N° 1 | MAY 2016
CREATING CAPACITIES FOR THE AGROINDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
Alan Bennett, Ph.D. Executive Director
UC DAVIS CHILE´S FIRST YEAR MILESTONES
THE DIRECTORY OF UC DAVIS CHILE MEETS
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UC Davis Chile is just over one year old and thriving. The major accomplishments have been to establish ourselves as a Chilean non-profit foundation, recruit an outstanding staff and create two action platforms in research and business development. Our primary mission is to “deliver to the market and society science-based technological solutions to generate economic and social impact in Chile”. To achieve this, our research programs are industry-driven and collaborative; we are aligned with our two primary industry partners, Concha y Toro and VSPT Group.
One of our goals is to bring the experience of University of California in the area of technology transfer and innovation to support the transfer of our research results and the overall innovation ecosystem in Chile. We have leveraged the experience and models developed at UC Davis to create a complete supporting platform for science-technology based startups from Chilean universities and also to host international startups that can address domestic markets. This involves a legal network, an investment network and distributed laboratory space.
We have also focused on building social capital in Chile to expand our impact in the agricultural sector and our footprint in the food and environmental sectors. You can expect to hear more about this expansion over the next few months.
In addition, we have established a formal linkage with the UC Davis “Worldwide Accelerated Research Partnership” program that provides a platform to exchange (in both directions) promising technologies and
FOCUSED ACTION: “COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH TO INVIGORATE THE CHILEAN AGRO-INDUSTRY”
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startups between California and Chile. UC Davis Chile has a long way to go to achieve its full potential. This is a long-term program, but we are confident that we have met our initial challenge and established the fundamental programmatic base and the social capital that will allow us to grow in size and further impact Chile. “Corfo’s Program ‘Attraction of International Centers of Excellence’ tries to disseminate the best international collaborative R&D practices, intellectual property management, technology transfer of research results and their commercialization.” Marcela Angulo, Corfo’s Technological Capabilities Manager.
-PATAGONIA LABSPACE INAUGURATION: INNOVATING FROM THE SOUTH OF CHILE -TALK ON IRRIGATION BY SPECIALISTS FROM UC DAVIS
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-LAUNCHING OF AGRO-INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGICAL EXTENSIONISM CENTER -MEETING WITH RESEARCHERS FROM U. DE TALCA
THE DIRECTORY OF UC DAVIS CHILE MEETS
AND CONFIRMS THE FULLY OPERATIONAL AND ACTION FOCUSED INNOVATION CENTER THE SESSION COUNTED ON THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, IN PERSON OR REMOTELY -EIGHT FROM CALIFORNIA AND FOUR FROM CHILE-, INCLUDING ITS CHAIRMAN, HARRIS A. LEWIN, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR RESEARCH AT UC DAVIS.
On March 22 nd , Dr. Alan Bennett, Executive Director of UC Davis Chile, led the Board session of this innovation center, which has eight members in California and four in Chile: the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche; and the three founding academic partners of UC Davis Chile. The UC Davis Board members are the President, Harris A. Lewin, Vice Chancellor for Research; the Vice President, Cindy M. Kiel, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor of Research Administration; the secretary, Kristen C. Stevenson, Associate Campus Counsel; the Treasurer, James E. Hill, Associate Dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; and the Directors Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs; Roger N. Beachy, Founding Director of UC Davis World Food Center; Dushyant Pathak, Associate Vice Chancellor of Technology Management and Corporate Relations, and Lovell “Tu” Jarvis, Professor and the Chairman of the Chile-California Council.
Gonzalo Herrera, Cindy M. Kiel, Harris A. Lewin, Alan B. Bennett, Joanna Regulska, Eugenio Doussoulin, and Julio Kalazich.
Dr. Harris Lewin,
Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Davis and UC Davis Chile’s Board Chairman.
"People are learning from this experience how to make industry-university partnerships and how to partner with universities around the world to globalize their student exchange programs and research. This is very important in today's world."
National Director of INIA.
“INIA is a leading agricultural research institution in Chile with the mission to generate and transfer knowledge and technology for the domestic food industry, therefore we are pleased to represent the Ministry of Agriculture in this directory and contribute on issues that have been prioritized, where our researchers have great experience."
Vice Chancellor for Research at the Universidad Andrés Bello.
“Today with UC Davis Chile we open a window to the world: our academics participate in high-level research, access advanced technologies and establish alliances with worldrenowned researchers."
Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Universidad de Talca.
"The most important interests of the University in working with UC Davis Chile are transforming the results of research conducted in the agricultural and wine area into concrete and specific results, to benefit our productive sector, both regionally and nationally."
Eugenio Doussoulin, Director Department of Innovation and Technology Transfer at the Universidad de Tarapacá (UTA).
"The recent launch of UC Davis Chile, through Corfo’s funding, is situated on the route to generate knowledge, new technologies and business partners, establishing a new culture of relations with private enterprise in the area associated with farming."
COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH TO BOOST THE CHILEAN AGRI-BUSINESS
THE RESEARCH LINES OF UC DAVIS CHILE ARE MOTIVATED BY THE CHALLENGES THAT THE INDUSTRY FACES. IN THIS FIRST STAGE, THE TWO FOUNDING BUSINESS PARTNERS ARE CONCHA Y TORO AND VSPT GROUP, SO THE FOCUS OF THE CENTER OF INNOVATION AND ITS ACADEMIC PARTNERS IS THE WINE INDUSTRY REQUIREMENTS. WE SPOKE WITH THESE VINEYARDS TO UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DECIDED TO DEVELOP SCIENCE-BASED INNOVATION.
In January of last year, the different actors involved in UC Davis Chile met at the California campus to define the challenges facing the wine industry and how Research and Development (R&D) could help address them. They defined three lines of research, where the founding academic partners work, universities of Tarapacá, Andrés Bello and Talca -as well as our founding business partners- the vineyards Concha y Toro and VSPT Group. All of this in conjunction with the researchers from UC Davis Chile and UC Davis: • Detection and molecular diagnosis of pathogens that cause wood diseases in fields and nurseries, to provide early treatment and also to ensure the disease-free plants in nursery stocks. • Genetic identification of clones namely of cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, merlot and pinot noir. This, to allow breeders to increase clonal diversity and for selected clones to maintain their identity. •Agro-climatic Technologies pursue to establish the theoretical and practical bases for developing an irrigation management scheme based on hydroulic stress of the vine complemented with an agro-climate model.
Workshop of UC Davis Chile’s partners in the California Campus.
As a company we are convinced that in the face of a dynamic reality, that is changing and depleting in resources, there is an opportunity to innovate, create and integrate new technologies into our processes.
Blanca Bustamante, Chief of Corporate Communications and Councilor of the Research and Innovation Center’s Board (CII). Concha y Toro.
An example of this conviction is the creation of the Research and Innovation Centre (CII). With this project we enter the world of research with high standards and address the real needs of the industry in order to contribute to its development and growth, increase competitiveness and improve productivity. Our partnership with the UC Davis Chile Center of Excellence is a great opportunity to establish links with
At VSPT Wine Group we understand innovation from the continuous improvement of our processes. We have a model that is highly interactive and responsive to the specific problems of production and vineyard management. The relevance here is that innovation stems from the need and desire to improve our own standards and not as a process external to our operation. UC Davis has a Department of Enology and Viticulture with a successful and recognized track record of innovating these areas. From that point of view, and considering the world power that California demonstrates in enology and viticulture, we believe the value and knowledge our local researchers can contribute to Chile is vast. The center is working in
an institution of such prestige and leadership in our industry, recognized by the know-how of its Department of Viticulture and Enology. Part of UC Davis Chile researchers have collaborated with the California industry in applied research; therefore, the team in our country is an effective communication channel between Concha y Toro and UC Davis in the US. In addition, having the human capital and experience of UC Davis helps us in the international projection we want for the CII, maintaining our base in Chile, but with worldwide reach.
alliance with local research centers: the universities of Talca, Tarapacá and Andrés Bello; therefore, this is an institution where multiple local actors have been called, creating synergy and a new partnership model between research organizations and key industry players, which is very novel for Chile. Most importantly, the obtained work results from the research will not only be used by the vineyards involved in the project, but available for the entire industry. In parrallel, we learn to work with a different model of innovation to the one traditionally applied in Chile. Through this, we will potentialize a collaborative work between research organs, with direct involvement in the industry, which orients atention to the most relevant problems.
Juan Cury, Agricultural and Supply Manager. VSPT Wine Group
LAUNCH OF THE AGRO-INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGICAL EXTENSIONISM CENTER
In general, for SME´s it is difficult to incorporate technological solutions in their processes. Corfo detected that this problem requires a prompt solution to increase business productivity, so it created the Tecnological Extensionism Centers (CET). In the case of the agro-industrial sector it is led by the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta) and works with companies processing fruits and vegetables, from Valparaíso to Biobío (central and South of Chile). The launch of this initiative -which also counts on the participation of UC Davis Chile, ChileAlimentos, Fundación Chile and Gesproinnova- took place on May 12 th.
MEETING WITH RESEARCHERS FROM THE UNIVERSIDAD DE TALCA
sustain the levels of competitiveness of these companies,” said the centre’s manager, Mario Marín.
UC Davis has more than 100 years of experience in extensionism systems. One of its elements is the International Programs Office, which has two representatives in Chile, Elana Peach-Fine and María Paz Santibáñez (both in picture), whom cooperate with Agro-industrial CET. In the frame of extensionism, this office is dedicated to building institutional and individual capacities to implement outreach programs based on demand. This involves creating training and extensionism materials using IT “What we want is to facilitate the supply of tools, helping in the design of extensionism systems specialized technology services and add innovation and strengthening technical and outreach capacity and technological absorption, to better capabilities.
One of the objectives of UC Davis Chile is to extend collaborative work with its founding academic partners beyond the current research projects; which is why last Thursday, May 12 th , UC Davis Chile met with researchers from the Universidad de Talca to identify new lines of action and participation. “The experience of UC Davis in the areas of agricultural and environmental development, especially with regards to the transfering of research results, is an invaluable contribution to the Universidad de Talca,” said Gonzalo Herrera, Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Technology Transfer of this university. A similar activity was carried out with academics from the other two partner universities, Tarapacá, in March 2015, and Andrés Bello, in January of this year.
INAUGURATION OF PATAGONIA LABSPACE: INNOVATING FROM THE SOUTH OF CHILE Avenue Andres Bello 2299 Office 1102, Providencia Santiago de Chile Phone: (+56-9) 4475 4718 firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPERTS FROM UC DAVIS GIVE TALK ON IRRIGATION
Taking advantage of their visit to Chile for their work on UC Davis Chile’s research line ‘Agro-climatic Technologies’, doctors Daniele Zaccaria (top) and Richard Snyder (right), both academics from UC Davis, gave the talk “Towards next generation decision support for irrigation management.”
This public talk -held at INIA, La Platina (March 8) and in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the Universidad de Talca (March 11)- presented an innovative method to determine the specific water demand in crops based on the integration of its proximate and remote measurements hydroulic status.
Patagonia LabSpace is the name of one of the “Research to Business Catalyst” (R2B Catalyst) centers, which was inaugurated last January in Puerto Montt (South of Chile). This is a collaborative space with research equipment - and it not just any, it also allows moving from a laboratory scale to a few liters, essential to enter the market stage. In addition, like all R2B Catalyst centers, it provides advice on legal, accounting and business models, and raises public and private capital, along with intellectual property strategies. The inaugural event was attended by leading authorities such as the Intendant of the Region of Los Lagos, Leonardo de la Prida; the regional director of Corfo, Adolfo Alvial; the CEOs of Patagonia LabSpace, Eduardo Zavala and UC Davis Chile’s, Dr. Alan Bennett and Corfo’s Director of Entrepreneurship Ecosystems, Felipe Jara. R2B Catalyst is the result of the alliance between STGO LabSpace, UC Davis Chile and MGMS Consulting. This company is the first Chilean scientific hub for the development of business.