ALAN BENNETT, PH.D.
UC Davis Chile's Executive Director. Distinguished Professor at the University of California.
N°7 | JANUARY 2018
A NEW STAGE FOR UC DAVIS CHILE
THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FIRST PHASE AND THE CHALLENGES FOR THE SECOND Welcome to the start of 2018 and to the start of a new stage for UC Davis Chile Life Science Innovation Center. As you know, UC Davis Chile is sponsored by Corfo and by a variety of strategic academic and industry partners. The overall life of the Corfo International Center of Excellence program is eight years and this term is divided into three stages of three, three, and two years. On December 21, Corfo approved the second stage of UC Davis Chile which officially begins on January 26, 2018. This is a major transition for the Center and acknowledges the successful completion of the stage one milestones and the potential for continued success in stage two. The stage one administrative milestones included the legal CORFO APPROVES UC DAVIS CHILE’S SECOND PHASE - BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETS IN SANTIAGO.
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establishment of the non-profit foundation, development of an accounting infrastructure and policies and the development of human resource policies that enabled the recruitment of a professional staff. From my perspective as Center Executive Director, the achievement of these milestones has been a monumental task and a monumental success, in particular with regard to the outstanding professional quality of the Center staff. In addition, stage one programmatic milestones included the establishment of strategic academic and industry partnerships as well as the execution of several well-defined research programs. The Center is now poised to expand, in stage two, both the number of strategic partners and the scope of CORFO APPROVES UC DAVIS CHILE’S SECOND PHASE (continuation). - VSPT WINE GROUP RENEWS ITS AGREEMENT WITH UC DAVIS CHILE. - TIGHT SCHEDULE OF UC DAVIS’ AUTHORITIES. - SIGNATURE OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN SANTA MARIA UNIVERSITY AND UC DAVIS.
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the programs that we are engaged in. For example, we are expanding the Center research portfolio to encompass four technical platforms of “Genomic and Genetic Technologies”, “Bioproducts”, “Smart Agro” and “Enology and Viticulture”. This substantial growth of the research focus aligns with research strengths of UC Davis as well as with demands from the agricultural sector in Chile. The expansion will also allow us to increase the number of both industry and academic strategic partners in Chile. In the coming months we will announce the engagement of two new academic partners and several new industry research partners. THE UNIVERSIDAD DEL DESARROLLO (UDD)
JOINS AS THE NEW CO-EXECUTIVE PARTNER OF UC DAVIS CHILE
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During the last year, UC Davis Chile has hosted over 25 UC Davis faculty and staff in Chile and each has brought a unique expertise to the country. In the last days of December Cameron Carter, Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research; Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs, and Dushyant Pathak, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Management and Corporate Relations, were in Chile to participate in the Center Board of Directors’ meeting and to meet with Corfo to present our proposal for stage two. In 2018, we plan to continue to build connections between UC Davis and Chile in a number of disciplines and a number of activities designed to enrich both the UC Davis campus and our partner institutions in Chile. HIGHLIGHTS: - CHANCELLOR OF UC DAVIS MEETS HIS PEER FROM THE UNAB. - CEV DEL SUR ORGANIZED THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL VITICULTURE AND ENOLOGY SEMINAR OF SOUTHERN CHILE. - AGREEMENT WITH THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE OF ISRAEL. - INTERNATIONAL EXPERT IN BIOPRODUCTS TRAINED PROFESSIONALS FROM THE UTA. | p. 5
CORFO APPROVES UC DAVIS CHILE’S SECOND PHASE UCDAVISCHILE
AUTHORITIES OF UC DAVIS TRAVELED TO OUR COUNTRY TO SUPPORT THE INNOVATION CENTER WHICH RECEIVED APPROVAL FOR THREE MORE YEARS. TAKING THIS OPPORTUNITY, THE AUTHORITIES HAD A TIGHT SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS WITH UNIVERSITIES AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS. UC Davis Chile receives financial support from Corfo’s International Center of Excellence R&D Attraction Program for Competitiveness 2.0. This program provides resources over a period of eight years, divided into three stages: the first two stages lasting three years respectively (installation and operation) and the last stage lasts two years (consolidation). The transition from one phase to another requires approval and constitutes a milestone to evaluate whether commitments were met and to project the work of the Center for the following stage. On 25 January 2018, UC Davis will have completed the first three years and consequently ends its first stage. In order to move on to the second stage, it must comply with a series of requirements, including carrying out a presentation before the Subcommittee for Technological Capacities on December 21st. Representatives of the center for innovation and senior authorities of UC Davis who are also members of UC Davis Chile’s Board of Directors attended the presentation: the Vice President of the Board, Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs and the directors Cameron Carter, Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research and Dushyant Pathak, Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Management and Corporate Relations.
The following day, Corfo informed that they had resolved to “approve the continuation to the operation stage of UC Davis Chile given that compliance with the obligations of the installation stage had been proved satisfactorily”. “Our expectation is for UC Davis Chile to have a significant contribuition in enriching our national ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. Chile has the imperative to move towards a more knowledable society and to not just rely so heavily solely on our natural resources,” commented Marcela Angulo, Technological Capabilities Manager of Corfo. “I congratulate the very hard-working team at the UC Davis Chile - Life Sciences Innovation Center on securing funding from Corfo for the second phase of their significant research. With new areas of work, numerous new partners—in both academia and industry—UC Davis Chile is leading the way towards discoveries and solutions. At the same time, we know that in order for these research outcomes to have meaningful impact, we must communicate and distribute them more broadly across our academic and business partners,” added doctor Regulska, Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs, UC Davis’ branch at which belongs UC Davis Chile.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETS IN SANTIAGO On December 20th the UC Davis Chile’s Board of Directors held another assembly. On the side of Chile, this organism has a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture–Julio Kalazich, National Director of the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA)- and one delegate for each associated university: Eugenio Doussoulin, Director of the Department of Innovation and Technological Transfer of the University of Tarapaca (UTA); Gonzalo Herrera, Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Technological Transfer of the University of Talca and Ariel Orellana, Vice Chancellor for Research and Doctorates from the University Andres Bello (UNAB).
Dushyant Pathak, Gonzalo Herrera, Joanna Regulska, Alan Bennett, Ariel Orellana, Eugenio Doussoulin, Julio Kalazich and Cameron Carter.
On the side of UC Davis, the Board of Directors has eight representatives. As mentioned in the main note, doctors Regulska, Carter and Pathak traveled to Chile. The other members are Cindy M. Kiel, Kristen C. Stevenson, James E. Hill, Ermias Kebreab, and Lovell S. Jarvis.
CORFO APPROVES UC DAVIS CHILE’S SECOND PHASE engaging in mutually beneficial ways,” commented doctor Regulska. Among other activities, the Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs met the Ambassador of the United States, Carol Perez, Ambassador Gabriel Rodriguez, Director of the Division of Energy, Science and Technology and Innovation (Decyti) of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Minrel).
Pedro Herane, Alan Bennett, Joanna Regulska and Juan Cury, VSPT Wine Group’s Agricultural and Supply Manager.
VSPT WINE GROUP RENEWS ITS AGREEMENT WITH UC DAVIS CHILE VSPT Wine Group, one of the most important winegrowing companies in the country, is a founding members of UC Davis Chile. This alliance -together with the support of the other institutions- has enabled the development of research focused on this industry. VSPT Wine Group will continue its support to UC Davis Chile for the next three years. “We feel that it is important to renew our commitment with UC Davis Chile, one of the principal academic institutions in the area of scientific research. We are pleased with the preliminary results in almost three years of cooperation. This is a long-term project , therefore it is necessary to continue investigating further into issues that are strategic for the sustainability of the Chilean winegrowing industry. We understand that the health of our vineyards and the sustainability of our vines is a key factor to continue projecting ourselves as a world-class organization with a view of today and the future,” explained Pedro Herane, General Manager of VSPT Wine Group.
“I look forward to seeing how we take on the opportunities to expand and build new partnerships, engage faculty in collaborative research, increase student mobility, and create multi-lateral programs and activities,” added Regulska.
Cameron Carter and Darcy Fuenzalida. University of Talca: Pablo Villalobos, U. Talca’s Provost; Gonzalo Herrera; Álvaro Rojas, U. de Talca’s Chancellor; Joanna Regulska; Cameron Carter; Alan Bennett; Yerko Moreno, Director of the Technological Center of Vine and Wine at the U. de Talca, and Dushyant Pathak.
Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, Conicyt: Marcelo Garcia, Innovation Coordinator of Minrel’s Decyti; Alan Bennett; Christian Nicolai, Conicyt’s Executive Director; Joanna Regulska and Rodrigo Monsalve, Conicyt’s Director of the International Cooperation Program.
TIGHT SCHEDULE OF UC DAVIS’ AUTHORITIES “During the most recent trip to Chile, we benefited from combining meetings with academic institutions, business partners as well as U.S. agencies and institutions present in Chile. The discussions focused on how the UC Davis presence in Chile and, by extension, in South America, can become even more meaningful and
Pontifical Catholic University (PUC): Juan Larraín, PUC’s Academic Vice President; Patricio Donoso, PUC’s Provost of Institutional Management; Francisco Díaz, UC Davis Chile’s Partnership and Communications Manager; Cameron Carter; Ignacio Sánchez, PUC’s Chancellor; Joanna Regulska; Alan Bennett; Dushyant Pathak, and Guillermo Marshall, PUC’s Provost.
SIGNATURE OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN SANTA MARIA UNIVERSITY AND UC DAVIS On Thursday 21st December Cameron Carter, Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research at UC Davis and Darcy Fuenzalida, Chancellor of the Santa Maria University (USM for its acronym in Spanish) signed a collaboration agreement. The agreement seeks to promote the biotechnological area of the Chilean University and to strengthen the training of its undergraduate and postgraduate professionals. “Today our university is a source of ideas and processes of innovation which enable the generation of value, therefore this agreement reinforces the different actions we have developed to continue with our mission to generate and spread new knowledge and to train competent professionals who are capable of leading the development of the country,” commented Fuenzalida. “This agreement is the first step between UC Davis and the USM in order to increase our commitment, especially with respect to education and research,” added Carter.
UNIVERSIDAD DEL DESARROLLO (UDD)
THE JOINS AS THE NEW CO-EXECUTIVE PARTNER OF UC DAVIS CHILE
THE COLLABORATION AGREEMENT INCLUDES VARIOUS AREAS SUCH AS STRENGTHENING CAPACITIES OF RESEARCHERS AND PROFESSORS, AS WELL AS OF ITS VICE-CHANCELLOR FOR RESEARCH AND DOCTORATES, AND EMPOWERING INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Valdes. He added: “I am sure that (this new alliance) will enable us to give even more prestige to the Universidad del Desarrollo.” The signing of the agreement took place during the closing of UDD’s Institutional Improvement Plan: the Ministry of Education granted a fund to this university to promote science-based innovation.
Federico Valdés, UDD’s Chancellor and Alan Bennett, UC Davis Chile’s Executive Director.
On December 20th, the Chancellor of the Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD), Federico Valdes and the Executive Director of UC Davis Chile, Alan Bennett, signed an agreement of co-execution to seal the alliance between both institutions.
The activity ended with the presentation “Translating innovative research into successful commercial impact” by Dushyant Pathak, Vice-Chancellor for Technology Management and Corporate Relations at UC Davis. The talk addressed the model UC Davis (California) uses to encourage innovation between students and professors and the role of the area led by Dr. Pathak to serve as a bridge between the first stages of research and when it has already reached a level of commercial R&D.
Doctor Dushyant Pathak, Vice-Chancellor for Technology Management and Corporate Relations at UC Davis.
One important program in Pathak’s area is “Venture Catalyst”: “What we do is really provide the soft resources, assistance, network, mentoring, connections to capital, to get these companies ready to move into our incubator network,” explains doctor Pathak about the program, that provides more than $1 million USD annually in grants to companies that are born in UC Davis. If the startup is from the life sciences, they count with HM Clause-UC Davis incubator; if it it is from the Med-Tech or Engineering, the Area 52 incubator; if it is from Pharma, MedCatalyst and so on. In the last five years, UC Davis has supported 63 startups.
The objective of this agreement includes strengthening the capacities of the researchers and professors of the UDD through visits of UC Davis experts from diverse areas of interest. The agreement also includes support in the research and doctoral programs of the Chilean university, and capacity strengthening in technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship in UDD students and teachers. “Four years ago we would not have been capable of reaching the point in which a world-class university such as UC Davis would choose us to develop innovation and entrepreneurship and not only in Chile,” assured the UDD’s chancellor, Federico
Pablo Vial, UDD’s Director of Science and Innovation in Medicine Institute (ICIM); Federico Valdés, UDD’s Chancellor; Dushyant Pathak, UC Davis’ Vice-Chancellor for Technology Management and Corporate Relations; Alan Bennett, UC Davis Chile’s Executive Director; Pablo Zamora, UC Davis Chile’s Associate Director; Cameron Carter, UC Davis’ Vice-Chancellor for the Office of Research; Joanna Regulska, UC Davis’ Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs; Nancy Pérez, iCono UDD’s Executive Director and Daniel Contesse, UDD’s Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Development.
CHANCELLOR OF UC DAVIS MEETS HIS PEER FROM THE UNAB Davis Chile and has just renewed this alliance for three more years.
Gary May and José Rodríguez.
Gary May, Chancellor of UC Davis had a meeting with Jose Rodríguez, Chancellor of the University Andres Bello (UNAB) to sign a Collaboration Agreement between both institutions. UNAB is a founding academic partner of UC
“We want to keep promoting and generating collaboration opportunities for researchers and science development. We were already working closely with UC Davis on key issues such as Environmental Science and Policies; Biology and Wild Life Conservation; and Environmental Toxicology. This meeting formalizes the union between both institutions to keep developing joint, cutting-edge research. Also, this visit allowed us to see UC Davis’ high level of infrastructure and to share experiences with its authorities,” said Doctor Rodríguez, about the meeting that took place last Friday
12th January. Doctor Rodriguez also met with Global Affairs -UC Davis unit to which UC Davis Chile belongs- and other departments, as the School of Nursing.
Ariel Orellana, Vice Chancellor for Research and Doctorates from UNAB; Joanna Regulska, Global Affairs’ Vice Provost; Gary May; José Rodríguez; Alan Bennett, UC Davis Chile’s Executive Director and Ermias Kebreab, Global Affairs’ Associate Vice Provost of Academic Programs.
AGREEMENT WITH THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE OF ISRAEL
Attendees to the seminar held in Chillan, 250 miles South Santiago.
CEV DEL SUR ORGANIZED THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL VITICULTURE AND ENOLOGY SEMINAR OF SOUTHERN CHILE On Thursday, November16th, the Viticulture and Enology Extension Center of Southern Chile (CEV del Sur) held the First International Viticulture and Enology Seminar of Southern Chile: “Integral Vineyard Management to increase productivity and quality”. The activity included Chilean speakers from the University of Concepción (UdeC) and the Chilean National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA Quilamapu)- and extension specialists in viticulture from the Cooperative Extension System of the University of California: Larry Bettiga, winner of the 2017 Extensionist Award presented by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV)-, Glenn McGourty, Mark Battany, Lynn Wunderlich y Carmen Gispert. “During the seminar, issues common in California and our zone were analyzed, such as the grapevine trunk disease which is a big problem for our valleys and California has developed management and treatments that can be applied here. The same occurs with mildew. Here we do not measure its index and this is a way to save applications,” explained Susan Olate, Manager of the CEV del Sur, an initiative led by UC Davis Chile together with INIA Quilamapu and the Faculty of Agronomy of the UdeC.
Doctors Hanan Eizenberg and Yaakov Goldwasser, experts in weeds from the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization (ARO - Volcani Center) were in Chile in mid-November. Among their multiple activities they gave “technical talks” at the University of Talca and at the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (ODEPA). They talked about the experience in Israel of managing weeds, pests and diseases, of the related support technologies and of the optimization of herbicide levels. This visit is part of the agreement that UC Davis Chile signed with the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture.
Doctor Leobardo Serrano in the U. of Tarapacá (Northern Chilean university).
INTERNATIONAL EXPERT IN BIOPRODUCTS TRAINED PROFESSIONALS FROM THE UTA Doctor Leobardo Serrano, one of the creators of the biofungicide Fungifree AB®, shared his experience in a lecture and in the course “Escalation of Fungic Fermentations”. The activities were held at the University of Tarapaca of Arica (UTA), within the framework of the collaborative project between the latter university and UC Davis Chile.
Yaakov Goldwasser and Hanan Eizenberg in Talca.
“This was not an easy road. Mexican researchers had to work for more than a decade in order to begin commercializing Fungifree,” commented to the audience Serrano (54), who is in charge of the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s (UNAM) Unit of Escalation and Pilot Plant of the Institute of Biotechnology.
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January 2018 is a key date for UC Davis Chile. After three years working, we are beginning our second phase as a Corfo’s project. This speci...
Published on Jan 19, 2018
January 2018 is a key date for UC Davis Chile. After three years working, we are beginning our second phase as a Corfo’s project. This speci...