Tan Yann Chong, PhD
Vice President, Esco Ventures X
Yann Chong has extensive experience in the biotech space and is a successful inventor and entrepreneur who has co-founded a Nasdaq-list biotech. He leads the Esco Ventures X Singapore team in exploring innovative science and platform technologies to build new biotech companies. He is also enthusiastic about developing the biotech ecosystem and oversees the Morphosis fellowship program and PLATINUM grant, two of many initiatives by Esco Ventures X to help develop the Singapore biotech ecosystem.
Yann Chong was previously the Chief Innovation Officer at the Genome Institute of Singapore. As Chief Innovation Officer, Yann Chong led the implementation of strategies to create new spin-offs, including formulating IP strategies, bringing in business expertise and setting up key relationships and networks, resulting in spin-offs.
Yann Chong was also co-founder and Chief Technologist at Atreca, a biotech company spun off from his PhD research. He is the inventor on multiple patents which are the foundation of Atreca’s technology. While at Atreca, he directed research and development and industrialised Atreca’s Immune Repertoire Capture technology, leading to multiple new patent filings. He also managed relations with multiple pharma partners and academic institutions. Atreca is listed on Nasdaq.
Yann Chong graduated with a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) from Duke University and obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology from Stanford University.