to support company new drug development and FDA submission in oncology therapeutic area. Ms. Xie got her BS in Chemical Engineering from Hunan University and obtained MS in Statistics and MS in Bioengineering from University of Georgia. She has 10+ year hands-on working experience of statistical programming and project development in both pharmaceutical industries and CROs. Ms. Xie joined Chinese BioScience Association in 2017 and was a volunteer for 2017 AC.

Dr. Patrick Yang, Advisor (2017 CBA President).  Dr.Yang is currently Principal Scientist at Relypsa, Inc. He has been working in bay area for many years in various pharmaceutical companies in the field of CMC including analytical development and quality control. Dr. Yang obtained his Ph. D. in pharmaceutical sciences from University of the Pacific, USA.

Patrick has been serving on CBA board for several terms since 2003. His roles include directors of membership, activity, and alliance. He successfully organized CBA education seminar "Dragon Parents Summit Talk", and has been working as a committee member for Ho Family Scholarship. Besides CBA board member's duty, Patrick also participated many other activities in the Bay Area. He helped organize a big literature seminar for Sichuan earthquake fundraising, led local student math team and science bowl teams, took judge and judge leader roles in Silicon Valley science fair, and served as CABS journal editor "Trends in Bio/Pharmaceutical Industry" for seven years. He is also an active writer with many readers.

Dr. Kai Zheng, Advisor (2016 CBA President). Dr. Kai Zheng received his Ph.D. from Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Kansas. After graduation, he joined Pharm. Technical Development department in Genentech at Oceanside, California and focused on formulation development of biotherapeutics at early stage. In 2011, Dr. Zheng joined Late Stage Pharmaceutical Development department in Genentech at South San Francisco site, where he focuses on Phase III and commercial formulation development of biotherapeutics and related regulatory filings. Dr. Zheng was vice president 2015.

He has been a board member and volunteer of Chinese Bioscience Association (CBA) in the last three years. His duty in CBA includes managing CBA membership and helping organizing numerous workshops and annual conferences.

Dr. Michelle Chen, Advisor (2014 CBA President).  Dr. Chen is a biotech entrepreneur & executive with extensive experience and successful track record in corporate development, R&D and commercialization. Currently she is an executive director of business development at Merck. Prior to that she served as the head of corporate development of several biotech companies and helped them with fund raising, partnerships, product development strategy, press release and investor relationship.

Dr. Chen started her biotech career in R&D at Scios (now Johnson & Johnson) and later Abgenix (now Amgen) as a group leader. She then went on to gain marketing and business development experience at global companies such as Agilent, Roche Dx and Roche Pharma where she was responsible for global business development licensing, collaborations, M&A and external pharma partnerships in personalized medicine, Dx and drug development deals.

Dr. Chen obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, followed by the post-doctoral work at UCSF.  In addition she received bioinformatics training at Stanford University.

Dr. Lin Sun-Hoffman, Advisor (2013 CBA President). A founding partner in Liu, Zheng, Chen & Hoffman LLP, Dr. Lin Sun-Hoffman is a patent attorney with 20-year experience focused on innovative life sciences. Lin has deep knowledge in all aspects of patent practices, ranging from policy, patent preparation and prosecution, due diligence, opinion work, through licensing and technology transfer negotiation. In addition to her patent work, Lin has extensive experience with Chinese regulatory authorities, i.e., the Chinese FDA and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), and broader expertise in US and Chinese government affairs, serving clients ranging from start-up to Fortune-100.

Lin’s diverse background has prepared her to tackle the toughest challenges facing innovative life sciences companies today, starting with her time as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She left USPTO to serve as managing patent counsel at Celera Genomics before joining the Life Technologies Corporation (formerly Applied Biosystems, now ThermoFisher).  She is a frequent speaker in China, the US, and Europe, including participation at the invitation of USPTO to speak at SIPO and WIPO Conferences.

Lin also has over ten years of biomedical research experience including several years as a postdoctoral research fellow with several publications at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Frederick and Bethesda, Maryland. Lin currently serves as vice chair of LES International University-Industry-Government subcommittee, Bay Area Chapter head for BayHelix, Secretary General of US-China Green Energy Council. Lin was President of the Chinese Bioscience Association in Silicon Valley in 2013, and President of the Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association (CBA) 2008-2009.  Lin also served as Chief Advisor for Asia at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) during 2011-2015, and Chief Advisor for Asia at Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) during 2009-2011.

Lin is also active in community activities including serving on the PTA executive council board (2015-2017) of Palo Alto School District, and teaches underprivileged students in rural area Yunnan China every summer. Lin obtained her J.D., from University of Maryland School of Law (Maryland, U.S.); Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada Reno (Nevada, U.S.); and B.S. in Biology, East China Normal University (Shanghai, China).  She is admitted in Maryland and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Dr. Shian-Jiun (SJ) Shih. Advisor (CBA Founding President).  Dr. Shih is a consultant serving pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, with more than twenty years’ of industrial experience and specializing in assay development and biomarkers. From 2009 to 2015 she worked at the Translational Medicine Research Centre, Merck Research Laboratories, Merck Sharp & Dohme, most recently as the Director and Site Lead of Molecular Biomarkers and Diagnostics. She lead 29 scientists with broad translational research skills, including immunoassays, nucleic acid-based assays and next generation sequencing, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, cell-based assays, immunohistory chemistry, and bioinformatics. Her group was responsible for developing clinical biomarker assays to support early phase clinical trials, including those for Keytruda, as well as for collaborating with academic leaders in biomarker discovery, and for building primate disease models for target validation studies.

Prior to joining Merck, she was with Cell Genesys, a biotechnology company developing cell-based immunotherapy and oncolytic adenovirus-based gene therapy products from 2001 to 2008. As the Director of Assay Development there, her group developed quality control and clinical monitoring assays for phase 3 clinical trials, and conducted product characterization studies to answer inquires from FDA, and from regulatory authorities from other countries. During her time at Bayer Pharmaceuticals (2000-2001), SJ successfully developed liquid parenteral formulations and explored several novel drug delivery routes for biological drugs. From 1994 to 2000 she worked at Aventis (currently Sanofi) in various capacities, including characterization and purification of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, development of a cell isolation medical device for bone marrow transplantation, liquid formulation and enhanced cellular delivery for gene therapy products. She started her industrial career in 1993 at BioSource (currently Invitrogen) and produced antibody reagents for research and in vitro diagnostic use.

SJ received a BS degree in Chemistry from National Taiwan University, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin–Madison, and completed her post-doctoral training at the department of Molecular Pharmacology at Stanford University.

Dr. Patty H Kiang, Advisor (2011 CBA President). Dr. Kiang is a consultant in Bio/Pharmaceutical industry supporting CMC Combination Products development and Quality systems. Patty was Head of Delivery device development for Genentech. Prior to Genentech, she held positions as Director, Drug Product Delivery for Schering Plough, and Director of Technology Development for West Pharmaceutical Services in Exton, PA. Patty is a member of the faculty of the PDA’s Training and Research Institute, where she teaches courses on Prefilled Syringe & injection devices and Parenteral Packaging; she has also served as committee or conference chair for USP Packaging Expert Committee, PDA Sterilization of Polymeric Materials Committee and PDA Global Prefilled Syringe & Injection Device Conference. She was president of the Chinese Bioscience Association in Northern CA – 2011, and continue serving as an advisor.  She holds five patents in the field of polymeric surface coatings. She received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Villanova University and holds an MBA from Pennsylvania State University.