Yining Zhao, Ph.D., MBA

Founding Partner

Dr. Yining Zhao is currently a founding partner at Just. He brings his 17 years’ biopharmaceutical experience in the areas of Strategy Management, Business Development, Product Development and M&A. Dr. Zhao started his pharmaceutical career at Amgen in 1999, then joined Pfizer in 2004 and returned to Amgen in 2012. He was Executive Strategy Director at Global Commercial Operations of Amgen based in Thousand Oaks, California where he was leading the market entry strategy, business development and commercialization of biosimilars in 20 countries outside US and EU. When at Pfizer, he was the Asia Strategy Lead overseeing the Asia strategy across small molecule, biologics and vaccine. He had also served as the interim head of Pfizer’s Bio-enhancement Development Unit during 2009-2010 in charge of the biosimilar and biobetter strategy development and business operation.

Dr. Zhao received his B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Fudan University (Shanghai, China), Ph.D. magna cum laude in Analytical Chemistry from Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), and MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA). Yining has contributed more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

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