Dr. Gengchen Han is the Chairman of Origin and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Origin since December 3, 2018. He also served, in the past, as the President and the Chief Executive of Origin at various times. Dr. Han is also the Executive Chairman of Beijing Origin and its affiliated companies, a position that he has held since founding the business in 1997. Dr. Han was the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from its inception in 1997 until January 1, 2009 and from August 1, 2011 to April 25, 2016. Dr. Han has more than 20 years of experience in research and development of hybrid seed products, particularly corn seed. From 1982 until 1984, Dr. Han was a lecturer at the Henan Agriculture University. From 1984 to 1987, Dr. Han received his Ph.D. degree in Plant Breeding and Cytogenics from Iowa State University. From 1989 until 1990 he worked for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT, in Mexico. He worked for Pioneer Hi-bred International from 1990 to 1996; his positions there included Regional Technical Coordinator for Asia/Pacific and Regional Supervisor for China Business.
Dr. Michael W. Trimble has been a director at Origin since May 2006. Dr. Trimble is the founder of Trimble Genetics International LLC, or Trimble Genetics, and has been the President of Trimble Genetics since 2001. Trimble Genetics is a plant genetics research company that has expanded business and research relationships to include activities in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dr. Trimble is a leader in plant genetics research with over thirty years of experience in crop breeding and the agricultural seed industry. Dr. Trimble is an inventor of numerous patents in the field of plant genetics. Dr. Trimble graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota and also completed graduate programs at Purdue University and Iowa State University.
Mr. Rong Chen became a director of Origin in July 2018. Mr. Chen is the founder of Elastos Foundation. He is a technology industry veteran for over 30 years with 18 years of entrepreneurial experience and 8 years of operating system development experience at Microsoft. Mr. Chen launched Elastos Foundation in June 2017 to develop cryto-tokens and blockchain technologies. Mr. Chen founded Kortide in Beijing in 2000 to design and implement Elastos, an advanced operating system for a secure Internet, from scratch. Mr. Chen has a computer science degree from Tsinghua University and a Master degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Chen agreed to join Origin's board as announced in the Company's press release dated February 15, 2018 when the Company announced the cooperation with Elastos Foundation.
Ms. Fei Wang became a director of Origin in February 2019. Ms. Wang currently serves as Global Finance Director of UTStarcom Holdings Corp. (“UTStarcom”), a provider of broadband equipment and solutions, which is listed on NASDAQ. Ms. Wang has served in various financial functions, including Investor Relation Director, since 2011. Prior to UTStarcom, Ms. Wang has had more than seven years financial experience in several publicly listed multinational companies based in the United States. Ms. Wang received her master’s degree in Financial Accountancy from the Rutgers University and her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from City University of New York. Ms. Wang is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Dr. Min Lin is currently a professor at the Biotechnology Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) located in Beijing, China. From 2005 to 2019, Dr. Lin served as the director of the Biotechnology Research Institute of CAAS. Dr. Lin also served as Executive Vice President for the Chinese Society of Agri-Biotechnology and Vice President for Chinese Society of Biotechnology. Dr. Lin has been a visiting scientist at the Institut Pasteur in France and at the Research Institute for Plant Protection (IPO-DLO) in the Netherlands. Dr. Lin received his Ph.D. and Master's Degree from CAAS and his Bachelor's degree in Biology from University of Sichuan.