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Wei (William) Cao, PhD
Founder, Chairman and CEO at Gracell Biotechnologies Group


Dr. Wei (William) Cao is the founder, chairman and CEO of Gracell Biotechnologies Group. Through external partnership and in-house R&D effort, Gracell has been rapidly progressing with novel CAR-T programs and regenet stove medicine programs. Dr. Cao has over 30 years of professional experience in scientific research, products development and startups. He was the co-founder and CEO of a Nasdaq listed cellular therapy company. Prior to his ventures, Dr Cao served as Technical Manager for Bayer Asia Pacific, and China General Manager of Affymetrix, a world leader in genetic analysis. Dr. Cao earned a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from Fudan University and a PhD degree in Immuno-Pharmacology from Medical College of Virginia. He has extensive research experience in immune-pharmacology field at Harvard Medical School and Stanford University Medical Center. He is the inventor of more than 70 patents in the field of stem cell and CAR-T technologies. 

Agenda Sessions

  • China Innovation: From cell and gene therapy to immuno-oncology