Sam­sung to de­velop brain can­cer treat­ment

The Korea Times - - BUSINESS - By Baek Byung-yeul [email protected]­re­

Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics will in­vest 330 bil­lion won ($28 mil­lion) into 26 re­search projects as part of its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide sup­port to lo­cal re­searchers, the com­pany said Mon­day. The projects in­clude one de­vel­op­ing drugs to treat brain can­cers and an­other seek­ing new semi­con­duc­tor ma­te­ri­als.

The tech gi­ant launched two re­search sup­port cen­ters — the Sam­sung Science & Tech­nol­ogy Foun­da­tion and the Sam­sung Re­search Fund­ing & In­cu­ba­tion Center for Fu­ture Tech­nol­ogy — in 2013.

The com­pany an­nounces a list of re­searchers who will re­ceive re­search grants three times a year, and through the sup­port cen­ters, it has in­vested 718.2 bil­lion won in 560 re­search projects so far.

For the re­search grants of the lat­ter half of 2019, the com­pany will sup­port seven projects in the ba­sic sciences, nine in cre­ative in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, and 10 in ma­te­ri­als tech­nol­ogy.

In ba­sic science, Prof. Kim He­ung-kyu of the Ko­rea Ad­vanced In­sti­tute of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (KAIST) will be funded for his re­search into new types of im­mune cells that can rec­og­nize brain tu­mor cells and con­trol im­mune re­sponses. Through the re­search, the pro­fes­sor aims to de­velop a new fam­ily of drugs for brain can­cers.

For the ma­te­ri­als tech­nol­ogy sec­tor, the com­pany is sup­port­ing re­search help­ful for the coun­try’s in­dus­tries such as de­vel­op­ing new semi­con­duc­tor ma­te­ri­als, and also those that can de­tect can­cer cells.

Dr. Chung Kyeong-woon of the Ko­rea In­sti­tute of Ma­te­ri­als Science is re­search­ing the de­vel­op­ment of or­ganic ma­te­ri­als that can change color de­pend­ing on the de­gree of metas­ta­sis of can­cer cells.

“Cur­rently, it is hard to pre­dict the risk of can­cer re­cur­rence. But the or­ganic ma­te­ri­als will help doc­tors set up a cus­tom­ized treat­ment plan for each pa­tient,” Chung said.

Jeong Eun-ju, a pro­fes­sor of Hanyang Uni­ver­sity, will con­duct a study to record and an­a­lyze sig­nals from the hu­man brain and trans­fer them to mu­sic.

“This re­search aims to help peo­ple with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties who have dif­fi­cul­ties in ex­press­ing their emo­tions. By us­ing the elec­tro­cor­ticog­ra­phy (ECOG) method, which uses sen­sors on the sur­face of the brain to record sig­nals, they are ex­pected to be able to en­gage in artis­tic ac­tiv­i­ties,” the pro­fes­sor said.

Cour­tesy of Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics

Jeong Eun-ju, a pro­fes­sor of the Hanyang Uni­ver­sity, speaks about her re­search project sup­ported by Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the com­pany’s of­fice in Seoul, Mon­day.

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