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Trend towards increased pharma exports and nutraceuticals reported at CPhI Korea

Posted on: 13 Sep 16

Record breaking attendance sees 4,537 visitors from 51 countries

Seoul, 13 September 2016: CPhI Korea (#cphikorea) – hosted by UBM EMEA and co-organised with the UBM Korea Corporation and Korean Pharmaceutical Traders Association (KPTA) – announce the major trends emerging from the recent closing of its 2016 exhibition at COEX Hall D in Seoul. The third edition of CPhI Korea welcomed 4,537 visitors from over 51 countries and 159 exhibitors. 

One of the key trends to emerge from the conference is a notable increase in internationalisation. Highlighting this major shift, CPhI Korea 2016 saw an incredible 38% increase in overseas attendees, with sessions exploring market-entry strategies for the EU, Japan and China. In total, an impressive international participation included exhibitors from 108 overseas companies, and 925 overseas buyers.

Moreover, the Government is further supporting these international partnerships by evolving the regulatory system in a bid to provide a transparent, efficient system to facilitate faster approval of drugs. As such, the event has been undertaken with the help of key industry partners: MFDS (Ministry of Food and Drug Safety), Chungbuk Technopark, KBIZ (Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business), KOBIA (Korea Biomedicine Industry Association), KDRA (Korea Drug Research Association) and KIT (Korea Institute of Technology).

The Korean Government is also actively encouraging overseas clinical trials, M&A, and open innovation with a USD $150 million ‘Global Healthcare Fund’ investment. Multinational companies at the event included Ajinomotogenexine, Bollore Logistics, Dupont Korea, Elsevier Korea, Khaiel GmbH, Malvern Instrument, Thermofisher Scientific, and Universal Robots.

Another area that gathered much international interest at CPhI Korea is the Korean biosimilar market, which is expected to reach $1.2bn by 2019. Key trends highlighted during sessions included ‘Accelerated CMC Approaches for Therapeutic Antibody Development’ and a study on the regulatory harmonization of bioequivalence. 

Remarkably, the Korean nutraceutical sector experienced an 11.5% growth in the last year, reaching $1.7 billion. Mirroring this growth, CPhI Korea opened its first ever Health Ingredients (Hi) Korea. The new co-located event brought experts from across the nutraceutical sector and offered insights on regional prospects (primarily in Japan), as well as new regulatory guidelines for health benefits claims of nutraceuticals.

Other key topics explored at the event included: “New Normal: Challenges and opportunities of China Pharma Market”, “Success strategy to enter EU”, and “GMP Compliance Inspection by PMDA”.

Rutger Oudejans, Brand Director Pharma at UBM EMEA added: “It has been fantastic to see Korea’s rapid progression in the three years that we have organised CPhI Korea. It has seen growth not only in terms of overall production levels, but has also moved up the pharma value chain into biosimilars, and more recently nutraceutical sales regionally. Manufacturers in the country are increasingly experiencing a good deal of international activity, highlighted by the growing international audience of the event, with many exporting to nearby economies – including highly competitive, mature markets such as Japan and China, as well as Europe and the US. It has been an amazing year for CPhI Korea and we look forward to another exciting event in 2017”.

Ms. Shruti Kutariyar & Mr. Virash R. Maurya, Sr. Executive Marketing from Harman Finochem – the leading API and Nutraceutical ingredients company from India – remarked: “We have come to the show last year as a visitor and this was the first time to exhibit at CPhI Korea. We could see many more buyers compared to last year, and especially, it was good to meet the buyers from surrounding Asia regions such as China, Japan, Iran, and Turkey. It was very effective to showcase our new products and technology to domestic traders and buyers.”




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About CPhI

CPhI drives growth and innovation at every step of the global pharmaceutical supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage. Through exhibitions, conferences and online communities, CPhI brings together more than 100,000 pharmaceutical professionals each year to network, identify business opportunities and expand the global market. CPhI hosts events in Europe, Korea, China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, Istanbul and Russia, and co-locates with ICSE for contract services, P-MEC for machinery, equipment & technology, InnoPack for pharmaceutical packaging and BioPh for biopharma. CPhI provides an online buyer & supplier directory at


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The UBM EMEA annual schedule of Pharmaceutical events includes: CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC, FDF and InnoPack Worldwide (4-6 October, 2016, Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain); CPhI & P-MEC India (21-23 November, 2016, BEC and BKC Exhibition and Convention Centres, Mumbai, India), Pharmapack Europe (01-02 February, 2017); CPhI Istanbul (8-10 March, 2017 at the IFC Istanbul Expo Center, Istanbul, Turkey); CPhI, P-MEC and Innopack South East Asia (22-24 March, 2017 at the Jakarta International Expo- Jakarta, Indonesia); CPhI Russia (28 March – 30 March, 2017 at JSC VDNH (VVC), Pavilion 75, Hall A, Moscow); CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC, BioPh and InnoPack Japan (19-21 April, 2017 at the Big Sight Exhibition Centre- Tokyo); InformEx (16-18 May, 2017); CPhI China and P-MEC (20-22 June, 2017 at SNIEC, Shanghai, China); CPhI Korea (22-24 August, 2017)



UBM EMEA connects people and creates opportunities for companies across five continents to develop new business, meet customers, launch new products, promote their brands, and expand their market. Through premier brands such as TFM&A, Internet World, IFSEC, MD&M, CPhI, Cruise Shipping Miami, the Concrete Show, and many others, UBM Live exhibitions, conferences, awards programs, publications, Websites, and training and certification programs are an integral part of the marketing plans of companies across more than 20 industry sectors.


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Nadine Caillaux
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Last updated on: 13/09/2016

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