Meet Cai Lei

Cai Lei headshot

Mr. Cai Lei is a fighter against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the author of the two-million-copy bestseller "To Believe", the initiator of the second Ice Bucket Challenge, the founder of the Overcoming ALS Charitable Trust and the founder of the "Ice Breaking Station" live streaming platform.

Mr. Cai Lei has previously served as a senior executive in multinational enterprises in various industries. He has long served as the vice president of, chairman of the Internet Plus Finance and Taxation Alliance, founder and chairman of many companies. He has been appointed as a graduate advisor at School of Economics, Peking University, and School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University and other institutions, and is a promoter of electronic invoices in China.

Since he was diagnosed with ALS in 2019, Mr. Cai Lei has established the world's largest patient-centered 360-degree life cycle ALS scientific research data platform, which linked more than 15,000 patients. He initiated body donation and built China’s first pathological research sample bank. He collaborated with the BGI Group and the Supercomputing Center at the Chinese Academy of Sciences to build and analyze the large-scale gene libraries for ALS patients, which has resulted in new discoveries in the study of genetic causes. Mr. Cai Lei accelerated preclinical and clinical trials rapidly through data systems and collaboration with various stakeholders. Currently he has sponsored and directly promoted over 100 pipelines for drugs and treatments for ALS.

Mr. Cai Lei won the title of "Contributing Figure to China's Reform" in the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening-Up, 2020 China's New Economy Leader, 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year, and 2023-2024 Top Ten Economic Figures of the Year & China Economic News Figure, etc. Please watch his recent TED Talk here.





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