Bing Yao, Ph.D.

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Bing Yao, Ph.D. is a member of Sporos Bioventures’ Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Yao is an accomplished executive and scientist with more than 25 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. He was Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Viela Bio until it was acquired by Horizon Therapeutics in March 2021. Formerly, he was the Senior Vice President, R&D and Head of Respiratory, Inflammation & Autoimmunity at MedImmune. Dr. Yao was also Senior Vice President, Head of Immuno-Oncology Franchise, AstraZeneca. During his tenure at MedImmune and Astrazenca, he played key leadership roles in the development and approval of multiple novel biologics for autoimmune, respiratory, and immune-oncology indications respectively. Prior to joining MedImmune, Dr. Yao led the project team leaders (PTL) group for immunology, neurosciences, virology and metabolism for Genentech, and prior to that served as Vice President of Research and Corporate Officer for Tanox before it was acquired by Genentech. Earlier in his career Dr. Yao held key roles at Aventis and Amgen. Dr. Yao has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and holds over 20 patents and patent applications.

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