Professor Jianjun Cheng, Co-founder/President
Prof. Cheng is the founder and president of Surio. He is also Dean of School of Engineering and Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Westlake University, China and the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UIUC. Dr. Cheng is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Chemical Society-Division of Polymer Chemistry, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Cheng has received numerous awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award in 2010 and UIUC Distinguished Promotion Award. His research includes cancer targeting, nanomedicine, gene and drug delivery, polypeptide chemistry and application. He is the co-inventor of 29 patents and co-authored over 150 publications. He is appointed to Dean of School of Engineering and Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Westlake University on Aug. 2nd, 2021.
Dr. Kaimin Cai, CTO/Co-founder
Dr. Kaimin Cai cofounded Surio and will direct the R&D effort of Surio to advance the leading cancer targeting technology toward translation. Dr. Cai obtained his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering at UIUC under the advisement of Prof. Jianjun Cheng. He graduated from Peking University with a BS degree in chemistry in 2012. Dr. Cai has extensive experience in the synthesis and design of trigger-responsive drug delivery vehicles drug formulation and in vivo tumor models and animal studies. He has received multiple awards including the Illinois Technology Foundation Fifty for the Future Award, the Beckman Institute Fellowship, Racheff-Intel Award for excellent research in recognition of his interdisciplinary research achievements on cancer targeting.