|Title||Professor Shin Woon-seop Awarded Ministerial Commendation at ‘2017 National Research and Development Performance Evaluation Awards’|
Professor Shin Woon-seop Awarded Ministerial Commendation at ‘2017 National Research and Development Performance Evaluation Awards’
Shin Woon-seop, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, was awarded a commendation from the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation for his contribution to the “development and commercialization of the implantable drug pump” at the '2017 National Research and Development Performance Evaluation Awards’ held last November.
Professor Shin Woon-seop has worked on the development of an implantable morphine injection pump for chronic pain patients and terminally-ill cancer patients who suffer from severe pain as a chief researcher of the project titled ‘Development of an implantable pump system for drug delivery’ (with 5 billion won in government contributions), which has been supported by Korea Health Industry Development Institute for five years since 2013. Animal testing currently is underway for the project, and exploratory clinical trial is scheduled for 2018. The drug delivery method is a type of target delivery in which the drug is injected directly into the spinal cord through the implanted pump and catheter; using this method, an amount as little as 1/300 of oral delivery or 1/100 of intravenous delivery can take the same medical effect. In addition, it has very few side effects as it minimizes the diffusion of the drug in the body, and also improves the quality of life of patients by allowing them to perform daily tasks such as moving or showering. Until now it has been difficult for many patients to use this method because the only available options were expensive imported products, but this project is expected to help develop inexpensive and patient-friendly products.
Furthermore, to commercialize the project output, Professor Shin Woon-seop established Caremedi Inc. in 2015 and is now focusing on developing products in line with patients’ needs through cooperation with enterprises such as CSCAM, KSRnD and OSYMed and SNUH Pain Care Center.