Chao Liu Chief Executive Officer, Aleo BME, Inc.

Chao Liu is the CEO of Aleo BME, a start-up that participated in the Ben Franklin TechCelerator program and is now located in the Incubator in the Technology Center at Innovation Park.

“Innovation Park provides a sense of business community for small technology start-ups like us,” Liu says. “We learned from experienced business mentors in the TechCelerator program and can share the experience and resources with other smaller companies.”

Liu also explains the unique story behind the naming of Aleo BME:

“The company was named from an inspiration after reading Leo astrology,” she says. “Leo is a large constellation (the lion), said to represent the lion slain by Hercules. Penn State’s mascot is also the lion, and Aleo BME was started based on a few licensed technologies from PSU. In addition, Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac, for people who are born from July 23 to August 21. One of the co-founders, Dr. Jian Yang was born during this time span. In Leo astrology, it is said that business dealings are easy and successful for Leos if they are in command and control. For all these reasons, the company was named as Aleo BME, where Aleo means ‘A-leo’ and BME represents ‘Biological, Medical, and Environmental,’ which is aligned to the long-term mission of the company to develop meaningful products to solve problems in these areas.”

Liu is the mother of two daughters, six and eight years old. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her children.