Dr. Franklin Jiang – COO and Partner, Quark Venture Inc.
Dr. Franklin Jiang joined Quark Ventures in 2015 and is responsible for building strategic partnerships with top financial and industry partners and designing and implemented investment strategies. In addition, he established China Centre, a world-leading translational institution, that to date, has invested over $30 million CAD in three biotechnology companies in North America.
Prior to Quark Venture, Dr. Franklin Jiang, as a strategic investor, was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Stealth Energy and Sun Oil Ltd. He also sat on the board of two Canadian TSX-V listed bio-energy companies and in a short period, led those companies from deficit to profit and secured two rounds of financing totaling over $50 million CAD by leveraging financial tools and strategic investment from Asia. He completed several merging deals with North America energy funds and a co-developed an agreement with Petro China for a total value of over $100 million US. Dr. Jiang was also instrumental in bringing in top financial institutions from China to establish an energy fund that focused on merge and acquisition of high-potential oil assets in North America which led to over $250 million CAD in acquisitions.
In addition to his entrepreneurial business experience in venture capital, strategic investments and biotech start-ups, Dr. Jiang also holds a PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia. His work in research and development was conducted in the Centre for Blood Research and the Life Sciences Institute and focused on elucidating the biological macromolecular 3D structure and demonstrating the function-structure relationship of proteins as potential target drugs. Dr. Jiang and his group successfully decoded three actin-regulating protein structures together with substances to reveal the novel mechanism of actin regulation, which significantly precede R&D into potential anti-tumor drugs.
Dr. Jiang obtained his PhD from UBC in 2011, a MSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Regina in 2006 and his BSc in Biological Science from the Shanghai Jiotong University in 2004.
Dr. Jiang has garnered numerous awards and titles for his contributions, entrepreneurial work and research. Among them he was named the ‘Top Entrepreneur Individual Overseas’ by High-Tech Zone, Chengdu, Sichuan China and received an ‘Outstanding Research Fellowship’ from UBC.
Awards and Titles
2015 – “Top Entrepreneur Individual from oversea” High-Tech Zone, Chengdu, Sichuan China 2014 – “100 Top Expertise Plan”-Excellent Individuals, Chengdu City, Sichuan China
2013 – “1000 Top Expertise Plan”-Excellent Individuals, Sichuan China
2012 – Excellent Young Entrepreneurs, Sichuan China
2011 – Excellent Contribution Awards, CBR, BC Canada
2004 – Excellent Graduate Research Awards, SK Canada
2010 – David W. Strangway Awards, BC Canada
2009 – Boehringer Ingelheim Awards, BC Canada
2008 – Graduate Fellowship Awards, BC Canada
2006-2008 – Outstanding Research Fellowship, UBC, BC Canada
2015 – Committee member of “100 Top Expertise Plan” Association, Chengdu, Sichuan China
2013 – Deputy Secretary of “1000 Top Expertise Plan” Association, Sichuan China
2010 – Vice-President of General Chinese Association
2009 – President of Students and Scholars Association, UBC, BC Canada
2008 – Representative of Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Canada to attend the Olympic Games in Beijing
2005 – Vice-President of General Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Canada
2005 – Representative of Canada to attend 20th National Conference of Youth Association and Student Association of China
2004 – President of Chinese Students and Scholars Association, SK Canada