Symposium on Research and Innovation at Fiocruz

swissnex Brazil and the Oswaldo Cruz Institute/Fiocruz organized the 4th Symposium on Research and Innovation from April 9th to 11th, 2019. It was one of the first actions envisioned in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in November of 2018 between both institutions. The initiative aims to bring Brazil and Switzerland closer in the areas of Life Sciences, HealthTech and Biotechnology in the academic field and to stimulate science-based innovation and entrepreneurship. Fiocruz is one of the most prestigious public health research centers in Latin America with facilities spread throughout the country, which also enabled the event to be broadcasted online all over Brazil within these study centers.

Researchers’ presentations focused on innovation processes and technological opportunities in health research; including topics such as Blockchain solutions in health, Medtech innovation, software, tuberculosis, cancer, animal testing alternative methods, cosmetic industry, and genetics.

swissnex Brazil promoted the presentation of Swiss specialists at the event: Dr. Daniela Brites, a researcher at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute; and Dr. Raniero Pittini, Head of Research Medtech at the Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne.

Dr. Pittini presented the Innovation Park Biel/Bienne, the Medtech innovation ecosystem and the role of SIPBB in supporting researchers in connecting science and industry, translating knowledge into business. Dr. Brites presented her study on genetic characterization of Multi-Drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains in Rio de Janeiro using whole-genome sequencing. Another speaker was Stephanie Morais, a researcher at Fiocruz-PR/Carlos Chagas Institute, who presented her study on “human asparaginase” for cancer treatment. Stephanie was a participant of the Academia-Industry Training 2018, a program run by swissnex Brazil that promotes Training Camps for entrepreneurial scientists who want to take their innovative research from the labs to the market.

Dr. Daniela Brites also took part in the event HealthTalks@swissnex: Tuberculosis? at swissnex Brazil on April 11th.

According to Jonas Perales, Vice-Director of Research, Technological Development, and Innovation at IOC/Fiocruz, “the symposium strengthened the ties of academic cooperation between Brazil and Switzerland and is the first step of many partnerships to be developed among both institutions.”