On September 18th, Han-Joo Kim, CEO of IMNEWRUN, attended the Inaugural Symposium and Ceremony of the Cryo-Electron Microscopy Center (Cryo-EM Center) held at Sungkyunkwan University's Natural Science Campus.
As part of the YUHAN · SKKU · IMNEWRUN CNS R&BD Ecosystem Agreement, Sungkyunkwan University has introduced equipment including a 300kV Cryo-TEM and a 200kV Cryo-TEM, as well as analytical instruments such as Cryo-Focused Ion Beam (Cryo-FIB) for ultra-low-temperature biological sample preparation. Through cooperation with a high-performance supercomputing center capable of high-speed processing of large-scale computational tasks, the university has established the state of art research infrastructure in South Korea.
Cryo-electron microscopy at ultra-low temperatures stands as a cornerstone instrument in the advanced biotechnology industry. It facilitates the examination of samples like proteins, microorganisms, and cells, all of which have been frozen to an astonishingly low temperature of -196 degrees Celsius, using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). This equipment empowers the analysis of three-dimensional structures at the atomic level and finds widespread application in elucidating the structures of emerging viruses and critical proteins within living organisms.
Within the welcome seminar, Prof. Joachim Frank, who jointly received the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his instrumental work in advancing cryo-electron microscopy, delivered an illuminating keynote lecture. Subsequently, during the second part of the symposium, Prof. Yong Ho Kim, Vice President of IMNEWRUN, presented a case study showcasing IMNEWRUN's groundbreaking development of TRANSMAB® through the De Novo design techniques and the application of Cryo-EM.