Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: From laboratory to market

“We have presented the book “ From the Laboratory to the Market ” , by Ediciones UC , whose author is Á lvaro Ossa, director of Transfer and Development of the university. The book gathers the experience of its author leading the topics of innovation, academic entrepreneurship, intellectual protection and technology transfer at UC. Throughout just over 200 pages, he shares all his experience and learnings in the field of technology transfer and development. An area on which, although there is abundant literature in English, in Spanish it is rather scarce.

It is pointed out that the researcher seeks to make an impact with the science he develops, whether this new knowledge is part of the training of people, or that it solves a pressing problem, thereby making it possible to contribute to society with science and education. new knowledge that develops. In the context of the pandemic, science and technological development have gained high public relevance not only in Chile, but also worldwide. Universities have played a prominent role in the generation of knowledge, in the articulation of the various actors, and in the transfer of high-impact solutions based on science, to face the pandemic and its effects.

“Universities have had a prominent role in the generation of knowledge, in the articulation of the various actors, and in the transfer of high-impact solutions based on science, to face the pandemic and its effects” – Rector Ignacio Sánchez.


During this last time, the need to work in an interdisciplinary way has become evident so that the knowledge that we generate within the universities is transferred to the needs of the people. In this contribution, the generation of new knowledge with innovation and development represent key actions and stages for the promotion and impact of applied research. License contracts, technology transfers, Spin-offs, national and foreign patents and licenses are part of this process by which technology transfer to society is implemented.

The articulation of academia, the State, civil society and the private sector is essential for the innovation and technology transfer ecosystem, as is the expansion of networking between universities, both national and international. This is a clear example of the relevance of what we have called the “four-leaf clover” of innovation.

“Today, in our country we need to update laws and public policies that promote the development of innovation and science, with a long-term perspective so that Chile can get out of an economic matrix mainly based on the exploitation of non-renewable natural resources, and move towards a diversified model that decisively incorporates knowledge, science, innovation and education “- rector Ignacio Sánchez.

Today, in our country we need to update laws and public policies that promote the development of innovation and science, with a long-term perspective so that Chile can get out of an economic matrix mainly based on the exploitation of non-renewable natural resources, and advance towards a diversified model that decisively incorporates knowledge, science, innovation and education. The encouragement of the new generations and the possibility of developing this task within the universities is a great challenge, to which we must address ourselves ”.

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