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Building a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Hong Kong

Building a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Hong Kong

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Building a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Hong Kong 

WHAT WE DO - DEVELOPING LIFE SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

Hong Kong Life Sciences Society (HKLSS) is a youth organization established in 2018 aiming to build a dynamic life sciences ecosystem in Hong Kong. Through knowledge exchange, collaboration and engagement, HKLSS aims to attract, cultivate and retain talent in Hong Kong’s life sciences and biotechnology sectors.

NEWS HUB

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2019
19 Sep
Events

An intern reunion was hosted by our Society on Sep 19, 2019 in Spaces Sun House where each of the 9 intern…

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An intern reunion was hosted by our Society on Sep 19, 2019 in Spaces Sun House where each of the 9 intern representatives gave a five-minute sharing, followed by some discussions and networking breaks. To view each power point presentation, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/2noyAcz

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2019
16 Sep
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Our society has conducted an online survey to evaluate the 2019 Summer Internship Program. Results show that…

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Our society has conducted an online survey to evaluate the 2019 Summer Internship Program. Some positive responses have been collected from the participating interns and hosting companies. Results show that 93% of the interns will recommend this program to other students.

 

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2019
3 Sep
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Mentorship Scheme is now open for application until 31 October, 2019

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Mentorship Scheme is now open for application until 31 October, 2019. For more information and online application, please visit:

https://www.hklss.org/programs-and-events/mentorship

 

 


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2019
24 Aug
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HKLSS Soliciting Online Comment on its Mentorship Scheme (2019/2020)

 

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Our Society is inviting life sciences/ biotech student’s comment on the Mentorship Scheme commencing in 2019/20. UG and PG students are most welcome to submit your comment here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKLSS-Mentees

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2019
3 May
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Recruitment of Student Ambassadors (Deadline: 22 May 2019)

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To all full-time undergraduate or postgraduate student in the field of life sciences, medicine or biotechnology/data:

 

We are recruiting HKLSS student ambassadors!

 

For details: http://bit.ly/2Y4uFPe

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2019
19 Sep
Events

An intern reunion was hosted by our Society on Sep 19, 2019 in Spaces Sun House where each of the 9 intern…

Details

An intern reunion was hosted by our Society on Sep 19, 2019 in Spaces Sun House where each of the 9 intern representatives gave a five-minute sharing, followed by some discussions and networking breaks. To view each power point presentation, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/2noyAcz

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2019
16 Sep
News

Our society has conducted an online survey to evaluate the 2019 Summer Internship Program. Results show that…

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Our society has conducted an online survey to evaluate the 2019 Summer Internship Program. Some positive responses have been collected from the participating interns and hosting companies. Results show that 93% of the interns will recommend this program to other students.

 

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2019
3 Sep
News

Mentorship Scheme is now open for application until 31 October, 2019

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Mentorship Scheme is now open for application until 31 October, 2019. For more information and online application, please visit:

https://www.hklss.org/programs-and-events/mentorship

 

 


OUR PEOPLE

Gerald Chan
Vice-Chairman
Board of Governors
Chairman and CEO, Morningside

Gerald Chan is the co-founder of Morningside, a private investment group with venture capital, private equity and property investments.

Combining his training in science and experience in investments, Gerald has led the start-up of many biotechnology companies. His investments enabled many pioneering technologies in oncology including oncolytic viruses (Biovex, DNATrix), immuno-oncology (Aduro), novel cytotoxic agents (Nucana), modified tumor microenvironment (Vigeo) and novel targets for therapeutic intervention (CellCentric, K-Gen). Investments in the infectious disease area include novel antibiotics (MicuRx, Artugen), prophylactic vaccines (Matrivax) and antiviral small molecule drugs (Atea). Other investments cover the therapeutic areas of metabolic diseases (CVI, Alms), autoimmune diseases (Kezar), CNS disorders (Orthogonal, Pinteon, Cognito, Cognoa, Amylyx), and rare orphan diseases (Stealth, Apellis).

Gerald is a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council, the Dean's Board of Advisors of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard China Fund. He chairs the Overseers Committee of the Morningside College of Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Innovation Advisory Committee of the Wellcome Trust in London.

Gerald received his BS and MS degrees in engineering from UCLA, his Master's degree in medical radiological physics and Doctor of Science degree in radiation biology from Harvard University. He did his post-doctoral training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Glasgow, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Scripps Research Institute and University of Massachusetts Boston have conferred on him honorary degrees. He was elected to an honorary fellowship at Wolfson College of Oxford University.

Shannon Cheung
Vice-Chairman
Board of Governors
Founder and CEO, Averest Capital GroupFounder, President and Chief Executive, Fin SocietyManaging Partner, Pivotal China

Shannon Cheung joined Pivotal China in 2018. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Averest Capital, an investment company focusing on healthcare, TMT and environmental technology sectors, and Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Likang Life Sciences. Shannon has participated in the investment of over 40 technology companies in China, including Alibaba Group, Hero Entertainment, VSPN, China Music Corporation (currently known as Tencent Music), CMGE, Yixin Group, Alltech Medical Systems, MChang, All Football, 91huayi.com (China’s largest online continuing education platform for doctors). Prior to Averest Capital, Shannon was Managing Director of global banking coverage in HSBC Markets (Asia) Limited and Chief Representative of HSBC (Securities Business) Beijing Representative Office, where he was responsible for business origination of investment banking in China, including IPOs and other equity related products, M&A advisory and high yield bond issuance.

Shannon is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Shanghai Committee, Standing Committee member of All-China Youth Federation, Vice Chairman of All-China Financial Youth Federation, Standing Committee member of Central State-Owned Enterprise Youth Federation, Standing Committee member of Beijing Youth Federation and Founder and President of Fin Society, a non-profit professional fraternity aiming to enhance the competitiveness of finance practitioners in Hong Kong and nurture next-generation finance industry leaders. He is also a recipient of the Medal of Honour from the Government of Hong Kong.

Shannon holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Calgary.

Nancy Y. Ip
Vice-Chairman
Board of Governors
Vice-President of Research and Development, HKUSTThe Morningside Professor of Life ScienceDirector, State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience
Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences;US National Academy of Sciences;American Academy of Arts and Sciences;World Academy of Science

Nancy Y. Ip received her PhD degree in Pharmacology from Harvard Medical School, after which she held the position of Senior Staff Scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. in New York. Since joining HKUST, she has served as the Dean of Science, Director of the Biotechnology Research Institute, and Head of the Department of Biochemistry. She is currently the Morningside Professor of Life Science and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience.

Her major research interests are in neural development and function as well as drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. She is well-known for her seminal discoveries in the biology of neurotrophic factors, which are proteins that promote the survival, development, and maintenance of neurons in the nervous system. She has also made important contributions towards understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and synaptic plasticity, and their dysregulation in neurological disorders.

As a highly accomplished researcher, Prof Ip has published over 260 scientific papers with 18,600 SCI citations, and holds 41 patents. She was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, and most recently, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof Ip is also a founding member of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong. She has received numerous awards and honors including the National Natural Science Awards, the L’OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Award, and the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (National Order of Merit) by the French Government. She is also the senior editor of the Journal of Neuroscience, and an elected Councillor for two leading global organizations in the fields of neuroscience and pharmacology: the Society for Neuroscience and the CINP (Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum). Furthermore, she is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Brain Research of the World Economic Forum.

Dennis Lo
Vice-Chairman
Board of Governors
Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health SciencesChairman of Department of Chemical PathologyLi Ka Shing Professor of MedicineProfessor of Chemical PathologyAssociate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK

Dennis Lo is the Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, the Chairman of Department of Chemical Pathology, the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine and Professor of Chemical Pathology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK. Prof Lo received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge and the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Oxford.

Prof Lo discovered the presence of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma in 1997, and has since then remained at the forefront of the field of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). NIPT is now available in over 90 countries, benefiting millions of pregnant women every year. Prof Lo sees the parallels between circulating fetal DNA and circulating tumour DNA and has made pioneering contributions to the liquid biopsies for cancer, especially for the early detection and monitoring of nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

In recognition of his work, Prof Lo has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine in 2014 and the Future Science Prize – Life Science Prize in 2016. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2011, as a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2013 and as a Founding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong in 2015.

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