Tin-Chuen Yeung '87
Yeung '87 combines knowledge of business, science, law at
will sometimes label a person knowledgeable about many disparate
subjects as a "jack of all trades and master of none."
Having mastered such diverse fields as business, science and
law, Tin-Chuen Yeung '87 is a living rejoinder to that
him a Renaissance man.
addition to his Kellogg School MBA, Yeung holds a doctorate
in pharmacology and a bachelor of science in biochemistry
from the State University of New York. He worked as a scientist
for eight years, three of which he spent as a research fellow
at Harvard University, and, with an American partner, delivered
a series of lectures to the China Pharmaceutical Association
in August. He has been a high-ranking executive at Baxter
International and Bell, Boyd & Lloyd. The Northbrook,
Ill.-based law firm of which he is managing director, Everest
Intellectual Property Law Group, was profiled in the Chicago
Daily Law Bulletin in January. Yeung himself was profiled
in The Scientist and co-authored an article on venture
capital in American Venture in 2005.
I was trying to do was combine my science training with my
business training and create my own niche," he says.
as an afterthought, Yeung mentions he passed the patent examination
without ever attending law school. "My combination of
experience has served me very well," he notes.
course, there have been humbling moments. As an undergraduate
at SUNY-Stony Brook, where he had traveled from Hong Kong
on scholarship to study biochemistry, Yeung says he was not
quite so connected to his new environment. "I was so
involved with the Chinese community that I didn't know what
was going on in America," he says, recalling a sidewalk
encounter with a fellow Stony Brook student who wanted to
know if Yeung could tell him who had won the SuperBowl. Puzzled,
Yeung asked, "What's the SuperBowl?"
he laughs about the exchange today, the moment was crucial
to Yeung's professional development. Realizing how little
he knew about the lives of the people among whom he hoped
to build a life and career, he decided to immerse himself
in American culture, studying it as enthusiastically as he
had been studying math and science. Since then, the United
States has truly become Yeung's home. For the past 10 years,
he has lived with his family in Northbrook, where his company
is also located.
IP boasts clients ranging from major universities to multi-billion-dollar
companies all over the world. Yeung, managing partner Joseph
Fuchs and partner Michael Leonard have decades of combined
experience in law and related fields. They claim among their
many areas of expertise biotechnology, information technology,
material sciences, Internet technology, bioinformatics and
computer software and hardware.
the three of us," says Yeung, "we can handle pretty
says his time at Kellogg has been an important piece of his
professional development throughout his career. "Kellogg
really emphasized cash flow analysis," he recalls, which
endeared him right away to the board of directors at The NutraSweet
Co. during the three years he spent in the company's business
development division. As he was about to begin his first presentation,
Yeung says impatient board members demanded to know why he,
originally a pharmacologist in research and development for
the company, was qualified to give a business presentation.
Startled, Yeung began to list qualifications. The board stopped
him when he said he has a Kellogg degree, apparently sorry
to have doubted.
learned two major things from Kellogg," says Yeung. The
first was the importance of examining every facet of a problem
with a manager's critical eye. The second, he continues, was
how best to share that skill with prospective employers.
have to market yourself," he says. "You have to
market your services. Why is your skill so important to future
employers? If there's no answer, you shouldn't be in business."