Kewen Jin, Ph.D.
Special Advisor, China R&D matters, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kewen Jin is the CEO and co-founder of Symap Medical, a medical-device company based in China. He is also chairman of BayHelix, an organization of Chinese life-sciences business leaders in China and the U.S., and a special advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in its China R&D matters. In the last 15 years, Jin co-founded and served as CEO of several companies in the areas of drug discovery, medical devices, health-care services and contract research organizations. He has been an advisor to many pharmaceutical, health-care companies, consulting and investment firms. Jin also helped two leading life-science parks in China–Shanghai Zhangjiang and Suzhou Biobay–to develop and implement strategic plans, and was the founding chair of the Shanghai CRO Association. Previously, he was a marketing and international operations executive with Wyeth in the U.S. and in China. Jin studied medicine at the Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, molecular biology at Rockefeller University and finance at Columbia University.