It is now 50 years since 10th April, 1962, when S. Korea and Israel established official diplomatic relations between the
two countries. For 50 years the two countries have been developing close, friendly, and cooperative ties in all areas.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary, South Korean President MB Lee and Israeli President Shimon Peres exchanged
celebratory letters in April 2012.
I believe that KORIL-RDF, the bilateral joint R&D funding program of Korea and Israel, is one of the best practices for
bridging two countries to improve industrial development for both. In short, KORIL-RDF has approved 117 R&D projects
with funding amounting to around 30 million USD. Successful commercialization has reached a sales volume of
approximately 23 million USD.
Continuing this established practice, KORIL-RDF will persist in its efforts to accelerate the industrial cooperation between
Israel and Korea.
As always, your suggestion to improve the contents of our newsletter is welcome.
Thank you very much.
Dr. Han Joo Kim
Request for proposals - 2nd half of 2012
KORIL-RDF’s new RFP for the 2nd half of 2012 is currently open until the end of July 2012. The funding size of the full scale project has been increased to maximum USD 1 million.
For more information, please check the website or contact our office in Tel-Aviv, Israel or Seoul, Korea.
Tel Aviv office : Ms. Deborah Schabes, Israel Manager
Tel : +972-3-511-8183
E-mail : email@example.com
Seoul office : Mr. Soo-Myung Choi, Industry Analyst
Tel : +82-2-6009-8252
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KORIL-RDF 22nd BOD meeting
KORIL-RDF’s 22nd Board of Director’s meeting was successfully
held in Tel-Aviv on 24th May, 2012. Mr. Avi Hasson, the
Chairman of KORIL-RDF, the Chief Scientist of Israel Ministry of
Industry, Trade and Labor(MOITaL), Mr. Yang Ho Chung,
Director General of Korean Ministry of Knowledge
Economy(MKE) and other directors met together to have a
discussion for the approval of new proposals as well as the
operation of KORIL-RDF. During the meeting, the board
approved 4 full scale proposals and 2 feasibility study proposals. The 23rd BOD will be held in Seoul, Korea in November
KORIL Performance Analysis for the 10th anniversary
KORIL-RDF recently finished analyzing the performance of the joint R&D program on the occasion of its 10 year
anniversary. The purpose of the survey is to assess the achievements of projects implemented over the last decade and
set the strategic direction of the program.
• Major results of analysis
- The technological development growth period (phase) made up the largest portion in the average technological life
cycle of companies participating in the project. Their participation in KORIL project was found to have helped raise
their technological level by as much as 25% ~ 75%.
- The technology possessed (proprietary technology) by the companies was found to have the greatest effect in
boosting export, according to the results of the survey conducted to determine whether the possessed technology
had a spill-over effect on the industry.
- “Acquiring overseas cutting-edge technology” accounted for the largest proportion, according to the results of the
survey on the objectives of joint technology development.
- “Identifying cooperative partners” was found to be the greatest challenge, according to the results of the survey on
the difficulties and challenges arising from joint technology development.
- The surveyed companies considered KORIL project to be among the high-priority projects in terms of necessity,
based on the results of the survey on the intention of the participating companies to take a supporting role again for
the same project and to proceed with the same project.
- Companies currently undertaking the R&D project with support of the Korea-Israel R&D
Foundation for the period 2003 ~ 2011 or companies that completed the
implementation of the project
- CEO, in charge of the joint R&D project, managers, working-level personnel
Method of Survey
- Email survey & onsite interview
- Survey of companies implementing a bi-national joint R&D project with support of the
Korea-Israel R&D Foundation.
Size of Population
- 25 companies implementing a bi-national joint R&D project
(15 Korean companies and 10 Israeli companies)
- 25 companies that already completed or are currently undertaking a bi-national joint R&D
Period of Survey
- From October 27, 2011 to February 6, 2012 (40 days)
- Kwangwoon University Industry-Academic Collaboration Foundation (IACF)
Design of the Survey
Israel Homeland Security Delegation visit Korea(Mar. 22~24, 2012)
Home Land Security is one of Israel’s world-class industries.
The Israel Export Institute (IEI) organized a delegation of Israeli
HLS companies to
S.Korea and Vietnam in March 2012. The
Israeli Embassy in Korea took this
opportunity to hold the 2012
Israel Homeland Security Seminar and B2B meetings,
with very successful results.
The venue was packed with Korean company representatives who came to meet
the Israeli Delegation; and Staff worked
hard to schedule huge demand for B2B
meetings. It was
obvious to all that there is strong mutual interest between
and Korean industry in this field.
KORIL-RDF was proud to support the Seminar and B2B
meetings, and look forward
to welcome the HLS delegation
again next year.
2012 Korea Agritech Delegation (May 12~16, 2012)
KORIL-RDF participated in Agritech Israel 2012
Delegation event by hosting local
Seminar in Tel-Aviv on May 13, 2012 in
collaboration with Israel Embassy in Korea, KOTRA Academy, and the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute
KORIL Israel Manager, Ms. Deborah Schabes participated in the seminar and
presented KORIL funding program.
2012 Korea BIOMED Delegation
13 representatives from 10 Korean bio-pharma and medical device firms visited
Israel to participate in the 2012 BIOMED Conference and Exhibition.
Korean companies received an introduction to the Israeli bio-industry at the Korea-
Israel Biotechnology seminar which was organized by KORIL-RDF and GT Korea
Israel office in Tel Aviv.
Senior representatives of Israeli bio industry shared their knowledge and experience
in this sector.
The Delegation visited TEVA, Lifebond, Biosense and Ben Gurion University.
Additionally, the Korean representatives had B2B meetings with Israeli companies
and some of them are expected to create new business and joint R&D project in
We thank again to Ms. Ruti Alon, the Chairman of ILSI-BIOMED, Mr. Benjamin
Soffer, T3 from Technion Univ., Mr. Ami Orkaby, Counsel to Meitar and founding
partner of Israel-Korea Life Science Fund and Mr. Youngsun Lee, Chief of KOTRA Tel Aviv office.
EXPO 2012, Yeosu Korea(May 12~ Aug 12)
The Yeosu Expo 2012 provides an opportunity to enhance the international community’s perception of the function and value of the ocean and coast, share knowledge on the proper use of the ocean and coast and recognize the need for cooperation in the marine sector. It will also serve as a venue to learn about the achievements of and future models for the marine sector and offer a valuable chance to promote state-of-the-art marine science and technology and marine industries.
World Water Congress & Exhibition, Busan Korea(Sept.16~21)
The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is a biennial event organized by the International Water Association (IWA). In 2012 the event will be held in Busan, Korea, a thriving coastal metropolis that is home to 3.6 million people and a city that is becoming one of Asia’s top convention cities thanks to its superb beaches and world-class hotels.
The event is a valuable and unique opportunity for the community of world-leading water professionals to meet, exchange ideas, explore the state of the art and debate the key issues underlying the science and practice of water.
Presentations at the congress relate to all aspects of the water cycle and are organized around these key themes:
Integrated urban water systems
Managing utilities and their assets
Water treatment technologies
Wastewater treatment and reuse
Water and health
Water resources supply and sustainability
Water, climate and energy
As well as these traditional subjects, there is a strong focus on water in the developing world and a special program for young water professionals (YWPs).
The congress proceedings are supported by a world-leading exhibition of 200 water and sanitation products and services providers and a number of national pavilions.
The 2012 World Food Prize will be awarded to Dr. Daniel Hillel for conceiving and implementing a radically new mode of bringing water to crops in arid and dry land regions - known as “micro-irrigation.”
Dr. Hillel’s pioneering scientific work in Israel revolutionized food production, first in the Middle East, and then in other regions around the world over the past five decades. His work laid the foundation for maximizing efficient water usage in agriculture, increasing crop yields, and minimizing environmental degradation.
In the 1950's Dr Hillel helped to create the first map of Israel's soil and water resources for the Ministry of Agriculture.
As one of the founders of Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev Desert, he was drawn to the critical needs of the water supply in arid regions.
The new approach Dr. Hillel developed provided for a low-volume, high-frequency, calibrated water supply to plants. His research led to a dramatic shift from prevailing methods of irrigation used in the first half of the twentieth century: applying water in brief periodic episodes of flooding to saturate the soil, followed by longer periods of manufactured drought to dry out the soil. The new innovative method developed and disseminated by Dr. Hillel applied water in small but continuous amounts directly to the plant roots, with dramatic results in plant production and water conservation.
Other techniques developed include harvesting rainwater by inducing and collecting runoff from sloping ground which can allow farmers to grow crops on previously barren lands.
Dr. Hillel’s water management concepts—promoted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization as HELPFUL (High-frequency, Efficient, Low-volume, Partial-area, Farm-unit, Low-cost)—have spread from Israel to Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. HELPFUL irrigation technology is now used to produce high-yielding, nutritious food on more than six million hectares worldwide.
Woongjin Holdings Woongjin is a group company which has 15 affiliated firms in 8 business areas with more than 10,000 employees. Woongjin runs their business in environmental consumer electronics, food and beverages, solar energy, environmental materials, construction and finance. Woongjin Holdings is a holding company of Woongjin group and its IT department is looking for R&D partner in Israel.
*Looking for R&D partner for the following 3 technologies.
- A 3D display available from 8 different angles without 3D glasses
- 3D advertisement contents design
- CMS (Contents Management System) which transmits the 3D contents
Ms. Jinkyung Park
CIT Service Unit Business Development Manager
Tel : 82-2-2076-4931 / Fax : 82-2-2076-9881 /
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The company has developed the Accordion Pill, a unique oral gastro-retentive
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Controlled release delivery systems have failed to provide a solution for the selected drugs, because they are absorbed primarily through the upper part of
the gastrointestinal track.
The Accordion Pill was successfully tested in more than
25 clinical studies in the US, Europe and Israel
Intec Pharma is targeting significant
unmet needs for various therapeutic areas, including the central nervous system
(CNS), the cardiovascular system, as well as gastrointestinal (GI) and infectious diseases.