Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Yi Liu, Ph.D. is Chief Scientific Officer of Kura Oncology, Inc. Since March 2015. Dr. Liu cofounded Prior Kura in August 2014 and served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Prior Kura from October 2014 until the Upstream Merger in March 2015. Prior to that, Dr. Liu cofounded and served as Chief Scientific Officer of Wellspring Biosciences LLC, a private biopharmaceutical company, from July 2012 to September 2014. Dr. Liu also cofounded Intellikine, Inc., a private biopharmaceutical company, where he served as Vice President of Drug Discovery from 2007 to May 2012, until its acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Prior to Intellikine, Dr. Liu was the head of the drug design group at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation. Earlier in his career, he held senior scientist positions at both SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company which was acquired by Eli Lilly and Company in 2008, and Curagen Corporationrationration, a public biopharmaceutical development company
Age: 46 Founder Since 2015Liu received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Princeton University, his MSc in computational chemistry from Beijing University and his BE in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University.