A Discussion on International Deal-Making and Advice on How Fundraising Start-ups Should Play on a Worldwide Stage

(Sponsored by Onelin Capital)

A discussion of early-stage investments on the global stage. Have the strategies for fundraising changed due to Covid-19? What should early-stage companies do to better attract global investors at this time? What recommendations do panelists have for start-ups to weather through the Covid-19 storm from fundraising, global expansion, and partnership perspectives.

This panel will feature 4 speakers and a moderator. Questions include, but not limited to:

  • What is the current investment thesis in healthcare during and post Covid-19?
  • What are the major differences in the life science industry between US/Europe and Asia from an investment perspective?
  • What global investment and partnership trends do you see in your geography and/or sector?

What suggestions do you have for founders/companies to reach out to international investors, especially at this “special” time we are in?


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Judy Lee, General Manager, Onelin Capital

Judy is a veteran in the investment world with 15+ years of both public and private equities experience.  Coupled with years of global marketing experience, Judy is energetic and widely regarded as a growth catalyst with contagious passion. Judy currently serves as Onelin Capital Principal & General Manager, overseeing the entire family office’s operation as well as fund investments.

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Weiyong Sun, Senior Director, Specialty Medicine Search & Evaluation, Daiichi Sankyo

Dr. Weiyong Sun is currently Senior Director, Searching and Evaluation, Global Business Development at Daiichi Sankyo Group. He joined Daiichi Sankyo Japan in April 2002. He was involved in a broad range of R&D activities from target discovery to clinical development of a number of anti-diabetes drugs. In October 2007, Dr. Sun was elected to be assigned to work for Daiichi Sankyo Research Institute in the U.S. He was responsible for identifying and evaluating in-licensing, partnering and research collaboration opportunities. His current focus is in Immunology Cardio-Renal, Ophthalmology and Rare Disease. Dr. Sun received an M.D. from Beijing Medical University (now Peking University Medical School), a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Blood Research Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Yao Li Ho, Senior Director of Business Development, LYFE Capital

Yao Ho is a Senior Director of Business Development at LYFE Capital. Previously, he was a part of Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group, where he was a BD Manager. At Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group, he was part of a team that would help the parent organization source, evaluate, coordinate due diligence and negotiate with potential international partners for pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices. Yao has also worked at various diagnostics, nanotechnology and digital health startups where he started as an R&D Engineer and was a member of the founding team at other companies. Yao is an MBA graduate from Tsinghua University in partnership with MIT and Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from UC-Irvine with a specialization in bio-photonics and research in microfluidics.

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Haolin Sung, Managing Partner, Chaperone Investment

Haolin Sung is the founder and the managing partner at Chaperone Investment, a Taiwan based VC fund focusing on angel and early stage investment in healthcare and biotech sector. He has 10+ years of experience in this field and serves as a board director for several companies including Panlabs, MountainVet, and was the board director at Pharmigene. Mr. Sung also serves in critical roles at several of the Chaperone portfolio companies including Celtech and Caliway to assist these companies in funding and business development/ licensing activities. Prior to Chaperone Investment, Mr. Sung was the director of the direct investment department for Diamond Biofund, the largest Biotech VC in Taiwan and the deputy director of Microbio Biotech Shanghai. He also worked for First Capital Management as a healthcare/biotech industry analyst. Mr. Sung earned his EMBA at Columbia University and London business school and has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Dong Hwa University.

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Haruhiko Sugino, Director, Global Business Development, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals

Currently on an expatriate assignment from Japan, Haru Sugino is leading the global scouting activities for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd working closely with Otsuka’s US and EU BD affiliates. Haru is a part of Otsuka’s evaluation and negotiation team, charged with identifying, evaluating, and negotiating transactions to in-license new innovative compounds that address unmet medical needs in CNS/neuro and renal diseases for both global development or for regional development in Japan and Asia. Haru has been with Otsuka for 22 years in various roles, including sales, pre-clinical drug discovery, clinical R&D, commercial, and business development. Haru has a PhD for neuropharmacology, and moved to business development in 2016 after successfully launching a drug in US on which he worked for 10 years from pre-clinical discovery through to commercialization.