The Federico Santa Maria Technical University was once again recognized this past April 27th by the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), as one of the institutions with the highest number of patent applications during 2019.
This is the third time the University has been included in the Ranking of Industrial Property Rights, this year organized in the framework of the World Intellectual Property Day.

With respect to this distinction, USM President Darcy Fuenzalida stated that, “this new recognition is very important for our Institution, as it recognizes the work that we have been doing to generate new knowledge and support projects linked to technology transfer. This recognition is without a doubt a great stimulus to keep working, implementing new mechanisms and developing skills that help us continue to make progress in terms of innovation.”

Loreto Bresky, National Director of INAPI, emphasized that, “intellectual property is a key tool for social and economic development. Chile has become a leader in Latin America in the area of protection and dissemination, which drives the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

During 2019, the University presented 47 patent applications, 22 of which correspond to priority areas (national, PCT – patent cooperation treaties, and foreign). Likewise, 10 patents and 4 licenses were granted, and these indicators show an increase over other periods.

Technology Transfer
Lorna Guerrero, Director General of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (DGIIE) at USM, affirms that, “this distinction helps consolidate the work done during the last few years by the Technology Transfer and Licensing Office (TTLO), which has instilled the topic of patenting at the institutional level and has raised awareness about the importance of this process prior to technology transfer, whether to the market or to benefit society in general.”

The TTLO is the team responsible for promoting, supporting and leading the protection and technology transfer processes for the research results developed by the university community. It is dependent upon the Directorate of Innovation and Technology Transfer, led by Samir Kouro, who stated that, “to be included once again among the top institutions in the country reflects the quality of work done at USM throughout the entire cycle, starting with high-impact research and culminating with intellectual protection and its transfer to industry and society.”

“With the support of the entire USM community, we have managed to consolidate our intellectual protection office, which is on par with the seal of excellence that sets our institution apart in all areas in which it operates. This has been made possible both by structural changes in the way our institution manages knowledge, its protection and transfer, and a cultural change within our faculty members, researchers and teaching staff, who have incorporated innovation and technology transfer as an important pillar for contributing to society and industry,” he adds.

Currently, the Federico Santa Maria Technical University, in addition to intellectual protection, the valuation of technologies and technological oversight, is focused primarily on the internationalization, commercialization and licensing of the USM Technologies portfolio.

Researchers and students from the Federico Santa Maria Technical University had the opportunity to receive customized workshops on Intellectual Property, in order to apply to competitions like the VIU, as well as other funding. (more…)

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Monitoreo Clínico de la Voz from U.Técnica Federico Santa María on Vimeo.

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USM - Análisis compuestos volátiles de la carne from U.Técnica Federico Santa María on Vimeo.


The company Quempin stood out among one thousand applicants in the initiative developed by the TECLA Social Innovation Fund, thanks to the potential impact of its technological innovation in the bakery sector.

Quempin, a spin-off from the Federico Santa Maria Technical University, received a great motivation to continue contributing to the country’s sustainable development, as its impact on the reduction of contaminating emissions by the bakery sector recently won it first prize in the consolidation category of the Caja Los Andes Entrepreneurial Talent Competition (TECLA).

The third edition of this competition, which began last September and received close to one thousand applications, was focused on sustainability, circular economy and social impact. In this sense, the efficient gas burners developed by Quempin demonstrated sustainable potential in one phase of the initiative.

Nicolás Becker, a USM graduate in mechanical civil engineering and CEO of Quempin was very happy to receive the award -which consisted of 10 million pesos (CLP)-, and highlighted that in addition to being a huge economic support to take on the challenges faced by the company as a result of the social outburst and COVID-19 pandemic, the award is also a great emotional driver.

“It is really good to know that there is interest in eliminating wood-burning stoves from the bakery sector, and that society values technological innovations made in Chile, here at the Santa Maria University, in the difficult mission to transition towards cleaner energy. This is a good business, and it has a good purpose, which is to decontaminate our country,” he explains.

Becker also explained that in order to advance to the finals, they had to give a pitch on their business idea in 3 minutes or less. Once named among the ten finalists, they underwent a mentoring process in which the judges helped them scale their business. Finally, they had to prepare a 4-minute digital presentation to an expert panel of judges, including government officials and famous entrepreneurs.

Importance of spin-offs
“Quempin is a company that came out of USM, a spin-off, which started a couple of years ago. It now has a licensing contract for a patent in process for the development of technology,” explains Mario Toledo, professor in the institution’s Department of Mechanical Engineer and partner in the company, when asked about the relationship between the two. Ultimately, the spin-off develops and sells the technology created at the University.

However, another feature that links this technology developer to the University is its human component. “We have members from all different levels: professors, former students, academic support staff. We are a spin-off composed of the Institution’s human resources and graduates,” says Toledo.

In the same line, the company’s CEO states that, “USM has a lot of technologies that can be exploited commercially. I was really lucky to find my current business partners, who are faculty members and have supported me and given me all of the tools to develop this technology while it was still in its very early stages, and to work to launch it to the market. This is a success story for USM, and I hope it can inspire more people to do the same.”

“The importance of the Technology Transfer and Licensing Office in the protection process has been key, as they have helped us with technology oversight in order to apply for an invention patent to protect us in the event of a conflict of interest in terms of intellectual property. We are very grateful to them, and they also helped us sign an exclusive licensing contract for Quempin burners. With that signing, we made it official that Quempin Spa is a Spin-Off from the Federico Santa Maria Technical University. I am very proud to help in the technology transfer process, because there is a global trend of universities working towards the benefit of society,” Becker adds.

Finally, Professor Mario Toledo explains that this type of burner is designed and manufactured at USM, and is later installed in bakery ovens. “The burner is low consumption, very efficient, and primarily delivers heat through radiation, enabling us to eliminate the (highly contaminating) use of wood, without affecting the bread production quality. We have received great reviews from those who have made the change in technology, and there are places where we have been operating for over a year now.”
Due to the country’s current health crisis, Quempin is operating from a temporary workshop located in Quilpué, where it is developing its present and future projects. “We are also looking for new customers, new markets, like paper and paint drying,” says Nicolás Becker.

Noticias

Videos


Monitoreo Clínico de la Voz from U.Técnica Federico Santa María on Vimeo.

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USM - Análisis compuestos volátiles de la carne from U.Técnica Federico Santa María on Vimeo.


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