People/Leadership

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Dr. Steven Fang, PhD MBA
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Dr Fang is co-founder of Invitrocue, partner at Clearbridge Accelerator and was the Group CEO of CordLife Ltd. He has been awarded with the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Enterprise, Spirit of Enterprise and the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award’s Outstanding Entrepreneur Award.

Dr Fang has over two decades of experience in building biotechnology and life sciences companies. Dr Fang was the Group CEO of CordLife Ltd, which he founded in May 2001; the company has since grown with operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Indonesia, Kolkata, India, and Australia. CordLife was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2004 and spun off a separate entity in 2012, which subsequently was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Prior to CordLife, Dr Fang held various management positions in Becton Dickinson, Baxter Healthcare and Sterling Pharmaceuticals (now part of GSK).

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Dr. Andreas Lindner, PhD
CEO of Invitrocue Europe AG

Dr Lindner is a senior executive with significant global experience across a range of industries including healthcare and technology. He was a founding partner of global healthcare company Medi-Globe, a supplier of equipment and services for minimally invasive surgery and urology, as well as hospital supplies. His experience also includes establishment of a private venture capital business, which invested across industries including technology, new media and internet. Most recently, Dr Lindner founded health complete GmbH, a material supply company specializing in highly efficient and biodegradable cleaning product. Dr Lindner has a PhD (Business) from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.

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Dr. Sunny Tan, PhD
Senior VP, Scientific Affairs & Business Development

Dr Sunny Tan is Senior VP, Scientific Affairs & Business Development of Invitrocue. He was previously Scientific Director of an Australian weight and metabolic health management company, Metabolic Health Solutions. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of HerbalScience Singapore. During his career, Dr Tan has commercialized biomedical technologies as Vice President of Biomedical Sciences at Exploit Technologies, the technology commercialization company for A*STAR Singapore, and financed innovative, early stage biomedical companies as Associate Director of Biomedical Sciences at Singapore’s government investment holding company Temasek Holdings, where he was the first member of the biomedical sciences global investment team.

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Mr. Martin Bach, MBA
Vice President, Operations

Mr. Martin Bach has more than 20 years of experience directing employees in multinational companies. Mr. Bach has led these companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes. He has spent decades in the medical industries. His understanding of both domestic and international businesses and global distribution channels encompasses manufacturing, wholesale, direct sales and joint ventures. Among his significant previous roles, he served as Managing Director of a German based healthcare and medical device company. An entrepreneur by heart, he then founded his own Company with a dedicated presence in Abu Dhabi, where he gained valuable knowledge on doing business and building relationships in the UAE regions.

Mr. Bach holds a Master of Business Administration, International Marketing from the Berufsakademie in Ravensburg (Germany).

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Dr. Steven Fang, PhD MBA
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Dr Fang is co-founder of Invitrocue, partner at Clearbridge Accelerator and was the Group CEO of CordLife Ltd. He has been awarded with the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Enterprise, Spirit of Enterprise and the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award’s Outstanding Entrepreneur Award.

Dr Fang has over two decades of experience in building biotechnology and life sciences companies. Dr Fang was the Group CEO of CordLife Ltd, which he founded in May 2001; the company has since grown with operations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Indonesia, Kolkata, India, and Australia. CordLife was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2004 and spun off a separate entity in 2012, which subsequently was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Prior to CordLife, Dr Fang held various management positions in Becton Dickinson, Baxter Healthcare and Sterling Pharmaceuticals (now part of GSK).

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Dr. Andreas Lindner, PhD
CEO of Invitrocue Europe AG

Dr Lindner is a senior executive with significant global experience across a range of industries including healthcare and technology. He was a founding partner of global healthcare company Medi-Globe, a supplier of equipment and services for minimally invasive surgery and urology, as well as hospital supplies. His experience also includes establishment of a private venture capital business, which invested across industries including technology, new media and internet. Most recently, Dr Lindner founded health complete GmbH, a material supply company specializing in highly efficient and biodegradable cleaning product. Dr Lindner has a PhD (Business) from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.

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Dr. Gary W. Pace
Non-Executive Director

Dr. Gary W. Pace is a seasoned biopharmaceutical executive with over 40 years of experience in the industry. He has co-founded several early stage life science companies, where he built products from the laboratory to commercialization.  Dr Pace has contributed to the development of the biotechnology industry through honorary university appointments and industry and government committees.  In 2003 awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government “for service to Australian society in research and development”, 2011 Director of the Year (corporate governance) by the San Diego Directors Forum.  Currently Dr. Pace is also a Director of Pacira Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: PCRX), Simavita Ltd (ASX: SVA) and Antisense Therapeutics (ASX: ANP)  and several private companies.  Dr. Pace holds a B.Sc. (Hons I) from the University of New South Wales and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a Fulbright Fellow and General Foods Scholar.

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Prof. Hanry Yu
Co-Founder & Non-Executive Director

Prof. Hanry Yu is a Professor of Physiology at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in the National University Health System (NUHS) Singapore. He is also a Group Leader of Tissue Engineering at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology with the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) Singapore; Director of the Microscopy and Cytometry core facilities in NUHS; Principal Investigator at the Singapore Mechanobiology Institute. From 2008-2014, Prof Yu was a visiting professor of Mechanical and Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Prof Yu is also co-founder of lnvitrocue Pte Ltd and Chairman of the Group’s Scientific Advisory Board. Prof Yu has no directorship in other listed companies.

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Ms. Ng Ee Ting
Non-Executive Director

Ms Ng has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and over 10 years of research experience in the fields of developmental and evolutionary biology. Ms Ng specialises in a wide range of experimental techniques in molecular biology, histology, tissue culture (including stem cells), microbiology and molecular diagnostic science. Ms Ng also has expertise in laboratory management and cosmetic science formulation. Ms Ng has no directorship in other listed companies. 

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Mr. John Kit Wei Lui
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Kit Wei Lui has extensive experience in the equity markets, corporate finance and fund raising. He is the co-founder and director of Harford Vantage Limited, a consulting company specialising in assisting public companies seeking alternative financing and business restructuring. Mr. Lui is also an investor in real estate and hospitality business and holds directorship in HLN Assets Holding Pty Limited and Jtown Hospitality Pty Ltd. Mr. Lui graduated from the University of Newcastle (Australia) with Honours in Bachelor of Engineering (Civil).

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Prof. Narayanan Gopalakrishna Iyer
Chair, Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Gopal lyer is a Head and Neck surgeon in National Cancer Centre and Singapore General Hospital and a Head and Senior Consultant at SingHealth Duke- NUS Head and Neck Centre. He has extensive experience in the surgical management of head and neck cancers, as well as surgery for benign diseases in the head and neck (including thyroid, salivary gland and skin lesions). He performs complex resections and reconstructions of cancers involving the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, hypopharynx, nasopharynx, paranasal sinuses and neck. He is actively involved in research and leads a number of research programs that aim to determine prognostic factors in oral cancers, identifying the cause of head and neck cancers in young people and development of novel therapeutic strategies in treating these cancers. Dr. Gopal Iyer graduated from National University of Singapore (1998). He subsequently went on to complete a PhD in molecular carcinogenesis at the University of Cambridge. He trained as a General surgeon at Singapore General Hospital and then went on to two separate head and neck surgical fellowships at Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA. At Invitrocue, Dr Gopal lyer provides insights in clinical uses and perspectives in adoption of in vitro experimental patient-derived models for head and neck cancers.

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Prof. Chng Wee Joo
Clinical Advisor

Professor Chng is the Director of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS).

Prof Chng obtained his medical degree from the University of Leeds, UK, and did his internal medicine residency in the United Kingdom. Fellowship training in haematology was completed in Singapore before he obtained an A*STAR international fellowship (2004) to go to the Mayo Clinic for a research fellowship in multiple myeloma genetics. His current research is very translational and involves the use of high-resolution global genomic technique to understand biology, identify drug targets, understand drug resistance and improve disease prognosis in haematological malignancies, with the aim of improving patient’s outcome and personalizing treatment.

At Invitrocue, Prof Chng provides an updated and pragmatic view of the methodological processes and implementation considerations in the clinical adoption of in vitro experimental patient-derived models for multiple myeloma and lymphoma.

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Prof. Dr. Christian Peschel
Clinical Advisor

Professor Peschel (b. 1950) conducts research in the field of hematology and tumor biology. The goal of his research is to develop the basis for individualized, goal-oriented treatment plans for patients with leukemia and cancer through a better understanding of the cell biological and molecular basis of tumor disease. The disease models at the centre of this fundamental and translational research include acute and chronic leukemia and tumor disease of the lymphatic system (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma). Professor Peschel studied medicine at the University of Innsbruck where he acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) in 1989. From 1985 -1987 he worked as a research fellow in the USA at William E. Paul, Laboratory of Immunology, at the National Institutes of Health. From 1990 – 1997 he was the senior physician (C3 Professor) at the University Clinic in Mainz. In 1997 he was appointed to the newly established chair within the TUM School of Medicine specializing in hematology and internal oncology.

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Dr. Stefan Paepke
Clinical Advisor

Dr. Paepke is the current Head of Interdisciplinary Breast Center of Women’s Hospital Technical University Munich, Germany, since July 2018. He has also been serving as a member of the Advisory Board in the German Breast Group since 2009, and has been Chair of the International Society for Breast Endoscopy (Axilla) since 2004, as well as Chair of the Society of Minimal Invasive Intervention in Senology since 2002. He was the Senior Gynaecologic Oncology/Senology Physician at Women’s Hospital, Charité Campus Virchow in Berlin from 2001 to 2002, and was the Medical Resident for Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Charité Berlin, Germany, from 1991 to 1999. He is a member of the German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (DEGUM), the German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics, the International Society for Chemoprevention of Cancer, and several other oncological societies.

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Prof. David Waugh
Clinical and Scientific Advisor

Professor David Waugh is currently the Professor and Head of School, School of Biomedical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology. He was most recently the Director of the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queen’s University Belfast and Professor of Molecular Oncology and Therapeutics, with a primary research interest in understanding how inflammatory signals contribute to the initiation and progression of prostate cancers. Prof. Waugh has published more than 100 articles and has participated in various research projects including clinical trials in the treatment of solid tumours and prostate cancer progression. Aligned with his current research focus, Prof. Waugh will provide guidance on prostate cancer as a Senior Advisor to Invitrocue.

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Prof. Arial Zeng Yi
Scientific Consultant

Professor Arial Zeng Yi is the Principal Investigator of the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (IBCB) in the Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, where she leads the study of mammary stem cell self-renewal and the interaction between stem cells and their niche, with the goal of controlling the players in these machineries for the purposes of regenerative and cancer medicine. Prof. Zeng holds a postdoctoral degree in developmental biology from Stanford University and has authored and co-authored various research papers on mammary development, multipotent mammary stem cells and breast cancer. At Invitrocue, Prof. Zeng will provide insights on breast cancer and oncology treatments, as the company seeks to continue to broaden the applicability of the Onco-PDO™ personalised screening test.

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Prof. Jesús Garcia-Foncillas
Clinical Advisor

Professor Jesús is an experienced oncology researcher with 25 years of experience in cancer diagnosis and treatment. He holds multiple executive leadership positions at “Fundacion Jimenez Diaz” Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain (FJD-UAM). He is the Director of the University Cancer Institute and the Department of Oncology at FJD-UAM, and the Director of Translational Oncology Division at the Health Research Institute FJD-UAM. Professor Jesús also serves as the Coordinator of the Comprehensive Cancer Program of four University Hospitals located in Madrid. In addition to his research work, Professor Jesús has been the Vice President for the National Medical Oncology Commission, Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs Council on Medical Specialities for the past eight years. He holds a Doctorate from the School of Medicine, University of Navarra and has authored more than 220 articles and several books on cancer.

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Prof. Masakazu Toi
Clinical Advisor

Professor Toi is a renowned cancer researcher with over 30 years’ of experience in international cancer research. He brings strong clinical oncology knowledge and experience especially in breast cancer, as well as a wide network of relationships with leading cancer institutes and hospitals in Japan. Professor Toi is currently Professor of the Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University, specialising in clinical oncology and breast cancer treatment. Prior to his role at Kyoto University, Professor Toi has held various executive appointments in hospitals and academia in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and Italy. Professor Toi holds a postdoctoral degree from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine and has co-authored more than 450 published articles. He also sits on the editorial board of renowned peer-reviewed medical journals.

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Dato’ Dr. Sharifuddin Bin Abdul Wahab
Global Insurance Advisor

Dato’ Dr Wahab is a Veterinary doctor by training who has extensive experience in the commercial sector. He is a Chairman Board of Commissioners of KSK Insurance Indonesia, one of the region’s largest insurance companies. Prior to this, he held a number of roles at Schmidt Scientific including CEO of Schmidt BioMedTech Asia. Dato’ Dr. Sharifuddin holds a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan and a Masters of Science in Animal Reproduction from University Pertanian Malaysia.