Li Sun joined Bessemer Venture Partners in 2016 as a Senior Associate. She comes from a global background spanning 4 countries with diverse experiences across engineering, science, technology and entrepreneurship. Born in China, she holds a B.Eng in EE and business with highest honors from NTU in Singapore, an M.Eng in materials technologies from MIT, and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University. For her thesis at MIT, she worked closely with the founders of A123 Systems, evaluating the commercialization potential of various clean technologies integrating solar, energy storage and electric vehicles in an urban setting. Later on, during her PhD in nanophotonics and immunotherapy, she cofounded and ran two startups on the side, including Raynovi Tech, a VR company that commercializes a transparent glass display she co-invented, and NEMO Central, an internet startup that helps better connect isolated communities. For her PhD thesis, she invented a single-cell platform to identify and select individual effective T cell – tumor cell pairs. This technology allows the precise determination of the T-cell receptor – antigen pair, which has the potential to greatly improve the TCR and CAR-T technology. A startup is recently born out of the lab trying to commercialize this technology.
As a scientist and engineer, Li is passionate about inventing technologies that transform human life and turning those technologies into products that have a lasting positive impact on the world. As an entrepreneur turned VC, Li looks for positive impact in a startup/technology, and resourcefulness and relentless determination in a founder/founding team.
In her spare time, Li enjoys reading, swimming and gardening. Back in Boston, she used to grow a variety of vegetables on her rooftop. Now she cannot wait to start year-round “serious” gardening in the Bay Area!