LEADERSHIP

Bing Yao, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Bing brings more than 20 years’ experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, with a track record of leading successful discovery and development of multiple biotherapeutics. Most recently, Bing was Senior Vice President, Head of Respiratory, Inflammation, Autoimmune iMED, MedImmune, AstraZeneca. During his tenure at MedImmune, he played key leadership roles in the development and approval of three novel biologics for autoimmune, respiratory, and immune-oncology indications respectively. Bing was also Senior Vice President, Head of Immuno-Oncology Franchise, AstraZeneca. In addition, he was the CEO for WuXi-MedImmune Joint Venture. Bing joined MedImmune in 2010 from Genentech, where he was the Head of PTL for Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Neuroscience, and Metabolic Disease. He was Vice President and Head of Research for Tanox, before it was acquired by Genentech in 2007. Bing also held multiple positions with increasing responsibilities at Aventis and Amgen. Bing is on the Board of Directors for NexImmune. Bing received his Ph.D in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Iowa, followed by postdoctoral work at Immunex.

Jorn Drappa, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Head of Research and Development

Jorn brings more than two decades of experience in research and development in the inflammation and autoimmune therapeutic areas. Most recently, Jorn was Vice President, Clinical, MedImmune, where he headed the clinical functions of Respiratory, Inflammation, Autoimmune, Cardiovascular, Metabolic disease, and Infectious disease. Jorn joined MedImmune in 2011 from Genentech, where he was a Senior Medical Director for the Inflammation and Autoimmune assets. Jorn started his career as a Medical Director for Amgen. He received his medical degree from the University of Cologne in Germany and a Ph.D. in immunology from Cornell Medical School/Hospital for Special Surgery, followed by residency at New York Hospital and Rheumatology fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Aaron Ren, Ph.D., MBA
Head of Business Development and Operations

Aaron brings 15 years’ experiences in biopharmaceutical business, and research and development, with both breadth and depth. At Viela Bio, he manages CMC, Quality, IT, Business Development, Procurement and Contracts functions. Most recently, Aaron was the MedImmune China Lead, leading company R&D initiatives for China, and he was also a Director of Business Development, with MedImmune’s BioPharmaceutical Development and Partnering groups respectively. Before he joined MedImmune in 2014, Aaron was with McKinsey & Co, SR One and held multiple roles in R&D with increasing responsibilities with Schering-Plough and Abbott Labs. Aaron received his MBA with honors in Finance and Healthcare Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Washington, during which he was an Eli Lilly Fellow.

Soraya Madani, Ph.D.
Vice President, Head of Portfolio Management and Regulatory Affairs

Soraya brings more than two decades of experience in Project Leadership and Regulatory affairs. Most recently, Soraya was a Senior Director, Project Development Team Leader at MedImmune, responsible for the development of inebilizumab, prezalumab, and MEDI0700. Before she joined MedImmune in 2011, Soraya was a Director of Regulatory Policy at Novartis, and had increasing responsibilities in the R&D organization at Novartis. Soraya started her career as a Reviewer at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Soraya received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Washington.

Kate Surdez
Head of Human Resources

Kate has more than two decades of diverse experience in Human Resources. Kate’s deep experience in talent acquisition, succession strategy, workforce planning, performance coaching and organizational change management will support and enhance Viela’s capabilities and organizational infrastructure. For the past decade, Kate has held a variety of HR roles with increasing responsibilities, primarily with MedImmune and AstraZeneca. Most recently, Kate was a Global Director at AstraZeneca where she supported multiple functions within the biologics and small molecule teams. Prior to entering a global role, she was Director of HR, Training and Communications at the Frederick Manufacturing Facility, where she developed and executed a strategic workforce plan that grew staff from approximately 150 to 650 employees. Kate served in HR roles at Fugro EarthData, a global oil and gas company, and Pearson Education. Kate holds a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Matt Pietras, MBA, MS, CPA
Senior Director, Controller and Treasurer

Matt brings more than 15 years’ experience in Accounting and Finance.  Most recently, Matt was a Director of Finance for Global Oncology at AstraZeneca. Matt initially joined AstraZeneca in 2013, as an Associate Director responsible for global statutory and managerial reporting of MedImmune, including financial planning and analysis. Previously, he was a Vice President of Financial Oversight at Wells Fargo and held roles of increasing responsibility in corporate finance, including controllership and governance roles at Wachovia Bank. Matt started his career at KPMG. Matt is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and earned an MS in Biotechnology and an MBA, both from Johns Hopkins University. Matt earned his Bachelors degree in Accounting and International Business from Pennsylvania State University.