Management Team

Amy Huang

General Manager

Ms. Huang joins OBI, Inc. after a distinguished career at GlaxoSmithKline, where she was Vice President and Regional Director responsible for all commercial operations in China and Hong Kong. Ms. Huang is an inspirational leader and successful executive with numerous awards and achievements, including Outstanding Pharmaceutical Manager (Taiwan) and GSK´s Inspirational Leadership Award (2005).

Since the merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham in 2001, she presided over record country performances during a turbulent period of regulation in Taiwan's pharmaceutical industry. During her tenure as Managing Director of SmithKline Beecham Taiwan, she oversaw the launches of novel products, such as Engerix B, Tagamet, Augmentin, Avandia, and Seretide, representing some of the most successful.

Ming-Tain Lai

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Lai has more than 23 years of experience in drug discovery. As Senior Principal Scientist at Merck & Co., Dr. Lai led and directed multiple independent project teams to develop potential clinical candidates. He also acted as a core team member of early development and product development in several clinical studies. During his tenure at Merck, the teams have identified more than 10 preclinical candidates. Several of them are currently in clinical trials. He also received several awards from Merck, Merck Divisional/Staff Area Award in 2007, Special achievement award in 2009, and Merck Research Laboratories Pipeline Award in 2018. The crowing achievements of his career at Merck comes with the approval of an antiviral drug by FDA in 2018. Dr. Lai has had over 69 papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Lai did post-doctoral study in at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned his Ph.D. in Bio-Organic Chemistry from University of Minnesota.

Cheng-Der (Tony) Yu

R&D Advisor

Dr. Yu is a pharmaceutical scientist with over 35 years of R&D and general management experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining OBI, Dr. Yu was the General Manager and Chief Scientific Officer at Microbio, Inc. He was Senior VP at the University Pharmaceuticals of Maryland. During his 14-year tenure at Bristol-Myers Squibb, which preceded his career at UPM, he participated in numerous IND and NDA filings, as well as numerous product launches. He holds 7 patents in the areas of drug delivery and product stability and has published over 35 peer reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. He was a recipient of the American Pharmaceutical Association's Ebert Prize Award, shortly after he finished his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Yu earned a Pharm.D. from the University of Florida and holds a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from National Taiwan University.

Chen-En Tsai

Vice President of Medical Affairs and Clinical Development

Dr. Tsai obtained his medical degree from National Taiwan University and earned his Ph.D. in molecular genetics and biology from Cambridge University, UK. With 12 years of clinical practice in medical centers in Taiwan, his career has spanned basic medical research, hospital management, regulatory science, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Prior to joining OBI Pharma, Dr. Tsai was Vice President of Clinical Development successively at TWi Biotechnology and TaiGen Biotechnology. He supervised the design, initiation, execution, and data analysis of clinical studies, from Phase 1 to Phase 4, and was responsible for all medical affairs activities. At TaiGen, he led the team to finish the pivotal Phase 3 study of a new drug, and to gain its marketing approval in Taiwan and China. Dr. Tsai also was a Senior Principal Researcher for 5 years at the Divisions of Clinical Sciences and HTA of Taiwan's Center for Drug Evaluation. His therapeutic area expertise includes breast cancer, leukemia, diabetes, gout, osteoarthritis, infectious diseases, and rare diseases.

Jiann-Shiun Lai

Vice President of Research

Dr. Lai has over 20 years of R&D experiences in the development of biological drugs, especially the therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. Prior to joining OBI, he was the Advisor of Department of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs, sketching out the roadmap for antibody drug development and overseeing Technology Development Programs of organizations and biotech companies for MOEA. During his stay in Development Center for Biotechnology, preceding his work at MOEA, he had successfully discovered, developed and licensed out two antibody drugs. Besides, he also established and supervised an antibody engineering team in DCB. Prior to this, Dr. Lai was a principle investigator in Academia Sinica more than nine years. During that period of time, his work focused on the understanding of the mechanism of VDJ recombination of immunoglobulin genes. Dr. Lai accomplished his postdoctoral training at MIT and received his Ph.D. degree from a joint program of SUNY Stony Brook and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Mitch Che

Chief Operating Officer (USA)

Mitch Che joins OBI Pharma USA Inc. as Chief Operating Officer where he brings over twenty years’ operational and technical expertise spanning the pharmaceutical, telecom, and transportation and logistics industries. Prior to joining OBI Pharma USA Inc., Mitch was Vice President of Facilities, Operations and Procurement for Optimer Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mitch held positions at AT&T and BP, as well as managing his own executive consulting firm. He is responsible for the development and management of OBI Pharma USA’s operating plans, results, strategic US operations and global IT supporting R&D, clinical and business development plans. Mitch has a B.S. degree in Geochemistry from Brown University and an M.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kevin P Poulos

Chief Commercial Officer (USA)

Kevin has over twenty years of senior management experience in various strategic commercial and business development functions both internationally and the United States with Optimer, Wyeth, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and SmithKline Beecham. Prior to joining OBI Pharma, Inc., he was the President of KPP Biopharmaceutical Commercial Consulting and the Chief Commercial Officer at Optimer Pharmaceuticals. During his career, Kevin oversaw the international and US commercial launches of many innovative pharmaceutical products including Dificid®, Zyvox®, Synercid®, Zagam®, Zosyn®/Tazocin® and Timentin®. He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Old Dominion University.

David Hallinan

Global RA VP (USA)

Dr. Hallinan has over 25 years of operational and regulatory affairs experience across a range of therapeutic areas. Prior to joining OBI, David was VP Regulatory Affairs at Idenix Pharmaceuticals, and VP Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Parexel International. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and a B.S. in Biochemistry from University College, Dublin, Ireland.