Mr. Lu was the Founder of Biosensors International Group and served as its Chairman and CEO from inception to 2008. He retained his leadership position as Chairman of Biosensors from January 2008 until November 2016 after it was acquired by Citic for SGD$1.1B.
Mr. Lu has more than 30 years’ experience in the medical industry. Prior to starting Biosensors in 1990, Mr. Lu established Asia-based operations for the Medical Division of Gould Inc in Tokyo in 1978. In 1986, he participated in a management-led leveraged buyout of the division from Gould and he continued as president of the Asia-Pacific division through 1988. Mr. Lu took the company to IPO in Nasdaq and it was subsequently sold to British Oxygen Corporation. He served as president of Asia-Pacific with British Oxygen until 1990.
Mr. Lu is active in both international and local medical arena as an entrepreneurial angel investor. Mr. Lu is a General Partner at Majuven Pte Ltd; Foundry Singapore and a venture partner for medical sector at Vertex Venture Management Pte Ltd. With SPRING, Mr. Lu collaborates with Accuron Technologies Ltd (a wholly- owned subsidiary of Temasek) through the Sector Specific Accelerator program.
Yoh-Chie serves on the board of directors for Earlens, Moximed, Ivantis, Visterra (acquired by Otsuka for $430M), and Innoventures.
Carolyn Ng is Managing Director at Vertex Ventures HC. At Vertex, Carolyn is responsible for driving venture investments across biotechnology, medical devices and health technology fields. Carolyn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BCYC), Obsidian Therapeutics, Twentyeight-Seven Therapeutics, Boundless Bio and Nuvaira. She also represented Vertex HC as a Board Observer for Visterra (acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical for USD430M) and Earlens. She has previously closely supported Vertex’s investment into Twelve (acquired by Medtronic for USD458M). Working across the US, Europe and Asia, she plays an active role in expanding the geographical reach of Vertex HC and its portfolio companies for cross-border collaborations, business development and syndication.
She started her healthcare training in the oncology pharmacy department of the National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, where first hand clinical experience inspired her to pursue scientific research in oncology. As an oncology scientist, she is deeply passionate about innovation that impacts patients’ lives. Prior to joining Vertex, Carolyn was also a Pharma Strategy Consultant at Deallus Consulting, a specialized London-headquartered life sciences consulting firm where she led global strategic projects for clientele comprised of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies.
Carolyn holds a PhD in Cancer Molecular Biology from the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Technology (NGS), where she was a recipient of the prestigious NGS PhD Scholarship. As an inventor and patent holder of a novel small molecule nuclear receptor activator indicated for the treatment of neuroblastoma, her research work was awarded the AAPS-NUS Prize (American Association of Pharmaceutical Society-National University of Singapore). She also holds a BS degree in Pharmacy with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, where she received the PSS Prize for Pharmaceutics awarded to the top graduating student in the class.
Outside of Vertex, Carolyn is a retired competitive squash player, a high intensity interval training enthusiast, and an aspiring but untalented oil painter.
Lori Hu is Managing Director at Vertex Ventures HC. Ms. Hu joined in 2015 to help establish the US office and manages global healthcare investments in biotech, medical devices and digital health. Before Vertex, Lori was an Associate Director for Business Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb, identifying and executing licensing and partnership transactions. She has also worked with SR One, the corporate venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline. Previously, she was a strategy consultant at Accenture, advising biopharmaceutical clients on strategic projects across the US and Asia.
Lori serves on the Board of Directors for Palleon Pharma, Blackthorn Therapeutics and Kona Medical and is a board observer for Ivantis and Moximed. She was involved with the firm’s investment in Twelve, acquired by Medtronic for $458M.
Lori graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School, and MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Leonard Lauder Fellow. She also holds a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. She is based in the Bay Area.
Sahil Chopra is an Investment Associate at Vertex Ventures HC. Sahil completed his Ph.D. from Weill Cornell Graduate School (joint program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine) in New York. His thesis was focused on understanding the stress responses in immune cells within the tumor microenvironment. He worked in the lab of Dr. Laurie Glimcher (former dean of Weill Cornell and the current president and CEO of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University) and Dr. Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, scientific co-founders of venture-backed Quentis Therapeutics. He successfully led and managed large scale scientific collaborations at major academic institutes including Harvard, UPenn, and Wake Forest University resulting in publications in high impact journals including Nature and Cell with over 200 citations. He holds a patent on methods for non-opioid pain relief.
Sahil has prior experience in consulting for immunology based startups, banks (equity research) and mid-sized biotech firms. He was also a venture fellow at FundRx. He has won two international consulting competitions at Yale University and a startup business competition (VAbeachbio challenge). He successfully completed CFA level 1 in 2017. His interests lie in transformative medical technologies and therapies that impact patient lives.
Sahil was born and raised in India. He loves to play soccer and ping-pong. He also likes to travel, explore new places, cultures and try authentic cuisines.
Jeff is an entrepreneur specializing in medical technology. He was the Founder and CEO at SoniTrack Systems, a startup that developed ultrasound and robotic systems for surgery and radiation oncology. SoniTrack was acquired in 2016 by Zimmer Biomet who now markets SoniTrack’s flagship product, the Walter Surgical Assist Arm.
In addition to his role at Vertex, Jeff currently serves as principal at JSS Consulting, providing technical and business expertise to medical device startup companies. He is also the medical device lead at Stanford University’s StartX Accelerator and a special projects consultant at Zimmer Biomet.
Jeff completed his PhD at Stanford University in the Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering departments. He also holds a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he graduated summa cum laude in three years. Jeff is the recipient of an American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Young Investigator’s Award, NSF graduate research fellowship, Tau Beta Pi Centennial fellowship, and has been principle investigator on multiple NSF and NIH research grants. He is named on more than 20 patents and research papers.
Shawn is a Senior Associate at Vertex Ventures HC where he helps to execute investments in the biotech and medical devices sectors. Prior to Vertex, Shawn was a Vice President in JP Morgan’s Equity Research department in New York covering large cap biotechnology. Shawn was also previously an associate at Deallus Consulting, a London Based life sciences consulting firm where he performed global strategic projects for clients comprised of top 20 global biopharma companies.
Shawn holds an MD from UT Southwestern Medical School and a BS in Biology/Economics from Duke University.