Samsung Electronics announced on June 4 that it has chosen 28 external R&D projects for financial support in the first half of 2020 under the Samsung Future Technology Development Project.
The project was launched in 2013 to foster science and technology. Samsung Electronics will invest 1.5 trillion won over 10 years from 2013 in the project. The project is implemented through the Samsung Future Technology Promotion Foundation and the Samsung Electronics' Future Technology Promotion Center.
The newly selected tasks include 14 in basic science, eight in materials and six in information and communication technology (ICT). Samsung Electronics will provide 38.85 billion won in research funds.
A total of 14 projects were selected in basic science including five in life science, four in mathematics, three in physics and two in chemistry, Samsung Electronics said.
Kim Sung-yeon, a chemistry professor at Seoul National University, will conduct a study on feeling full after eating. Satiety is known to be caused by chemical stimuli generated when food stimulates the digestive system and physical stimuli created when food expands the digestive system. The researchers will find factors related to neural circuitry responsible for physical stimulation. The study is expected to provide a breakthrough in treating obesity and diabetes through appetite control.
In the field of materials, it supports eight projects such as next-generation light sources, battery materials, and bio-combination technology. Oh Seung-soo, a professor of new materials engineering at POSTECH, studies next-generation anti-cancer drug technology using molecular recognition-based high-efficiency bio-combination technology. It is high technology that delivers drugs to specific cells by effectively combining antibodies and drugs. If the research becomes a success, it will allow the development of new drugs with up to 1,000 times the therapeutic effect of others.
In the ICT sector, where six projects have been selected, Choi Young-bin, a medical science professor at Seoul National University, will make an attempt to develop technologies that can minimize the negative side effects of brain cancer treatment. Usually, surgical surgery to resect skulls is popular in treating brain tumors, but the surgery accompanies negative side effects where the complete cut-off of a tumor is difficult or normal cells are also resected.
The researchers plan to study and develop new treatment technologies such as brain tumor treatment liquid, an electric device that transfers a brain tumor treatment liquid to a tumor, and a deep learning algorithm that controls the speed and amount of the treatment liquid, to minimize cranial resection in the future, and create new technology that reduce negative side effects and normal cell damage after surgery.