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William CAO
William CAO

Founder, Chairman & CEO


Gracell Bio

Dr. Wei (William) Cao is the founder, chairman and CEO of Gracell Biotechnologies Group. Together with an industry veteran team, Dr. Cao has created Gracell to capture special opportunity of cell therapy for global market. Through external partnership and in-house R&D effort, Gracell has been rapidly progressing with novel CAR-T programs to address the industry’s key issues and regenerative medicine programs.

Dr. Cao has over 30 years of professional experience in scientific research, products development and startups. He was the co-founder and CEO of a Nasdaq listed cellular therapy company. Prior to his venture, Dr Cao served as Technical Manager for Bayer Diagnostics Asia Pacific region, and China General Manager of Affymetrix, a world leader in genetic analysis industry. 

Dr. Cao earned a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from Fudan University Medical College and a PhD degree in Immuno-Pharmacology from Medical College of Virginia, USA. He has extensive research experience in immune-pharmacology field at Harvard Medical School and Stanford University Medical Center. He is invited as the director of International Chinese Stem Cell Foundation (ICSCF). Dr. Cao received prestigious White Magnolia Award from Shanghai City. 

Dr. Cao is also an inventor of more than 70 patents in the field of stem cell and CAR-T technologies.