In the past few years or so, a wave of technological advancements is promising to take the world by storm, in the same way that the mobile internet redefined our lives ten years ago. In the world of AI, Atlas, the brainchild of Google and Softbank’s prodigy Pepper, as rudimentary as they may appear for the moment, portend exciting realities to come, while in the realm of biotechnology, the improvements over the past few years have been slightly more subtle. How can we expect AI and biotech to revamp our lives? These extraordinary individuals will offer their postulations.

Zhao Ruilin--Illumina China Country manager


Ruilin Zhao is the General Manager of Greater China at Illumina, Inc., which provides sequencing and array-based solutions for genetic analysis. Prior to joining Illumina, he was managing China Corporate Marketing and Commercial Operations for Thermo Fisher.  He had also been working at OrbusNeich as the VP of Finance, and at Microport as the company VP of Business Development and the General Manager of Endovascular Division.  He also worked as a product design engineer at Johnson & Johnson.  He holds a Ph.D. Degree in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and an MBA Degree from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ti-Yichin–Head of R&D, Microsoft Cortana


Mr. Ti Yichin was the founder of PTT, the largest  BBS in Taiwan, and is currently the head of R&D at Microsoft Cortana, overseeing Cortana’s strategic cooperation across platforms, and helping Cortana better serve partners. Mr. Du has been working at Microsoft Research Worldwide and Microsoft Internet Research Asia for over a decade.

Dr. Yu Kai–Founder and CEO of Horizon Robotics


Dr. Yu Kai is the founder&CEO of Horizon Robotics Inc., a recognized pioneer and leader in deep learning and artificial intelligence. He was the founder and Head of Baidu Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), the first and most established artificial intelligence R&D center in China industry. During his career at Baidu, his role also included Deputy Managing Director of Baidu Research, Director of Multimedia Department, and Senior Director of Image Search Department. He is an Adjunct Professor of Nanjing University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, and Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Before joining Baidu, he worked at Microsoft, Siemens, NEC, and was an Adjunct Faculty at Department of Computer Sciences at Stanford University. He received his B.Sc and M.Sc degree from Nanjing University and his Ph.D. degree from University of Munich.

Wei Jiancang–Founder & CEO of Deepinfar robots


Prior to founding Deepinfar, one of China’s leading makers of underwater robotics, Mr. Wei served in the China Academy of Military Medical Science, designing military use equipment. In 2013, he founded Deepinfar.  He holds a masters degree in Control Systems and Engineering.

Xing Yuzhu-– Board Secretary at Tinavi


Tina specializes in orthopedic navigation robots.Together with domestic renowned universities, research institutes, medical institutions, TINAVI has built a stable and efficient research platform, which is closely integrated in production, learning,research and medicine providing microsurgery solutions. Prior to joining Tinavi,Mr. Xing worked at Renesas Semiconductors  Teknova as a financial manager. 

Deng Xingfei — CEO of Ardent Biomed and Chief Scientist of Daan Gene at Yun Yatsen University


Mr. Deng was former technical director and VP of Verinata/Artemis Health Inc. and senior scientist at Agilent Technologies in the U.S.. Prior to that, he was head pediatrician at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Hospital. He received a masters degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine in 1987, a Ph.D from McGill University in Canada, and a post doctorate from UCSF. 

Zhang Yunfei –-CEO & Founder of Yunzhou Tech


Mr. Zhang Yunfei founded the world’s first unmanned surface vehicle making company  while he was working on his Ph.D in mechanical engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Yunzhou Tech, which is one of the top companies making unmanned vehicles in China.  

Xu Bing –– Co-founder and VP, SenseTime Technologies


Xu Bing is the Co-founder of SenseTime technologies, one of China’s few startups in deep-learning to join the unicorn club, with a team of more than 60 Ph.Ds and 150 graduates of Tsinghua/ PKU, the largest deep learning R&D team in Asia. SenseTime hopes to serve and upgrade industries using deep learning platforms.  

Chen Bin– Secretary of the board, Wondfo Biotech


Chen Bin joined Wondfo in 2005 and has served a range of roles from head of quality control to product manager. Wondfo was founded in 1992 and specializes in in vitro diagnosis and point of care testing, and develops reagents and testing equipment.He graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University and University of Sheffield

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Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at or Mafangjing (Wechat).