(12 November 2021) Amgen Korea (GM: Sang Noh) announced the hosting of the online symposium Amgen Science Academy: Bioday (hereinafter “Amgen Bioday”) on 18th together with the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI) (President: Soon-man Kwon), to discover and give a leg up to local companies equipped with transformative biotechnologies.
With Amgen named one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies only 40 years after its foundation, the first ever Amgen Bioday is part of the open innovation programs designed to share Amgen’s innovative R&D technologies and strategies, and to provide a global networking venue for domestic biotechnology companies. The symposium will be attended by local companies, including start-ups, and research institutes in the biotechnology industry, and those with competitive edge will be given a networking and actual partnering opportunity with Amgen for their research technologies.
The Amgen Bioday symposium also features presentations by R&D experts from Amgen Global, who will introduce the scientific and technology areas Amgen is exploring as well as the open innovation programs. Chris Murawsky, Senior Principal Scientist, Amgen Therapeutic Discovery, will present “Biologics Discovery Techonolgies”, and Philip Tagari, Vice President of Research, will introduce the key research area of focus at Amgen through the “Therapeutic Potential of Olignucleotides” presentation. It will be followed by the introduction of Amgen’s ongoing open innovation programs, including Amgen Ventures, by Gladys Nunez Reyes, Director at Amgen Business Development.
Additionally, a separate session is planned to give participating companies and institutes a chance to virtually network with these R&D experts from Amgen Global and John Delaney, Director of Research at Amgen Therapeutic Discovery. The session is a one-to-one online meeting between Amgen Global and pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies and research institutes selected through the International BIO Pharma Cooperating Seminar & Partnering hosted by the KHIDI from 3 to 4 Nov., and more practical discussions and talks are expected where participants can explore partnering opportunities for transformative technology transactions and broader collaboration and joint R&D initiatives with Amgen.
Sang Noh, GM, Amgen Korea, said, “Amgen Science Academy: Bioday marks a very exciting opportunity to reach out to promising biotechnology companies in Korea with Amgen’s unique technical expertise and know-how in science and research. As being proactive in embracing innovation from outside is embedded in Amgen’s R&D principles, I hope this symposium can pave the way for more vibrant open innovation programs. A global biotechnology leader, Amgen will remain committed to opening up more opportunities to work with promising biotechnology companies in Korea to bring transformative new therapies to life.”
Soo-a Kim, Medical Director, Amgen Korea, said, “Amgen’s great success in becoming a global biotechnology leader with outstanding technical expertise in a short period of time is rooted in the core principle of “Be Science-based”. Growth model at Amgen can also be a good reference for innovation-powered biotechnology companies in Korea. This open innovation program is actually a chance to hear, first-hand and in detail, what Amgen Global R&D and Business Development teams wish to say about technologies, R&D strategies and pipeline at Amgen. A dedicated session for networking that can eventually lead to a long-term partnership is also planned so we would like to encourage active participation.”
Soon-wook Hwang, head of the Industrial Promotion Headquarters at KHIDI, said, “It is truly meaningful that we are able to host this open innovation program with the biotechnology leader Amgen. As the biopharmaceutical sector is very difficult to enter with immense technical challenges and hurdles to overcome, we expect networking with global pharmaceutical companies like Amgen whose growth was largely driven by its technical research prowess would go a long way for domestic biopharmaceutical companies. The Bio Pharma Business Service at the KHIDI will continue to work hard to give domestic biopharmaceutical companies even more opportunities to increase their chance of going global and advancing their R&D capabilities.”
Online pre-registration for the Amgen Science Academy: Bioday symposium is available on its website (https://bioday.kwebinar.kr/) till 6pm on 16th. Any companies, including start-ups, and research institutes in the biotechnology sector in Korea who are interested are welcome to register.
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