The Rejuve team has heard from a great number of community members curious about the perspective and background of co-founder Dr. Dominic Lam.
This page gathers a few of the basics about our remarkable Chairman.
DOMINIC LAM’S PASSION FOR THE VISUAL WORLD HAS LED TO A VARIED CAREER AS AN AWARD-WINNING ARTIST AND INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED CRUSADER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. IN 1999, HE FOUNDED THE WORLD EYE ORGANIZATION IN HONG KONG TO HELP PREVENT AND TREAT BLINDING DISEASES, FOCUSING ON POOR PEOPLE.
DOMINIC WAS THE FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND HAS SPENT MORE THAN 40 YEARS AS A MEDICAL DOCTOR, PHILANTHROPIST, AND ENTREPRENEUR. DOMINIC ALSO FOUNDED LIFETECH GROUP, WITH A GOAL OF DEVELOPING, MANUFACTURING, AND MARKETING THE BEST HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS IN CHINA AND AROUND THE WORLD.
DR. LAM IN GUANGZHOU AT THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORBIS IN CHINA IN 2012. ORBIS INTERNATIONAL IS AN INTERNATIONAL NGO THAT IS DEDICATED TO SAVING SIGHT WORLDWIDE AND IS KNOWN AS THE FLYING EYE HOSPITAL. SINCE 1982, ORBIS HAS PROVIDED TREATMENT TO OVER 20 MILLION PEOPLE.
FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH INVITED DOMINIC TO BE A MEMBER OF THE PRESIDENT’S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES IN 1988 AND TO HAVE A ONE-MAN SHOW IN 2003 AT THE GEORGE BUSH LIBRARY AND MUSEUM.
AS AN ARTIST, DOMINIC LAM INVENTED A COLOR-GENERATING “CHROMOSKEDASIC” PROCESS ALSO KNOWN AS NANO-ART, SINCE THE PAINTINGS ARE BASED ON LIGHT SCATTERING OF NANOMETER SIZED PARTICLES. IN ADDITION, HE HAS WON A GOLD MEDAL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE FOR HIS ARTWORK ENTITLED “FROM THE GREAT WALL TO THE RIVER THAMES.”
Paintings and sculptures on this webpage are the work of Dominic Man-Kit Lam
MESSAGE FROM DR. DOMINIC MAN-KIT LAM
The Motivation for Rejuve in Dr. Lam’s Words
In the last few years the world of medicine has seen a paradigm shift regarding healthspan extension from a culture and scientific perspective. For the first time in history, the dramatic extension of healthy human life appears within the reach of science and medicine. As exciting as recent progress in this body of science is, the pace can be much accelerated through the launch of the Rejuve Network.
Socially, more and more people are comfortable with the idea of humans having the choice to live much longer than current lifespans. Rejuve operates under the premise that when humans enjoy a longer lifespan the result will be a world where healthcare is far less expensive, where people place greater value on the environment and on peace in view of expectations for longer and productive lives.
Scientifically, the world is experiencing a paradigm shift toward research on aging as a holistic phenomenon. It is increasingly accepted that aging is a curable disease. As such, Rejuve is poised to clear barriers to research and innovation by forming a community of networked like-minded laypersons, scientists and AIs, all working together in an exponentially accretive fashion to cure the disease of ageing.
The shift toward the acceptance of aging as a curable disease is rooted in recent discoveries regarding the molecular-biology underpinnings of aging and age-associated diseases. Most of these discoveries are driven by computer software based data analytics and computer hardware driven advances in biology lab equipment. For that reason, Rejuve is most excited to work in close cooperation with SingularityNET, a leader in developing open and transparent AI that can be applied to the longevity mission.
In the 21st century view, molecular biology resembles a novel computing architecture and the human body appears in many respects like an extremely complex molecular machine, Unfortunately, it is one with various “bugs” and “design flaws” evolved for the survival and flourishing of the species rather than development of an indefinite healthspan.
Via intelligent networking of information on healthspan extension, wider use of AI to personalize therapies that account for individual biomedical variations and appropriate resource allocation to clinics and research labs, Rejuve can affect radical changes in life expectancy and increase healthspan to allow individuals to live a longer disease free life.
DR. DOMINIC MAN-KIT LAM, GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED SCIENTIST
Professor Dominic Man-Kit Lam is an artist, scientist, philanthropist, educator, medical professor and entrepreneur. Lam’s accomplishments cross cultures and borders over his decades of work in the medical and artistic fields.
For his scientific and philanthropic achievements, Lam has received many honors and awards, including the coveted US “High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Presidential Medal of Merit” from President George H.W. Bush, Asia Society’s “Man of the Year”, Honorary Doctorate of Science from Lakehead University, and the Asian Social Caring Leadership Award from the United Nations Global Impact and Nobel Foundation.
“I feel very blessed that I have been able to use the commercial value of my visual art and the expertise of my visual science to help the visually impaired.”
– Dr. Lam The 1970s: Focus on Education
Born in Swatow, China, Professor Lam grew up in Hong Kong and went to college in Canada at the age of 16. Within six years, Lam completed his Bachelors Degree in Mathematics (Lakehead University), Masters in Physics (British Columbia University) and Doctorate in Medical Biophysics (University of Toronto).
In 1970, Lam received Canada’s Centennial Award to study under Nobel Prize Winners Torsten Wiesel and David Hubel at Harvard Medical School, where Lam taught in 1972. In 1977, Lam took the post of Professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Over the years, Lam published over 100 scientific articles, including 10 articles in Nature, a British publication ranked as the world’s most cited scientific, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) of the US, in addition to over 20 scientific and artistic books.The 1980s and 1990s: Biotech Years
Lam founded the Baylor Center for Biotechnology in Houston in 1983, and helped to establish the Woodlands Research Forest. In 1985, Lam invented an ophthalmic drug and started Houston Biotechnology inc., the first biotech company in Texas. Houston Biotechnology went public in 1988, raising US$33 million and Lam was acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Texas Biotechnology.
That same year, Nobel Prize Winners Professors Yang Chen Ning and Charles Kao invited Lam to found and direct the Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology (HKIB), with a HK$170 million grant from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, making Lam the one of the founders of the Hong Kong Biotechnology industry. HKIB inspired the establishment of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park at the same location in the 1990s.
Lam’s frequent visits to China for charities and lectures in the 1980s built an awareness of the seriousness of infectious diseases and the urgent need to eradicate or control them. Even though injectable vaccines were available, compliance was low due to high costs and inconvenience of vaccine administration.
Such concerns inspired Lam to develop Edible or Oral Vaccines, which Lam and his colleagues succeeded to deliver in the early 1990s, initially to make a mark in the battle against Hepatitis B. This invention was selected by Time Magazine as one of 10 most important for the 21st century and by prestigious MIT as one of the 5 patents that will transform business and technology.
Shuttling between America and Asia, Lam returned to Hong Kong in 1999 to continue his philanthropic and research program full time, including the development of edible vaccines and oral targeted immuno-stimulants for farm animals and aquaculture. Additionally, at the recommendation of Asian businessman Mr. Li Ka Shing, Dr. Lam founded LifeTech Group to develop and market healthcare products, with Li’s Hong Kong Concord Enterprises Co, Ltd. as a founding investor.Culture, Art, Design and Education.
Lam started learning Chinese painting at the age of four. In 1980, Lam invented a novel painting process called the “Chromoskedasic Process”, a color generating process that uses only black and white photographic paper and solutions. In 1982, Lam collaborated with Zhang Daqian, Zhao Shao’ang and Guan Shanyue on a painting entitled “Orchid, Bamboo, Plum, Ganoderme and Rock” to symbolize the unity of Chinese people worldwide. During the 1990s, based on his scientific knowledge of the eye and brain, Lam invented “Calligraphy of the Mind”.
Lam was selected as one of China’s 99 most accomplished and influential artists in the 20th century by the Chinese Academy of Art, The Artist Association of China and the National Palace Museum in 1999. Lam created two watershed paintings in 2002: “This Land is Our Land” (2.5 m x 9.5 m) and “A Galaxy on Earth” (8 m x 8.8 m) for the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing.
Around the mid-2000s, Lam created a series of paintings to commemorate the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In particular, the painting “Olympic Spirit: Ode to Happiness” was a symbol of the 2008 Olympic Games, and “Millennium OdysseyⅡ: From the Great Wall to River Thames – Embrace the World” was awarded a Gold Medal by the International Olympic Fine Art Committee and exhibited at the Barbican Centre during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of man’s first landing on the Moon in 2009, Lam created a 15-metre Chromoskedasic Photopainting: “Voyage of Discovery: Universe” for his solo exhibition at Louis Vuitton Maison in Hong Kong. This painting was acquired by a Foundation for US$1 million and the proceeds were donated to charity. In 2012, Lam was invited to give the closing one-man show at the Shanghai Museum of Art.
Lam was selected by Professor Laurence Tam, the Founding Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, as one of the 8 representative artists in the history of Hong Kong in 2013. That same year, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic recognition between China and France, Lam was invited by the French National Artist Association to participate in the International Masters Exhibition at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Four years later, in 2017, Lam was invited back to Paris to exhibit his sculptures at the Grand Palais in Paris.
For more than a decade, Lam has worked with Chow Tai Fook, one of the world’s largest jewelers, to create a line of gold-based jewelry and art: “Dominique for CTF”. Works such as Iridescent Gold are designed from Lam’s calligraphy and paintings. For art and designs, Lam received the “Outstanding Achievement Award (2013)” and “Outstanding Product Designer Award (2014)” by the Hong Kong Art and Design Festival. In 2017, in collaboration with CTF, Lam was invited to exhibit this gold and platinum “Doves of Peace” at the Louvre where he was awarded the Prix d’honneur for Sculpture by “Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts” (National Society for the Arts, founded 1861).
FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH, INVITED DOMINIC TO BE A MEMBER OF THE PRESIDENT’S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES IN 1988 AND TO HAVE A ONE-MAN SHOW IN 2003 AT THE GEORGE BUSH LIBRARY AND MUSEUM
Lam is passionate about education. In addition to working as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Tutor at Harvard College since 1972, Lam was invited by President George H.W. Bush to be a member of his “Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities”, and its “Education Subcommittee” in charge of evaluating the US education system and its future strategic outlook.
Lam believes in using visual arts to foster children’s creativity. Apart from giving art classes, Lam initiated the Young Genius Art Competition through his World Culture Organization (WCO) in 2012. Since 2010, Lam has supported the Hong Kong International Students’ Visual Arts Contest-cum-Exhibition (HKISAC) organized by the Education Bureau and Po Leung Kuk and managed by Innoworld. This event attracts many thousands of entries each year from over 50 countries.Charity and Philanthropy
Lam’s charity and philanthropy commenced in the 1970s when he began donate the proceeds of his auctions of art and paintings to support the Retina Research Foundation in America. Dr. David Paton, founder of Project Orbis and Professor Lam took the Flying Eye Hospital to China for the first time in 1982.
Lam established the World Eye Organization (WEO) in 1999, offering free services for prevention and treatment of visual disorders in China. Currently, WEO has nine charitable eye centers and provided eye-care and education to many rural areas in China, with plans to start such services in other parts of the world. WEO’s operations are mainly been funded by Lam through cash contributions, as well as auctions and sales of his paintings at Christie’s and other places.
Besides WEO, Lam contributes to other charitable organizations. Lam’s calligraphy of the 12 Chinese zodiacs was inscribed on bottles of French wine and auctioned for HK$1.88 million as a donation to Po Leung Kuk of Hong Kong. All of Lam’s royalties from “Dominique for CTF” products are donated to Youth Outreach, a non-profit organization that supports needy youths established by the Salesian Society where Lam went to high school. In recognition of his many charitable contributions to eye care and education over the past four decades, Lam received the “Asia Social Caring Leadership Award” from the United Nations and Nobel Foundation in 2016.
Dr. Lam’s Artwork
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in 2009, Dr. Lam created a 15-metre Chromoskedasic Photopainting: “Voyage of Discovery: Universe” for his solo exhibition at Louis Vuitton Maison in Hong Kong. This painting was acquired by a Foundation for US$1 million and the proceeds were donated to charity.
Discovered by Dr Dominic Man-kit Lam in 1980, the Chromoskedasic process is a photographic process that generates a wide spectrum of colors using black and white photographic paper and solutions without the use of pigments or dye. Being a scientist and an art endeavor, after five years of systematic experiment, Dr Lam was able to control the production of a range of colors using the process, thus created a number of paintings with that process. Until 1989, Dr Bryant W Rossiter, Head of R&D of Kodak Company, found the color production mechanism of the process and coined the term “Chromoskedasic” for this new medium. The discovery was released in Scientific American in 1991.
Dr. Lam’s role in co-founding Rejuve is the latest in a long series of exceptional achievements — and one which, if successful in its aim at helping radically prolong human healthspan, may allow him to continue to create and innovate in remarkable ways long into the future.