Mr Thian Chew
Mr Chew has over 25 years’ experience in investing, finance and transforming business operations. He is Managing Partner at Polar Ventures, a private investment and consulting firm that provides capital, strategic and operating solutions, focusing on small to mid-sized enterprises in Asia. Mr Chew was previously an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong and New York) responsible for the firm’s proprietary investments including growth capital, private equity and special situations in both private and public companies. Prior to this, he was a Consultant Project Manager to Morgan Stanley, New York. Mr Chew also held a number of positions in KPMG across Asia Pacific including Director at KPMG Consulting (Singapore and Sydney) where he led several large scale operational restructuring, post-merger integration, transformation, and business performance improvement programs. As a Senior Manager at KPMG (Taipei and Melbourne), he led several business process re-engineering initiatives, and also performed financial and information technology audit, risk and assurance engagements across multiple industries. Mr Chew holds an MBA from the Wharton School (Palmer Scholar), MA from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Information Systems from Monash University. Mr Chew is an Adjunct Professor at HKUST’s MBA program and previously qualified as a chartered accountant.
Greg Collier PhD
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Dr Collier has more than 20 years experience spanning operational, clinical and scientific aspects of pharmaceutical research, development and commercialisation. He has led the planning and execution of multiple commercial transactions including in and out licensing deals and major M&A activities, and he has successfully taken a drug from discovery through to regulatory approval. Notably, Dr Collier steered ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals from a research-based company with a market capitalisation of $10M to a company with completed clinical trials and regulatory dossiers submitted to the FDA and EMA. In 2011, ChemGenex was sold to Cephalon for $230M. Prior to his commercial pharmaceutical career, Dr Collier had an outstanding academic career resulting in over 150 peer reviewed publications, and senior authorship on 33 patents. Dr Collier was the inaugural Alfred Deakin Professor at Deakin University, and also held positions at Melbourne University, Monash University and the University of Toronto. In 2010, Dr Collier was awarded the Roche Award of Excellence for his contribution to the biotechnology industry.
Mitchell Glass M.D.
Executive Vice President R&D and Chief Medical Officer
Dr Mitchell Glass is a 25 year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. His experience is broad:- ranging from senior positions in top ten pharmaceutical companies, to investment in and management of start-ups and biotechs. After seven years of research, teaching and patient care at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr Glass joined ICI Pharmaceuticals in 1988 where he established the pulmonary therapeutics group and led the development and submission of the antileukotriene ACCOLATE®. From 1995-6, Dr Glass was Vice President and Director at SmithKline Beecham where he was responsible for cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and metabolic drug development and commercialisation, including submission of the NDA/MAA for COREG®. From 1998 to 2003, Dr Glass was Chief Medical Officer and VP of Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs of AtheroGenics Inc. (AGIX), where he led product development from IND to initiation of Phase 3 for AGI1067 and was a member of the IPO team. Dr Glass joined AQUMEN Biopharmaceuticals KK and NA as CEO of AQUMEN NA and a Main Board Director. Dr Glass graduated from the University of Chicago and is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine.
James Campbell PhD MBA
Dr James Campbell is a senior biotechnology executive with more than 20 years international experience in scientific research, research management, management consulting and venture capital. Dr Campbell has held research positions at the CNRS and the CSIRO. He is a principal of Gemini Biotechnology, a specialist biotechnology advisory services company advising life science companies on M&A, partnering and corporate strategy. Dr Campbell was an executive at ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals for nine years until the company was acquired in 2011, and has served on the investment committee of UniSeed, a $60 million pre-seed venture fund, and various state and local government advisory committees concerning biotechnology.