Investing in Knowledge from Asia: Technology Areas and Opportunities

Shirley Chen, Founder and CEO, WinVivo
Drew Clark, Director of Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group

Join us for a discussion of ideas, technologies, and other opportunities from Asia that may benefit US markets.

Dr. Shirley Chen talks about her new company and the use of natural botanicals in developing pharmaceuticals, health and wellness supplements, and functional foods.

Mr. Drew Clark explores opportunities and strategic investing in Asia energy and cleantech.

Dr. Chen combines expertise and experience in global health product development and market expansion, pharmaceutical and biotechnology intellectual property (IP) protection and brand management, which are built on 10+ years of academic research into cancer biology, virology, molecular biology and biological chemistry.

Newly formed WinVivo Corporation provides an innovative global platform for the development and marketing of natural botanical-based health products in the US. Previously, Dr. Chen served as President and CEO of MEBO International, Inc., a US subsidiary of MEBO International Group, headquartered in Beijing, China. MEBO invents and commercializes botanical products for regenerative medicine.

Prior to joining MEBO, Dr. Chen was a senior IP counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR). She has also been a principal investigator in cancer biology research and therapeutics development at SRI International, and she carried out doctoral and postdoc studies of the interaction of small molecules and biomolecules in the development of anti-cancer drugs and molecular diagnostics. She holds a JD from Santa Clara University and a PhD in biological chemistry from SUNY Stonybrook.

Mr Drew Clark is responsible for driving external innovation into IBM business units and identifying and developing new business opportunities. IBM's Venture Capital Group engages with established venture capital firms to find new, complementary, and relevant technologies for the industries and customers served by IBM.

A member of the IBM corporate strategy team, Mr. Clark focuses on emerging markets. A 20-year IBM veteran, he has held a variety of key positions in software development and technology, product marketing and emerging-business development and strategy. He has led several intrepreneurial initiatives, including the formation of IBM's Internet Division. Before working with IBM's Venture Group, Mr. Clark led IBM's search, text mining and knowledge-management initiatives for IBM Software. He has been awarded two patents in software testing and Artificial Intelligence. He holds a BS in physics from Western Carolina University and has completed the coursework toward a PhD in plasma physics at University of Texas at Austin.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm
Skilling Auditorium, Stanford University

U.S.-Asia Technology Management Center