Helen Yuanyuan Cao


Helen Yuanyuan Cao is an executive in the life sciences industry, currently the Head of Marketing Europe and Africa at BD Biosciences/Becton Dickinson where she is responsible for all research and clinical product and marketing. Previously Helen was the Head of Global Solution Marketing at Qiagen and in charge of the strategic integration of Qiagen’s wetlab business with bioinformatics.

Helen is a mentor of the accelerator program Startupbootcamp and on the advisory board of Bellabeat, a Y Combinator digital health company. Helen has been named Germany’s “40 under 40“ and “Female Manager of the Year“ and been awarded by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society as a “Rising Talent“, among a group of female leaders under 40.

She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Make-A- Wish Foundation Germany. Helen started her career at Bain & Company. She holds an M.A. in Neurobiology from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a MBA from European Business School.

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