Dr. Brian Li 李柏穎



Education :

  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, USA

Experience :

  • CEO, MicroMED Co., Ltd.
  • Project Head, Alcon, a Novartis Company
  • Principal Engineer, MedPatch, Inc.
  • Team Lead, Replenish, Inc.
  • 32 international patents (11 US patents)

Biography :

Brian has 15+ years of experiences in both business and engineering development with micro medical device and drug delivery startups (a group of companies spun off from Caltech and USC) in ophthalmology and biotechnology applications in the U.S.  Before the startup of MicroMED, he was the project lead for a technology transfer program of a novel intraocular lens in Alcon, a Novartis ophthalmology company, and helped to successfully close the deal between Novartis and Caltech/USC team in the end of 2015.

Before Novartis, he was the principal engineer (director of engineering) and the team lead at two of the above Caltech-USC medical micropump research companies to develop the world smallest implantable micropumps for the treatment of incurable eye diseases such as AMD (aged macular degeneration) and a wearable patch micropump for the delivery of insulin in 2-times of dosage.  As the core startup member and the leading technical officer, he had co-lead the critical fund raising negotiations and due diligence activities with more than 10 world-leading biotech, pharma, and medical device firms and had successfully achieved more than 5 stages of milestone contracts, 2 of critical MEMS component improvement, and 2 generations of pump product development.  In 2014, one of these pump companies was also acquired by Novartis after successfully demonstrated the implantation in 11 DME patients in Mexico.

Brian has >30 technical articles and >30 patents worldwide with >70 patent applications in the field of biomedical microdevices.  His research in ophthalmic implantable micropump has been awarded the best paper in the largest international MEMS conference in 2009.  In his multidisciplinary education history, he earned a Ph.D. and a M.S. from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in electrical engineering and materials science.  He also holds a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.

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