JungJin SEO: embracing challenges as opportunities to advance affordable health care
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2021 JungJin SEO of South Korea embodies a potent combination of purpose and resilience. After losing his job in the automotive industry at the age of 45, SEO was inspired to forge a new path in the pharmaceutical industry. He emerged as a self-taught entrepreneur, going on to create Celltrion Group, now a leading global biopharmaceutical firm.
Under his direction, Celltrion Group has unlocked vital advances in affordable treatment of breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and influenza, along with innovations in the use of antibodies to treat powerful viruses.
Now, as he begins a new chapter as Celltrion’s Honorary Chairman, SEO shares his perspective on working with the next generation to build on the legacy of his company’s trailblazing achievements. In conversation with Jennifer Moon, one of South Korea’s leading reporters, SEO reveals what inspired him to make a radical change of direction and reshape the future of medicine and health care. When asked about his future aspirations as an entrepreneur, SEO describes how he “will strive to complete building the next generation health care model and show it to the world,” continuing to turn his dreams into a reality.
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