Lunit Awarded as Technology Pioneer by World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum announced its selection of 100 of the most promising Technology Pioneers of 2020, who are shaping industries from agriculture to healthcare while also working on sustainability issues and much more.

Many Technology Pioneers are also using their tech to support COVID-19 responses around the world.

Lunit, which develops medical AI software for radiology and oncology, made it to the selection for its contributions in the field of healthcare.

The full list of recognized Technology Pioneers can be viewed here.


Lunit, the Seoul-based medical AI company that develops AI-powered software for diagnostics and therapeutics, was selected among hundreds of candidates as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers”. ​ Lunit is one of the first-generation medical AI companies, backed by Softbank. Founded in 2013, Lunit builds AI software that helps clinicians better diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases.

Its most mature product, Lunit INSIGHT, assists radiologists in the diagnosis of major chest diseases including lung cancer as well as breast cancer, through analyzing chest x-ray and mammography images. Lunit SCOPE analyzes tissue data to accurately predict response to specific cancer treatment, including immunotherapy. 

Lunit page on WEF Technology Pioneers site
Lunit page on WEF Technology Pioneers site

The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers are early to growth-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. Technology Pioneers community is an integral part of the larger Global Innovators community of start-ups at the World Economic Forum.

Following its selection as Technology Pioneer, CEO Brandon Suh of Lunit will be invited to participate at World Economic Forum activities, events and discussions throughout the year. Lunit will also contribute to Forum initiatives over the next two years, working with policymakers and private sector leaders to help define the global agenda on key issues. 

“We’re excited to welcome Lunit to our 20th cohort of Technology Pioneers,” says Susan Nesbitt, Head of the Global Innovators Community, World Economic Forum. “Lunit and its fellow pioneers are developing cutting edge technologies all over the world. Beyond their innovations, these firms are contributing greatly to improving the state of the world.”

“It’s a great pleasure to be acknowledged as a tech pioneer by the World Economic Forum”, said Lunit’s Brandon Suh. “Being selected as a pioneer is empowering as we continue our journey in pushing the boundaries of technology and applying it to make impactful changes in the world, which in our case, is saving lives. We look forward to working with the Forum and contributing to the community with our expertise and experiences in the industry of medical AI.” 

This year’s cohort selection marks the 20th anniversary of the Tech Pioneers community. Throughout its 20-year run, many Technology Pioneers have continuously contributed to advancement in their industries while some have even gone on to become household names. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia.

2020 Tech Pioneer firms are shaping the future by advancing technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, blockchain, biotechnology and many more. The diversity of these companies extends to their leadership as well, as over 25% of 2020 Tech Pioneers are female led. The firms also come from regions all around the world, extending their community far beyond Silicon Valley. The full list of Technology Pioneers can be found here. 

Technology Pioneers have been selected based on the community’s selection criteria, which includes innovation, impact and leadership as well as the company’s relevance with the World Economic Forum’s Platforms

All info on this year’s Technology Pioneers can be found here: 

More information on past winners, information on the community and the application link can be found here

About Lunit: Lunit develops proprietary AI solutions for diagnostics and therapeutics. With its cutting-edge deep learning technology, Lunit aims to make data-driven medicine the new standard of care. Lunit is especially focused on conquering cancer, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, by finding the right diagnosis at the right costs and the right treatment for the right patients. (

About World Economic Forum: The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (

About the Global Innovators: The Global Innovators Community is a group of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups that are at the forefront of technological and business model innovation. The World Economic Forum provides the Global Innovators Community with a platform to engage with public- and private-sector leaders and to contribute new solutions to overcome current crises and build future resiliency.

Companies who are invited to become Global Innovators will engage with one or more of the Forum’s Platforms, as relevant, to help define the global agenda on key issues. 

About Lunit

Perfecting Intelligence, Transforming Medicine.

With AI, we aim to make data-driven medicine the new standard of care. We are especially focused on conquering cancer, one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

We develop AI solutions for precision diagnostics and therapeutics, to find the right diagnosis at the right cost, and the right treatment for the right patients.

Lunit, abbreviated from “learning unit,” is an AI software company devoted to developing advanced medical image analytics and data-driven imaging biomarkers via cutting-edge deep learning technology.

Founded in 2013, Lunit has been internationally acknowledged for its advanced, state-of-the-art technology and its application in medical images. Lunit has been named by CB Insights as one of “AI 100” startups transforming healthcare industry.

Lunit's technology has been recognized at international competitions such as ImageNet (5th place, 2015), TUPAC 2016 (1st place), and Camelyon 2017 (1st place), surpassing top companies like Google, IBM, and Microsoft. Lunit is based in Seoul, South Korea.


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