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Stephen Lee

Director, New Ventures, North Asia

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Why I'm a JPAL

Want to bounce around some ideas and pressure test it? As you start in your venture journey, are you open to hearing what not to do as well as what you should do? I have been a biotech/medtech entrepreneur and understand the pain points of growing a venture company. Would love to share some of these experiences and support the innovation ecosystem...


Stephen is Director of New Ventures, North Asia for J&J Innovation's Asia Pacific Innovation Center. In this role, he is responsible for the deployment of the APIC strategy in North Asia by identifying opportunities (in Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Healthcare and Medical Device) and building networks within the innovation ecosystem. Stephen has over 20 years of experience in the life science sector. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Stephen was the Managing Director of Kybora EM (formerly Torreya EM) where he was responsible for Asia Pacific business development focusing on licensing and M&A advisory services. Stephen is experienced in bringing together investment opportunities and funding. He has been the founder and CEO of CASiGEN Pharma (a Ventac portfolio company) and BioMatrix Dx. He also served as a partner at Ventac Partners where he played a key role in portfolio company building, strategy, marketing, product analysis and IP development. He has also worked as a consultant for 3V SourceOne Capital, Applied Strategies Consulting, First State Investments, and as a patent examiner for the USPTO. Stephen received his D.Phil. in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, Merton College. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


"I have tried 99 times and have failed, but on the 100th time came success."

- Albert Einstein

Fun fact:

I have tried 3 times … 97 to go!