Dr. Yang most recently led the Merck chemistry efforts on tuberculosis, working with the TBDA (tuberculosis drug accelerator, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). He has over 26 years of experience in drug discovery at Merck, spanning in the field of immunology, oncology, infectious diseases, cardiovascular, obesity and diabetes. Dr. Yang received his PhD from Rice University in organic chemistry. He served as the president of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA) in 2000. He has been an adjunct professor of Peking University’s Master Degree Program of International Pharmaceutical Engineering Management, 2007-2016. Dr. Yang has authored and co-authored over 60 publications and over 60 patents. He has been an editor for two medicinal chemistry journals.