Li Zhu, Ph.D., has served as director at GenScript and Legend Biotech since 2020 and is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Genscript Biotech Corporation. Dr.Zhu has deep experience in corporate strategy, strategic collaborations and alliance management, especially his experience in negotiations and deal-making between Legend (a subsidiary of Genscript) and multinational pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Zhu served as Vice President of Strategy of Genscript Biotech Corporation (“GenScript”) from March 2010 to February 2017; served as the chief strategy officer of GenScript from February 2017 to July 2019; and has served as a consultant for GenScript since July 2019. Upon his appointment as executive director of GenScript on November 22, 2020, he resumed his role as the chief strategy officer of GenScript. Before joining GenScript, Dr. Zhu worked at California-based Clontech Laboratories, Inc. as a director of molecular biology from January 1990 to March 2000. Dr. Zhu founded Genetastix Corporation, Inc., a biotech company focused on yeast-based antibody discovery, and served as president and chief executive officer from May 2000 to December 2005.
Dr. Zhu then worked at biotech companies in China, serving as vice president of research at Cathay Biotech, Inc. from July 2006 to December 2008, and as vice president of HUYA Biomedical Technology (Shanghai) Co., Limited from January 2009 to December 2009. Dr. Zhu obtained a Bachelor of Science of Biology degree from the East China Normal University in February 1982 and a Doctor of Philosophy in molecular biology and immunology from Stanford University in July 1989.