Tang '85G '88 PhD named CEO of Bethlehem-based OraSure Technologies
Minted at the Ben Franklin Technology Center at Lehigh University in 1987, OraSure Technologies has grown to reach a global market with innovative products that enable healthcare providers to improve and protect the well-being of their patients.
Minted in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh over the same time period, OraSure’s new President and CEO, Stephen Tang ‘85G ‘88 PhD grew from Lehigh’s campus into a variety of technical and corporate leadership roles, and then led a decade-long transformation of Philadelphia’s University City Science Center into a world-class, global innovation hub for the life sciences industry, focusing on the development and commercialization of innovative technologies and products.
Tang’s appointment as President effective April 1, 2018, is thus a reunion of sorts, although Tang has been no stranger to OraSure’s meteoric rise since its earliest days. He has served as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2016.
Previously, Tang has served as President of the Science Center, an urban research park and business incubator owned by over thirty leading universities, medical schools and health networks in the greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, since 2008. Prior to that, Dr. Tang was the Group Vice President and General Manager, Life Sciences of Olympus America, Inc., where he ran the Life Science group at Olympus with leading brands in instrumentation and total solutions for in vitro diagnostics, microscopes and micro-imaging, and enabling technologies for translational and personalized medicine. Dr. Tang also served as Vice President, Life Science Business Development at Olympus where he was responsible for mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, along with strategic business planning.
Prior to his time at Olympus, Dr. Tang served as President, CEO and Director at Millennium Cell Inc., a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen batteries and fuel cells. Dr. Tang led Millennium through its initial public offering and helped transform Millennium from a startup laboratory into a viable publicly-traded company.
Dr. Tang an M.S. degree and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a B.S. degree in Chemistry from The College of William and Mary.
He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Association of University Technology Managers, Association of University Research Parks, Society of Biological Engineering, American Association for Clinical Chemistry and Society of Molecular Imaging. He has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council of its P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and has resided in the Lehigh Valley with his family since 1982.
February 9, 2018
- Lehigh Engineering Distinguished Alumni: Dr. Stephen S. Tang ‘85G ‘88PhD
- Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University
- Website: OraSure Technologies
- Website: University City Science Center
- Website: Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA
- Global Newswire: OraSure Technologies Announces Management Succession Plan
- The Morning Call: OraSure CEO Douglas Michels retiring; board chairman named successor
- Philadelphia Inquirer: Stephen Tang quits UC Science Center for OraSure's CEO job
- Philadelphia Magazine: Stephen Tang to Step Down as Science Center CEO