Institut Pasteur Korea Ministry of Science & ICT Director-General of Office of R&D Policy Bureau Visited Institut Pasteur Korea



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Ministry of Science & ICT Director-General of Office of R&D Policy Bureau Visited Institut Pasteur Korea
October 15, 2021

Ministry of Science & ICT Director-General of Office of R&D Policy Bureau Visited Institut Pasteur Korea

Mr. Changyoon Lee, Director-General, R&D Policy Bureau, Ministry of Science and ICT, visited Institut Pasteur Korea (IPK) to discuss key agendas with Dr. Youngmee Jee, the CEO of IPK, and sought for a conversation with researchers. 



The meeting began with the presentation of IPK's current standing where its major achievements, including COVID-19 drug repositioning research; screening technology support for domestic and international industry-university-academia in vaccine/therapeutics research; and discovery and technology transfer of the drug candidates for tuberculosis, hepatitis C, and antibacterial resistance, were introduced. 

In particular, Dr. Jee proposed mid-to-long-term strategies aiming to reinforce the R&D competitiveness of the institute, consisting of the action items to enhance and rejuvenate the core research facilities as well as foster infectious disease research experts by leveraging its unique expertise and global networks. 

Director-General Changyoon Lee then met with the leaders and members of six research teams at IPK, including the Viral Immunology Research Lab, Antibacterial Resistance Research Lab, and Advanced Biomedical Research Lab. He listened to the voices of those dedicated to working in each field of research to contribute to public health. Additionally, ideas for continued growth of the institute were exchanged.

Afterwards, Director-General Lee toured IPK's Biosafety Level-2 and -3 facilities and the drug discovery platform where he was provided with a briefing on the screening platform that can identify excellent drug candidates by evaluating the therapeutic effects of numerous compounds quickly and effectively. 

Institut Pasteur Korea is a research institute established in 2004 as part of a science and technology collaboration between Korea and France and it is supported by the Ministry of Science and ICT.