The Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) Award


The non-profit Chinese American Chromatography Association (CACA) presents their Young Investigator and Student Excellence Awards in separation science, and invited speakers will share their experience in building successful careers in spanning technology and business and leading multinational organizations.

The session will kick off at 1:40 pm with a talk by Xiwei Emmi Zheng of Merck on getting ready to tackle life beyond graduate school. Finishing graduate school and moving toward a career in industry can be exciting but complex. In this talk, Zheng will share his own experience in graduate school and industry and share some tips and advice on job possibilities.

Next, at 2:15 PM, Jack Henion of Cornell University will talk on a startup story: how academic research has led to business entrepreneurships. This talk presents a detailed overview on how a liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS) contract research organization (CRO) was started in Ithaca, New York, which later evolved into a significant analytical instrument company.

Jane Tang, the CEO of, will next describe, at 2:50 pm, the exploration for the development of a network platform in scientific instrumentation in China. This talk describes the first professional portal website ( dedicated to scientific instrumentation in China. It has been developed over the past 20 years, being consistently updated with new internet and big data technologies since its establishment in 1999. The talk discusses how to interact with the website.

This will be followed by a talk at 3:40 by Xueying Huang from Sepax Technologies, Inc. on the transition from being a scientist to an entrepreneur. Huang will share personal experiences on this transition and a definition of what a good entrepreneur is.

The final talk at 4:15 pm is by Marcelo Prado from Thermo Fisher Scientific on the laboratory of the future and career development in fast-paced, innovative industries. The laboratory environment is changing. Even before the current pandemic, there was a trend to automate and innovate research laboratories through integrated software solutions, cloud technology, sophisticated data analytics, and artificial intelligence. This so called “Lab of the Future” will impact how researchers interact with instruments, collaborate with peers, and ultimately, how they innovate. This talk will discuss the critical traits on how to be successful in the laboratory of the future.

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