The general public, the industry, and the
medical community all predicted that the importance of the health industry in
the post-COVID era will increase. The Korea Health Industry Development
Institute (KHIDI) conducted a survey on public awareness of the health industry
for about a month from September 23 to October 30 last year, and 85% of the
people agreed on the importance of the health industry.
In preparation for the post-COVID era,
KHIDI has started supporting six promising health industry startups in Korea,
and the company is preparing to enter the global market as a Korean company as
well as in Korea. △Eco&Rich △MedKit △Home Doctor △IF △Cure-in △GEN FIT
Eco&Rich developed implant ceramic crown upper prosthesis by utilizing 3D printing and casting technology
Eco&Rich (CEO Jeon, Jin-Hun) has
developed an implant ceramic crown upper prosthesis. The company staff said,
"The dental laboratory Eco&Rich has proven research and technological
prowess to publish a paper in the world's top journals, in Journal of
Prosthetic Dentistry and Journal of Prosthodontic Research. Our implant ceramic
crown upper prosthesis (substructure + superstructure) guarantees outstanding
precision, biocompatibility, and safety."
He then said, "We solved the problem of
cracking or breaking of the existing implant ceramic crown upper prosthesis by
using 3D printing and casting technology. Since there is no need to make it
again, it is time and cost efficient, and provides efficiency to the customers.
We are manufacturing dental prostheses customized to the international
standards at reasonable prices."
MedKit develops digital therapeutics aimed at "gamification of medical treatment"
MedKit is developing digital therapeutics
that aim to gamify treatment by using augmented reality technology. The company
staff said, "MedKit is a company that develops digital therapeutics. Digital
therapeutics helps to manage lifelong diseases such as autism, diabetes, and
depression that last a lifetime and have no obvious treatment options. MedKit
aims for the gamification of treatment. We make it easy to participate by
making the treatment rules as games. This has already been developed by many companies,
and it is being advanced. MedKit provides generalization and continuation of
treatment so that hospital treatment rules can be followed in daily life."
He then said, "MedKit presents a solution
that preserves the advantages of advanced digital therapeutics and improves the
disadvantages. We will develop behavior therapy and social improvement games
for high-skilled children. The most important thing is generalization,
verification, and sustainability. For generalization, we will use augmented reality
technology to improve the effect, and we will get approval from MFDS by more
definite medical verification by using IoT, wearable devices, and MRI.
Home Doctor develops visiting medical platform for the elderly living in the community
Home Doctor is developing a visiting
medical platform that enables continuous on-site medical care by improving the
accessibility of patients and organizing an efficient visit process for medical
personnel. The company staff said, "By continuously collecting data of actual
patients, we would like to become the foundation for personalized medical care.
We plan to provide evidence-based medical services by collecting various data
such as economy, housing, and environment as well as patient medical data
through actual visiting medical services."
"We will present an easy and fast system by establishing a visiting medical platform that can connect the visiting medical system built by regions. We will support various activities such as continuous patient monitoring, patient food delivery, wearable device and digital therapeutic development using the visiting medical platform."
IF to develop electronic devices for the public health with anger control reaction bracelet, nail biting correction ring, and eco-friendly energy insole
IF (CEO Choi Hyun-bae) would like to
contribute to the public's mental health through electronic devices, and it is
developing unique products with the slogan "Incorporating psychology into
engineering." Currently, IF is developing the anger control reaction bracelet
that detects and informs anger in advance, nail biting correction ring that can
correct nail biting habit, and eco-friendly energy insole that automatically
recharges the battery while walking.
The nail-biting correction ring can correct
unconscious behavior by detecting carbon dioxide (CO2) when exhaling and
starting buzzer whenever nail biting occurs, which is when the finger is near
the mouth and lasts for more than one second. The company staff said, "Although
we are a small company, we would like to make high-quality product that can
raise the pride of Korea and contribute to the health of the people, and we
will try to embrace those in need."
Cure-in develops MRI image-guided automated breast biopsy robot system
Cure-in is developing an MRI image-guided
automated breast biopsy robot system that can reduce MRI breast biopsy time
from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours to 25-40 minutes. A company staff from Cure-in
said, "By developing the medical robot that help the doctors to diagnoses and
treats cancer quickly and accurately, we want pave the way to become the global
company that can give the medical staff confidence and trust, and patients
comfort. Currently, we are under the final commercialization of the MRI
image-guided automated breast biopsy robot system which we developed in the
National Cancer Center as a research project in the global market."
He then said, "Our robotic system can be
used without modifying the existing MRI equipment or breast coal, so the
hospitals can keep using the equipment they have and perform the automated
breast biopsy. It has a curved biopsy needle that passes through a narrow space
in the gantry. It is equipped with an adapter device that can connect the
existing breast coil without disassembling/modifying it." He added, "If
there is a bold and long-term investment of research fund and interest, I think
Korea can lead the field of international MRI-guided interventions."
GEN FIT develops Jet Fit, a muscle function correction device for wrinkle reducing, teeth whitening, and sleep apnea improvement
GEN FIT (CEO Son Jin-hee) developed GEN
FIT, a muscle function correction device that can reduce wrinkles, whiten
teeth, and improve sleep quality. The company staff said, "GEN FIT is an
ergonomically designed device that can
reduce wrinkles, whiten teeth, and improve sleep apnea without side
effects from surgeries. Also, we are preparing to launch oral products that can
be used with the device such as tooth whitening agents."
He then said, "In the past, surgery was the
way to remove the nasolabial wrinkles. But by wearing the patented GEN FIT,
people can reduce their nasolabial wrinkles just by wearing them. It can be
worn comfortably without the burden of side effects of the procedure." About
the future business plans, he said, "We would like to launch products that
offer a variety of choices by establishing a lineup for each usage. Also, we
would like to promote our product's effectiveness by participating in dental
fairs, exhibitions, and conferences, and at the time, we are going to promote
the product in online and offline channels, to make our product brand known and
built the image."
KHIDI is a public institution that
professionally and systematically conducts support projects to strengthen
international competitiveness in the health industry and improve public health.
In addition to expanding investment in health care technology R&D, we have
been leading the strengthening of domestic and overseas competitiveness of the
health industry, such as medical services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices,
beauty cosmetics, age-friendly, foreign patients attraction, and overseas
expansion of medical systems. Also, we are steadily fostering health care star
companies by supporting global technology commercialization for SMEs
specializing in the health industry such as pharmaceuticals, bios, and medical