SEOUL, Sep. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – The Osong International Bio Industry Exposition 2014 starts on its big run of 17 days from September 26 to October 12 in Osong, North Chungcheong Province.
Exhibitions with various themes such as Bio Future Universe Pavilion, Bio Health Experience Center, Beauty Experience Center and Education Experience Center will welcome visitors. The Bio Future Universe Pavilion, which delivers the key message to visitors, introduces the history of bio industry development as well as the current status, and a blueprint of the future of biotechnology innovations.
The focal point in the pavilion is the duplicated dog of Dongkyungi, the Korean dog breed designated as the national treasure number 540. The organizing committee of the expo partnered with Prof. Lee Byung-chun of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Seoul National University to clone the valuable dog.
The professor got somatic cells from a Dongkyungi raised in Gyeongsang Province and then implanted it to an egg from another Dongkyungi living in Jeolla Province. The process is considered meaningful since both provinces have long feuded. As a mascot of peace and coexistence, the cloned canine will be disclosed at the expo.
In the Bio Health Experience Center, participants can gain information on how the biotech industry allows us to live a healthy life. There will be a biosensor that detects cancer, cardiac disorder and thyroid disease and a medical apparatus to examine depression and dementia.
The Beauty Experience Center introduces the cosmetic industry related to biotechnology. In the center, visitors can experience advanced Korean beauty products as well as be given skin diagnosis and consultations.
The Education Experience Center, especially targeting students, provides lectures on bioscience and experiments that students have never conducted at school. Those who participate in experiment sessions will have an opportunity to extract DNA and dissection.
Aside from exhibitions for visitors, there will be various international and domestic academic conferences. A conference on disorders related to stress is planned to be held with more than 300 bio-medical scientists from four countries present from October 7 to 8. Another conference on gene therapy and stem cell therapy is also going to be organized from October 10 to 11.
“The Expo is expected to create an output inducement effect worth 238.3 billion won, added-value worth 108.9 billion won and 4,176 jobs,” Lee Cha-young, secretary general of the organizing committee, said. “The expo is therefore anticipated to improve the local economy,” he added.
By veronica Huh (firstname.lastname@example.org)