Timo Thy Chen
Vice President, Business Development and Strategy
VIA Technologies, Inc.
Timothy Chen is responsible for worldwide business development and strategic partnerships at VIA Technologies,
Inc., a leading innovator of PC silicon and platform technologies. Besides presiding over VIA’s global sales and
marketing, he serves as technical assistant to the company’s president and CEO. With VIA since 1996, Mr. Chen
began his career in its Taiwan headquarters, where he managed the sales and marketing offices of Japan and Korea. In
addition to his role at VIA, Mr. Chen is chairman of Dopod International, a leading distributor of smartphones in Asia
and a subsidiary of HTC Corp. He also holds board and advisory positions at a number of technology companies. Mr.
Chen earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from UC Berkeley.
Pe Ter Chernin
President and COO
Peter Chernin, who joined News Corp. in 1989 and assumed his current roles in 1996, oversees diversified global
operations spanning five continents, including the production and distribution of film and television programming;
television, satellite, and cable broadcasting; and the company’s aggressive expansion into the digital media and Internet
space. Earlier he headed both Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment and the Fox Broadcasting Co. He also
oversaw Fox’s growth in sports, cable, and general entertainment television programming and distribution in the U.S.
and internationally. Before his 1996 appointment, Mr. Chernin served four years as chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed
Entertainment. He joined Fox from Lorimar Film Entertainment, where he served as president and COO. Earlier he
was executive vice president, programming and marketing, for Showtime/The Movie Channel Inc. Before Showtime,
he was with the David Gerber Co. He began his career in book publishing and currently serves on numerous corporate
and nonprofit boards.
Area Director, Western USA
Singapore Tourism Board (STB), Los Angeles
Remy Choo has served as STB’s area director, Western USA, since 2006. His responsibilities include establishing
long-term strategic alliances between Singapore Airlines and other national travel consortiums and operators, such as
Amex, Virtuoso, and Pleasant Holidays. He is also responsible for all of STB’s interests in the Western U.S. and Canada
for the meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) market. Mr. Choo joined the STB in 1996.
GeorGe m. ChurCh
Professor of Genetics and Director, Center for Computational Genetics
Harvard Medical School
George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Center for Computational
Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in chemistry and zoology, he co-authored (with Sung-Hou Kim )
research on 3D software and RNA structure. His Ph.D. from Harvard in biochemistry and molecular biology (with
Wally Gilbert) included the first direct genomic sequencing method in 1984, initiating the Human Genome Project.
He then was a research scientist at Biogen Inc. and a Monsanto life sciences research fellow at UCSF. Dr. Church
invented the concepts of molecular multiplexing and tags, homologous recombination methods, and array DNA
synthesizers. Technology transfer of automated sequencing and software to Genome Therapeutics Corp. resulted in
the first commercial genome sequence (the human pathogen, H. pylori, 1994). He serves in advisory roles for journals,
granting agencies, and biotech companies. His current research focuses on integrating biosystems-modeling with the
Personal Genome Project and synthetic biology.