Will Liu
Will Liu joined Eight Roads as a partner specialising in China healthcare therapeutics. He was previously Head of Neuroscience and Head of Asia, Worldwide Business Development at GSK.

What motivates you?

Curiosity. I am fascinated by cutting-edge science and technology. Working at Eight Roads allows me to be in touch with some of the brightest minds in life sciences and some of the most audacious dreamers in the biotech industry.

What’s been the steepest learning curve on your career journey so far?

Transitioning from being a business development professional to an investor. Even though some of the skillsets are interchangeable, the approaches and perspectives are different.

Which global tech trend are you most excited about at the moment and why?

Genome editing technology. The field of genome editing is advancing rapidly. More selective and efficient tools are being discovered. It is possible that one day this technology could be used to correct gene mutations causing various disease in human. However, some hurdles remain on the path ahead, including the recently discovered human immunity against one of the enzymes used. Nevertheless, I remain optimistic about the future of this technology.

 If you could give a piece of advice to your 20 year old self, what would it be?

Understanding oneself is as important as understanding the outside world.