Regional Biotech Development: Frameworks for Innovation

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | 9:25 - 10:40 | Gávea B

Recent years have seen contributions from Latin America make up an increasing share of the global life sciences industry. What are the factors that are supporting industry growth in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Uruguay? This Opening Plenary Session will compare biotech development policies and programs, regulatory environments, and trends across these key markets to share lessons learned and best practices, with an eye towards global trends and areas that could be enhanced regionally.


  • Dr. Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovative Production, Argentina
  • Luiz Henrique Canto, General Coordinator of Biotechnology and Health, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), Brazil
  • Dr. Gabriela Cezar, Senior Director & Head, External R&D Innovation, Brazil, Latin America & South Africa, Pfizer (moderator)
  • Martha Elva German Sánchez, General Director of Bio Industries, Secretariat of the Economy, Mexico
  • Carolina da Silva, Coordinator of the Biotechnology Sector Council - National Craft, Small and Medium Enterprises (DINAPYME) / Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, Uruguay