Biomedical Industry

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Development Status of Gwangju City's Biomedical Industry
Classification 2002 2005 2007 2010 2013 2014 2015 2016 Remarks
Number of Companies 2 21 32 49 103 142 172 190 * Titanium Center established in 2002→ Starting point for medical industries
Annual Sales
(Unit: 100,000 U.S. dollars)
2 168 325 741 1,812 2,109 2,372 2,668
Amount of Exports
(Unit: 100,000 U.S. dollars)
- - - - 337 392 440 495.8
Number of Jobs 22 229 339 607 1,167 1,358 1,617 1,925
Current Status of Gwangju City's Medical Industries
Project Name Period Project Expenses Programs
Establishing a Technology Support Center for Dental Materials and Parts September 2014 to February 2018
(3 years and 6 months)
- Total project expense: 25 million U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 10 million U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 13 million U.S. dollars, private investments: 2 million U.S. dollars)
- Establishing a Center (6,313 ㎡ B1 - 3F)
- Establishing test production equipment
- Technology development and technical commercialization
Fostering Future-Oriented Biomedical Parts and Components Industries (RIS) March 2014 to February 2017.
(3 years)
Performance application: 5years
March 2017 to February 2022
- Total project expenses: 3.26 million U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 1.98 million U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 0.39 million U.S. dollars, private investments: 0.89 million U.S. dollars)
- Project expenses: 325,000 U.S. dollars
(municipal expenses)
- Supporting domestic companies attempting to make or open businesses in other countries
(Selection of companies → Network → Product development → Certification/patent support → Marketing)
- Attraction of companies and start-up support
Regional Innovation Center (RIC) for Dental Precision Equipment and Parts March 2006 to February 2016
(10 years) Performance application: 5 years
March 2016 to February 2021
- Total project expenses: 18.9 million U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 6.8 million U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 1 million U.S. dollars, private investments: 11.1 million U.S. dollars)
- Project expenses: 500,000 U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 250,000 U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 250,000 U.S. dollars)
- Establishing equipment and R&D
- Jointly utilizing equipment for universities and companies and manufacturing prototypes
Biomedical Parts and Components Industries
(R&D/non-R&D)
2013 to 2020
(8 years)
- Total project expenses: 164.7 million U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 96.8 million U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 40.7 million U.S. dollars, private investments: 27 million U.S. dollars)
- Company support services
(except for overseas marketing)
- Provide R&D support for the development of products
(selecting areas through public contest)
Supporting Overseas Exhibitions on Dental Equipment Every year - 50,000 U.S. dollars in 2017
(municipal expenses: 100%)
- Supporting dental companies participating in exhibitions for participation and facility fees
Establishing a Support Center for Orthopedic Fusion Medical Equipment Industries 2017 to 2021
(5 years)
- Total project expenses: 25 million U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 9.85 million U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 9.8 million U.S. dollars, private investments: 5.35 million U.S. dollars)
- Establishing a Center (1,653 ㎡, 2-story, remodelled building)
- Establishing equipment including production of prototypes
- Technology development and commercialization
- Supporting global marketing activities
Project to Foster Sophistication of Local Contact Lens Industry April 2016 to March 2019
(3 years)
- Total project expenses: 2.62 million U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 1.8 million U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 0.18 million U.S. dollars, private investment: 0.64 million U.S. dollars)
- Technology development (design of lenses)
- Domestic/overseas certification and production of prototypes
Holding Industrial Exhibitions on Senior/Medical Industries Every year - 234,000 U.S. dollars in 2017
(national expenses: 117,000 U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 117,000 U.S. dollars)
- Exhibitions on products and devices for seniors, medical industries and health care
- Overseas export consultation meetings and briefing sessions for product purchase
- Side events including academic events
Fostering Health Products for Pain Treatment in the Era of Longevity 2015 to 2018.
(3 years)
- Total project expenses: 2.378 million U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 1.71 million U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 180,000 U.S. dollars, private investments: 488,000 U.S. dollars)
- Developing herb medicine-based health products for pain treatment
- Commercialization of health products and industrialization of relevant products
Operating and Supporting Aging-Friendly Experience Halls 2015 to 2018
(3 years)
- Total project expenses: 2.82 million U.S. dollars
(municipal expenses: 100%)
- Exhibiting excellent aging-friendly products and running experience programs
- Developing aging-friendly technology and supporting companies
- Training personnel
Developing Original Technology for Brain Science July 2014 to June 2019
(5 years)
- Total project expenses: 7.87 million U.S. dollars
(national expenses: 7.35 million U.S. dollars, municipal expenses: 0.5 million U.S. dollars)
- Brain mapping to predict dementia in different age groups (60s to 80s) and early diagnosis
Status of Medical Industry Network
Network for Biomedical Parts and Components
- Establishing joint relations with relevant organizations
- Supporting technology development and commercialization
Biomedical Parts and Components Center of Gwangju Technopark
- Locally specialized non-R&D
- Technology support center for dental materials and parts
- Technical support for the sophistication of life care industry
Overseas research institutes
- Fraunhofer
- University of Tirana in Albania
- Clinic Center of Dental University Uospital in Kosovo
Domestic research institutes
- Korean Institute of Materials Science of Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials
- Korean Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technnology
- Nano Bio Research Center
Research institutes in the region
- Korea Photonics Technology Institute (KOPTI) - Gwangju Design Center
Korea Industrial Complex Corporation
- Mini Cluster for medical parts and components
Relevant organization and associates
- Gwangju Regional Office of FDS (Food and Drug Safety)
- Korean Dental Industry Association (KDIA)
- Korean Dental Association
- Korean Dental Technologist Association
- Korean Dental Hygienist Association
- Gwangju Senior Experience Complex
Chonnam National University
- Future-oriented biomedical parts and components industries (RIS) - Bio suitability testing
- Developing titanium alloy
- Developing orthopedic implants
- Developing next generation implants
- Conducting animal testing
Chosun University
- Regional Innovation Center (RIC) for Dental Precision Equipment and Parts
Medical Engineering/Department of Radiology of Nambu University
- Conventional wellness COBE industry - Developing medical engineering materials - Animal testing for biostability
Songwon University
- Medical Engineering Fusion Research Center
Gwangju Health University
- Developing technology of materials for dental technicians - Research applying parts and components of dental laboratory science
Chosun College of Science & Technology
Participatory companies
- 72 companies including Kuwotech, Top Plus and TDM