Award for young alumnus in China

December 16 / 189

At only 28 years old, Dr Yijia Li is an entrepreneur, scientist and expert in stem cell storage, and is considered a global leader in biomedicine. Now, the University of Melbourne PhD alumnus can add Young Alumni of the Year, after being awarded at the Australia China Alumni Association Awards.

The awards, hosted in Guangzho on Saturday night, recognise alumni of Australian universities who have made significant contributions in their professional fields and to society.

After earning his doctorate from the University of Melbourne in 2013, where his final essay was published as the cover story on esteemed biology magazine Traffic, Li went on to become the co-founder and director of Shunxi Investment Group Company International (SI) and Yunnan Province Stem Cell Bank.

SI, founded in Melbourne in 2013, is a major $1.2 billion investment fund that translates the latest cutting-edge research into clinical practice. In collaboration with Monash University and some of the world’s leading stem cell scientists, SI conducts research on the immune system, CAR-T treatment and neurodegenerative diseases.

The Yannan Province Stem Cell Bank, a 3,200 square metre research facility, develops stem cell storage, conducts genome research on stem cells and cancer, and aims to begin clinical trials on stem cell treatments for cancer.

Story by Lep Beljac.

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