Chia-Yu (Joyce) Huang, Ph.D. Medicinal Chemistry Assistant Director

Dr. Chiayu (Joyce) Huang is a medicinal chemist with more than 20 years of experience in drug discovery. Her experience spans a variety of therapeutic areas, including Metabolic Disease, Oncology, Respiratory, CNS, and Inflammatory Disease.

Dr. Huang joined Venenum Biodesign in May 2010 and started the design and set up of organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and NMR laboratories, a compound management facility, and a chemical stock room. She has led several hit to lead and lead optimization programs at Venenum targeting metabolic disease, NASH, and cancer.

In 1995, Dr. Huang began her career at Pharmacopeia, where she led several lead optimization programs in collaboration with Schering-Plough and Cephalon, resulting in one clinical candidate and two GLP tox candidates for these programs.  In addition, she designed and synthesized multiple encoded chemical libraries, which produced hit/lead compounds for many medicinal chemistry programs.

From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Huang managed multiple successful Lead Discovery/Lead Optimization programs in a broad range of therapeutic areas for Ligand Pharmaceutical, in collaboration with Schering-Plough. She managed internal and external resources, coordinating with multiple sites internationally, and achieved four milestones in 2010.

Dr. Huang received a B.S. in chemistry from National Taiwan University, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Duke University. She has co-authored more than 35 papers and patents.