Deyin (Bill) Chen has been our Chief Executive Officer since January 6, 2021, and will also serve as our Chairman upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Chen has a mixed background of engineering, finance, and operation management across industries and continents. Mr. Chen has been an independent advisor for merger and acquisition and equity transactions since August 2015. Since February 2020, Mr. Chen has served as a Special Advisor for Newborn Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:NBAC), a special purpose acquisition company that is in the process of completing a business combination with Nuvve Corporation. Since May 2017, Mr. Chen has served as Chief Executive Officer of Shanghai Renaissance Investment Management Co. Ltd., a licensed private equity firm in China that he founded. From March 2014 to August 2015, Mr. Chen served as Executive Vice President of Sanpower Group, a private conglomerate based in China, where he was in charge of cross-border merger and acquisition and post-merger integration. From January 2011 to January 2014, Mr. Chen served as Vice President of Strategy and Global Investment of JA Solar, a vertically integrated solar products manufacturing company based in China. From February 2005 to October 2010, Mr. Chen served as a Partner of BDO Capital Advisors and its affiliates in China with a focus on cross-border merger and acquisition and equity transactions. From June 2001 to August 2004, Mr. Chen served as a Senior Business Advisor to Capgemini, a consulting company based in Toronto Canada. From November 2000 to May 2001, Mr. Chen served as a Senior Financial Analyst in IBM Global Services in Toronto Canada. From December 1997 to November 2000, Mr. Chen served as a Staff Accountant in the General Accounting Department of Ashland Inc. Prior to his career in accounting and finance, Mr. Chen was an engineer and project manager in China from July 1987 to August 1993.
Chen (Laura) Li will serve as our Chief Financial Officer and as a Director upon the closing of this offering. Since August 2017, Ms. Li has served as CFO of Shanghai Renaissance Investment Management Co. Ltd., a licensed private equity firm in China where she has conducted numerous financial and risk assessments for equity investments in the private market. From January 2016 to January 2017, Ms. Li served as Director of Operations and Finance for Shanghai Zhaoxi Investment Management Co. Ltd., a private equity firm. From March 2014 to December 2015, Ms. Li served as Senior Manager of Financial Analysis at Financial Management Department of GCL Group, a leading renewable products manufacturing company, where she contributed in the implementation of restructuring and listing projects. From November 2011 to February 2014, Ms. Li served as Investment Manager in JA Solar. From November 2006 to November 2010, Ms. Li served as an analyst at the Shanghai office and then the Beijing office of NERA Economic Consulting. From September 2004 to November 2006, Ms. Li served as Finance Manager at ASE Group, a semiconductor manufacturing company. Ms. Li is a Certified Public Accountant in China, and she is also a CFA Charter holder.
H. David Sherman, MBA, DBA, CPA will serve as a Director upon the closing of this offering. Since 1985, Dr. Sherman has been a professor at Northeastern University, specializing in, among other areas, financial and management accounting, global financial statement analysis and contemporary accounting issues. Since January 2014, Professor Sherman has served as Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the oldest English language acting school in the world. Since July 2010, he has also served as a Board member and Treasurer for D-Tree International, a non-profit organization that develops and supports electronic clinical protocols to enable health care workers worldwide to deliver high quality care. Since September 2019, Dr. Sherman has served as an independent board member for Newborn Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:NBAC). Dr. Sherman previously served on the board and as audit committee chair for Dunxin Financial Holdings Ltd. (AMEX:DXF), a financial service company, Kingold Jewelry Inc. (NASDAQ: KGJI), a designer and manufacturer of gold jewelry related products, China HGS Real Estate Inc. (NASDAQ: HGSH), a real estate company, Agfeed Corporation, a manufacturing company of agricultural products, and China Growth Alliance, Ltd., a business acquisition company formed to acquire an operating business in China. Dr. Sherman was previously on the faculty of the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and also, among other academic appointments, held an adjunct professorship at Tufts Medical School and was a visiting professor at Harvard Business School (2015). From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Sherman was an Academic Fellow at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporate Finance’s Office of Chief Accountant. Dr. Sherman is a Certified Public Accountant and previously practiced with Coopers & Lybrand. Dr. Sherman’s research has been published in management and academic journals including Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Accounting Review and European Journal of Operations Research.
Jinzhong Lu will serve as a Director upon the closing of this offering. Mr. Lu has extensive experience working with listed companies, including auditing, internal control, risk management and budget management. Since August 2019, Mr. Lu has served as an independent board member and chair of the audit committee for Newborn Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:NBAC). Since October 2016, Mr. Lu has served as certified public accountant at Dahua Certified Public Accountants Co., Ltd. From June 2014 to September 2016, Mr. Lu was a Partner of Zhongxinghua Accounting Firm. From October 2013 to May 2014, Mr. Lu served as Marketing Director of Shanghai branch of Daxin Accounting Firm. From July 2012 to September 2013, Mr. Lu served as Partner of Shanghai De’an Accounting Firm. From September 1997 to June 2012, Mr. Lu served as a Partner in the Audit Department of Pricewaterhousecoopers Zhongtian Accounting Firm. From September 1986 to August 1997, Mr. Lu served as a Lecturer and Associate Professor in the Finance and Accounting Department of Shanghai Maritime University. From December 1982 to August 1986, Mr. Lu worked as an accountant in the financial department of Shanghai Daily Hardware Industry Company. From August 2016 to October 2017, Mr. Lu was an external expert of Asset Securitization Research Group of the Development Research Center of the State Council of PRC. From October 2014 to May 2015, he was a member of the expert group of the Evaluation and Assessment of Economic Indicators of State-owned Enterprises at the Ministry of Finance in the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Lu is a Certified Public Account in China.
Yan Zhu, Ph.D will serve as a Director upon the closing of this offering. Dr. Zhu has extensive expertise in both biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in drug discovery and development. He has broad experience relating to drug discovery in various therapeutic areas, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, infectious disease and cancer. He also has extensive experience in drug development with management of number of preclinical and clinical development candidates. Since December 2013, Dr. Zhu has served as Vice President of Operation, Chemistry Service, and Head of Business Development in Japan for WuxiAppTec Co. Ltd, a CRO company. From March 2011 to November 2013, Dr. Zhu served as Director of Medicinal Chemistry Research Laboratories, Pharmaceutical Research Division of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd in Japan. From August 2008 to March 2011, Dr. Zhu served as Associate Director of Chemistry in Eli Lilly & Company. From August 2007 to August 2008, Dr. Zhu served as Associate Director of Chemistry in Poniard Pharmaceuticals in San Francisco. From February 2001 to August 2007, Dr. Zhu served as Project Leader and Senior Scientist in Metabolex Inc. in Hayward California. From November 1998 to February 2001, Dr. Zhu served as a Research Scientist of Medicinal Chemistry at Theravance Inc., a biopharma company based in San Francisco. From June 1997 to November 1998, Dr. Zhu served as a Research Scientist in the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry in Genentech Inc., a biotechnology company based in San Francisco. Dr. Zhu is a member of American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry and Medicine Chemistry. Dr. Zhu is also a member of American Diabetes Association.