About Us

Board of Directors

Ying Luo, PhD
Director, Representative Executive Officer, President and CEO

Dr. Luo completed his undergraduate education at Peking Union Medical College (Peking University's Premedicine) in 1982 and received his doctorate in biomedical sciences from the University of Connecticut Health Center in 1991. During 1993, he joined the University of California, San Francisco as a postdoctoral fellow studying HIV gene regulation. Prior to Shanghai Genomics Dr. Luo gained experience at various biotech firms, including Aviron, Clonetech, and served as the senior director of Genomics and Target Discovery at Rigel Pharmaceuticals. He is currently President and CEO of GNI Group and General Manager of Shanghai Genomics. Dr Luo's research was in the field of protein-protein interactions in cancer and inflammation signaling pathways. In the last twenty years, Dr. Luo has authored more than 35 research publications in top scientific journals.

Thomas Eastling
Director,Representative Executive Officer, CFO

Thomas Eastling has over 30 years' experience in global finance, M&A and business development, with a substantial part of his career in Asia. He started on Wall Street at Nikko Securities Co. International, Inc., rising to the position of Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Investment Banking and Syndicate Divisions. In the late 1990's, he moved to Japan as Company Representative for Duff & Phelps Credit Rating Co. and subsequently worked as Managing Director for Softbank Corp. in strategic planning and investor relations. In 2009 he relocated to Hong Kong with American Appraisal where he served as Director of the firm's Transaction Advisory Services in Asia. In September of 2013, Mr. Eastling returned to Japan in his current role as Executive Officer of GNI Group Ltd. Mr. Eastling has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and a Masters from the American Graduate School of International Management. He speaks Japanese and is pursuing Mandarin. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director for a Hong Kong private equity fund.

Hiroyuki Sato
Director, Executive Officer

Hiroyuki Sato has a career spanning three decades of progressive management experience in medical device and pharmaceutical industries with European, US and Japanese multinational companies. His experience covers various roles in senior management, business development, and sales & marketing, for which he achieved a successful track record of cultivating new markets, introducing new products, driving revenue growth and delivering new business opportunities. Mr. Sato has worked in multiple cross-cultural environments, including in the United States and China. While responsible for China Business Development, Mr. Sato focused on business collaboration with Chinese companies and US/EU based global firms including via JVs or M&A transactions. Within the health care industry, Mr. Sato has experience in the following sectors: Intervention Cardiology, Intervention Radiology, Critical Care Solution, Diabetes Care, Urology and Pain Management.

Hideaki Sashiwa
External Director

After graduating from Waseda University with a degree in Commerce, Hideaki Sashiwa has worked with some major securities companies including Daiwa Securities Co.Ltd, Kleinwort Benson and Goldman Sachs where he cultivated his specialized knowledge about finance and investment. He is currently the President of Nippon Concierge Co., Ltd., Auditor of JP Holdings, Co., Ltd., and Director and Vice-President of GI Capital Securities Ltd.

Liwen Wu, MD
External Director

Liwen Wu graduated from Peking Union Medical College with MD degree in 1980 and has been serving as a neuro physician for over 40 years. He has worked for the Peking Union Medical College Hospital since 1981 and is currently the Chief Medical Doctor, Professor and M.D. Student Advisor at the Neurology Department. Professor Wu also holds the position of Executive Vice Chairman and General Secretary of the China Association for Epilepsy; he has participated in various clinical trials for anti-epileptic drugs. After working as a visiting scholar at the National Epilepsy Center in Shizuoka, Japan and at the Pediatric Department of Tokyo Women Medical University Medical Center, Professor Wu was sponsored in 1992 by the USA NIH Neurology Scholarship to do research at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Wanshou Guo, MD
External Director

Wanshou Guo has over 30 years of experience in orthopedics surgery and received his Doctorate of Orthopedics from Peking Union Medical College. Dr. Guo has been serving at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital since 1984; he is now the Chief Doctor, Vice Chairman and Professor in the Orthopedics Department and has also served as the Chairman of the Joint Surgery Department. Dr. Guo was a visiting scholar at the Joint Surgery Department at Fukuoka Cosmetic Surgery Hospital. He later joined Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA from 1995 to 1997, as a visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellow.

Akira Minakuchi
External Director

Akira Minakuchi started his carrier as a venture capitalist of Nippon Enterprise Development which was the pioneer of venture capital industry in Japan. After spending 8 years investing in a lot of startups in Silicon Valley in the US, he joined Kyushu Venture Partners as one of the founding members. He has strong experience investing in startups for more than 25 years and is now president & CEO of KVP.