The US-Korea Conference (UKC) is a conference that facilitates US-Korea cooperation on recent developments in science, engineering, technology, industry, and entrepreneurship. This year, UKC is hosting its 3rd Innovation and Entrepreneurship Symposium (IES) from December 15 – 18, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA. The symposium seeks to provide a cooperative environment for current and future aspiring entrepreneurs in the US and Korea to network with high-profile entrepreneurs and investors, listen to the stories of those who have successfully exited their companies, and learn about the best practices of startups, from protecting your intellectual property and assets to securing funding from venture capitalists and government agencies. For budding entrepreneurs, come pitch to potential investors at the Startup Pitch Competition about how your solution seeks to improve the synergy between the US and Korea. We invite all entrepreneurial-minded American and Korean professionals to attend the IES during UKC 2021 and learn about growing cross-border business opportunities in the US and Korea today.

Chair & Co-chairs

Kyeong Ho Yang

KITEE / Vidyo

Co-Chair (Competition)
IL Minn
Johns Hopkins University

Co-Chair (Program)
Jeho Park

Claremont McKenna College

Co-Chair (Entrepreneurship)
Kwangrog Kim

Primer Sazze Partners

Committee Members

Jun-Seok Oh
Western Michigan University

General Director
Ahreum Amy Han
Discover Financial Services

Public Relations Director
Joonyul Kim
Ciscovery Bio

IT and Operation Director
Albert Kim
Temple University

Local Arrangement Director
Kevin Kim
SoCal K Group

Program Committee
Deok-Ho Kim
Johns Hopkins University

Program Committee
Jennifer Cho
Inquisitive Mind

Competition Committee
Sol Eun
Uiflow Inc.

Competition Committee
Jun W. Jeon
Khosla Ventures

Keynote Speech @ Closing Session

By Dr. Jong Sung Koh, President and CEO, GENOSCO Inc.

TITLE: An audacious journey from Daedeok Science Town to Boston
(Journey of the Discovery of Lazertinib, an innovative lung cancer drug)

Dr. Jong Sung Koh is a researcher and entrepreneur who founded GENOSCO Inc. and has been its President and CEO since 2008. In the middle of a global economic crisis, he moved to the epicenter of global biomedical innovation to discover a new drug in the post genomic era in 2008. This time, he was not a senior executive of a large pharmaceutical company. Rather, he started a new life as an entrepreneur of a small biotechnology startup in a completely different and foreign surrounding. Over the last 13 years, he discovered Lazertinib, a novel drug approved by the KFDA for the treatment of lung cancer. Lazertinib was valued up to $1.25 billion when it was licensed out to Janssen in 2018. Lazertinib is in phase 3 global trials and believed to have a very high potential to become a global blockbuster drug. At the Closing session of UKC 2021, Dr. Koh presents his journey as an entrepreneur at a biotech startup in the USA and the conviction it has given him over the years. On top of that, he will also share what a science entrepreneur can do and how. He earned his Ph.D. in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1990 after his MS in the Department of Chemistry at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 1981 and BS in the Department of Chemical Education at the Seoul National University in 1979.

Program Overview

(Time in the US Pacific Time, PST)

IES Startup Demo session: Garden 3 on the first floor of North Tower
All other sessions: Garden 4 on the first floor of North Tower

December 16, 2021 (Thursday)

IES Opening Session (13:30 – 14:15)
Session Moderator: Jayoung Kim (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA)
– Opening Remarks: Dr. Kyeong Ho Yang, IES Chair
– Congratulatory Remarks: Dr. Hyesook Lim, Minister of Science and ICT
– IES Keynote, Dr. Kyungoh Min (President, Institute of Diagnostics Platforms, Seegene, Inc.)
“Seegene’s Competitiveness and Vision in Molecular Diagnostics”

IES Session 1: Entrepreneurs in AI, ICT, and Entertainment (14:15 ~ 15:30)
Session Moderator: Kevin Kim (CEO, Brave Turtles, Inc)

Speaker and Title
Panelists Introduction:
Daniel Kim (Director, Smilegate Megaport – Mobile Game), Jungsuk Jay Lee (CEO, Naver Z USA – Metaverse),  Suejung Huh (CEO, Ohhh! Inc. – AR/VR)
Panel Session 

Break (15:30 – 16:00)

IES Session 2: Entrepreneurs in Biotech and Healthcare (16:00 ~ 18:00)
Session Moderator: Deok-Ho Kim (Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University)

Speaker and Title
Sunghwan Cho (CTO, NanoCellect Biomedical) – "Research to Startup for Graduate Students and Postdocs"
Nicholas Geisse (CSO, Curi Bio) – “Building trans-pacific partnerships to bring next-generation life science technologies to the global market”
June Lee (CEO, Esker Therapeutics) – "Academic to founding a biotech company"
Changjoo Kim (CEO, Bodyfriend Inc.) – "Innovative Strategy of Home Healthcare Platform by Bodyfriend R&D"
Panel Session

December 17, 2021 (Friday)

IES Startup Demo Session (11:00 ~ 12:30), Garden 3 on the 1st floor of North Tower
Session Moderator: IL Minn (IES Co-Chair)

Lunch (12:30 – 13:30)

IES Session 3: Fundraising and IPO Strategy (13:30 ~ 15:30)
Session Moderator: Kwangrog Kim (IES Co-Chair)

Speaker and Title
Kyungjin Kim (Manager, Shinhan bank) – “KOSDAQ IPO process for companies located outside of Korea”
John Nahm (Managing Partner, Strong Ventures) – “Making Hallyu Unicorns”
Bumsoo Kim (Managing Partner, Translink Investment)- “The basics of Korean startups doing business in the U.S”
Panel Session moderated by Kwangrog Kim (IES Co-Chair)
Jaewook Ko (Executive Director, Shinhan Investment Corp.), Sunghoon Suh (CEO, KDB Silicon Valley), John Nahm, Bumsoo Kim

Break (15:30 – 16:00)

IES Sponsor Forum / Seoul City Forum (16:00 – 18:00 PST / 09:00 – 11:00 KST)
Session Moderator: Jeho Park (IES Co-Chair)

Speaker and Title
Opening Remarks
Kyung Ho Yang (President, KITEE) – “Support of Korean-American Professionals for Crossborder Companies”
Steve Chung (President, Hitrons Solutions, Inc.) – “Effective Strategy in Entering the US Market for Korean Companies”
Byung Jo Kang (Founder, B.J. Kang Law, PC) – “Starting a Business in the United States”

IES Networking Dinner (18:30 – 21:00)

Sponsors Introduction

December 18, 2021 (Saturday)

Startup Pitch Competition (08:30 – 10:30)
Session Moderator: Dr. Jun W. Jeon (Khosla Ventures)

Break (10:30 – 11:00)

Award Ceremony & Closing (11:00 – 12:30)
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jong Sung Koh , President and CEO, GENOSCO Inc.

SPC Networking Lunch
(13:00 – 15:00)