Leadership Team

Rogers Yongqing Luo

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Luo was previously the president and general manager of Greater China of Brii Biosciences Limited (HKEX: 2137) from 11 September 2020 to 15 September 2022 and its executive director from 30 March 2021 to 15 September 2022, and the chief executive officer of a subsidiary of Brii Biosciences Limited, TSB Therapeutics, from December 2021 to 15 September 2022. From September 2016 to September 2020, he was the global vice president and general manager of China of Gilead Sciences, Inc., during which he helped to build Gilead Sciences, Inc.’s presence in China. He led the clinical development, regulatory approval process and successful commercial launch of eight innovative products as well as established a unique business model encompassing science, commercialization and patient access. Prior to that, he held senior positions in multiple multinational pharmaceutical companies including Roche and Novartis. 

Mr. Luo received his medical education from Xiangya School of Medicine, Central-South University, in China and graduated in July 1992, and then served for three years as a surgeon at St. Luke’s Hospital, Shanghai, from July 1992 to July 1995. He obtained an executive master of business administration from China Europe International Business School in China in September 2006.

Ian Woo

President and Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining our Company in June 2018, Mr. Woo served as a managing director in the healthcare advisory team at Lazard Frères & Co. LLC ("LFNY"), a subsidiary of the financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ). Mr. Woo joined LFNY in March 2005 and was based in New York until June 2018, other than from January 2012 to June 2016 during which period he worked at Lazard Asia (Hong Kong) Limited, LFNY's Hong Kong office and an SFC licensed corporation.

Mr. Woo received his bachelor's degree in biology from Tufts University in the United States in May 1994, his master's degree in cellular, molecular and biomedical studies from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the United States in May 1998 and his master of business administration degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in the United States in May 2003.

Neo Xiaofan Zhang

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Zhang has been with CBC Group since January 2014, most recently serving as a managing director and responsible for the fund's investments in pharmaceutical and biotech industry prior to joining the company. Prior to joining CBC Group, Mr. Zhang worked in various capacities in private equity and investment banking, including as a private equity investment officer at Capital International, Inc., a private equity arm of Capital Group, from March 2011 to February 2013, at Morgan Stanley Asia Limited, a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), from May 2007 to March 2011 where his last position held was associate, and at BOCI Research Limited and BOCI Securities Limited from 2006 to 2007.

Mr. Zhang received his bachelor's degree in mathematics with honors from The University of Hong Kong in December 2006.

Jason Brown, Ph.D.

Chief Business Officer

Prior to joining our Company from July 2007 to June 2016, Dr. Brown held multiple positions at Thomas, McNerney & Partners, a healthcare venture firm that invests in life science and medical technology companies, and his last position held was partner. From June 2003 to June 2007, Dr. Brown was employed by Forward Ventures, a life science venture capital firm located in San Diego, California, and his last position held was associate.

Dr. Brown received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Purdue University in the United States in May 1993 and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego in the United States in June 2000.

Sunny Xu Zhu

Chief Medical Officer, Infectious Disease

Before joining our Company, Ms. Zhu served as a global clinical leader in the anti-infective therapeutic area of general medicine at Bayer Healthcare Company Limited from April 2013 to October 2017. Ms. Zhu held multiple positions at AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of AstraZeneca plc (LSE: AZN), in China and the United Kingdom from January 2003 to April 2013 and her last position held was executive director of drug development project and portfolio management. Ms. Zhu held multiple positions at MSD China from October 1995 to January 2003 and her last held position was clinical research manager.

Ms. Zhu received her bachelor's degree in preventive medicine from Beijing Medical University (now the Peking University Health Science Center) in July 1994 and her master's degree of medicine in public health and epidemiology and statistics from the Peking University Health Science Center in July 2009.

Zhengying Zhu, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer, Internal Medicine

Before joining our Company, Dr. Zhu served as chief medical officer and head of the business development at Luoxin Biological Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (now known as Luoxin Pharmaceuticals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shandong Luoxin Pharmaceutical Group Stock Co., Ltd. (HKEX: 8058, delisted), from October 2014 to October 2017. From November 2006 to October 2014, Dr. Zhu held multiple positions at Sino-American Shanghai Squibb Pharmaceuticals Limited, a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY), and her last position held was senior medical director. Dr. Zhu worked as a physician at AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in China from April 2005 to November 2006.

Dr. Zhu received her M.D. in clinical medicine in July 1996 and her Ph.D. in clinical medicine and internal medicine in July 2001, both from Shanghai Medical University (now known as Fudan University, School of Medicine). Dr. Zhu completed her post-doctoral fellowship training at the Division of Nephrology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, United States in December 2004.

Wei Jennifer Yang, Ph.D

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Yang has two decades of leadership experience in drug discovery and development at global pharmaceutical companies.  Prior to joining Everest, Dr. Yang served as vice president and head of China for Johnson & Johnson’s Lung Cancer Initiative where she established and led a cross-sector research and development (R&D) organization for the creation of innovative solutions for lung cancer prevention, interception and cure. Jennifer transitioned into this role from Janssen (China) Research & Development Organization, where she was the head of Discovery Center.  Prior to joining Johnson and Johnson, Dr. Yang held global leadership positions at Eli Lilly and Company and Pfizer Inc Oncology Research Unit in the United States.

Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and human genetics from the Eccles Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, a Master’s degree in immunology and microbiology from Southern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Fudan University in China.

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