Julia Fan Li
Julia is Co-Founder & CEO of Micrographia Bio, a London-based deeptech bio company with engineering at its heart. She works on accelerating biomedical discovery through applying machine learning to advanced microscopy. Prior to Micrographia Bio, Julia led and built the UK division of Seven Bridges Genomics, a leading SaaS bioinformatics company. Stemming from her PhD at Cambridge University focused on innovative financing for global health, Julia helped to originate, launch, and manage the pioneering $108M Global Health Investment Fund that focuses on innovation for diseases which disproportionately affect developing countries. The Fund was structured by Lion's Head Global Partners, JP Morgan and Chase and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was launched during the UN General Assembly in 2013. The LP base included pension funds, national governments, pharmaceutical corporate venture arms and individuals. During her career, Julia has served the World Health Assembly on special task forces on R&D financing and coordination. As a policy adviser, Julia has advised the UK government on international health policy and government of the Northwest Territories (Canada) on sub-national sovereign wealth funds structured to sustain benefits for future generations. She started her career as a Chartered Accountant in the national biotechnology practice of KPMG Canada and healthcare investment banking in China with the Balloch Group.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Julia completed her MPhil in bioscience enterprise and PhD engineering at St. John's College, University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar. She holds a BCOM, with Honours, in finance and immunology from the University of British Columbia and is a Canadian Chartered Accountant. Julia is a David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission, Trustee of the Gates Cambridge Scholarships, and was an Olympic volunteer at three successive Olympic Games in Beijing (2008), Vancouver (2010), and London (2012). She also co-founded the African Innovation Prize business plan competition to spur entrepreneurship in Rwandan universities.
A member of Class 20, Julia completed her fellowship under the mentorship of Christopher Egerton-Warburton, Partner at Lion's Head Global Partners.