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.

Blue Nexus Conference (November 16th, Tuesday 10am – 3pm @ University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard Street)

What:     Blue Nexus Conference 

When:    Tuesday, November 16th from 10am to 3pm 

Where:   University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard Street

Virtual:   Streaming is available.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bluetech-maryland-blue-nexus-tickets-171429619607

Why:      Join us for the inaugural event hosted by BlueTech Maryland, featuring innovators from across Maryland’s growing BlueTech ecosystem. BlueTech Maryland is a partnership that aims to make our state one of the top three BlueTech innovation clusters in the world. This event will bring together Marylanders focused on aquaculture; offshore wind; sustainable maritime; stormwater and flooding management; harbor, bay and ocean restoration; living ocean; urban waterfront; marine biotech and more. 

9th KAPAL On-Air Webinar (2021 KAPAL-KHIDI Webinar Series #3) (November 4, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 PM EST)

2021 KAPAL–KHIDI Bio & Health Webinar Series는 한미생명과학인 협회 (KAPAL)와 KHIDI 미국지사 웨비나 시리즈입니다.

Topic Title: Clinical Development ‘R’ us

Clinical development has been the significant challenge for drug developers due to a low likelihood of success (e.g., 9.6% from Phase I for all developmental candidates*). Regulatory sciences and strategies become increasingly critical pillars in building clinical development plan for any successful new drug development.

In this presentation, roles of regulatory sciences and strategies in the clinical development will be elaborated.

* Clinical development success rate 2006-2015, BIO Industry Analysis

About the presenter:

Sang Mok Chung, Ph.D.

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

LG Chem Life Sciences Innovation Center, Cambridge, MA

Dr. Chung has dedicated his professional development at building expertise in regulatory science* of drug development. Dr. Chung has extensively reviewed regulatory submissions such as Investigational New Drug, New Drug Application or Biologic License Application from clinical pharmacology perspectives as part of multidisciplinary team. Dr. Chung’s review experiences cover conventional small molecules, peptides, oligonucleotides, biologics and biosimilars. Dr. Chung has therapeutic backgrounds in the areas of diabetes, lipid disorders, obesity and endocrinology (e.g., growth hormone deficiency, Cushing’s disease, or thyroid hormone) with further expansion in many other diseases (e.g., pulmonary and rheumatology), which can indicate for conventional or rare diseases. Dr. Chung has actively participated in regulatory researches as PI or co-PI, and presenting those results at scientific meetings. Dr. Chung has given lectures related the clinical development to colleges and universities.

Dr. Chung earned Ph.D. in Pharmacokinetics, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago.

* Please note that the webinar talk will be presented in KOREAN language.


한미 첨단재생의료 협력 확대를 위한 바이오 산업 포럼 – Oct 14, 2021 (Thr) 18:30 PM (EST)

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