Board of Directors
Executive Chairman and Director, Finance
Louis Bowen, MBA, is the Executive Chairman and Director of Finance of Pacific GeneTech Limited which he co-founded in 2009. He also currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Asia Capital Management Limited, a private investment banking company based in Hong Kong that he founded in 1994.
Previously, he served as Managing Director of Arral and Partners Limited, one of the first private investment companies in Asia. Louis started his career with Citigroup in New York, before relocating to Hong Kong to establish the Citigroup corporate finance activities in Asia. Louis has overseen many investments and acquisitions in Asia across a range of industries including pharmaceuticals, primary care services, and medical diagnostics.
Louis has served on the boards of a number of companies during his professional career and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School, The Dean’s Executive Advisory Board of the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, the Board of Governors of the Wharton Alumni Association of Hong Kong and the Board of Advisors of the Arkansas World Trade Center.
He was a co-founder of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association. He is a member of the Hong Kong Forum, an Asian regional think-tank affiliated with the US Council on Foreign Relations, and has been a member of the Hong Kong Chapter of the YPO/WPO organization.
Louis holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and has a BA in Economics from the University of Arkansas.
Member, Board of Directors
James Brown, CPA, JD, is Managing Director of AVG Ventures, an investment firm specialising in early to mid-stage technology companies. Prior to joining AVG Ventures, Mr Brown was an independent investor and Member of the Board for numerous companies. Before that, he served in several executive operating roles in public and private technology companies, with responsibilities ranging from finance and legal to operations and strategy.
Previously, Mr Brown was Executive Vice President and General Manager of OpenTV, Inc., a technology and media company which he helped to take public.He was also responsible for founding and managing the company’s applications business unit until its sale to Liberty Media.
Mr Brown started his career practicing law, specialising in corporate finance and technology transactions. He served as a Partner at McDermott, Will & Emery in Menlo Park and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.
Mr Brown holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Weber State University and a Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University Law School where he was Executive Editor of the Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and an active member of the California Bar Association.
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Collard is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific GeneTech and is responsible for the overall management and operations of the company. Tim has more than 40 years’ experience in the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. In 1975 he started his career working with Connaught Laboratories supplying human vaccines to the Hong Kong government and was also involved in development of Connaught’s veterinary vaccines. In 1977 he was recruited by Califas, a China-based consultancy, where he negotiated the first Sino-US joint manufacturing contract in the Chinese healthcare industry and preliminary joint venture agreements between Squibb and the Chinese government.
In 1980 Tim joined Solvay as Far East Director for Solvay’s Biochem Products division, a joint venture with the Pasteur Institute, which developed human and agricultural biologicals. In 1987 he became General Manager, Far East, of British biopharmaceuticals company Porton International where he established marketing, distribution, and local R&D in Asia for human vaccines and biopharmaceuticals, including Porton’s botulinum toxin for treatment of neurological diseases.
In 1993, Tim served as Vice President of Lotus Healthcare Corporation, a manufacturer of oral controlled-release morphine and dihydrocodeine in China. He was responsible for business development, sourcing of Chinese pharmaceutical raw materials, and all in-licensing and technology transfer. In 1997, he established Phoenix Lifesciences to provide transactional consultancy services to the biotechnology sector in Greater China and Southeast Asia. In this consulting capacity, Tim negotiated “first mover” supply agreements for bulk antibiotics between a Chinese producer and British pharmaceutical companies. Tim continued to work on a variety of projects with local and multinational companies including AstraZeneca, Authentix, Aventis, bioMérieux, Proctor & Gamble, SciClone, and Xenova.
Tim holds a BS in biology from Bristol University in the United Kingdom.
Stephen L. Parr
Member, Board of Directors
Stephen Parr, MBA, is President and Managing Member of Parr Financial Group, LLC, an asset management firm broadly focused on China, Asia, and the international markets. Mr Parr has been an active investor in China for over thirty years.
Prior to founding Parr Financial Group, Mr Parr was one of the Managing Directors for Pope Asset Management in the United States. In this role, he was responsible for managing a portfolio ofUS$400million and advised Pope on investment strategy, serving as the macroeconomic and political analyst.
Before joining Pope, Mr Parr successfully consulted on financial and strategic advice to a large number of private and public companies.
Mr Parr also served as a Vice President and International Specialist at Goldman Sachs, where he started his career.
Mr Parr holds a Bachelors Degree from Vanderbilt University and a MBA in Finance from Emory University.
Member, Board of Directors
Paul Driscoll, MBA and MS, is the Managing Partner of August Ventures LLC, a private investment company based in Southern California. Paul is an engineer, corporate business manager and private investor by background.
Paul began his career as a systems engineer at the Space Communications Division of TRW designing software for communications satellites. He then held senior management positions at SBC Communications for over ten years, including Director of Corporate Development. At SBC, he specialized in identifying and valuing acquisition targets for SBC, directing valuation and due diligence teams that resulted in the acquisition and disposition of assets worth over $5 billion. Paul then transitioned into private real estate development, including investing and management of small businesses, where he has successfully built and exited small business enterprises.
Paul holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, a Masters Degree in Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Dr. Edward O. Fryar, Jr
Member, Board of Directors
Dr. Fryar is a Director of FHB Ventures, an Ag Tech investment company. Dr. Fryar was the founder and CEO of Ozark Mountain Poultry, which he built into an industry leader in producing antibiotic and animal by-product free, non-GMO poultry. Dr. Fryar successfully sold OMP in 2018. Prior to founding OMP, Dr. Fryar was a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. His areas of research were grain and poultry marketing and price risk management. He has over 50 professional publications and 40 years of professional experience in agriculture.
Dr. Fryar serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Arkansas System and has served on the Council of Economic Advisors for the Governors of Arkansas since 1983. He served on the Agribusiness Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 2014 to 2019 and on the Board of Directors of the National Chicken Council from 2002 to 2018.
He serves on the Board of the Fryar Price Risk Management Center of Excellence at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas and on the Board of a major Charitable Foundation. He also sits on other corporate boards besides Pacific GeneTech.
He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas and was inducted into the Arkansas Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Dr. Fryar has a BA Degree in Economics and MS Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas and a PHD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota.