We have a comprehensive and experienced leadership team who have come together under one organization to achieve our mission.


Johnson Y.N. Lau, MBBS, MD, FRCP

Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairman

Johnson is a successful pharmaceutical executive who has had extensive leadership experience in both scientific and business management. As Chairman and CEO of Ribapharm, he launched the second largest biotech IPO in US history. Prior to Ribapharm, he served as the Head of Worldwide Research and Development for ICN Pharmaceuticals. Prior, Johnson served as the Senior Director of Antiviral Therapy at Schering-Plough. Johnson has contributed more than 250 scientific publications and editorials/reviews/chapters in peer reviewed scientific journals and has edited two books. He was a former Managing Director at Roth Capital Partners, a Director of the Board of Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), serving as the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee as well as the Corporate Governance Committee, as well as other public and private companies. He is currently serving on the Board of Porton Fine Chemicals (Listed in Shenzhen Exchange: 300363), and private companies including Avalon Biomedical Management Limited, Avagenex Limited, Aiviva Corporation, and Hong Kong X-tech Startup platform (general partner and mentor). He is also an Executive Board Member of the charity Project Vision and is an honorary professor/adjunct professor of the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Biomedical Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Johnson received his medical degree (MBBS) and medical doctorate degree (MD) from the University of Hong Kong. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Johnson has served as the Chairman of the Board of Athenex since its inception and assumed the role of CEO in mid 2011.

Jeffrey Yordon

Chief Operating Officer and President – Athenex Pharmaceutical Division

Jeffrey Yordon has held multiple senior management positions in the pharmaceutical industry over the last 46 years. Mr. Yordon was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sagent Pharmaceuticals which had a market cap of $1.6 billion when he left the company in 2015. Previous to that, Mr. Yordon was the COO of American Pharmaceutical Partners where he was a founder and the company was eventually sold to Fresenius for $5.5 billion. Mr. Yordon was the CEO of Faulding Pharmaceuticals, CEO and Founder of YorPharm, COO of Gensia Pharmaceuticals and he was instrumental in the sale of all of these companies to Apotex, Teva and Hospira for prices upwards of $3.5 billion. Mr. Yordon has successfully taken four companies public and all of the companies sold for significant returns for his shareholders. Mr. Yordon was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2014, won a prestigious Innovation Award from the City of Chicago, was appointed to the Chicago Innovation Council in 2014, was appointed by Governor Rauner to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority in 2015, has been appointed to be the Chairman of the Board of the Northern Illinois University Foundation, is the Chair of the NIU Political Science Advisory Panel and is actively involved in the NIU Athletic program. Mr. Yordon has three children and presides in the Chicago area.

Rudolf Kwan, MBBS, MRCP

Chief Medical Officer

Rudolf has had a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry with over twenty years of experience in global clinical development and operations.  Before joining Athenex, he served dual roles at Schering-Plough (SP) as Vice President and Regional Head of Asia Pacific Global Clinical Operations and Vice President of Global Clinical Development, CNS.

In the clinical operations position, Rudolf successfully recruited Heads of Clinical Operations for China, South East Asia, Australia, Taiwan and South Korea and set up the infrastructure to conduct global clinical trials in Asia Pacific for Schering-Plough.  As Vice President of Global Clinical Development, CNS, he was responsible for the clinical development of all SP central nervous system drugs, globally. Major achievements included developing and executing a bioequivalence registration strategy for a new formulation of Temodol, for glioblastoma, which led to a simultaneous global registration.  He also designed and executed multiple global development programs. Earlier at Schering-Plough, Rudolf held various clinical operation positions with increasing responsibility.  He held similar positions at Chiron Corporation and at Smith Kline Beecham. Rudolf obtained his medical degree in Hong Kong and did subsequent training in England.  He is a member and Chair of the Data Monitoring and Safety Board and Protocol Review Board for the Clinical Trial Network of the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institute of Health in the USA (NIH). He is also a member of several advisory panels and grant review panels for NIH.

Simon Pedder, PhD

Chief Business and Strategy Officer, Proprietary Products

Simon has a long career in drug development including recent leadership roles as President and CEO of Cellectar Biosciences, President and CEO of Chelsea Therapeutics, Vice President of Oncology Pharma Business at Hoffmann-LaRoche, Life Cycle Leader and Global Project Leader of Pegasys/IFN and Head of Hepatitis Franchise at Hoffmann-LaRoche; and Vice President and Head of Drug Development in Shearwater Corporation. Formerly, he was a faculty in the Department of Pharmacology in College of Medicine in the University of Saskatchewan, where he obtained his PhD in Pharmacology. During his longstanding career in pharmaceutical development, Simon has previously led the late stage development and commercial launch of multiple proprietary pharmaceutical products. In addition to his PhD in Pharmacology, Simon obtained a Master of Science in Toxicology from Concordia University, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and completed the Roche-sponsored Pharmaceutical Executive Management Program at Columbia Business School.

Nick Riehle

Chief Financial Officer

Nick is a veteran financial and business professional. Prior to joining Athenex, Nick served for 10 years as Vice President Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Chelsea Therapeutics, a NASDAQ-listed biopharmaceutical company which was acquired by H. Lundbeck A/S in 2014. Before Chelsea Therapeutics, Mr. Riehle served as Chief Financial Officer at HAHT Commerce, Inc., a software company, and prior to that served in various finance and marketing roles at Nortel Networks and IBM. Mr. Riehle has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, an MBA from York University and earned a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in Ontario, Canada.

James Hussey

Executive Vice President – Athenex Pharmaceutical Division

James M. (“Jim”) Hussey has been a President or CEO of various health care and advanced technology related companies over the past +20 years. After graduating from Pharmacy School at Butler University in 1982 and getting his MBA from University of Illinois – Chicago in 1984, Jim joined Bristol Myers Squibb, a global pharmaceutical company. During his 11 years at BMS, Jim held positions of increasing responsibility within the US business reaching the position of General Manager – US in 1992. He left BMS in 1994 to start the first of his many start-up ventures. Over the next 20 years, Jim served as CEO, President or Founder at Physicians Quality Care, NeoPharm Pharmaceuticals (NEOL: NASDAQ), NanoInk, Inc., Sagent Pharmaceuticals (SGNT: NASDAQ) and now Athenex Pharmaceutical Division, a global pharmaceutical company. He also served on the leadership team at Ovation Pharmaceuticals. Jim has served on many different Board of Directors both as CEO/President or as an Independent Director. Jim served on the board of Option Care, a public (OPTN: NASDAQ) specialty pharmacy business. He has been an angel investor for biotech and served as an advisor to many biotech and health care startups. Jim has served on government boards and on the boards of charitable organizations. Jim currently is Chairman of the Board at Symbria, a National Long Term Care Health Care Service Provider based in Chicago. He serves as Independent Director on the Power Wellness Board, a Global Wellness Center Management Company and on the Board of Vidasym, a biotech startup. Jim serves as a Consultant to the health care, biotech, nanotech, compound pharmacy and branded and generic pharmaceutical industries in addition to his role as Executive Vice President at Athenex Pharmaceutical Division.

David Cutler, MD, FRCP(C)

Vice President, Clinical Development

David brings to Athenex significant scientific and managerial expertise in the field of translational pharmacology and clinical research. Prior to joining Athenex, David held leadership positions at Merck Research Laboratories and Schering-Plough Research Institute in the Department of Experimental Medicine. During his 25 years in industry, David has made significant contributions to the successful development and registration of numerous compounds in the areas of Oncology/Immuno-Oncology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Hepatology. His expertise covers the full spectrum of therapeutic modalities including small molecules, liposomal encapsulated compounds, targeted cytotoxic conjugates, cytokines, monoclonal antibodies and gene therapies. At Schering-Plough KK (Tokyo), David was a senior executive in clinical research streamlining the research culture within the organization, resulting in numerous new drug approvals for the Japanese market.

David received his medical degree from the College of Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan. Subsequently he trained in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester and in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto and the University of California, San Diego. David is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.

Wing-Kai Chan, MD, MBBS, FRACP

Head – Asia-Pacific Clinical

Wing-Kai’s roles have included Director, National Center of Excellence for Clinical Trial and Research at the National University Hospital, Taiwan, and Medical Director in Roche Asia/Pacific and in that capacity, participated in the clinical development of a number of anti-cancer drugs such as: Rituxan, Herceptin and Xeloda, to name a few. Wing-Kai is a medical graduate of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians. He is also a member of American Society of Clinical Oncology. Wing-Kai has authored many publications in clinical oncology over the course of his distinguished career. Wing-Kai is based in Taipei, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

William Zuo, PhD

President – Polymed Therapeutics

William has served as President of Polymed Therapeutics since 1995 and Chairman of Chongqing Taihao Pharmaceutical since 2012. William specializes in the developing, manufacturing, global sale and marketing of various complexes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (“API”), especially the injectable Oncology APIs. William was the CEO of the Fibrocell Science (NYSE: FCSC) companies in Asia from 2010 to 2013. He introduced first US FDA approved cell therapeutics product LaViv to the Asia market. William has been responsible for the building of numerous cGMP facilities in China and has extensive experience in dealing with the Food and Drug Administration in both China and the United States.

William received his PhD in Nanotechnology from Rice University where he worked extensively with Dr. Richard Smalley, the late Nobel Prize Scholar. William also has Masters degrees in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Rice University.