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Dr Steven Fang, PhD MBA
Executive Director

Dr Fang is 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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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 SUNNY TAN
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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DR RAMANUJ DASGUPTA, PHD
Senior Scientific Advisor, Chief Scientific Officer of Onco-PDO

Dr. Dasgupta is a highly regarded professor in New York University School of Medicine with more than a decade of experience in cancer research and drug discovery. In March 2016, his proprietary compounds were licensed to iβeCa Therapeutics, a spin-off which is venture-funded by Allied-Bristol Life Sciences.

In 2014, Dr. Dasgupta joined the Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR as a Senior Investigator, where he established the Centre for High-throughput Phenomics and the Perkin Elmer-GIS Joint Centre for Precision Oncology to develop new evidence-based paradigms for the treatment of cancers. He will be contributing to our scientific development of the Onco-PDO™ personalised drug screening technology.

Dr. Dasgupta is the recipient of several national and international awards such as the Harold Weintraub award, Breast Cancer Research Foundation Concept Award (USA), NYSTEM Idea Award, ACS Research Scholar Award (USA), March of Dimes Research Grant, the NYC BioAccelerate Prize, and the Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship, amongst others.

Ms Jamie Khoo Gee Choo
Non-Executive Director

Ms Khoo has a Master of Business Studies and is a fellow member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. Ms Khoo has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and corporate finance and extensive experience in company funding, investment evaluation, due diligence and structuring. Ms Khoo is also director of ASX listed Lionhub Group Ltd and Stemcell United Limited.

Prof Hanry Yu
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.

Dr Andreas Lindner
Non-Executive Director

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, a material supply company specializing in highly efficient and biodegradable cleaning product. Dr Lindner has a PhD (Business) from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.

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. 

Mr Koh Chow Yee
Director

Mr Koh has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a fellowship member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK). Mr Koh has over 17 years’ experience in accounting, auditing and corporate finance. Mr Koh is also the Company secretary. Mr Koh is also a director of ASX listed Stemcell United Limited.

Associate Prof Narayanan Gopalakrishna Iyer
Clinical Advisor

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.

Professor 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.

Professor Alastair Stewart
Researcher

Professor Alastair Stewart has extensive experience in the field of respiratory and inflammation research. He has published over 200 papers, has had numerous patents proceed to grant and has served on various peer review committees for the NHMRC and the scientific advisory boards of several Australian Medical Research Institutes.  Professor Stewart currently Chairs the Therapeutic Technologies Research Initiative (TTRI) at the The University of Melbourne; is Co-Director of the Lung Health Research Centre (LHRC);; and is the Director of the national ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies (ARC CPTT). He is Vice President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Pharmacologists and a member of the Nominating and Programming Committees of the Respiratory Structure Function assembly of the American Thoracic Society.

Dr Alex Matter
Pharmaceutical Advisor

Dr Alex Matter is CEO of the Experimental Therapeutics Centre since April 2009 and since January 2012 CEO of the newly created D3 platform, A*STAR, Singapore. Previously, he had spent five and a half years as Director of the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD), from October 2003 to February 2009. Prior to this role, Dr. Matter was Global Head of Oncology Research for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Dr. Matter played an important role in the success of several anticancer drugs, including Gleevec/Glivec® and more recently, Tasigna®, building and leading the teams that discovered these and several other anticancer drugs as well as one HIV protease inhibitor (Reyataz®) that is marketed by another company.

Dr. Matter received his medical degree from the University of Basel. He also had fellowships at the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy for Medical Sciences. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and several book chapters in the area of oncology and haematology. He is emeritus Professor of the Medical Faculty of the University Basel and an Honorary Adjunct Professor of the Department of Pharmacology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, and member of the Board of Curiox, a Singapore-based start-up company. He is also a chair/member of several Scientific Advisory Boards. He is an elected member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Matter is the recipient of the Life-time Achievement Award from IBC Life Sciences, the 13th Warren-Alpert prize and the AACR-Bruce F. Cain Memorial Award. Recently he was awarded the 2013 Szent-Györgyi Prize from the US National Foundation for Cancer Research.

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.

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.

Prof. Dr. Louis Chow
Clinical Advisor

Louis W.C. Chow is Medical Director of UNIMED Medical Institute in Hong Kong, Executive Director of the Organisation for Oncology and Translational Research in Hong Kong, Honorary Clinical Professor of Clinical Trials Centre at The University of Hong Kong, Honorary Professor of Ningxia Medical College School of Clinical Medicine in Ningxia, China, Honorary Professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and Honorary Consultant of Kiang Wu Hospital in Macau. Dr. Chow also holds the position of Honorary Secretary at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, and he was also the immediate past President of the Asian Breast Cancer Society. Dr. Chow is also a Steering Committee Member on eHealth Record Sharing of the Food and Health Bureau, the Government of the HKSAR, as well as a Task Group Member on Breast Cancer Management of the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong.