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My personal experience in career development and advocacy for Taiwan
Mark Kao, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Janssen Research and Development LLC.
President, Taiwanese American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Mark Kao (高龍榮) was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He went to study at National Chung-Hsing University majoring in Entomology, and later became interested in toxicological studies on pesticides. In 1979 he went to study at North Carolina State University where he earned his Ph.D. in Toxicology. He then did his postdoctoral research at NIH and Cornell University, and decided he prefers industry over academic career. Since then he worked for Bayer, BASF, American Cyanamid, Wyeth and recently for Janssen (J&J) on the safety issues related to the use of agricultural, animal health and human pharmaceuticals. He is currently Scientific Director at Janssen Research and Development LLC., a subsidiary of J&J. At J&J he works on preclinical development of treatments for rare diseases, cancers, bioterrorism, metabolic and CNS disorders.
While in graduate school at North Carolina Mark joined Taiwanese Student Association on campus and started his involvement in promoting democracy and human rights in Taiwan. He later became the founding Director of the Taiwanese collegian; a US based Taiwanese student organization, to form an alliance with several US Taiwanese student organizations to promote democracy and human rights in Taiwan. Because of those activities he was banned from returning Taiwan for almost 15 years. He had served as President of Taiwanese Associations in Ithaca, Kansas City and New Jersey, and the Chairman of the Board of Director for Chen Wen-Chen Memorial Foundation, and President of Formosan Association of Public Affairs (FAPA). Mark is the current President of Taiwanese American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (TAAP台美藥劑協會). The main TAAP objectives are to help Taiwanese pharmaceutical industry in Taiwan to help US-based Taiwanese develop their career (www.TAAP-US.org).
Mark is married to Su-Mei with two daughters, Megan and Jennifer.