D.K. Kim International Center for Regulatory Science

Aligning Regulatory Standards for Global Impact

The global biopharmaceutical industry is highly regulated in all core aspects, from manufacturing and nonclinical studies to human clinical trials and marketing. The D.K. Kim International Center for Regulatory Science, within USC Mann, is an educational and research institution that provides cross training for individuals with a scientific background to become adept in business and knowledgeable in regulatory science to meet the growing need for professionals with the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complex international regulatory landscape. 

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to be part of regulatory and health solutions globally

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As part of its mission, the ICRS operates as a management nucleus for international outreach activities in underserved communities to improve health and sustainability.

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The ICRS supports research projects aimed at understanding the challenges of regulatory systems globally. Through international partnerships, the ICRS is a center of excellence for regulatory education and research to cultivate a diverse, new generation of leaders who can translate scientific findings to clinical candidates and commercialized products that meet the needs of patients.

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The ICRS develops training and educational materials as part of international academic and public partnerships and supports international visitors at all levels of professional development.

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The ICRS provides expertise, advice and services to its faculty with new grants, start-up companies with interesting products, and anybody else who might need help navigating the complex global regulatory environment.

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Mr. D. K. Kim is a successful businessman and philanthropist who has dedicated himself to the education of future leaders. Mr. Kim’s interest in education manifests from his experience of living through the devastation of the Korean War. His childhood experience of being educated, along with other refugee children, in temporary missionary schools affected him greatly on a spiritual level. Through hard work and personal sacrifice, Mr. Kim prospered. Reflecting on his life experience, Mr. Kim was compelled to give back. “Investing in our youth is a priceless and timeless contribution to our future. The only way I can truly live my life to the fullest is if I fulfill my purpose and responsibility to honor those who have blessed my life and career. I am committed to equipping and supporting the next generation to carry the torch of helping others through training, education, hard work, and service to others.”

D.K. Kim International Center for Regulatory Science

News and Highlights

Welcoming Visitors from South Korea’s Ajou University
As an exciting start to the 2023 New Year, the Department of Regulatory and Quality Sciences at the USC Alfred E. Mann School welcomed Dr. Keechoo Choi, President and Professor of Ajou University, and colleagues. Ajou University is a major Korean university known for its competitive academic programs in science and engineering, innovative industry-academia partnerships, and excellence in research on technological convergence. USC and Ajou discussed their globally ranked programs in regulatory and quality sciences. Dr. Choi and his colleagues met with Drs. Richmond, Kuo, and Davies to discuss how they could assist with Ajou University’s newly announced Center for Regulatory Management of Combination Products.
Congratulations, Town and Gown Scholar —Annie Ly!
As the recipient of a Town and Gown scholarship, Annie demonstrates academic strengths, leadership, and community involvement. Currently completing a Master’s degree in Regulatory Science, she has achieved a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.73.
Pushing Education Forward through Research: 2021 Young Investigator Awards
The Regulatory Science Research Team’s summer research culminated in the submission of five student presentations to the 2021 Young Investigator Awards.  Research team undergraduate and graduate researchers showcased their work and shared their findings via digital media presentations at Moving Targets 2021. 
DK Kim Center: Strengthening Regulatory Systems Across the Globe
Dr. Larry Liberti, Director of the USC DK Kim International Center for Regulatory Science, was featured as the guest speaker this week at two separate webinars for the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), coordinated by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). On Tuesday, July 18th, Dr. Liberti presented on the topic of “Regulatory Reliance: Best Practices and Benefits” to more than 80 staff members from across the agency. This was followed by a session on Thursday, July 20th to explore how best to make “Reliance-based Regulatory Decisions.” Academic outreach informed by novel research and data is at the core of the DK Kim Center’s regulatory system strengthening initiatives.