CASI’s senior management team is responsible for aligning the company’s business strategy with its core scientific strengths, while maintaining prudent resource management, fiscal responsibility and accountability.
Ken K. Ren, Ph.D. Dr. Ren joined CASI Pharmaceuticals in April 2012 as interim Chief Executive Officer, and after successful completion of the one-year interim period, was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2013. Prior to joining CASI Pharmaceuticals from 2005-2012, Dr. Ren was the president of Accelovance (China), a subsidiary of Accelovance, Inc., which is a Maryland-based contract research organization. Prior to Accelovance, Dr. Ren was the founder of New Jersey-based AHT Inc., which merged with Novemed, a portfolio investment of a blue-chip public company in Hong Kong. He was a co-founder of the China Innovation Center for Life Science (U.S.A.) Corp., a New York-based consulting firm in partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology which provided consulting services to health-care and pharmaceutical companies in both the U.S. and China. Over the past 15 years Dr. Ren has been involved in several U.S./China based start-up companies in pharmaceutical development or services. Dr. Ren was a research scientist at Pfizer from 1993–1995 and a Research Fellow at Rockefeller University from 1990–1993. He received his medical degree at the Shandong University School of Medicine in China in 1986 and a Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990.
Cynthia W. Hu, JD. Ms. Hu joined CASI Pharmaceuticals in June 2006 as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary and, to reflect expanding responsibilities, was appointed Chief Operating Officer by the Board in December 2008. Prior to joining CASI Pharmaceuticals, from January 2000 to May 2006, Ms. Hu served as senior attorney for the corporate and finance practice group at Powell Goldstein LLP in Washington, DC, where she advised clients on all corporate and financing matters, including complex public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, SEC and regulatory compliance, and corporate governance and compliance. Before that, Ms. Hu served as counsel for ING Annuities (formerly Golden American Life Insurance Company) and was corporate attorney with the law firms of Klehr, Harrison, Harvey & Branzburg, LLP and Littman & Krooks, LLP focusing on corporate transactions and compliance with corporate and securities laws.
Sara B. Capitelli, CPA Ms. Capitelli joined CASI Pharmaceuticals in January 2011 as Vice President, Finance and Principal Accounting Officer. Prior to joining CASI Pharmaceuticals, from May 2010 to January 2011, Ms. Capitelli served as Controller for the Association for Financial Professionals in Bethesda, Maryland. From 1999-2008, Ms. Capitelli served as Senior Manager with Ernst & Young, where she provided audit and consulting services for small and large public and private companies. Prior to that, she served as Director, Financial Planning and Reporting of Cable & Wireless USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cable & Wireless plc. Ms. Capitelli holds a CPA license in both Maryland and Virginia. Ms. Capitelli received her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration – Accounting, from Bucknell University.