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Applied research in biotechnology as a source of opportunities for green chemistry start-ups
- Ocampo-López, Carlos, Ramírez-Carmona, Margarita, Rendón-Castrillón, Leidy, Vélez-Salazar, Yesid
- Sustainable chemistry and pharmacy 2019 v.11 pp. 41-45
- applied research, biotechnology, business enterprises, case studies, curriculum, developing countries, ecosystems, entrepreneurship, green chemistry, industry, models, researchers, universities, Colombia
- Applied research in biotechnology can be a source of inspiration for start-ups in green chemistry. The versatility of bioprocesses and the possibility of developing business models from research outcomes could create innovation ecosystems, including large economies and developing countries such as Colombia.The process of training young researchers is key to ensure the feasibility of these start-ups in the long term; however, many universities have curricula that are far from generating conditions that favor the development of new businesses. The integration between research groups, curriculum, and the industry are key elements to deepen the development of green chemistry-oriented ventures.This paper shows the lessons learned from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana through its research group in biotechnology CIBIOT as a working model that integrates the curriculum and research. Case studies and reflections on technology-based entrepreneurship are shown.