SEOUL, Republic of Korea, December 8, 2022 — The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) received the Trade, Industry and Energy Minister’s Prize in recognition of its efforts to strengthen biosecurity management. Dr. Manki Song, Deputy Director General of Science, received the prize during the ‘K-Bio Leaders’ Day Conference 2022’ on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
This prize honors companies and organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to security management of biological agents over the past 3 years. The recipient of the prize is selected through an annual inspection by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy according to Korea’s ‘Chemical and Biological Weapon Prohibition Act Article 18-2.’ The awardee is nominated by a selection committee consisting of experts from the Korea Biotechnology Industry Organization and other professionals.
Dr. Kyung-Min Lee, Senior Officer for Biosafety and Laboratory Maintenance at IVI, said, “IVI has put in place all the necessary physical and operational management measures for biosecurity to contribute to public health and the international community’s biosecurity network. We will continue to implement systematic and innovative biosecurity management in order to promote the safety of our employees, local community, and the public from biological hazards.”
Dr. Manki Song said, “IVI has received the Trade, Industry and Energy Minister’s Prize in biosecurity management, earning recognition for its excellence and competence in biosecurity and biosafety management again after winning the Health and Welfare Minister’s Prize for excellence in biosafety in 2020. “IVI will continue to ensure the safety of its employees and the public by focusing more on biosecurity, while expanding contributions to the development of vaccines for global health.”