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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.

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2020
14 Sep
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Our workshop on 'Promoting Yourself on LinkedIn' was held successfully online. We're so grateful to have…

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Our workshop on 'Promoting Yourself on LinkedIn' was held successfully online. We're so grateful to have Celina Kwong from LinkedIn Hong Kong as our instructor, and she shared a lot of useful tips and tricks on building an attractive profile. Our members had a fun yet rewarding time learning the importance of personal branding on LinkedIn.

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2020
8 Aug
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In the second session of the Online Panel Discussions, Eddy Wu, Founder and CEO of Arctic Vision and Dianna…

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In the second session of the Online Panel Discussions, Eddy Wu, Founder and CEO of Arctic Vision and Dianna Qian, Partner of Pivotal China have given us some valuable knowledge and tips on starting a biotech career in China. 

The recap is available now. Click here to watch. 

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2020
1 Aug
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Moderated by Alex Chan, Co-director of The Mills Fabrica, two local technoprenuers, Stanley Sy,…

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Moderated by Alex Chan, Co-director of The Mills Fabrica, two local technoprenuers, Stanley Sy, CEO of Sanomics and Walden Lam, Co-founder of Unspun shared with our members and summer interns some thought-provoking opinions and interesting career stories.

The recap is available now. Click here to watch.

 

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2020
6 Jun
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It has been one year since our inauguration in June 2019. Thank you to your support; and together with many…

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It has been one year since our inauguration in June 2019. Thank you to your support; and together with many of you, we have experienced a busy and challenging year. 

The strength of our advisors, biotech professionals, start-up entrepreneurs, dedicated researchers and 500 young members gives us a strong foundation to grow and continually expand our scope of activities as we move into our second year.

We’d like to thank all of you for placing your trust and confidence in HKLSS!

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2020
19 Apr
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Register for the Webinar on Coronavirus: Social Distancing & Social Media by Dr. Tom McDonald on 13 May…

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HKLSS is hosting the third webinar on 13 May.

Coronavirus is causing great impacts on our social interaction, working style, and media viewing, likely to outlast the outbreak and fundamentally change our working habits and lifestyles. Dr. Tom McDonald, a media anthropologist in HKU, will discuss with us how social distancing changed our social media engagement and consumption.
 

Registration:

Please email to register@hklss.org with your name and contact details. You will receive an acknowledgement once your registration is confirmed.

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2020
8 Apr
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Register for the Webinar on Coronavirus: Diagnosis by Prof. Leo Poon on 29 April (Wed).

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HKLSS is hosting the second webinar on diagnosis on 29 April. In this session, Prof. Leo Poon, Division Head of HKU’s Public Health Laboratory Sciences will give an overview of diagnostic testing.

During the early days of Coronavirus outbreak, Prof. Poon’s team developed rapid nucleic acid amplification tests and provided the tests to public health care laboratories in over 40 countries/ territories for free.

Registration:

Please email to register@hklss.org with your name and contact details. You will receive an acknowledgement once your registration is confirmed.

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2020
14 Sep
News

Our workshop on 'Promoting Yourself on LinkedIn' was held successfully online. We're so grateful to have…

Details

Our workshop on 'Promoting Yourself on LinkedIn' was held successfully online. We're so grateful to have Celina Kwong from LinkedIn Hong Kong as our instructor, and she shared a lot of useful tips and tricks on building an attractive profile. Our members had a fun yet rewarding time learning the importance of personal branding on LinkedIn.

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2020
8 Aug
News

In the second session of the Online Panel Discussions, Eddy Wu, Founder and CEO of Arctic Vision and Dianna…

Details

In the second session of the Online Panel Discussions, Eddy Wu, Founder and CEO of Arctic Vision and Dianna Qian, Partner of Pivotal China have given us some valuable knowledge and tips on starting a biotech career in China. 

The recap is available now. Click here to watch. 

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2020
1 Aug
News

Moderated by Alex Chan, Co-director of The Mills Fabrica, two local technoprenuers, Stanley Sy,…

Details

Moderated by Alex Chan, Co-director of The Mills Fabrica, two local technoprenuers, Stanley Sy, CEO of Sanomics and Walden Lam, Co-founder of Unspun shared with our members and summer interns some thought-provoking opinions and interesting career stories.

The recap is available now. Click here to watch.

 

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.

Antony Leung
Vice-Chairman
Board of Governors
Chairman and CEO, Nan Fung Group

Antony Leung, former Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is Group Chairman & CEO of Nan Fung Group, a leading regional conglomerate focusing on property & investment businesses.  He is also Group Chairman & Co-Founder of New Frontier Group, a group that engages in health care, elderly services and investment business in China. Concurrently, Antony is Independent Non-Executive Director of China Merchants Bank, Chairman of two charity organizations - Heifer Hong Kong and Food Angel.

Antony also has extensive experience in financial services, including Chairman of Greater China of Blackstone, Chairman of Asia of JP Morgan Chase, Asia Head of Citi Private Bank, Regional Head of Citi Investment Bank, Treasury and Greater China.  In addition, he was Independent Director of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Mobile (Hong Kong) Limited, American International Assurance (Hong Kong) Limited, International Advisory Board Member of China Development Bank and Chairman of Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong. His past public service included Non-Official Member of the Executive Council, Chairman of Education Commission, Chairman of University Grants Committee, Member of Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, Director of Hong Kong Airport Authority and Hong Kong Futures Exchange, Member of the Preparatory Committee and Election Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Hong Kong Affairs Advisors.

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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