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Celerion and Korean Drug Development Fund Form Collaboration to Strengthen Early Phase Clinical Research in South Korea

Celerion and Korean Drug Development Fund Form Collaboration to Strengthen Early Phase Clinical Research in South Korea

(Lincoln, NE; Seoul, ROK, May 28, 2014) – Celerion and the Korean Drug Development Fund (KDDF) are pleased to announce their formal collaboration to provide drug development expertise and support for the emerging drug discovery and development industry in South Korea.

The agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) provides the framework for collaborations of mutual benefit to both organizations. Companies funded by KDDF will have access to Celerion’s extensive experience and expertise in early clinical research and bioanalysis, as well as the global footprint of external partner sites. The collaboration will support a sharing of knowledge between KDDF and Celerion, and will focus on developing innovative and efficient ways to bring Korean drug discoveries to the global market. The MOU further enhances both organizations’ ability to effectively apply principles of translational medicine to the development of innovative new drugs.

“We are delighted to collaborate with KDDF, and provide early clinical research expertise to support and strengthen the emerging pharmaceutical industry in South Korea,” said Susan Thornton PhD, President and CEO of Celerion. “Our agreement with KDDF is further evidence of Celerion’s enthusiasm and commitment to contributing to the growth of South Korea’s biomedical research industry.”

“The KDDF is very happy to have established a partnership with Celerion. This collaboration is aligned to our vision to build effective partnerships between government, industry and academia,” said Dongho Lee MD MBA, CEO of KDDF. “Together with Celerion, KDDF will be able to provide professional consulting services to the Korean research communities to advance the research activities and promote important innovation.”

Celerion will support all programs with KDDF, from the recently announced business expansion within the Biomedical Research Institute at Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH), in South Korea.

About Celerion
Celerion, a leader in early clinical research, delivers Applied Translational Medicine. Celerion applies our expertise and experience to translating information gained in research discoveries, to knowledge of drug action and effect in humans to support early drug development decisions and the clinical pharmacology labeling of new medicines.

With over 40 years of experience and 750 global clinic beds (including 24 in-hospital), Celerion conducts and analyzes First-in-Human, clinical Proof-of-Concept, Cardiac Safety Services (TQT, robust QT), ADME and NDA-enabling clinical pharmacology studies. Celerion provides expertise on modeling and simulation, study design, medical writing (protocols and reports), clinical data sciences, biostatistics, and PK/PD analysis as well as small and large molecule bioanalytical assays through clinical drug development. Regulatory, drug development and program management complement Celerion’s service offerings. For more information please visit

About Korean Drug Development Fund
Signaling a new change in government-funded strategy, the KDDF was established in 2011 and operates through close management of development projects, linking grant support to the achievement of milestone-based research objectives. With a budget of US$1 billion, including private matching funds, the KDDF is an unparalleled response to the clinical demands of the 21st century. This investment in the country’s future is aimed at nurturing success that is initially driven by government and then transformed into a sustainable growth engine through valued researchers and industry partners.


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