There are two opposing attitudes
to paths that have not been taken
Fear that there are no known paths
and excitement that new paths can be pioneered
At GC Pharma, the fundamental question that guides our endeavors is how quickly we can develop the new drugs patients have long awaited. We have been a trailblazer in bio-pharmaceuticals, developing groundbreaking plasma derivatives, vaccines, and recombinants one after another. GC Pharma’s dedication to innovation has brought the company shoulder to shoulder with other world-class providers of life science solutions.
A global research center leading biotechnology R&D
The establishment of GC Pharma R&D Center in 1982 represented GC Pharma’s ambition to become one of the leading players on the global pharmaceuticals market. Tasked with the mission of researching and developing new drugs, GC Pharma R&D Center has been undertaking diverse innovative R&D projects centered on cutting-edge biotechnology. With talented researchers recruited from around the world and through partnerships with leading research centers worldwide, GC Pharma R&D Center has quickly grown into a leading biotechnology R&D facility.
Localizing expensive imported treatments for Hepatitis-B, Hemophilia, and other diseases
For over three decades since its establishment, GC Pharma R&D Center has dedicated itself to successfully localizing a wide range of treatments, including Urokinase (a thrombolytic agent), a vaccine against hepatitis-B, diagnostic agents for liver and colon cancers, and a third-generation recombinant protein drug for hemophilia-A. The organization has successfully developed a host of other innovative drugs as well, including oral typhus vaccine, Antithrombin III, Greenplast, and an intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). Most of these drugs have gone on to become major sources of GC Pharma’s revenue and growth.
The largest R&D facility in the Korean pharmaceutical industry completed in 2013
The new GC Pharma R&D Center, established in 2013 as the largest pharmaceutical R&D facility in Korea, consists of two floors underground and five above, and sprawls over a total floor area of 28,510 m². It features facilities dedicated to new drug development, testing manufacturing processes and producing non-clinical testing agents, a cutting-edge animal testing lab, and specialized analysis facilities. By completely separating the research and office areas, the center maximizes efficiency in R&D activities. Thanks to the state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment, the center has quickly positioned itself as the forward base and chief engine for GC Pharma’s R&D innovations.
Drugs that are difficult to make
but that must be made
Paths that are best avoided
but that must be pioneered
GC Pharma has spearheaded the development of drugs that are extremely difficult to make, but that must be made to free patients from the despair of disease. At GC Pharma, we have dared, with a pioneering spirit, to take on the challenge of developing specialized drugs avoided by other pharmaceutical companies. Belief in the value of a society where everyone has a chance at happiness, free from the pain of disease, leads us along this path.
A treatment for rare Hunter syndrome
(only 2,000 patients nationwide)
Hunterase, the second-ever treatment in the world to be developed for Hunter syndrome, was approved by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in 2012, and epitomizes GC Pharma’s advanced bio-pharmaceutical technology. The company is now preparing to take this innovative drug to the global market. Before GC Pharma’s success in this area, there was only one pharmaceutical manufacturer producing a treatment for Hunter syndrome. Any stoppage or shortages of supply could have grave consequences for patients. GC Pharma aspires to increase the global market share of Hunterase to over 50 percent to change the paradigm on treating Hunter syndrome. The company also intends to invest steadily in developing treatments for other rare diseases, including Fabry disease, to help improve treatment prospects and quality of life for sufferers in Korea and abroad.
A treatment for a rare disease that afflicts only one in 10,000
GreenGene F is a third-generation recombinant protein treatment for hemophilia A, and the third such treatment in the world to have been developed. Epitomizing GC Pharma’s unsurpassed technology and expertise, the drug successfully completed Phase 3 and is currently under NDA approval process in China. The company expects the drug to generate immense added value to the Chinese pharmaceutical market, where there is great potential for growth. The company also plans to develop a new-generation and longer-acting hemophilia treatment for developed markets in North America and Europe. New Drug Application (NDA) submitted in China.
A specialized flu vaccine for seniors aged 65+
GC Pharma has set out to research and develop a higher-dosage flu vaccine specifically for seniors. People aged 65 or older tend to show a lower immune response to flu vaccines than younger people. Whereas standard flu vaccines induce immune responses in 70 to 90 percent of healthy adults under the age of 65, this is true for only 17 to 53 percent of seniors. Developing a more effective flu vaccine for this age group is expected to reduce the societal cost of influenza epidemics.
Over the last 50 years
To the next 50 years
For the 100 years of humanity
The way of a hundred-year enterprise
Our commitment to preparing for the next 50 years, High 5, GC, is a mid- to long-term 2030 plan that represents five new global medicines, 5 trillion won in sales, and 50 trillion won in corporate value. It's a strategy to become a great company that will lead the global health industry. The GC, a company which has written a new history of Korean pharmaceutical industry, is now dreaming of a vision of the next 50 years beyond the last 50 years with its mission and desire for human health.
The Great Enterprise Spirit of the GC Pharma
As we have walked in the last half century, we will contribute to the treatment of diseases and the health of the people through the development of difficult but essential medicines for patients. We will also implement the GC's vision to maximize the effectiveness and value of existing products, and to strengthen the new medicine pipeline for various diseases to provide a healthy life for mankind.