South Korean pharma rapidly becoming manufacturing export hub

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CPhI Korea returns to Seoul COEX Convention and Exhibition Centre for its fourth edition from 22nd-24th August 2017. The show will co-locate with ICSE, P-MEC, BioPh and Health Ingredients Korea. Reflecting the global interest in the South Korean pharma market, CPhI Korea 2017 will see a 13% rise in the number of exhibitors, in addition to a more than doubling of overseas buyers since 2015.

This surge in international companies wanting to partner in Korea reflects a flourishing South Korean pharma economy, which, in recent years, has become the 3rd largest pharma region in Asia, with a forecasted growth from $18.6 billion in 2016 to $20.4 billion in 2020. The domestic biopharmaceutical market has also observed a notable surge over the last fives years with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9%. One of the main factors for this growth stems from government incentives such as the ‘Incheon Free Economic Zone’, with the intent of becoming one of the future top 3 economic zones in the world and Bio-Vision 2016, initiated in 2006 to develop South Korea’s biotechnology over 10-years to solidify it as a global biotech leader. A free trade agreement with the US has also facilitated investments from multinational companies, leading to an internationalization of the regional pharma market, which has seen pharmaceutical exports boom in recent years to £3.9billion in 2016.

These incentives, combined with South Korea’s notoriously innovative pharma industry – the country recently topped the Bloomberg Innovation Index – are the driving force behind the increased interest from overseas audiences looking to further their business prospects in South Korean pharma.

Gathering more than 180 exhibitors and over 5,000 attendees from 50 different countries, South Korea’s most prominent pharmaceutical event is providing unprecedented opportunities for pharma professionals across the industry to engage with the South Korean pharmaceutical market. Chris Kilbee, Group Director, Pharma at UBM, commented: “CPhI Korea is a vital platform for meeting and networking with future partners, digesting analysis and garnering perspectives from global pharma executives. It is unsurprising that past few years have seen such an incredible surge in international interest, this is an incredibly exciting time for the South Korean pharma market as the region continues to be a global pioneer in innovation, boasting an extremely robust and growing R&D sector.”

Notable features at CPhI Korea 2017 include:

  • CPhI Korea Conference provides the opportunity to meet with global suppliers, region drug manufacturers, and contract service providers. The event provides a comprehensive assessment of the industry, offering valuable insight and identifying future trends
  • The renowned 1:1 Business Matchmaking Programme, an online matchmaking tool that enables attendees to search for and arrange meetings with exhibitors
  • Exhibitor Showcases allows exhibitors to present their products, services, launches, and innovations to both visitors and the press