Korea TechWeek Series – NZ-Korea Bio/HealthTech Outlook and Opportunities

Incheon Startup Park Post Pandemic Initiative Global Conference.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world – necessitating global cooperation in the bio-healthcare sector.

What's it all about?

In line with the bio-healthcare industry’s growing importance, the conference will include top speakers from the bio-healthtech sector in South Korea who will discuss the advancement of the global bio market through open innovation and how South Korean bio growth is reinforcing global cooperation, while speakers from New Zealand will focus on the New Zealand bio-healthcare sector and startup landscape, the need for bio industry data utilization due to COVID-19 and bio-healthcare policies under consideration by the New Zealand government.

Join us! – This TechWeek TV programme is focused on New Zealand bio-healthtech firms and related businesses who want to expand in Asia and do business in South Korea.

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Tuesday 28 Jul
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Dr Ji-hoon Jeong

CEO, EM Works

Dr. Jihoon Jeong received his MD from Hanyang University and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. His main interest is studying the intersections of technology and society by serving in various roles including general physician, research scientist, book writer, professor, startup advisor and angel investor. He is currently CEO of EM.Works (http://em.works), a global accelerator for international entrepreneurs, senior teaching fellow of Kyung Hee Cyber University, Managing Partner of BigBang Angels and Chief Vision Officer of ModuLabs.

He also co-founded and has been acting as a partner of Digital Healthcare Partners. He has advised Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Auto, SK Telecom and Naver. He is a well-known angel investor in Korea. He has invested in more than 50 start-up companies including several AI start-ups such as Lunit (100 AI companies selected by CBInsight), LOVO, ModuLabs, Pulse9 and Mobile Doctor.

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Dr Shin Jae Chang

President, Celltrion

Shin Jae Chang, Ph.D. is the President of Celltrion with 32 years of experience in bioindustry. Now as the Head of Plant III project TF, he is leading Celltrion’s projects for overseas manufacturing facility. Since joining Celltrion in 2003, Dr. Chang has been actively involved in the development of new products and biosimilars. Until 2018 March, as the head of Celltrion’s Biotechnology Research Institute, he had brought sharp management focus to several biosimilars and new products. Dr. Chang and his team successfully developed the world’s first antibody Biosimilar, RemsimaTM, which received approval in more than 80 countries across the globe including the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to the world’s first antibody Biosimilar RemsimaTM, two other biosimilars, Truxima® (CT-P10), and Herzuma® (CT-P6) have been globally approved including EMA and US FDA as well. Prior to assuming his position at Celltrion, Dr. Chang had experience in developing and commercializing a variety of biologics at Green Cross Corporation in Korea including recombinant Hepatitis B vaccine, various plasma derived coagulation factors, and mammalian cell culture derived recombinant protein products. In addition, he has published extensively and holds a series of process optimization patents. Dr. Chang has obtained his Doctorate Degree from the University of Melbourne and Master’s Degree from Korea University.

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Dr Michael Moon

Principal Researcher, Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology

Dr. Michael Moon has worked for almost 15 years at the International Cooperation Division at the Korea Institute for Advancement Technology (KIAT). KIAT is a government-affiliated business innovation agency under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). he recently wrote a book entitled “KAIST Explains the Future of Bio-Health: The Opportunities and Challenges of Korea’s Bio-Health after Coronavirus Disease.” He was previously a planning coordination manager at the Daegu Regional Innovation Agency. He also worked as an associate professor at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, was an invited assistant professor at the University of Indiana-Purdue in Fort Wayne and worked at Daewoo Motor Company.

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Dr Diana Siew

Strategic Partnership Lead, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland; Cofounder, Consortium for Medical Device Technologies (CMDT); and Associate Director, MedTech Centre of Research Excellence

Diana Siew’s role in the NZ innovation environment is to support and help develop NZ’s medical technology sector to grow the economy through partnerships and collaborations between firms, researchers, clinicians/end-users and government.

Two complementary initiatives in NZ that underpin her sector manager role are the Consortium of Medical Device Technologies and the MedTech Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE). Diana co-chairs the CMDT and is an associate director of the MedTech CoRE, responsible for strategy and industry relationships.

A chemist by training, Diana has 20 years of experience in operational management and strategy development and implementation. She enjoys mentoring and coaching young science talent. Diana studied for her PhD, MSc (1st Class Hons) and BSc degrees at the University of Auckland.

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Dr Kevin Ross

CEO, Precision Driven Health; Founder and Chair, The New Zealand Data Science & Analytics Forum; and Director of Research, Orion Health

Dr. Kevin Ross is CEO of Precision Driven Health, an award-winning research partnership applying data science to enable precision health. PDH establishes collaborations between clinicians, data scientists and technology companies, applying the latest advances in data analytics to generate health benefits through software tools. Kevin is also founder and chair of the New Zealand Data Science & Analytics Forum, a community of over 2,500 professionals, and Director of Research for Orion Health. He was previously Chief Scientist of Optimisation Modelling at Fonterra, Associate Professor of Technology and Information Management at the University of California Santa Cruz and a Principal Consultant for PA Consulting Group. Kevin has worked for NASA, Bell Labs, Eli Lilly and London Councils. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford University, and a BSc(Hons) from the University of Canterbury.

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Kelvin Keh

Strategic Growth Director, Auckland UniServices Ltd.

Kelvin has over 20 years of international business experience across a number of sectors including biotech, pharma, nutrition and FMCG. He is currently the Strategic Growth Director responsible for health sector engagements globally, and previously held a variety of roles at UniServices including Business Development Director (S.E. Asia) and Executive Director UniServices (Hong Kong) Limited.

Before returning to New Zealand, he served as the Deputy Director of the Asian Food Information Council (AFIC) and Executive Director of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC). In both roles, he engaged extensively with heads of state, government agencies, leaders of international foundations and United Nations agencies. Kelvin, who started his career in R&D focusing on protein engineering, also co-founded and successfully exited a biotech company.

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