Sarcopenia is a syndrome that we lose our muscle mass and strength due to the natural aging process. Sarcopenia patients walk very slowly and feel hard when sit and stand again. Sarcopenia is known to lead to symptoms of osteoporosis, degenerative arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and impotence. Sarcopenia was classified as a disease in the US in 2016, Japan in 2018 and South Korea in 2021.
Vichaeon is a South Korean health gadgets company famous for Aplusbody, an EMS(Electrical Muscle Stimulation) equipment that listed the company among winners of the 2022 Korea Brilliant People & Brand Awards for Health Care. Alongside Aplusbody, Vichaeon boasts various health gadgets such as a foot and calf exerciser Circuwell V7 and a home aesthetic beauty device S4-Genie.
Vichaeon CEO Migyeong Kim used to work in the real estate industry but jumped into health gadgets after experiencing effects of some of the products sold on the market. With a good will of helping people in bad health, she devoted herself to related researches and received numerous prizes including the 2019 SME Venture Forum, 2019 Promising SMEs Awards, 2020 Korea Power Leader Medical Equipment Contribution Awards, 2020 Korea National Brand Awards, 2021 Brilliant Korean Rose of Sharon Awards and the recent 2022 Korea Brilliant People & Brand Awards for Health Care. She donates part of profits to various charity organizations related to children, youth, elderly living alone and neighbors in need.
"Many are affected by the pandemic and especially the people in need. It is very important for us to share what we have with others especially in this time of hardship and economic down turn. I and my staff at Vichaeon have a great sense of duty to develop better health gadgets that can raise people's health and South Korea's global status in the field" says Kim.
March 15 this year, Vichaeon signed a memorandum of understanding with JWBio at its head office. JWBio has low temperature nano extraction techniques and Vichaeon is to use this opportunity to expand its scope to scalp care. An official of JWBio says that they could extract active ingredients into nano meter molecule size from active hydrogen, marine plants, medicinal herbs and grains. JWBio currently is manufacturing JW shampoo and JW tonic.
JWBio CEO Youngho Park obtained a master's degree in food engineering from Kyungpook National University and a doctoral degree from U.S. Texas A&M University. He has devoted last 17 years to researches on hair loss. JWBio has manufacturing facilities and a lab in Yeongcheon City North Gyeongsang Province. The company listed its name in the Export Promising Enterprises 2015 and its products are being exported to 10 countries including Germany, Poland, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. Park says "Supply of nutritions directly into pores of scalp helps blood circulation which then prevents hair loss. We extract theses nutritions from marine products such as seaweed and shell fish and apply into our products through continuous researches on biochemical mechanism and clinical tests. We expect the MOU with Vichaeon will widen approachability to various fields for cooperation by making most of our research and manufacturing abilities and Vichaeon's distribution knowhow and networks."
One month before the MOU, Vichaeon signed a business agreement with the Misarang Medical Welfare Association to more systematically make donations to people in need. Founded by pastor Heeduk Yu, the association has around 20,000 members and around 950 partner hospitals and clinics and organizations. In return of donations, the association is to promote health gadgets of Vichaeon. Vichaeon means 'light comes through'.
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