Jian Zhang, PhD, Founder and CEO
Jian was born in China and was fascinated by chemistry and biology in high school. In 2005 he came to the U.S. to pursue his independent postdoctoral research at Colorado State University in the area of Chemical Biology. He became very interested in one type of biological molecule called carbohydrates or glycans. In 2009 he moved his career from academia to the industry. From 2009 to 2013, he held various industrial positions from carbohydrate synthesis to microarray development. Dr. Zhang is an experienced biomedical research scientist and has been awarded multiple Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants. In 2013, he founded Z Biotech, LLC to offer academic and industrial organizations highly advanced glycan microarray products and analytical services. He has great passion to take entrepreneurial initiative, create new business ventures by raising resources, and apply innovative ideas to solve problems and meet the needs of the glycoscience market.
Xi Chen, PhD, Director of R&D
As a scientist, and business profession, Dr. Xi Chen leads the daily R&D operations of Z Biotech. He has mapped an affordable new path to bringing products and services to market that are truly unique. He actively participates with the marketing council to assure there is a solid alignment of market need and product direction and development; learning from today to lead the market of tomorrow. Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. in cancer biology, with a concentration on cancer stem cell biology. His knowledge base is solidly founded in science with accompanying marketing, finance and leadership capabilities to round out the package.
Jonathan Beirne, Production Manager
Jon joins Z Biotech with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jon brings specialized research experience, lab technician skills, and a strong life science curiosity to Z-Biotech’s growing team. Although Jon doesn’t have formal training in glycobiology, his experience as an undergraduate researcher with a great track record in biomedical research shows that he is a quick learner with lots of ambition and curiosity. Jon has been awarded one UROP grant and two BSI grants in his undergraduate study. He also achieved one publication and another one is in preparation.