Pablo González, a student in the biotechnology engineering program at Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB), was recognized by the Newton-Picarte Fund, created to build science and innovation capacity in Chile. Through this fund, he was able to participate in the Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LiF) program, including an intensive ten-day program focused on scientific research at Oxford University.
He was recognized by the fund for his work at UNAB on use of silver nanoparticles by doctors to disinfect chronic wounds. The work was also recognized by the Valuing University Research initiative that was organized by CONICYT’s FONDEF, the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Investigation’s Science and Technology Development Fund, in 2014.
“The experience was excellent and allowed me to focus on developing different entrepreneurial skills. This program taught us how to transform an idea into a project as quickly as possible and then make it into a viable business. They also showed me the things I need to evaluate before seeking external financing,” said González.
González was also part of the first University to Market (U2M) program, which Universidad Andrés Bello offers to its students through an agreement with the Stanford Research Institute International to help them develop innovation and entrepreneurship skills.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.