Biotechnology Programs

We believe that the only way for Chile to truly join the knowledge-based economy is through alliances and partnerships with those countries or regions of the world where the creation of hi-tech companies happens on a daily basis. For this reason, we have focused on California, and in particular, on the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), the home of over a thousand technology companies in the last twenty years. We currently have laboratories and offices for 3 of these companies at the Fundación Ciencia & Vida: Austral Biologicals, Green Pacific Biologicals (GPB) and Medivation Inc. Austral Biologicals’s goal is to serve the needs of researchers in the life sciences by supplying biological reagents and custom services. GPB is part of the UCSF/QB3 garage and it is a company that uses microalgae to produce biofuels. Medivation, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on rapid development of small molecule drugs to treat critically ill patients with serious diseases for which there are limited treatment options, like Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease and hormone refractory prostate cancer