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Bio Korea 2017, co-hosted by North Chungcheong, kicks off

According to Yonhap News,

(SEOUL=Yonhap News) More than 650 bio companies from both home and abroad showcased their latest technologies and products at an international exhibition in Seoul on Wednesday.

The 2017 Bio Korea International Convention kicked off at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul for a three-day run. The annual event, the 12th of its kind, is hosted by North Chungcheong Province and the state-run Korea Health Industry Development Institute.

The health ministry said the goal of the event is to navigate the future of the global health care industry that is largely seen as the next growth engine.

"The event is to increase the exchange of technology in the bio industry and to maximize the investment," said a ministry official, who asked not to be named. "Visitors will be able to witness the global trend of the biohealth sector and the fourth industrial revolution this year."

At an exhibition hall, more than 550 booths were set up by the companies to promote their advanced medical supplies and equipment, hoping to grab the attention of international buyers and visitors.

Among the participating companies are leading global pharmaceutical and biohealth companies, including GE Healthcare and Johnson & Johnson Medical.

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Source: Yonhap News (Apr. 12, 2017)