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Academic leaders in innovation and biotechnology partner to explore key industry challenges and create mechanisms and strategies to facilitate solutions

News published on: June 6, 2019

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Recognizing that the Latin American academic sector will have an essential role in the public debate on the research and development of policies favorable to innovation, BIO and Biominas convened a meeting of professors and researchers at the BIO Latin America Conference held in São Paulo 2018.

The ALI-BIO – Academic Leaders in Innovation and Biotechnology was founded in that meeting, bringing together the voice of academics as stakeholders in a regional forum with debates about IP, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, regulatory policies, and other environmental factors that support the creation and dissemination of innovation in Latin America.

The aim of this initiative is to explore and collaborate on key issues in the region while promoting capacity-building and fostering local environments for innovation.


Following up to the second meeting of the ALI-BIO, held in November at the University of San Andres in Buenos Aires, the third meeting took place last May 29 and 30, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City.

During this two-day event the members discussed the innovation scenario in LatAm, the advances since the last ALI-BIO meeting, and the structuring of new strategies involving work groups in the following focus areas:

  • Management and Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Transfer / Intellectual Property
  • Regulatory


This latest forum of ALI-BIO gathered 18 representatives of important academic institutions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru, who were joined by 25 other representatives of Mexican academic institutions.

Amgen’s General Manager in Mexico, Elvin Penn, participated at the opening remarks of the event, given that Amgen is the premium sponsor of the initiatives of the ALI-BIO group. This 3rd forum of ALI-BIO was also sponsored by Janssen and AMIIF – Mexican Association of Pharmaceutical Research Industries.

The next ALI-BIO meeting will take place within the BIO Latin America 2019 programming (September 3-4, in São Paulo), when the recent advances and the group’s next steps will be discussed.

Stay tuned for more information about the BLA programming and upcoming ALI-BIO meetings.



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