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Posted on June 2, 2016
PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN BRAZIL AND AUSTRALIA IN HEALTH INNOVATION PUT ON DISPLAY AT CASA RIO BUSINESS CENTER
The legacy of partnerships in innovation between Brazil and Australia, as well as future opportunities in the health sector, were on display during the first day of Australia Day, a seminar part of Casa Rio, the most extensive business development program ever conducted in Brazil.
During the first part of the seminar, Paulo de Souza, Scientific Director at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), pointed out the strategy of acting with research and development institutions. “CSIRO monitors market demands and patent request trends in order to determine the best plan of actoin when it comes to dedicating resources to research and development”, said Souza. “There is an incentive for collaborations between different areas of academia, so research can be shared with the goal of advancing on all fronts”, he completed.
Luiz Mello, executive director at the Instituto Tecnológico Vale, completed the first part of the seminar presenting the results of the partnership between Vale and the CSIRO. “In 2003, the company partnered with CSIRO to create a network of cooperation between innovation centers and the two institutions developed together a technology for monitoring bees called swarm sensing, which evolved into a new way to generate and store energy”, informed Luiz.
In the second part of the seminar, health specialists discussed opportunities for the two countries in the sector. “The global model for developing medication is broken, with big pharma no longer investing in innovation, giving room for emerging countries such as Brazil and Australia to lead a new wave of innovators”, said Garry Redlich, CEO of Implicit Bioscience.
Redlich also discussed partnerships in developing a treatment for the zika virus. “We have studies related to specific proteins showing extremely promising results”, said Redlich. “We are in the process of proving the concept and hope it gets approval by first semester next year, proving the value of cooperations between Brazil and Australia”, he completed.
Concluding the second part of the seminars, Jaderson Socrates Lima, adjunct professor of medicine at UFRJ, discussed the challenges facing the Brazilian innovation sector. “Brazil is a global powerhouse when it comes to scientific study publication, but gets left behind due to a lack of knowledge about intellectual property amidst researchers”. Jaderson also defended the establishment of a collaborative network of innovation. “A network of collaboration between institutions promotes excellence, as well as easing the burden of each institution”, he said.
Australia Day continues this Wednesday, 18/05, with a seminar focused on the business legacy related to the 2016 Olympics and how Australia built its brand of quality excellence in sports products, with a presentation by the Australian Sports Technologies Network (ASTN), a network of Australian companies working in developing business for local service providers and sports products.
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