2022 Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Partners’ Upscale Program (STEP-UP) – May 23 to 26, 2022 @ Courtyard by Marriott Edgewater NJ

Dear KAPAL Members,

The KSEA proudly announce its 3rd “Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Partners’ Upscale Program (STEP-UP 2022)” which will take place in Edgewater NJ from May 23 to 26, 2022.The STEP-UP aims to promote and enrich the entrepreneurship & partnership activities among KSEA members and other stakeholders. This year’s theme is Healthcare Entrepreneurship, with special emphasis on “Cell & Gene Therapy (CGT)” and “Healthcare in the Digital Era”, both of which are driving paradigm shifts in medicine. The STEP-UP 2022 offers lectures from the experts the field including the introduction of the CGT and Digital Health, US regulations, Laws, Investments, and leading start-ups. The STEP-UP 2022 will feature lectures from industry, academic and government professionals on topics such as the introduction to CGT and Digital Health, US regulatory affairs, legislation, investments, and prominent start-up presentations. We have a leading industry expert, Donghoon Lee, MBA, Executive Vice President, SK Holdings, as a keynote speaker. We are also offering a free group tour to the Cure, a new Biotech-focused incubator in NYC on May 24. We are confident that the event will provide a fantastic opportunity to learn about this emerging sector while also networking with experts. Program details can be found in the attached flyer or our event website. The STEP-UP 2022 will be held as in-person/virtual hybrid format. KSEA encourages you to attend in-person. In-person attendee will receive travel and lodging support.

Date: May 23 – 26, 2022

Venue: Courtyard by Marriott Edgewater NYC Area (3 Pembroke Pl, Edgewater, NJ 07020)

Registration Dates:

  • Registration opens: April 22, 2022
  • Early Registration Due: May 09, 2022
  • In-person registration closed: May 15, 2022
  • Virtual registration closed: May 21, 2022

Registration Fees:

  • Regular Registration: $250
  • Early registration or Entrepreneurship discount: ($100)
  • KSEA member discount:
    • Undergraduate/Graduate Students, Postdocs, and YG/YP members: $125 (Supported by -KUSCO)
    • Regular Members: $100
    • Virtual only discount: $150 for all members

Support for In-person Attendees (Current KSEA membership and attendance to the sessions are required):

  • Airfare up to $200 or driving mileage ($0.50/mile) up to $200
  • Hotel accommodation: Four night (Mon, May 23th ~ Thu, May 26th), Shared room (2 people/room)
  • Meals: Networking banquet 5/26
  • Additional support YG/YP participants (additional $100 travel support, networking dinner)
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required for in-person attendance

For more detailed information, please refer to, stepup.ksea.org.

For general inquiries, please contact stepup@ksea.org

We look forward to seeing you soon at the event.

Warm wishes,

IL Minn, Ph.D., STEP-UP Chair
Brian B. Park, Ph.D., KSEA President
Jeho Park, Ph.D., STEP-UP Co-Chair
Kevin Kim, STEP-UP Co-Chair
Stella Kim, M.S., STEP-UP Co-Chair
Kwangrok Kim, M.S., STEP-UP Co-Chair

10th KAPAL On-Air Webinar (2022 KAPAL-KHIDI Webinar Series #1) (April 7, 2021, 8:00 – 9:30 PM EST)

2022 KAPAL–KHIDI Bio & Health Webinar Series는 한미생명과학인 협회 (KAPAL)와 KHIDI 미국지사 웨비나 시리즈입니다.

Topic Title: US R&D Tax Credit & Corporate Tax

o “US R&D Tax Credit Introduction”

Christina Ahn, CPA, R&D Credit Specialist, Ardius (acquired by Gusto)

“US Corporate Tax Filing Requirements and Transfer Pricing Issues”

Alex Koo, Tax Partner, KPMG LLP / Shawn Kim, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

About the presenter:

Christina Ahn, CPA

R&D Credit Specialist, Ardius (acquired by Gusto)

Co-founder and CEO, Pinecone41

Pinecone41 is a Fintech startup that specializes in R&D Tax Credit services and provide technology startups accurate and beneficial tax insights that can be used to fuel growth.

Top Skills

Financial Analysis, Data Analysis, Corporate Tax


Ardius (acquired by Gusto, R&D Credit Specialist), Pinecone41 (CEO), KPMG (Tax Manager), Deloitte Tax LLP (Senior Tax Consultant), Mah & Associates (Staff Accountant)

Alex Koo

Tax Partner, KPMG LLP

Alex is a Tax Partner in KPMG’s Los Angeles Federal Tax Services, Korean practice. Before joining KPMG, Alex started his career in the tax department of Deloitte Korea and performed various tax projects until he was seconded to the US office. He has more than 20 years of experience in U.S. and Korea tax consulting, income tax compliance and income tax provision.

Alex is responsible for a broad range of U.S. multi-national and foreign-owned clients doing business as single entities or joint ventures, and has extensive experience with a wide range of tax matters relating to multi-national businesses. Alex’s current and past clients include leaders in the industrial production industries and high-technology, media, and telecommunication industries.

Alex has provided tax compliance services for various engagements in size from private to multi-national public companies in the U.S. and Korea and has extensive experience in defending corporations against tax examinations by Federal and state tax authorities.

Alex also has provided tax consulting services related to merger & acquisition transactions, business transfer transactions, cross border transactions and various tax due diligence services.

Alex has strong tax technical skills and tax provision skills with extensive experience in ASC 740 and ASC 718-10 for multinational and private companies.

Shawn Kim

Managing Director, KPMG LLP

Sanghoon has over 18 years of experience in dealing with audit, tax and transfer pricing matters for multinationals operating in different industries, from manufacturing and distribution sectors to the financial industry.

Sanghoon manages tax planning, audit defense and documentation projects for significant and complex intercompany transactions, covering tangible goods, complex services, intellectual property and financing structures. He deals with tax authorities on behalf of taxpayers with respect to transfer pricing audit defense and Advance Pricing Arrangements.

Work Experience

• Dealt with tax authorities related to tax audit, tax appeal, advance pricing agreement (APA), and mutual agreement procedure (MAP)

• Assisted companies in preparing worldwide transfer pricing policies

• Assisted companies in preparing FIN 48 analyses

• Prepared transfer pricing planning study and contemporaneous transfer pricing documentations

• Prepared management service fee documentation

• Performed intellectual property valuation analyses

• Performed royalty analysis products, especially in automobile parts industry

***** Notice *****

* Please note that the webinar talk will be presented in ENGLISH language. But Q&A session will be conducted in both English and Korean.

* 이번 세미나는 Maryland 주정부 관계자 분들을 포함하여 영어권 참석자 분들이 있어, 강의는 영어로 진행될 예정입니다. 참고로 질의 응답은 영어와 한국어 모두 가능함을 안내 드립니다.

Dr. Johng Sik Rhim Obityary (1930 – 2022) – Funeral service on Mar 10, 11 am @ Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC


Peacefully passed away on March 5, 2022 in Bethesda, MD. Born July 24, 1930 in Gwangju, South Korea. A distinguished physician, virologist and cancer research scientist who worked with Dr. Albert Sabin on the polio vaccine, had numerous publications and scientific patents during a 45 year career at the National Institutes of Health and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and was a local business owner. Johng was the beloved husband of the late Mary Lytle Rhim; loving father of Jonathan Arch Rhim (Thanh), Christopher Huc Rhim (Lauren), Peter Kennedy Rhim (Jill), Andrew Lytle Rhim (Darshini), Michael Johng Rhim (Laura), and Kathleen Rhim Goodner (Ryan); devoted grandfather of Natalie and Aaron, Brendan and Abigail, Annie and Sarah and Rachel, Anika and Aidan, Nicolas and Claudia, and Emma and Cash. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC, 5130 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC on Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (F-NIH), www.FNIH.org.

Published by The Washington Post from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2022.To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.

Virtual Funeral – Live Stream


Instead of flowers, we encourage people to donate in his name to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (F-NIH), www.FNIH.org.

Service – Thursday, March 10
Location – Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC (5130 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC 20016)

Schedule for Thursday:
9:00am ~ 11:00am – viewing
11:00am ~ 12:00pm – service
12:00pm ~ 2:00pm – light fare/visitation at Gawler’s
5:00pm ~ 8:00pm – visitation at Rhim home (11455 South Glen Road, Potomac, MD 20854) Note:Parking will likely be a zoo – park on side of 11455 South Glen driveway or on parallel driveway 11401/11405/11409 South Glen

2022 KIST Researcher and Rising Star Recruitment

KIST에서는 현재 2022년도 1차 공개채용을 진행하고 있습니다.

○ 채용인원 : 전분야 (공고문 참조) 박사급 연구인력 (정규직) 총 39명 이내

    *기술(전문)직, 행정(관리)직도 채용 중입니다. 세부사항은 아래 연구회 공동채용 사이트에서 확인하실 수 있습니다.

○ 지원방법 : 연구회 공동채용 사이트 (https://onest.recruiter.co.kr/)

    *영어사용자의 경우, KIST 영문사이트상의 지원페이지(KIST Korea Institute of Science and Technology)에서

      application form을 영문화하여 준비하고 있습니다. (아직 일부 한글 항목이 있어, 추가 영문화 작업 중입니다.)

○ 주요일정

채용공고·지원서 접수~3.18.(금) 
서류심사4월 중순5배수 선발
인성검사 / 자질검증세미나5월 초순3배수 선발
종합면접5월 하순 
신원조사 및 채용신체검사6월 초순 

○ Rising Star 채용

   – 공고문 내의 AI·로봇부문 “Rising Star” (분야구분 중 03-2)는

      채용되면 초기에 독일 자르브뤼켄(Saarbruecken) 자를란트대학 내에 소재한 KIST Europe 연구소를 거점으로 근무한 후,

      이후에는 서울에 있는 KIST 본원에서 근무를 지속하는 조건입니다. (세부 내용은 변동 가능)

      *영문으로 작성한 Rising Star 별도 공고문도 첨부드립니다.

「제약‧바이오 미국 현지 밀착 멘토링 컨설팅 업체」 모집

한국 제약바이오 기업의 미국 시장 경쟁력 제고 및 체계적·전략적 미국 시장 진출을 위하여 현지 전문 컨설팅 업체를 모집하오니 많은 관심 부탁드립니다.

(명)     제약‧바이오 미국 현지 밀착 멘토링 컨설팅 업체 모집

(모집기간)    2022. 3. 3(목) ~ 3. 24(목), 3주간

(목    적)      임상, 인허가, 기술거래 등 여러 분야의 맞춤형 멘토링을 통한 한국 제약바이오 기업의 미국 진출 지원

(지원자격)   미국 현지 제약바이오 분야 컨설팅 업체
                  – 제약 바이오산업 컨설팅 등 보건산업 관련 업무 경력 3년 이상
                  – 컨설팅 업체 내외부 전문 자문인력 5명 이상 보유  

(분    야)      법률자문(현지 법인·지사 설립 행정절차 등), R&D협력(공동연구, 임상시험 등), 규제준수(FDA 인허가 등), 기술거래 파트너링(기업홍보, 투자유치 등) 등

(모집규모)    3개 업체

(계약조건)    한 업체 당 최대 90,000불(22년)

 * 자세한 사항은 공고문 및 사업신청서 참조. 끝.