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Title In the Era of Bio-Economy, How Will We Become a Bio-Health Powerhouse? (Dec. 16)
Date 2020-01-30 Hit 1565  


The Science & Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) held a joint forum together with the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), which was themed on 'In the Era of Bio-Economy, How Will we Become a Bio-Health Powerhouse?' on December 16 in Seoul, Korea. The forum was jointly hosted by the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities Social Science (NRC), the National Research Council of Science & Technology (NST) and the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK).


This joint forum was organized in order to come up with policies and measures to enhance Korea's competitiveness in the Bio-Health industry, which is one of core industries for the next generation.


The NRC, NST, and NAEK have organized joint forums to discuss 'Ways to Bolster Innovation Ecosystem' to establish a consensus on the transition in order to innovation economy for the rebound of global economic growth. The latest forum was the fourth of the series.


Professor Park Ha-young (Seoul National University) opened the forum by proposing infra-oriented tasks for the sake of the global commercialization of the Korean bio-health industry and the AI-based innovation of the bio-health industry through her presentation on ‘Tasks of the Korean Bio-Healthcare Industry as a Core Industry for the Future Generation’.


In the following session, president Kim Jang-seong (KRIBB) shared his view on the global paradigm shift in the bio-health R&D under the theme of ‘Ways to Global Bio-Health Powerhouse’, presenting the future direction of R&D to become a bio powerhouse by 2030.

Dr. Lee Myong-hwa, head of Office of National R&D Research (STEPI) delivered a presentation on 'Current Status of Bio-Health Policy and Improvement Measures' and introduced policy-based measures such as encouraging collaboration and coordination between related ministries, consolidating institutional foundation, and expanding policy experiments.

Chairman Seo Jeong-seon (Korea Biotechnology Industry Organization), in his presentation on 'Digital Healthcare Revolution and Bio Regulation Reform', predicted that the power would move from doctors to patients as patient-centered precision medicine takes root. He also made a proposal to establish the right ecosystem for bio industry upon the matured healthcare revolution.


Last presenter was president Choi Yun-seop (Digital Healthcare Partners) who talked about 'Digital Healthcare Start-Up and Related Regulation' to introduce the current status of Korea's digital healthcare start-ups and ways to improve related regulations.

After the presentations, Dr. Hyun Byung-hwan, head of the Korea Technology Innovation Society (Daejeon University) moderated a panel discussion in which the representatives of the government, university, research institute, and industry - namely Mr. Lim In-taek, head of Office for Healthcare Policy (Ministry of Health and Welfare), professor Kim Gwang-pyo (Kyunghee University) and Dr. Choi Yun-hee (Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade) - have gathered and came up with a practical strategy to build an innovative ecosystem for the nation's bio-health industry.

Dr. Seong Kyeong-ryung, chairman of the NRC said, “Hopefully, this forum provides a venue where the related parties work together to reinforce our competitiveness in the bio-health industry and realize the unlimited potential we have.”