News published on: November 26, 2019
This year, within the framework of the 2019 BIO Latin America Conference that took place on September 3 and 4 in São Paulo, the regional group “Academic Leaders in Innovation and Biotechnology”, colloquially called ALI-BIO, once again convened to discuss matters relating to intellectual property, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, regulatory policies and other factors that foster a growing ecosystem for innovation in Latin America. One of the key issues discussed was the significance of academic entrepreneurship in the area of biotechnology and the economic impact of such activity emanating from bio-clusters.
The meeting marked the 1st anniversary of the launching of this initiative, an association of professors and researchers representing numerous fields and institutions across Latin America, which seeks to strengthen the role of academia and scholarly research in the broad public debate on innovation in the region. ALI-BIO brings together over 60 multidisciplinary academics from higher education institutions across the region to explore and collaborate on key issues while promoting capacity development and fostering local environments for innovation. Participants in the São Paulo meeting included academics from Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico.
The work of ALI-BIO is concentrated in several working groups including (i) Regulatory Framework & Intellectual Property, (ii) Technology Transfer, (iii) Entrepreneurism and (iv) Communications. ALI-BIO advocates for the importance of collaboration of regional academia to create value from research, in collaboration with public and private sectors, establishing partnerships for improved education and a viable innovation system as the basis for sustainability in education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship at both national and regional levels.
This was the 4th ALI-BIO meeting since its creation in September 2018, also at a BIO Latin America Conference. Other previous sessions include the November 2018 regional meeting at Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a regional conference in May 2019, at Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), in Mexico DF.
Stay tuned for more information about upcoming ALI-BIO Meetings, and save your spot for the next BIO Latin America Conference.