Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Guo-Liang Yu is a co-founder of Apollomics, Inc. He is a venture partner at Orbimed Venture LLC and the Executive Chairman of Crown Bioscience Inc. Dr. Yu co-founded Epitomics Inc., an antibody-based Biotechnology Company recently acquired by Abcam at $170 M. He served as Chairman, President and CEO of Epitomics Inc. for 10 years. Dr. Yu’s success is driven by his scientific curiosity and a passion for translating scientific discovery to real products. His challenge is to balance his time between science and business, fun and work, family and community.
He moved from China to the US to pursue advanced training after graduating from Fudan University in 1984. He obtained his PhD from UC Berkeley where he contributed to the discovery of telomerase and its mechanism of action in Dr. Blackburn’s lab. Drs. Blackburn and Greider received the Nobel Prize in 2009 for their discovery. After graduating, Dr. Yu joined Dr. Frederick Ausubel’s lab at Harvard to pursue the question of how plants defend themselves against pathogens without an immune system. He identified the first plant disease resistance gene.
Dr. Sanjeev Redkar is a co-founder of Apollomics, Inc. that was started as a spin-off in early 2016. In his previous role, Dr. Redkar was the Senior Vice President of Product Development at Astex Pharmaceuticals, a member of the Otsuka Group, where he was responsible for pharmaceutical development, technical operations and manufacturing. Dr. Redkar has been closely involved in preclinical and clinical development as well as global launches of several drugs including decitabine (Dacogen) and pentostatin (Nipent).
Dr. Redkar has over 24 years of oncology drug development experience with over 25 peer-reviewed publications and 150 patents. Dr. Redkar earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, his Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California, and his undergraduate degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in Stockton, California, and a member of the EPPIC Board of Directors, a pharmaceutical professional’s network.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Kin-Hung Peony Yu joined Apollomics in 2021 as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Peony Yu will be providing leadership to R&D and be primarily responsible for clinical development of our products. She has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical leadership, patient care and drug development, with expertise in clinical regulatory strategy and execution of clinical programs of innovative biopharmaceuticals.
Previoulsy, Dr. Yu worked for FibroGen, Inc. (NASDAQ: FGEN) as a vice president until her designation as CMO. Dr. Peony Yu previously served as the vice president and head of clinical research at Anesiva, Inc., formerly known as Corgentech, Inc., (NASDAQ: ANSV). She obtained an M.D. degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, in the U.S. She completed her residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine in the U.S. Dr. Peony Yu has authored or co-authored 12 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Peony Yu holds a medical license registered in California.
Dr. Peony Yu is an independent nonexecutive director at STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA). She is also on the Scientific Advisory Board of Hope Medicine Inc. and she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of BeyondSpring Inc. (NASDAQ: BYSI).
Chief Financial Officer
Wilson W. Cheung joined Apollomics in 2019 and brings over 25 years of experience in finance, compliance, and corporate leadership at both public and private companies. Prior to Apollomics, Mr. Cheung was CFO of KBP BioSciences, a clinical stage biotechnology company, and an Independent Director of SciClone Pharmaceuticals International Limited, a China-based US-listed specialty pharmaceutical company. At SciClone, Mr. Cheung was Senior Vice President and CFO where he helped turn around the company’s compliance culture and drove the company’s growth and profitability which led to a successful sale.
Previously, he served in various positions at Velti plc, a global mobile marketing software-as-a-service provider, and led their Nasdaq Initial Public Offering as CFO. Prior to Velti, Mr. Cheung served as CFO at AXT, Inc., a California-based, publicly traded manufacturer of high-performance semiconductor substrates with heavy China operations. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he began his career in public accounting with KPMG LLP and Deloitte LLP. Mr. Cheung holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and is a Certified Director of Corporate Governance from UCLA’s Executive Program. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and he is a California CPA (inactive).
China General Manager
Head of Science
Dr. Qian Shi is Head of Science and is the General Manager for our operations in China bringing vast knowledge and expertise in cancer pharmacology and drug discovery to the Company. He has spent over 7 years at Crown Bioscience where he was most recently Vice President of Oncology leading the in vitro and in vivo Cancer Pharmacology, as well as the PDX groups, and also the General Manager of Crown’s Taicang site. Dr. Shi has years of cancer research experience from academia as a Professor and Principal Investigator at Shanghai Fudan University and, previously, as an investigator at ArQule, Inc.
Dr. Shi has authored more than thirty peer-reviewed publications, edited two books in biopharmaceutical sciences, and has been the senior author of publications in leading journals such as Molecular Cell. He has contributed to five patents, is a distinguished speaker, and has received numerous honors and awards. Dr. Shi earned his PhD in oncology and cancer biology from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and pursued his post-doctoral training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees with majors in genetics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Senior Vice President Clinical Operations
Scott Houston joined Apollomics, Inc in July 2020 and brings over 30 years of experience in clinical operations. Prior to Apollomics, Mr. Houston was an independent clinical development consultant. Prior to consulting, he was Head of Clinical Operations for over the past 10 years at several clinical stage biotechnology companies in San Francisco and Seattle. Most recently, he was VP of Clinical Operations at Rakuten Medical and LSK Biopharma (now Elevar), both companies focusing on oncology drug development.
Mr. Houston began his clinical operations career as a clinical research intern supporting data analysis at Cetus Corporation in 1985 of IL2/HIV treatment given to patients at San Francisco General Hospital and went on to become a patient care coordinator in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital. After working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centers’ Southwest Oncology Group Statistical Center, he joined industry as a Clinical Research Associate. Scott has supported evolving clinical operations with large Pharma organizations such as Novartis and Sanofi and with small biotech such as Rakuten Medical, LSK Biopharma, Immune Design and Omeros. Scott created and successfully defended his individual major in Environmental Science to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Sophie Sun is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, in charge of corporate strategy, business development and strategic collaboration for the Company. Ms. Sun joins Apollomics from Merck KGaA, where she was most recently Vice President & Managing Director, Innovation Hubs China. In this role, Ms. Sun oversaw Merck KGaA’s development partnerships in China for China and global markets. She was with Merck KGaA for twelve years holding multiple roles of increasing responsibility in both strategic markets of China and US, as well as global organizations, such as Commercial Director of Global Oncology Franchise for oncology new product planning and launch. During her tenure with Merck KGaA, Sophie participated in 9 new product launches in China, US locally or for global markets. Prior to Merck KGaA, Ms. Sun spent over eight years at marketing agencies Interpublic Group (IPG) and WPP, where she worked for many Fortune 500 companies covering a wide range of industries. Ms. Sun received a Master degree from Remin University of China, and a Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management.