From April 27th to 29th, four Swiss high-tech medtech start-ups delegation visited Korea for specially tailored 3-day program. The program was organised by the Science & Technology Office at the Swiss Embassy and supported by Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) of Switzerland and the Swiss Korean Life Science Initiative. It was also co-organized by Korea University Hospital’s Medical Device Clinical Trial Center.
The goal of the program was to introduce the start-ups to practical tips for validating, testing and entering the Korean medtech market.
The following four start-ups from Switzerland participated in this program.
- Domo Safety – home care: preventive and emergency monitoring
- Lunaphore Technologies – tumor analysis and classification platform
- Qloudlab – remote blood monitoring platform for chronic disease patients
- Mimedis – custom made implants for different CMF (Cranio-Maxillo-Facial) applications
Information & Networking Workshop
On the 1st day of the program, start-ups could have a chance to absorb information in regards to :
–Korean medical technology market introduced by Clay Kim from IMS Health Korea
–IP process in Korea introduced by Stephen T. Bang from Kim&Chang
–Certification in Korea introduced by Young-Woo Bae, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in Korea
–Overall doing business in Korea by Monica Baik, Swiss Business Hub Korea
–Business opportunities in Korea for Swiss start-ups -Experiences and stories shared by Eun-Uk Ahn, Former CEO of Roche Diagnostics Korea.
Swiss Medtech Innovation Event
In the evening of the same day, “Swiss Medtech Innovation Event” was organised at the Embassy of Switzerland. Each start-ups pitched their company and technology to 35 invited guests from variety of fields including research-specific universities, hospitals, business consultants, investors, and private companies. Lively and meaningful discussions on their technologies followed.
Site Visit to Hospitals
On the 2nd day, Swiss medtech start-up visited following hospitals: Korea University Hospital in Guro, Samsung Medical Center, and Gangnam-gu Haengbok Convalescence Hospital. The visit was aimed to get introduced high tech medical facilities and hospital systems in Korea and to seek for possible R&D collaborations.
Finally, on the last day, one-to-one meetings were arranged by the Science & Technology Office with interested partners, such as Yonsei Severance Hospital, Seoul National University Hospital or again Samsung Medical Center for each start-up in which they could receive some advice and suggestions on collaboration.
Overall, the entire program was done successfully, and initiated Swiss medtech start-ups to build up partnership with Korean medtech field.