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Ricky Chiu

Founder & CEO, PHASE Scientific

Ricky Chiu, is the CEO and founder of PHASE Scientific, a fast-growing biotechnology company that has developed a game-changing sample preparation technology. This technology has the ability to concentrate target molecules by 10-100-folds, which makes any diagnostic test more affordable, accessible, faster, easier, and more accurate.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ricky pursued his Ph.D. in bioengineering at UCLA, where his research led to the invention of the revolutionary sample preparation technology.  In 2015, Ricky founded PHASE Scientific with the aspiration to help people better manage their health through the commercialization of this technology. The Company’s current focuses include cancer liquid biopsy and point-of-care tests for infectious diseases. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Company swiftly applied their technology to develop a full-range of Covid-19 testing products and services, including PCR and rapid tests to support Hong Kong and other regions against the pandemic.

Ricky and the company have been the principal of multiple grants, including grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since its founding, the Company has successfully raised over USD$20 million.  It currently has 80 employees, over 50 patents granted/filed, and operations in Hong Kong (HQ), the US, and Mainland China.


South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP's vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan,ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China's tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China's growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China.