JungJin Seo has been awarded EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 during a virtual awards ceremony on June 11. 

Seo, honorary chairman of biopharmaceutical firm Celltrion, is the first winner from South Korea in the award’s 21-year history. He was picked from among 45 award winners from 38 countries and territories competing for the global award.

Seo, 63 co-founded Celltrion in 2003 with five colleagues. The firm develops drugs to treat autoimmune diseases, different forms of cancer and most recently, Covid-19. Since its founding, the firm has grown to over 2,100 employees and now has sales permits in more than 90 countries and revenues exceeding US$1.69 billion.

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