PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AnPac Bio-Medical Science Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ANPC) (“AnPac Bio” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company with operations in the United States and China focused on early cancer screening and detection, today announced changes to its board composition and management team.
Mr. Haohan Xu has been appointed as a director of the board of directors (the “Board”), Co-Chairperson of the Board and Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Xu is the Chief Executive Officer of Apifiny Group Inc., a digital asset trading infrastructure provider based in New York, United States and has been actively engaged in the fintech industry with past directorship and senior executive positions held at fintech companies including Mercurity Fintech Holding Inc. (Nasdaq: MFH).
Ms. Xiaoyu Li has been appointed as a director of the Board and as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Ms. Li has extensive experience in investor relations and investment. From May 2018 to August 2021, Ms. Li served as a director of Mercurity Fintech Holding Inc. (Nasdaq: MFH), where Ms. Li previously worked at the investor relations department from 2012 to 2013.
Mr. Tianruo (Robert) Pu has been appointed as a director of the Board, chairperson of the audit committee and member of the compensation committee as well as nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Pu currently serves as an independent director of Autohome Inc. (NYSE: ATHM; HKSE: 2518), One Connect Financial Technology (NYSE: OCFT) and 3SBio Inc. (HKSE: 1530).
Mr. Zhigang (Frank) Zhao has been appointed as a director of the Board, chairperson of the compensation committee and member of the audit committee as well as nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Zhao has over two decades of experience in financial and accounting management with auditing firms and public companies.
Mr. Honggang (Harvey) Tian has been appointed as a director of the Board, chairperson of the nominating and corporate governance committee and member of the audit committee as well as compensation committee. Mr. Tian is an experienced investment professional, with particular focus in Internet and high-tech industries.
In relation to the above appointments, each of Mr. Chris Chang Yu, Jinqiu Tang, Xing Pu, Ren Luo, Jianhua Shao and Guo Feng will resign as a director and/or officer of the Company. These changes are expected to become effective in early October after the completion of customary onboarding processes, including required filings with The Registry of Corporate Affairs in the British Virgin Islands.
Under the new structure, Dr. Chris Chang Yu will continue to manage Company’s cancer screening technology development and grow its business.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Haohan Xu, Ms. Xiaoyu Li, Mr. Tianruo Pu, Mr. Zhigang Zhao and Mr. Honggang Tian to the Board and management team,” said Dr. Chris Yu, Co-Chairman of the Board and Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “We believe their experience and expertise will provide significant value to AnPac Bio as we continue to explore growth opportunities in our early cancer screening and detection business and explore strategic alternatives to further unlock value for shareholders. On behalf of the Board, I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the departing directors for their incredible contribution to the Company during their tenure on the Board and wish them well for the future.”
About AnPac Bio
AnPac Bio is a biotechnology company focused on early cancer screening and detection, with 155 issued patents as of March 31, 2022. With two certified clinical laboratories in China and one CLIA and CAP accredited clinical laboratory in the United States, AnPac Bio performs a suite of cancer screening and detection tests, including CDA (Cancer Differentiation Analysis), bio-chemical, immunological, and genomics tests. According to a report by Frost & Sullivan, AnPac Bio ranked first globally in multi-cancer screening and detection test sample volume (accumulative to January 2021). AnPac Bio’s CDA technology platform has been shown in retrospective validation studies to be able to detect the risk of over 20 different cancer types with high sensitivity and specificity.
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